May 23 Lecture: Rethinking End-Of-Life Care
Dr. B.J. Miller, internationally known TED Talk star, hospice and palliative care physician at the UCSF Cancer Center and executive director of San Francisco’s innovative Zen Hospice Project will be speaking at the Greenhouse Theater at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 23rd.
What is a good death? How do you judge? In the end, what truly matters? Addressing questions such as these is central to the new model of end-of-life care pioneered by B. J. Miller. His 2015 Ted Talk keynote “What Matters Most at the End of Life,” a reflection of his vision to make empathic palliative care available to all, has been downloaded and viewed more than 5 million times. Dr. Miller was recently featured in the New York Times Magazine article “One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die.” He has also been interviewed on NPR and 60 Minutes.
“B.J. is a triple amputee who has been motivated by his own experience to pioneer a broad-based culture change and in cultivating a civic model for aging and dying.” stated Terry Ratner, chairman of the MRM Lecture Series, host of Dr. Miller’s May 23rd lecture. “His presentation is sure to be informative, provocative and highly inspiring.”
“We all need a reason to wake up. For me it only took 11,000 volts.” noted Dr. Miller. Twenty-six years ago, in the middle of a November night during his sophomore year at Princeton, B.J. Miller was fooling around with friends after leaving a party. He climbed on top of a parked shuttle commuter train. When he stood up, an electric current entered his arm, blew down his legs leaving him severely burned and near death. That night began his formal relationship with death and long run as a patient. The accident resulted in the loss of his legs below the knee and his left forearm.
Miller has no regrets — not even for the injury. “Too much good stuff has come out of it,” he says.
Dr. Miller’s presentation, THE POWER OF IMPOSSIBILITY: RETHINKING END-OF-LIFE CARE, hosted by the MRM Lecture Series, will be at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 23rd at the Greenhouse Theater. The program runs until 8:30 PM, including a reception after the lecture.
Terry Ratner, a registered nurse and freelance writer has hosted a monthly community event, the Michael Ratner Memorial (MRM) Lecture Series, for the past eight years. Recently moved from Arizona to Chicago, MRM searches out and hosts the most innovative experts in specific medical fields. “Our goal is to share their wisdom and philosophies with the community.” says Ms. Ratner.
Ms. Ratner began the lecture series when her late husband, Michael Ratner, (owner of Tom's Tavern and Restaurant in Phoenix) was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2009. Two weeks before Michael died in 2010, he asked, “Don't ever give up the wonderful lecture series you’ve created.” Ms. Ratner has never forgot those words.
The Lecture Series has scheduled additional events for June, July, and August, focusing on caregiving, genomic data collection, and health literacy.
For more information contact:
Terry Ratner, RN, MFA
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