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The Four Things That
A Book About Living
by Ira Byock,
Dr. Byock's Biographical Information
Ira Byock, MD
Ira Byock, MD
is a leading palliative
care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care
through the end of life.
He is Professor of 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 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. It has been praised
by the Wall Street Journal and recognized by POLITICO as a key issue
book for the 2012 presidential campaign.
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 Person of the Year (1995);
National Coalition of Cancer
Survivorship Natalie Davis Spingarn Writers Award (2000);
American College of CHEST Physicians
Roger Bone Memorial
Lecture Award (2003);
National Association of Catholic
Chaplains Outstanding Colleague Award (2008);
Santa Clara University Compassion in Action Award
HealthCare Chaplaincy Pioneer Medal
American Academy of Hospice and
Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award (2011),
the Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Visionary Award (2014), and the Lifetime
Achievement Award (2014)
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.
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"The Four Things That Matter Most is a tribute to compassion.
Master storyteller and physician Ira Byock shows how four simple
statements can improve your life, heal your relationships, and
transform your understanding of death. Every home deserves of
copy of this gem!"
-- Cat Saunders, Ph.D., author of "Dr. Cat's Helping Handbook"
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