BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ira Byock, MD, a leading palliative-care
physician, contends that how Americans die is one of the biggest
crises facing our nation today.
Byock, the author of “The Best Care Possible,” will
discuss how changes in attitudes toward death and dying and the
health-care system must address this crisis during a luncheon at
11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3. The lunch and talk will take place in
the 5th floor conference room of UB’s Clinical and
Translational Research Center, 875 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
His talk, “What Are Doctors For? The Physician-Patient
Relationship through the End of Life,” will be followed by a
Professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at
Dartmouth College, Byock is the former director of palliative
medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Members of the media are invited to attend. For press
arrangements, contact Mary Cochrane at 716-881-1703 and
The event is part of the inaugural award luncheon for the Robert
L. Scheig, MD, Memorial Fund for Palliative Care Education and
Funds generated by this endowment support fellows and residents
at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who are
interested in patient care and research in the field of palliative