Articles and Op-Eds

2019

A Matter of Heart: A Father’s Reflections on Advance Care Planning

Ira Byock, MD
The Conversation Project,  June 10, 2019

2018

Faith communities are reclaiming their role in preparing us for death

Ira Byock, MD
America Magazine  (online version),  July 3, 2018

Love and Boundaries in Medicine

Ira Byock, MD
Hastings Bioethics Forum,  June 22, 2018

Physician-Assisted Suicide Won’t Atone for Medicine’s ‘Original Sin’

Ira Byock, MD
STAT, First Opinion, January 31, 2018 [pdf version]

Suicide is on the rise. Depression therapy is limited. Let’s try psychedelics.

Ira Byock, MD
The Washington Post,  July 3, 2018

Taking Psychedelics Seriously

Ira Byock, MD
Journal of Palliative Medicine,Volume 21, Number 4,  January 2018

2017

We Must Earn Confidence in End-of-Life Comfort Care

Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, Nov-Dec, 2017

Words Matter: It Is Still Physician-Assisted Suicide and Still Wrong

Ira Byock, MD
Maryland Medicine vol 17; 4, January 2017

2016

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

Things Every Family Should Know

Ira Byock, MD
STAT, January, 2016

Because I’m a Dad

Ira Byock, MD
The Conversation Project, June 2016

Why Do We Pay for Bad Care?

Ira Byock, MD
STAT, June 6, 2016

2015

Room for Debate: Helping a Suicide When the End Isn’t Near

Ira Byock, MD
New York Times Online Edition, Sept 10, 2015

Doctors shouldn’t be ending lives

Ira Byock, MD
San Diego Union Tribune, May 3, 2015

Dying Shouldn’t Be So Brutal

Ira Byock, MD
New York Times, Feb 1, 2015

Democrats Shouldn’t Endorse Suicide

Ira Byock, MD
POLITICO, June 7, 2015

The American Crisis Around Dying Persists

Ira Byock, MD
Aging Today, Mar/Apr, 2015

We should think twice about ‘death with dignity’

Ira Byock, MD
Los Angeles Times, Feb 1, 2015 

2014

We Can & Must Do Better

Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, Jan-Feb 2014

2013

Illness Is Personal!

Ira Byock, MD
ASCO Post, Vol 4, Issue 8, Nov 15, 2013

2012

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

Rational healthcare, not rationing

Ira Byock, MD
LA Times, A 15, July 18, 2012

Making the Best of What Is Often the Very Worst Time of Our Lives

Ira Byock, MD
The Atlantic.com, Mar 8,  2012

The Defining Issue of Our Generation

Ira Byock, MD
ABC News, Aug 22, 2012

Transforming the Way We Die

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

Moving Away From Death Panels: Health Reform for the Way We Die

Ira Byock, MD
The Atlantic.com, Mar 6, 2012

2010

It’s Time for Our Generation to Act Courageously

Ira Byock, MD
ADEC Forum, Vol 36, Issue 1, Apr 2010

Do I Need to Die Well? Sharing a Personal Growth Experience

Ira Byock, MD
Touching Lives, Feb 2010

Dying with Dignity

Ira Byock, MD
Hastings Center Report, Apr 2010

2009

HEALTHCARE: Time for a Serious Discussion

Ira Byock, MD
New America Foundation, Nov 6, 2009

Testimony on House Bill 304 on Physician Assisted Suicide

Ira Byock, MD
New Hampshire Legislature, Feb 17, 2009

HEALTHCARE: We Can’t Fix Health Care By (Merely) Fixing Health Care

Ira Byock, MD
New America Foundation, Aug 7, 2009

2007

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

2006

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

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

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

2005

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

Both Sides Are Wrong in Suicide Debate

Ira Byock, MD
Burlington Free Press, Feb 7, 2005

So many questions for guidance at the end

Ira Byock, MD
Newsday, Mar 27, 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

2004

The Ethics of Loving Care

Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, July/Aug 2004

Values with Practice

Jeanne S. Twohig and 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

2003

Palliative Care and the Ethics of Research

Ira Byock, MD
Journal of Supportive Oncology, Vol. 1, No. 2, July/Aug 2003

Rediscovering Community at the Core of the Human Condition and Social Covenant

Hastings Center Report , Mar/Apr 2003

Missoula leading the way in care for those at life’s end

The Missoulian, Jan 12, 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

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

2002

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