The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Melissa Aldridge PhD, MBA, MPH

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Melissa D. Aldridge, PhD, MBA, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Aldridge’s research focuses on the quality of hospice and palliative care services and access to services for older adults with serious illness. Specifically, she has evaluated the effect of hospice agency characteristics on hospice enrollment policies and the implementation of hospice preferred practices and has documented substantial variation across hospice agencies nationally in the quality of care delivered to patients and families. She has also studied the issue of hospice disenrollment and has reported the hospice characteristics associated with disenrollment as well as patient outcomes related to hospice disenrollment. Her current R01 examines the impact of hospice preferred practices on patient outcomes and hospice costs. Dr. Aldridge received the Junior Faculty Career Development/Olive Branch Scholar Award from the NPCRC in 2007.