Ira Byock, M.D.

Ira Byock, M.D.

Medical Doctor

Dr. Ira Byock, fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

He is Founder and Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring of Providence St. Joseph Health and Active Professor Emeritus 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 is the author of Dying Well (1997), The Four Things That Matter Most (2004), and The Best Care Possible (2012) as well as numerous articles.

Keynote Address: The Best Care Possible: Clinical and Cultural Leadership for the 21st Century

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Speaker(s): Ira Byock, MD Everybody wants the best care possible for their loved ones and themselves through the very end of life. Of course, that phrase means different things to different people. Delivering the best care possible, therefore, requires access to a broad array of services and coordination among providers, patients and their families. This […]

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4A: Imagining People Well-Human Development through the End of Life

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Speaker(s): Ira Byock, MD Illness and dying cannot be fully encompassed by the problem-based model of medicine. Beyond symptoms and suffering, dying is a profound personal experience for the individual as well as for his or her family. The concept of “personhood” and the conceptual framework of human development will be presented as tools for […]

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Public Event: What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living

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The fact of death teaches us a lot about living – if we let it. One important lesson involves mending even our most troubled relationships and nurturing our cherished connections to the people we love. Through stories drawn from years of clinical practice, as well as his personal life, Dr. Byock illuminates how four simple […]

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