In “Conversations About Ethics” lecture, prominent end-of-life specialist speaks on dying well

WHAT: Palliative care specialist Ira Byock, M.D., speaks on end-of-life issues. “Through the End of Life” is the third lecture in the “Conversations About Ethics” series organized by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

WHEN: Thursday, March 25. Lecture begins at 6 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception and book signing at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Health Science Center auditorium, located at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center.

WHO: Dr. Byock is a palliative care physician and advocate for improved end-of-life care. He is director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has authored several books, including “Dying Well” and “The Four Things That Matter Most.”

NOTES: Dr. Byock’s lecture will be given in two parts:
• 6 p.m.: Giving and Getting “The Best Care Possible” Through the End of Life.
• 7:45 p.m.: Saying “The Four Things That Matter Most.”

The lecture is a collaboration of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, Friends of Hospice San Antonio, and the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health. Funding was provided by Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

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