Clarity Amid Crises: Seeing Ourselves with 2020 Vision

2020 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), October 28, 2020

During this first plenary of the 2020 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care, Dr. Byock discusses the moment in which we find ourselves, and issues an urgent call for action to chart a path forward.

Fast Five: Strategies for Addressing Moral Distress in Frontline Health Care Workers

CAPC Palliative, July 1, 2020

In this Fast Five from the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Dr. Ira Byock, Chief Medical Officer for the Providence Health System Institute for Human Caring shares three practical initiatives that can foster human connection among patients, families, and clinical care teams when in-person visits are restricted or the heavy use of personal protective equipment limits the ability to connect in a meaningful way.

A Conversation about Covid-19 and Life with Dr. Ira Byock

The Salome Institute of Jungian, April 16, 2020

In this conversation with Palliative Care pioneer and author, Dr. Ira Byock, we learn about the value of mortality and what we can do in this global health crisis to deepen our relationships and take care of some logistical loose ends. He is joined in conversation by his daughter, Salome Institute director, Satya Doyle Byock.


Psychedelics: Podcast with Ira Byock

GeriPal podcast, June 9, 2019

Why physicians must communicate better

Dr. Ira Byock and Anthony Shore End Well: Design for the End of Life Experience, Mar 11, 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!


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.




In these videos, Dr. Byock shares his expertise on improving care for people through the end of life. He explains the need to extend attention beyond state-of-art disease treatments to the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of every ill person with his or her family.


Ending Life

CBS 60 Minutes, Oct 19, 2014


Should terminally ill patients be able to choose when they die

PBS The NewsHour, Oct 14, 2014

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