Dr. B.J. Miller, Executive Director of the Zen Hospice Project, will speak on Palliative Care: Its Origin and Current Developments.
This will be a talk for medical laypeople who wish to understand better the possibilities of caring for those approaching the threshold, so it will be a talk of broad general interest.
Proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Christian Community in San Francisco.
About the Speaker:
Dr. B.J. Miller is the executive director of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco where he works to bridge medical and social models of care in effort to provide the finest palliative care available. This necessitates a broader multi-disciplinary approach to care-giving and offers a model for the synergistic integration of arts and sciences. This also opens new possibilities for lay/volunteer and professional training and scholarship. All efforts of the Zen Hospice Project are grounded in a shared sense of interdependence, impermanence, and an embrace of the unknown. By taking the human condition as the primary fulcrum for palliative care, his larger hope is to affect social angst concerning mortality and its vital role in humanity’s thirst for meaning and communion.
B.J. graduated from Princeton University in the Department of Art & Archaeology in 1993, and received his MD from UCSF as a Regents Scholar in 2001. He completed his internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara where he served as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where his clinical duties were split between the Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
He continues to attend in the Symptom Management Service of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF’s groundbreaking outpatient palliative care clinic. His academic support has largely served palliative care education and leadership development. In 2010, in only his third year on faculty, B.J. received the William Osler Award, the School of Medicine’s highest faculty award chosen by the student body.