Margaret M. “Mimi” Mahon is a Palliative Medicine Nurse Practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She was a pediatric nurse for 20 years before transitioning to her current field of palliative medicine. In addition to clinical work in pediatric trauma, neurosurgery, and ICU, she also coordinated a pediatric bereavement program. This informed, and was informed by her research in several areas related to child and family bereavement. Over the course of her entire career, Mimi has been involved with the integration of ethics into clinical care.
For the past 15 years, Mimi has worked in several dimensions of palliative medicine, including practice, research, and policy development. In addition, she served on, and later co-chaired the ethics committee at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and was a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. She has served on ethics committees for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and for the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. In each of these roles, Mimi has had the opportunity to work with many good people in the development and refinement of policies and practices with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.