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photo Kathleen O. Lindell, PhD, RN, ATSF, FAAN

Associate Professor of Medicine and Nursing

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Executive Director, SUPPORT Program, Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease


Phone: 412-624-7225

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-624-7225
Fax: 412-624-1670
Administrative Assistant:
Stacie Truszkowski
Phone: 412-624-7225
Fax: 412-624-1670
Education and Training
BSN, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, 1982
MSN, Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, 1987
PhD, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, 2007
Diploma RN, St Francis General Hospital School of Professional Nursing, 1978
Research Interest
My program 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. My research focus developed from my experience working to improve support available to patients with IPF and their caregivers, assuring patients and caregivers are aware of the most recent education available to improve their knowledge, and engaging in advocacy efforts to increase awareness of this disease. My research has provided seminal findings regarding the need for earlier provision of palliative care and earlier initiation of discussions regarding EOL planning for patients with IPF.
Clinical Interest
Many experiences have shaped my enthusiasm for pursuing an academic career focused on research to promote quality of life for patients and their caregivers. Early in my career, I cared for critically ill patients at the EOL and developed an interest in caring for patients with respiratory disease. After obtaining my Master's Degree in Pulmonary Nursing, I gained a wealth of experience caring for patients with general and advanced lung disease at the University of Pennsylvania PENN Lung Center. I participated in developing evidence-based programs to reduce hospitalizations for patients with asthma and incorporate transfer of care for young adults with cystic fibrosis to an adult CF center. I developed and coordinated the PENN Quit Smoking Program, which became the tobacco cessation program for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In 2000, I returned to the University of Pittsburgh to work at the Simmons Center. From 2001-2012, I served as Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Manager of the Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease. Resources of this Center include a 15-year clinical database that captures longitudinal data on clinical and symptom related outcomes of over 1000 patients with IPF.
Educational Interest
In my interactions with patients and families referred to the Simmons Center, I was challenged by the recognition that, despite care at a highly acclaimed environment and knowledge of the terminal nature of IPF, many patients died in the ICU. This clinical observation prompted my research where we identified a critical gap in the care of IPF patients. My interests involve an early integrative palliative care education intervention to improve the knowledge of patients with IPF and their caregivers and preparation for their disease course.
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Selected Publications:
Lindell, KO, Nouraie, M, Klesen, MJ, Klein, S, Gibson, KF, Kass, DJ, Rosenzweig, MQ. Randomised clinical trial of an early palliative care intervention (SUPPORT) for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and their caregivers: protocol and key design considerations. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2018; 5: e000272.
Lindell, KO, Kavalieratos, D, Gibson, KF, Tycon, LE, Rosenzweig, MQ. The palliative care needs of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A qualitative study of patients and family caregivers. Heart and Lung: J Acute Crit Care. 2017; 46(1): 24-20.
Liang, Z, Hoffman, LA, Nouraie, SM, Saul, MI, Donahoe, M, Kass, DJ, Gibson, KF, Lindell, KO. Referral to Palliative Care Infrequent in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Admitted to an Intensive Care Unit. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2016; 2016 Oct 18: EpubAheadofPrint.
Lindell, KO, Liang, Z, Hoffman, LA, Rosenzweig, MQ, Saul, MI, Pilewski, JM, Gibson, KF, Kaminski, N. Palliative Care and Location of Death in Decedents with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Chest. 2015; 147(2): 423-429.
Lindell, KO, Chan, LL, Hoffman, LA. Nursing Perspectives on 24/7 Intensivisit Coverage. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010; 182: 1338-1340.
Lindell, KO, Olshansky, E, Song, M, Zullo, TJ, Gibson, KF, Kaminski, N, Hoffman, LA. Impact of a disease-management program on symptom burden and health-related quality of life in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and their care partners. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. 2010; 39(4): 304-313.
Lindell, KO, Jacobs, SS. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: New guidelines for diagnosis and management demand a fresh approach to nursing care. American Journal of Nursing. 2003; 103: 32-42.
Lindell, KO, Mazzocco, MC. Breaking bronchospasm’s grip with MDI’s. American Journal of Nursing. 1990; 30(3): 34-39.
Lindell, KO, Wesmiller, SW. Using arterial blood gases to interpret acid-base balance. Orthopaedic Nursing. 1989; 8(3): 31-34.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Integrating Palliative Care for Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and their Caregivers
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Nursing Research
Grant Number: K23 NR016276
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2019
Title: Network Management Core (NEMO) for the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative (PTC)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: U01 HL128954
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Notable Achievements
Invited Speaker, Inaugural Christopher Spilios Memorial Lecture, Interstitial Lung Disease Program, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, 2016
PCRC Palliative Care Clinical Trial Intensive, 2016
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 2015
Leslie A. Hoffman Endowed Acute Care Nursing Research Fund, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
The APRN Palliative Care Externship Program Supported by the Y.C. Ho/Helen & Michael Chiang Foundation at VCU, 2014
Invited Member, Annals of American Thoracic Society Editorial Board, 2014
Board of Directors, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 2014
Outstanding Alumni Award, St Francis School of Nursing, 2013
Invited Member, American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine Editorial Board, 2012
American Lung Association of Western Pennsylvania 1st Lung Champion Nursing Award, 2005