Not whether but how: what really matters at end-of-life - BJ Miller, MD


A conversation with B.J. Miller, M.D., moderated by Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, UCI School of Medicine

BJ at GH
When: March 16, 2016
Time:  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: The Cove, UCI Applied Innovation (directions). FREE Parking.

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BJ Miller speaking at TED

When we speak abstractly about death and dying, what are we really talking about?  To date, so much of our medical discourse suggests that whether we die - whether we must die - is an unsettled matter.  Let’s assume we do and go from there.  In this way, we can get to more interesting and salient questions like, how might I die?  When?  What does my death have to do with my life?  And whose life is this anyway?  Let’s explore these questions and others together.

>> View a 2015 TED talk with Dr. BJ Miller


Sponsored by the UCI Medical Humanities Initiative and UCI Program in Medical Ethics

CME/CEU Credit Available

BJ MILLER, MD has been Executive Director of San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project (ZHP) since 2011, a unique residential home and educational organization for end-of-life care. Along with his staff and volunteer caregivers, BJ has been providing individuals and their loved ones the comfort, connection, and healing that are much needed but often overlooked or unsupported by the healthcare system.
BJ is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where he attends since its inception on the Symptom Management Service of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, the university’s groundbreaking outpatient palliative care clinic. His academic work has largely focused on palliative care education and leadership development as well as building an integrative education model devoted to interrelating spirituality with the health of mind and body.
Raised in Chicago, BJ studied art history as an undergraduate at Princeton University. After several years working in both the art and disability-rights non-profit communities he enrolled at UCSF where he completed his MD as a Regents' Scholar in 2001. He completed his internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, where he served as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, with his clinical duties split between Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
In 2014, BJ advocated for and helped the San Francisco Department of Public Health mobilize a Palliative Care Task Force that included representatives from 30 disparate community organizations which now functions as a permanent body of the San Francisco Health Commission’s Long-Term Care Coordinating Council. This is the first such task force in a major US city.
BJ has lectured widely on all aspects of palliative care, most recently at the March 2015 TED Conference with the title “Not Whether But How.” He has also given countless interviews to various media channels, including California Sunday Magazine, Maria, KQED’s Forum, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Among the various awards received, BJ won the William Osler Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor given by the students of UCSF School of Medicine, as well as the AAHPM/Project on Death in America Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award.

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