Advocating Quality of Life

Generalist vs Specialty Palliative Care

  • April 28th, 2016

Posted on the Cancer Knowledge Network on April 28, 2016

I recently came across a paper written by Dr. Jessica Zitter in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, where she proposes creating a new society, the American Society for Patient Centered Physicians (ASPCP). “Its purpose would be to bring together physicians of all specialties whose treatment philosophy prioritizes patient-specific rather than specialty-specific approaches.”

I […]

In the Hospital, Resisting the Urge to Do More

The New York Times WELL blog | April 14, 2016

There was absolutely no way around it. She was dying. I gave her a few hours at best, with maximum pedal to the metal intensive medical care. Paramedics had picked up this homeless woman after she collapsed under a bridge in Oakland, Calif. Her heart had completely stopped. She had […]

‘Extremis’ premieres at Tribeca

  • April 13th, 2016

A film is worth a million words…
This week the Tribeca Film Festival announced its 2016 lineup, and among the films is Extremis, a 23-minute documentary by Academy Award-nominated film maker Dan Krauss.

Filmed at Highland Hospital, this observational film follows me as I attempt to help several patients and families with difficult decisions during critical illness.

The documentary will have its world premiere on Sunday, April 17, at 3 pm, […]