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Ira Byock, MD "Getting the Best Possible Care"

A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care through the End of Life,presented by the Nancy Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

The challenge for family and friends of the dying is to know what is possible and how to get it. Rich with stories and examples of programs that work, this presentation reveals practical ways to get the best end-of-life care for yourself or those you love.  By standing together on common high ground, clinicians, professionals of all sorts, and people of different faiths and political leanings can deliver excellence in medical treatment, combined with tender, loving care.

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Ira Byock, MD Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and professor at the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Dr. Byock is one of the foremost palliative care physicians in the country.  He tackles one of the most important and controversial ethical issues of our time: how we die. His most recent book, “The Best Care Possible,” (2012) illuminates the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life.  

Tickets available starting September 1st, 2013

He is a Past President (1997) of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and widely acknowledged as one of the leaders who has shaped the field.  As a consistent advocate for the voice and rights of patients and their families, his essays have appeared in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.  His work has been featured on All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Nightline, PBS NewsHour, and Fox and Friends among others.  His previous books include The Four Things That Matter Most (2004) and Dying Well (1998).

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