The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Melissa Aldridge PhD, MBA

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Melissa D. Aldridge, PhD, MBA, is a Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Aldridge is a health services researcher with expertise in the use of large, national, survey, and administrative databases. Her research focuses on patterns of hospice use, transitions in care at the end of life, and the financial incentives inherent in the Medicare Hospice Benefit payment structure. She is particularly interested in the effect of hospice organizational characteristics (for-profit ownership, size) on the quality of care delivered to patients and families. Dr. Aldridge leads the Population Research and Effectiveness Core for Mount Sinai’s Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Center and NPCRC’s junior faculty research technical assistance program, which encompasses the pre-Foley retreat research methods workshops, webinars, grant review program, and research consultancy program.