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Nina R. O'Connor, MD

Nina R. O'Connor, MD Physician

Chief of Palliative Care, University of Pennsylvania Health System Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. O'Connor is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Internal Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Family Medicine, 2006
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012

Clinical Expertise:

  • Annual Examination
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Cold
  • Cough
  • Depression
  • Flu Shot Vaccination
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Health Screening
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid)
  • Immunizations
  • Multiple Chronic Illnesses
  • Physical Exams
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Skin Disorders
  • Sports Injury
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Vaccines
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Virginia
Residency: University of Virginia Health System
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Academy of Family Physicians, National American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, National National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. O'Connor is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Renal palliative care, hospice, end-of-life care

Selected Publications:

Courtright KR, O'Connor ND: Towards Scalable Hospital-Based Palliative Care: Challenges and Opportunities for Hospitalists J Hosp Med 13 (12): 881-2,2018.

Bansal AD, O'Connor NR, Casarett DJ: Perceptions of hospitalized patients and their surrogate decision makers on dialysis initiation: A pilot study BMC Nephrol 19 (1): 197,2018.

O'Connor NR: Hospice Among Hemodialysis Patients: Too Little Too Late to Impact Care Delivery or Costs? Am J Kidney Dis 35 (7): 966-971,2018.

Foxwell AM, Moyer ME, Casarett DE, O'Connor NR: Palliative Care Office Hours for patients with hematologic malignancies: An innovative model for symptom management and education Journal of Palliative Medicine 20 (10): 1149,2017.

Haley EM, Meisel D, Gitelman Y, Dingfield L, Casarett DJ, O'Connor NR: Electronic Goals of Care Alerts: An Innovative Strategy to Promote Primary Palliative Care Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 53 (5): 932,2017.

Sagin A, O'Connor NR: Can "An Extra Layer of Support" Sign Off? Journal of Palliative Medicine 28 (8): 800,2017.

O'Connor N: When enough is enough: Guiding end-stage renal disease patients through cessation of dialysis SGIM Forum 40 (3): 9, 15,2017.

Ganta N, Dingfield L, O'Connor N: SUPER: A new framework for goals of care communication SGIM Forum 40 (3): 7,13,2017.

O'Connor NR, Junker P, Appel SM, Stetson RL, Rohrbach J, Meghani SH: Palliative Care Consultation for Goals of Care and Future Acute Care Costs: A Propensity-Matched Study American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care 35 (7): 966,2017.

Sagin A, Kirkpatrick JN, Pisanni BA, Fahlberg BB, Sundlof AL, and O’Connor NR: Emerging Collaboration Between Palliative Care Specialists and Mechanical Circulatory Support Teams: A Qualitative Study Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 52 (4): 491,2016.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Spruce Street
White Building, 2nd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 478-2250