KQED California Report Magazine Podcast: “How to Talk About Death and Dying During a Pandemic”

Click to listen   article by Ariella Markowitz Dr. Jessica Zitter specializes in critical and palliative care medicine and practices at Highland Hospital in Oakland, where she helps people with serious illness talk about how they want to live, all the way to the end. Zitter says those are conversations we all should be having with our loved ones [...]

2020-09-21T19:57:59+00:00September 18th, 2020|

NPR: All Things Considered, “The National Conversation”

Dr. Jessica Zitter, a critical and palliative care specialist takes listener questions about advanced directives that doctors follow in critical situations. Click to listen

2020-06-02T18:54:43+00:00April 22nd, 2020|

KQED: “Palliative Care Doctors Turn to Technology to Help Those Dying Alone”

Click to listen When Dr. Steve Pantilat asks his patients what they want most at the end of life, the answer is almost always the same: To be comfortable and surrounded by people they love. “I've been in rooms where there are 35 family members, people are playing music and holding a vigil, saying prayers and singing,” said Pantilat, [...]

2020-06-02T18:58:23+00:00April 3rd, 2020|

KQED: “What Happens When the Ventilators Run Out?”

Click to listen When Grace Taylor was in her first year of medical school, she took an ethics class with this hypothetical: You have two ventilators and three patients who need them. Who gets one? “I remember thinking that was a classroom situation that would never come up in the real world,” says Taylor, who is now a third-year [...]

2020-06-02T18:59:21+00:00March 25th, 2020|

NPR Fresh Air with Terry Gross – A Physician Considers A Better Path To The End of Life

By Terry Gross Source: Fresh Air TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. My guest is a critical care and palliative care physician who is among the health care professionals trying to find a more humane approach to helping people as they reach the ends of their lives. Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter [...]

2018-10-09T16:53:24+00:00August 9th, 2017|

CBS The Doctors – Are You Ready For End-of-Life Decisions?

By The Doctors, Season 10 Source: The Doctors The end of life is inevitable – and when the time comes, surveys suggest that 80 percent of Americans would prefer to die at home. In spite of this, “60 percent end up dying in a hospital,” says ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork. The Netflix documentary “Extremis” looks at the reality of dying in [...]

2018-01-02T18:44:35+00:00July 21st, 2017|

NPR The Leonard Lopate Show – Caring For Those At The End of Life

By The Leonard Lopate Show Source: WNYC Listen To The Audio Here Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter joins us to talk about her book Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. She discusses her career path from wanting to be an ICU physician to becoming a doctor who specializes in palliative care. She writes about her own [...]

2018-01-02T19:16:07+00:00March 16th, 2017|
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