• Associate Professor of Nursing at CUMC
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Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Nursing at CUMC


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania
  • MS, Family Nurse Practitioner, Columbia University
  • DNP, Columbia University
  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center, NY

Committees, Societies, Councils

Professional Membership

2018-present Regional Advisory Board for the Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing at The Rockefeller University

2011 Eastern Pain Association

2011 HPCANYS-Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State

2009-present Diplomate of Comprehensive Care

2009-International Society of Nurses in Genetics

2000-present Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

1991-4 Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)

1990-4 Oncology Nursing Society

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Fellow Palliative Care Nurse (HPNA/AAHPM) 2013  Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN)
  • 2011  Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine-Editorial Board.
  • 2011  Wharton Nursing Leaders Program, University of Pennsylvania.
  • 2009  Diplomate in Comprehensive Care
  • 2007  Recipient of the Glenda Garvey MD- Teaching Academy Educational Grant, Columbia University.
  • 2003  Who's Who in American Nursing
  • 2002  End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Trainer. American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • 2001  New York Academy of Medicine (Invited Speaker): Palliative Care in the ICU.
  • 2000  Certified Hospice and Palliaitve Care Nurse
  • 1999  Fellowship in Palliative Care and Pain Management-Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC


Research Interests

  • Chronic and Advanced Illness
  • Pain and Symptom Management
  • Palliative care
  • Primary care

Selected Publications

  • Rhee,C, McHugh,M.,Tun, S.,Gerhart,J., & O'Mahony, S. (2019). Advantages and Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team Approach to Surgical Care. Surgical Clinics of North America. PMID:31446910

  • O'Mahony, S., Bines, S., Gerhart, J., Bagwell, E., McHugh, M.E., & Card, A. (2017). Managing pain in patients with chronic medical illnesses and serious mental illnesses. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. OCTPMID 29088916
  • Moody, K., McHugh, M.E., Baker, R., Cohen, H., Pinto, P., Deutsch, S., Santizo, R.O., Schechter, M., Fausto, J., & Joo, P. (2017). Providing pediatric palliative care education using problem-based learning. Journal of Palliative Medicine. PMID: 2876811
  • O'Mahony, S., Johnson, T.J., Amer, S., McHugh, M.E., McHenry, J., Fosler, L., & Kvetan, V. (2016). Integration of palliative care advanced practice nurses into the intensive care unit teams. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care. PMID: 26917789
  • McHugh, M.E., & Buschman, P. (2016). Communication at the time of death. In C. Dahlin, P. Coyne, & P. Ferrell (Eds.), Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • Sherman, D. Bookbinder, M. & McHugh, M. (2015). Palliative Care: Responsive to the Need for Health Care Reform in the United States. In Palliative Care Nursing: Quality Care to the End-of-Life. (4rd Ed). Eds. Marianne Matzo and Deborah W. Sherman. New York: Springer Pub.

  • McHugh, M (2013). Hypercalcemia. In C. Dahlin (Ed). Core Curriculum for the Advanced Practice Nurse. Hospice and Palliative Care Association.USA
  • Eti S, O'Mahony S, McHugh M, Guilbe R, Blank A, Selwyn P.(2013) Outcomes of the Acute Care Unit in an Academic Medical Center.Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013 May 10. [Epub ahead of print]
  • McHugh M , Saultz DM, Wuhrman E and Kosharskyy B.(2012) Interventional Pain Management in the Palliative Care Patient. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 18.(9):426-8, 430-3
  • McHugh M, Arnold J and Buschman P (2012). Nursing Leading the Response to the Crisis of Palliative Care for Vulnerable Populations. Nursing Economics, 30 (3)140-47.
  • Bookbinder M, Glajchen M, McHugh M, Higgins P, Budis J, Solomon N, Homel P, Cassin C, Portenoy RK.(2011)Nurse Practitioner-Based Models of Specialist Palliative Care at Home: Sustainability and Evaluation of Feasibility.Journal of Pain Symptom Management,41 (1),25-34
  • McHugh M & Saultz DM. (2011).Assessment and Management of Gastrointestional Symptoms in Advanced Illness. Primary Care Clinics Office Practice.Eds Serife Eti MD. Philadelphia:Elsevier.
  • Bookbinder, M. & McHugh, M. (2010). Societal Perspectives Regarding Palliative Care. In Palliative Care Nursing: Quality Care to the End-of-Life. (3rd Ed). Eds. Marianne Matzo and Deborah W. Sherman. New York: Springer Pub.
  • Bookbinder,M. & McHugh, M. (2010).Symptom Management in Palliaitive Care. In Palliative Care and End of Life Care Nursing Clinics of North America.Eds: Margaret M. Mahon and Suzanne Prevost. Philadelphia: Springer
  • McHugh, M. (2010). Review of Book: End-of Life Care for the Critically Ill by Graema Rocker ,Kathleen Puntillo, Elie Azoulay, Judith Nelson and Max Watson, Oxford University Press.Journal of Pain and Symptom Management,40 (4),629-630.
  • O'Mahony, S., Blank, A., Simpson, J., Persaud, J., Huvane, B., McAllen, S., Davitt, M., McHugh, M.E., Hutcheson, A., Karakas, S., Higgins, P., & Selwyn, P. (2008). Preliminary report of a palliative care and case management project in an emergency department for chronically ill elderly patients. Journal of Urban Health, 85(3), 441-451.
  • McHugh, ME.(2008). Pain and anemia after gunshot wound.Advance for Nurse Practitioners,16(1),22-23.
  • Rainone, F. & McHugh, M.E. (2007). Patient-centered palliative home care. In A. Blank, S. O'Mahony, & A. Selwyn (Eds). Choices in palliative Care (pp. 31-44). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company
  • Bookbinder, M., Blank, A.E., Arney, E., Wollner, D., Lesage, P., McHugh, M.E., Indelicato, R.A., Harding, S., Barenboim, A., Mirazeyev, T., & Portenoy, R.K. (2005). Improving end-of-life care: Development and pilot test of a clinical pathway. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 29(6), 529-43.
  • O'Mahony, S., McHugh, M.E., & Selwyn, P.A. (2003). Ventilator withdrawal: Procedures and outcomes, A retrospective review of a collaboration between a critical care division and palliative care service. Journal of Symptom Management, 26(4), 954-961.
  • Fitzgerald, M.A., Jones, P.E., Lazar, B., McHugh, M.E., & Wang, C. (1995). The mid-level provider: Colleague or competitor? Patient Care, 20-37.
  • Hall, E.K., & McHugh, M.E. (1995). Family practice health care: Making collaborative practice a reality. N & HC Perspectives on Community: Official Publication of the National League for Nursing, 16(5), 270-275.