Ira Byock, MD
Former Director of Palliative Medicine
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Dr. Byock is Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
In addition to being the renowned author of many popular books (The Four Things that Matter Most, Dying Well and his latest, The Best Care Possible) on topics related to end of life care, our approaches to dying and ways to alleviate suffering, Dr. Byock energetically advocates for improved access, quality of care and family support. He has participated in discussions of ethical issues related to end-of-life care on innumerable radio and television broadcasts including: One on One with John McLaughlin, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, Talk of the Nation, and The Diane Rehm Show. Appearances on national television and radio include: Letting Go: A Hospice Journey (HBO), Final Blessings (NBC), Nightline (ABC), Before I Die: Medical Care and Personal Choices (PBS), All Things Considered (NPR), Dateline (NBC), 60 Minutes with Ed Bradley (CBS), and Summit for a Cure (MSNBC).
Executive Director, ACCAHC
The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care
John has been involved as an organizer-writer in the emerging fields of complementary alternative and integrative medicine since 1983. He was once called an "expert in alternative medicine" by Medical Economics and later an “alternative care (integration) expert" by Modern Healthcare.
After being away from the United States for three years in the 1990's, John assisted a philanthropist on her integrative medicine investments in community clinics, CAM schools and academic health centers. From early 2004 forward, and out of home offices in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and then Granada, Nicaragua, John helped organize and direct the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care: Creating Common Ground. This ongoing project, involving leaders of 12 disciplines (IM, massage therapy, holistic nursing, AOM, ND, DC, direct-entry midwifery, holistic medicine, public health, yoga, occupational medicine, whole person nutrition) informs his popular blog, The Integrator.