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Ira Byock, MD, FAAHPM

Fins photois a palliative care physician, author, and advocate for improving care through the end of life. Dr. Byock has been involved in palliative care since 1978. He is a past President (1997) of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and active Emeritus Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

He serves as Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence St. Joseph Health system. The Institute measures, monitors and improves person-centered care and engages diverse communities in goal-aligned, person-centered models of caring.

Dr. Byock’s books include Dying Well, The Four Things That Matter Most, and The Best Care Possible. His research has contributed to conceptual frameworks for the lived experience of illness, subjective quality of life measures, and effective life-completion counseling. He directed Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, a national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program which developed prototypes for concurrent palliative care of people with life-threatening conditions

Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW

mary beth photois Professor and Head of the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University. She is Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Bullock has more than 20 years of clinical practice experience in mental health and aging, with interests and expertise in health care disparities and end-of-life care issues.

Dr Bullock has been a leading force in advancing social work practice, education, and training in gerontology, mental health, palliative and end-of-life care. Her article on The Influence of Culture on End-of-Life Decision Making, won the 2012 Best Article Award by the Routledge Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care.

She is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar and serves on several national boards and committees, including, Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), the American Cancer Society (ACS) Oncology Social Work Research Peer Review Committee, and is current Chair of the NASW Mental Health Section Committee.

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