Margaret M. “Mimi” Mahon 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, comprising support groups for children who had experienced the death of a sibling. This informed, and was informed by her research in several areas related to childhood bereavement.
As the field was emerging, Mimi was fortunate to work with leaders in the field of what became palliative medicine. She has worked as a Clinical Specialist and as a Nurse Practitioner in palliative medicine. Again, her clinical work was intertwined with her research and scholarship in palliative medicine and in ethics. 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 Biothics. She has served on ethics committees for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and for the American Association 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.
Mimi currently works as the Palliative Medicine Nurse Practitioner at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland. She co-chairs the hospital ethics committee.