Mary Ersek

Office Address: 

418 Curie Blvd. Room 329



  • Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) and Mary Ersek (PARC Research Associate) co-authored a National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report calling for sweeping reorganization of the nursing home industry entitled, "The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality." The report points out that despite nursing home residents making up less than half of one percent of the U.S. population, as of October 2021, they accounted for approximately 19 percent of all COVID-19 deaths. The report shows “the pandemic also highlighted the pervasive ageism evident in undervaluing the lives of older adults.” Read more in the LDI Research Update.

  • Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) and Mary Ersek (PARC Research Associate) were appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes. Read more about this announcement on the LDI news page.

  • Mary Ersek (PARC Research Associate) recently penned an article for The Philadelphia Inquirer entitled, "Amid Coronavirus, America’s Nursing Homes Have Become a National Tragedy."

Killebrew-Censits Chair in Undergraduate Education
Professor of Medicine

Ph.D., Nursing Science, University of Washington, 1991


  • Dying in America: Mary Ersek on Dying in America
  • Dying in America: Mary Ersek on Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes
  • Frontotemporal Degeneration Caregiver Conference 2012: Mary Ersek on Decision Making in Advanced Illness