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BJ Miller, M.D. In Conversation with Pico Iyer

photo: Todd Hido

Thu, Jan 11 / 7:30 PM / Campbell Hall

Event Sponsors: Dorothy Largay & Wayne Rosing Presented in association with Cottage Health Corporate Sponsor: Related Thematic Learning Initiative Event (see page 8)

BJ Miller, M.D. Dr. BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative medicine physician. He sees patients and families at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he also teaches and serves on faculty. Miller also consults at the intersection of palliative care and design and frequently speaks publicly on this topic. His interests are in working across disciplines to affect broad-based cultural change and in cultivating a civic model for aging and dying. He and his co-author, Shoshana Berger, are currently writing a manual for preparing for death that will be a highly practical and provocative guide to navigating dying in contemporary American society.

Following undergraduate studies in art history at Princeton, Miller received his MD from University of California San Francisco as a Regents’ Scholar and completed his internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Harvard Medical School, with clinical duties split between Massachusetts General Hospital and DanaFarber Cancer Institute.

His 2015 TED Talk “Not Whether But How” (also known as “What Matters Most at the End of Life”), a reflection of his vision to make empathic palliative care available to all, ranked among the Top 15 Most Viewed Talks of the year. Miller continues to speak internationally on topics including perspective making, aesthetics and palliative care.

Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and ten works of non-fiction, including such long-running bestsellers as Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, The Art of Stillness and his meditation on 34 years spent talking with the XIVth Dalai Lama, The Open Road. For more than a quarter-century he has been a constant contributor to Time, The New York Times, Harper’s and more than 200 magazines around the world. He has also written a screenplay for Miramax, several liner notes for Leonard Cohen and the introductions to more than 60 books. His books have been translated into 23 languages and his three TED Talks over the past five years have received more than 7 million views so far.

Miller invites us to think about and discuss the ends of our lives through the lens of a mindful, human-centered model of care, one that embraces dying not as a medical event but rather as a universally shared life experience. Informed by his own experiences as a patient, Miller powerfully advocates the roles of our senses, community and presence in designing a better ending. Miller brings a unique blend of training, experience and commitment to furthering the message that suffering and dying are fundamental and intrinsic aspects of life, and is widely recognized for his efforts to cultivate a larger dialogue about this universal human experience.

Pico Iyer

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