ira byock MD - palliative care physician, author, and public advocate

Articles and OPEDs

 

What Would Doctors Do?
Ira Byock, MD
New York Times Online Edition, June 30, 2016

 

Reframing the Conversation
Ira Byock, MD
LA News Group, June 19, 2016

 

Why Do We Pay for Bad Care?
Ira Byock, MD
STAT,  June 6, 2016

 

Room for Debate: Helping a Suicide When the End Isn’t Near
Ira Byock, MD
New York Times Online Edition, Sept 10, 2015

 

Democrats Shouldn’t Endorse Suicide
Ira Byock, MD
POLITICO, June 7, 2015

 

Doctors shouldn’t be ending lives
Ira Byock, MD
San Diego Union Tribune, May 3, 2015

 

The American Crisis Around Dying Persists
Ira Byock, MD
Aging Today, Mar/Apr, 2015

 

Dying Shouldn’t Be So Brutal
Ira Byock, MD
New York Times, Feb 1, 2015

 

We should think twice about ‘death with dignity’
Ira Byock, MD
Los Angeles Times, Feb 1, 2015

 

Room for Debate: Expanding the Right to Die  – It Violates Medical Principles and Is Dangerous 
Ira Byock, MD
New York Times Online Edition, Oct 6, 2014

 

We Can & Must Do Better
Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, Jan-Feb 2014

 

Caring Well for One Another
USA Today, Sept 27, 2013

 

Illness Is Personal!
Ira Byock, MD
ASCO Post, Vol 4, Issue 8, Nov 15, 2013

 

Testimony – Vermont Senate Committee Hearing on S 077
Ira Byock, MD Jan 31, 2013

 

Physician-Assisted Suicide Is Not Progressive
“Right to die” is just a slogan. No civil right to commit suicide exists in any social compact.
Ira Byock, MD
The Atlantic.com, Oct 25, 2012

 

The Defining Issue of Our Generation
Ira Byock, MD
ABC News, Aug 22, 2012

 

Rational healthcare, not rationing
Ira Byock, MD
LA Times, A 15, July 18, 2012

 

Transforming the Way We Die

Ira Byock, MD
The Atlantic.com, Mar 9, 2012

 

Making the Best of What Is Often the Very Worst Time of Our Lives
Ira Byock, MD
The Atlantic.com, Mar 8,  2012

 

Moving Away From Death Panels: Health Reform for the Way We Die
Ira Byock, MD
The Atlantic.com, Mar 6, 2012

 

It’s Time for Our Generation to Act Courageously
Ira Byock, MD
ADEC Forum, Vol 36, Issue 1, Apr 2010

 

Dying with Dignity
Ira Byock, MD
Hastings Center Report, Apr 2010

 

Do I Need to Die Well? Sharing a Personal Growth Experience
Ira Byock, MD
Touching Lives, Feb 2010

 

HEALTHCARE: Time for a Serious Discussion
Ira Byock, MD
New America Foundation, Nov 6, 2009

 

HEALTHCARE: We Can’t Fix Health Care By (Merely) Fixing Health Care
Ira Byock, MD
New America Foundation, Aug 7, 2009

 

Testimony on House Bill 304 on Physician Assisted Suicide
Ira Byock, MD
New Hampshire Legislature, Feb 17, 2009

 

Testimony on House Bill 44:Patient Choice and Control at End of Life
Ira Byock, MD
Vermont House Human Services Committee, Mar 1, 2007

 

To Life! Reflections on Spirituality, Palliative Practice, and Politics
Ira Byock, MD
American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Vol. 23, No. 6, pp 136-138, Dec/Jan 2007

 

Where do we go from here? A palliative care perspective
Ira Byock, MD
Critical Care Med, Vol. 34, No. 11 (Suppl.), pp S416-S420, 2006

 

Improving palliative care in intensive care units: Identifying strategies and interventions that work
Ira Byock, MD
Critical Care Med, Vol. 34, No. 11 (Suppl.), pp S416-S420, 2006

 

Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care: A Report on Innovative Models of Palliative Care
Ira Byock, MD, Jeanne ShieldsTwohig, MPA, Melanie Merriman, PhD, MBA, and Karyn Collins,  MPA
Journal of Palliative Medicine, Volume 9, Number 1, 2006

 

Evaluation of the Missoula-VITAS Quality of Life Index—Revised: Research Tool or Clinical Tool?
Carolyn Schwartz, ScD, Melanie P. Merriman PhD, MBA, George Reed, PhD, and Ira Byock, MD
Journal of Palliative Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp 121-135, 2005

 

So many questions for guidance at the end
Ira Byock, MD
Newsday, Mar 27, 2005

 

Both Sides Are Wrong in Suicide Debate  
Ira Byock, MD
Burlington Free Press, Feb 7, 2005

 

Contracts, Covenants and Advance Care Planning: An Empirical Study of the Moral Obligations of Patient and Proxy
Joseph J. Fins, Barbara Maltby, Erika Friedmann, Michele Greene, Kaye Norris, Ronald Adelman and Ira Byock
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 29  No. 1, pp. 55-68, Jan 2005

 

The Ethics of Loving Care
Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, July/Aug 2004

 

Spiritual Care at the End of Life
Kaye Norris, PhD; Gretchen Strohmaier, MDiv; Charles Asp, PhD; & Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, July-Aug 2004

 

Values with Practice
Jeanne S. Twohig and Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, July-Aug 2004

 

Palliative Care and the Ethics of Research
Ira Byock, MD
Journal of Supportive Oncology, Vol. 1, No. 2, July/Aug 2003

 

Caring When Cure Is No Longer Possible
Ira Byock, MD and Yvonne J. Corbeil, RN
The Older Cancer Patient, Chapter 12, Springer Publishing Company, Inc. 2003

 

Rediscovering Community at the Core of the Human Condition and Social Covenant
Hastings Center Report , Mar/Apr 2003

 

Hospice Benefits and Phase I Cancer Trials 
Ira Byock, MD and Steven H. Miles, MD
Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 138, No. 4, pp 335-337, Feb 18, 2003

 

Expanding the Realm of the Possible
Ira Byock, MD and Jeanne Twohig, MPA
Journal of Palliative Medicine, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2003

 

Sens et valeur de la mort: Faits, philosophie et réflexions sur la responsabilité sociale et clinique
Médicine Palliative, 1: 103-112, Dec 2002

 

Missoula leading the way in care for those at life’s end
The Missoulian, Jan 12, 2003

 

Financial Implications of Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care
L. Beresford, I. R. Byock, J. Sheils Twohig. A monograph of Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dec 2002