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Ira Byock, MD
Biographical Information

Ira Byock, MD

Practicing Physician
Professor, Author, Advocate

Ira Byock, MD is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

He serves as Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services, based in Torrance, CA. He advances efforts to measure, monitor and improve person-centered care system-wide. Dr. Byock is Professor of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He served as Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire from 2003 through July 2013.

 Dr. Byock has written widely on the ethics and practice of palliative care and health care systems change. He is a consistent advocate for the voice and rights of patients and their families.

The Best Care Possible

The Best Care Possible
 A PHYSICIAN'S  QUEST TO TRANSFORM

Making the Best of What Is Often the Very Worst Time of Our Lives
The Atlantic, March 7, 2012
Though death is the most inevitable fact of life, our social systems are broken when it comes to caring for people with advanced illnesses.
Americans are scared to death of dying. And with good reason. While rarely easy under any circumstances, we make dying a lot harder than it has to be.
A large majority of Americans still die in hospitals or nursing homes. Many suffer poorly controlled pain or other physical miseries and endure their final days feeling undignified and a burden to others.
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What You Will Find At This Site ...

Articles, Editorials and Interviews
A collection of Dr. Byock's Professional Publications, Op-Ed Articles, and Selected Interviews

Landmarks and Developmental Tasks
A  working set of Developmental Landmarks and Taskwork for the End of Life  presented in a practical framework.

'Dying Well' Discussion Guide
Developed specifically for use by book clubs and classes, this guide serves as a jumping off point for  valuable and meaningful discussion on the subject of  “Dying Well” and what that means for each individual.

Featured Art
The art series featured in this area are available as traveling exhibitions to communities wishing to facilitate dialogue about dying, death and grief as a natural part of life.


NEW 10th Anniversary Edition

The Four Things That Matter Most

Available June 2014

NEW
Room for Debate: Expanding the Right to Die - It Violates Medical Principles and Is Dangerous
Ira Byock, MD
New York Times Online Edition, Oct 6, 2014

TESTIMONY before the Vermont Senate Committee on Bill S 077

Featured on CBS 60 Minutes 11/22/09

Other Books by Ira Byock
... for the Public, Clinicians and Academics
Other Books by Ira Byock
... primarily for Clinicians and Academics

Dying Well: The Prospect of Growth at the End-of-Life
Putnam/Riverhead, 1997

The Four Things That Matter Most - 10th Anniversary Edition
Simon & Schuster/Atria, 2014

 

 

 

 

 


A Few Months to Live: Different Paths to Life's End     
Co-authored with Jana Staton and Roger Shuy, Georgetown University Press, 2001

 

 

 


 

Palliative and End-of-Life Pearls 
Co-authored with John E. Heffner, MD 
Hanley and Belfus, Inc., 2002

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