In The Media – Video


Psychedelics: Podcast with Ira Byock

GeriPal podcast, June 9, 2019

This GeriPal podcast features Dr. Ira Byock, a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

Ira Byock wrote a provocative and compelling paper in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management titled, “Taking Psychedelics Seriously.

In this podcast Ira Byock talks about the use of psychedelics for patients with serious and life-limiting illness.   Guest host Josh Biddle (UCSF Palliative care fellow) asks, “Should clinicians who prescribe psychedelics try them first to understand what their patients are going through?” The answer is “yes” — read or listen on for more!


Why physicians must communicate better | Dr. Ira Byock and Anthony Shore

End Well: Design for the End of Life Experience, Mar 11, 2019

What is the difference between death and dying? Palliative care pioneer, physician, and author Ira Byock, MD asks why we seem to be losing our ability to relate to those who are dying, and inspires us to change this by changing our language. He is joined by award-winning linguist Anthony Shore.


PCSLife Conference 2018-Whole person care clinical model

The Palliative Care and Spirituality for Life (PCS Life) Conference, September, 2018


Dr. Ira Byock & Dr. BJ Miller

The Secret to Life 

Hear Me Now, January, 2017

Dr. Ira Byock, founder and chief medical officer of the Providence Institute for Human Caring, and Dr. BJ Miller, a palliative care physician at UCSF Medical Center, share thoughts on being in the moment, caring for the seriously ill, caring for yourself, and the secret to life.


Live Well, Die Well

Providence Spokane, November, 2015

Dr. Byock on Palliative Care

The Institute for Human Caring, June 2015

Dr. Byock on Whole Person Care

The Institute for Human Caring, June 2015

Dr. Byock on Why Physician Assisted Suicide is Unwise

The Institute for Human Caring, June 2015


Ending Life

CBS 60 Minutes, Oct 19, 2014


Remarks at The White Mass

Worcester, MA – Cathedral, Oct 18, 2012 

Dr. Ira Byock Questions Newt Gingrich

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, January 6, 2012

The Best Care Possible – What It Is and How To Get It

The Commonwealth Club, Mar 29, 2012


The Cost of Dying: End of Life Care

CBS 60 Minutes, Nov 22, 2009