Ira Byock, MD,Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in
Lebanon, New Hampshire and a Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
Luncheon and Lecture
Dying Well in America: Giving and Getting The Best Care Possible Through the End of Life
Bio: Dr. Byock has been involved in hospice and palliative care since 1978, during his residency. At that time he helped found a hospice home care program for the indigent population served by the university hospital and county clinics of Fresno, California. He is a Past President (1997) of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. During the 1990s he was a co-founder and principal investigator for the Missoula Demonstration Project, a community-based organization in Montana dedicated to the research and transformation of end-of-life experience locally, as a demonstration of what is possible nationally. From 1996 through 2006, he served as Director for Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, a national grant program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Byock has authored numerous articles on the ethics and practice of hospice, palliative and end-of-life care. His first book, Dying Well, (1997) has become a standard in the field. The Four Things That Matter Most, (2004) is used as a counseling tool widely by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral care. His most recent book, The Best Care Possible (March 2012) tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life.
Dr. Byock has been a consistent advocate for the voice and rights of dying patients and their families. He has been the recipient of the National Hospice Organization’s Person of the Year (1995), the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship’s Natalie Davis Spingarn Writers Award (2000), the American College of CHEST Physicians Roger Bone Memorial Lecture Award (2003) and the Outstanding Colleague Award (2008) of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
He has been a featured guest on numerous national television and radio programs, including NPR: All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and On Being, CBS 60 Minutes, Fox and Friends, and PBS The News Hour.
The Jefferson Educational Society Global Futures Summit IV is a 72-hour event that will feature nationally-recognized speakers discussing a broad range of current issues including politics, end-of-life care, and space exploration. The speakers are (in order of appearance): Columnist David Brooks; Civil Liberties Attorney Rev. Barry Lynn; Political Strategist Karl Rove; Election Analyst Norman Ornstein, Ph.D., Harvard College Professor of Astronomy Robert Kirshner, Ph.D., Pallative Care Advocate Ira Byock, M.D., and Journalist Barry Casselman.
TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE TO EACH GLOBAL SUMMIT EVENT. To register for these programs, please call the Jefferson Educational Society at 814-459-8000, or register online at www.JESERIE.org. Tickets are $20 per person - except for the lectures by David Brooks and Karl Rove, which are $25 per person. Students can attend any of these programs for $10 each (must present student id).