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Kathleen Lindell

Mary Swain Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Health

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  • Associate Professor
  • College of Nursing
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Dr. Kathleen Oare Lindell, PhD, RN, ATSF, FAAN is Associate Professor of Nursing with a joint appointment in the College of Medicine and the Mary Swain Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Health. She is a graduate of the St. Francis General Hospital Professional School of Nursing (Diploma RN), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing [BSN, MSN (Pulmonary Specialty), and PhD]. 

Dr. Lindell was a Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist at the PENN Lung Center and participated in development of evidence-based programs to advance health of patients with lung disease. She was the Executive Director of the SUPPORT program directing patient support and education at the University of Pittsburgh Dorothy P. & Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at UPMC.

Her path of research is directed toward improving the quality of life for patients with advanced lung disease, specifically Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and their family caregivers. As a result of her work, she developed a nurse-led palliative care intervention entitled “A Program of SUPPORT™” for patients with advanced lung disease. Her research funding focuses on palliative care knowledge and preparedness in patients with advanced lung disease and their family caregivers. This work resulted in 67 peer-reviewed publications and a book entitled Palliative Care in Lung Disease in 2021. Dr. Lindell is actively involved in the American Thoracic Society and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), having served on both of their Board of Directors. At present, she is a member of the PFF Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee and the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre - Scientific Advisory Committee.