Dr. Ira R. Byock, Director of The Palliative Care
Service, Founder and Principal Investigator of the
Demonstration Project in Missoula, MO, Director
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Promoting Excellence
in End-of-Life Care program
Dr. Byock is a former president of the American
Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and has
been involved in hospice and palliative care for
over 20 years. He is the former chair of the Ethics
Committee for the AAHPM and in 1995 was named Person
of the Year by the National
Hospice Organization. The author of "Dying
Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life,"
Dr. Byock has appeared on "The NewsHour
with Jim Lehrer," "Nightline," "CNN Today" and National
Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
Myra Christopher, President of the Midwest
BioEthics Center, and National Program Officer
for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Community-State
Partnerships to Improve End-of-Life Care
Ms. Christopher consults frequently with hospitals,
health plans and integrated systems on clinical
and organizational ethics and has acted as a consultant
to former Sen. John Danforth (R-MO) in the drafting
of the Patient Self-Determination Act. In 1999,
Ms. Christopher was named Public Citizen of the
Year by the Missouri and Kansas Chapter of the National
Association of Social Workers.
Dr. Linda Emanuel, Vice-President, American
Medical Association's Ethics Standards Division),
head of the Institute
Dr. Emanuel has published and lectured extensively
on the practice of clinical ethics, including advance
directives, genetic screening, the definition of
death and the patient-physician relationship. Prior
to joining the AMA, she acted as the assistant director,
Division of Medical Ethics and as a Glessner Lee
Associate Professor of Medical Ethics at Harvard
The Rev. Wayne Muller, Senior Scholar of the
Fetzer Institute, therapist and author of "Sabbath,"
"How, Then, Shall We Live?," and
"Legacy of the Heart"
Rev. Muller is the founder of Bread
for the Journey, a non-profit organization that
promotes service in underprivileged communities.
Frank Ostaseski, Director of the Zen
Hospice Project in San Francisco, CA
Building on his 15 years of service in hospice
care, Mr. Ostaseski provides regular workshops and
retreats for caregivers and those facing life with
a threatening illness. He is currently working on
a book, "A Compassionate Companion."
Dr. Richard Payne, Chief of Pain and Palliative
Care Service at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Recognized as one of the world's leading experts
on palliative care and pain management, Dr. Payne
works with a multidisciplinary team made up of neurologists
and experts in physical rehabilitation and functional
magnetic resonance imaging to provide the optimum
quality of life for cancer patients. His research
interests focus on the clinical pharmacology of
analgesic drugs and the preclinical evaluation of
new analgesic agents.
Edwina Taylor, C.R.N.P., Palliative Care Specialist
at Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham, AL
As co-director of Cooper Green Hospital's Balm
of Gilead palliative care program, Ms. Taylor, a
nurse with more than 28 years of experience in hematology-oncology,
works at the forefront of the campaign to bring
palliative and hospice care to underprivileged communities.
Videconference Moderator: Mary Alice Williams
Emmy-award-winning journalist Mary Alice Williams
brings to the panel more than 25 years of experience
in broadcast journalism as an anchor and correspondent
for NBC and CNN. She can be seen on PBS as a contributing
correspondent for "Religious and Ethics Newsweekly."
Ms. Williams is noted for her television specials
on children, women and families, and is the host
of the Odyssey Channel's nightly interview program,