Susan E. Nelson, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

Susan E. Nelson MD, FACP, FAAHPM is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics and hospice and palliative medicine and currently serves as Medical Director, Post-Acute Care, Ochsner Health Network. She is System Chair, Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care and Bioethics, Ochsner Health. Her career has focused on patients with multiple chronic conditions and frailty regardless of their place of residence. Dr. Nelson chaired the workgroup which developed the LaPOST legislation and program. She currently chairs the LaPOST Coalition, an initiative of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, and is a past member of the organization’s board. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine as well as an advocate for senior health. Dr. Nelson assisted in the development of the Catholic Health Association’s “End-of-Life Guides” and PEW project and document “Pathways to Convergence-examining diverse perspectives of Catholics on advance care planning, palliative care, and end of life care in the United States”. Dr. Nelson is Secretary of the Leadership Council for National POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). She is a faculty member for Respecting Choices and is completing the Master’s Program in Bioethics at Loyola University-Chicago.


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