Nessa Coyle is a nurse practitioner with special training in the care of symptomatic advanced cancer patients and their families, and in end-of- life care. Dr. Coyle is a graduate of the Columbia University Adult Nurse Practitioner program and has a PhD in nursing from New York University. She has worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering since 1969. Dr. Coyle is a member of the Palliative Medicine Service and a member of the Ethics Committee and clinical consultation team. She is also responsible for the one-year nurse practitioner fellowship program in pain and palliative care and is co-editor of The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care Nursing and The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing.