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Ira Byock, MD
Biographical Information


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.

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- 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

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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The Best Care Possible



NEW 10th Anniversary Edition

The Four Things That Matter Most

June 2014

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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