Episode #151: Dr. BJ Miller

Dr. BJ Miller, Jr. is a hospice and palliative care specialist who treats hospitalized patients with terminal or life-altering illness at UCSF Medical Center. He also sees patients in a palliative care clinic, and the Cancer Symptom Management Service, of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Miller, a native of Chicago, studied art history as an undergraduate at Princeton University. He worked for several years for art and disability-rights nonprofit organizations before earning a medical degree at UCSF. He completed an internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, where he was chief resident, and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, working at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In his work, he connects art, spirituality and medicine in end-of-life care. Miller is an assistant clinical professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He has a grant from the Fetzer Foundation to help integrate spirituality with the health of mind and body into medical education.

Miller has been featured on Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday and has given a TED Talk featuring the Zen Hospice Project. Zen Hospice Project is changing the experience of dying through a human-centered model of care.

Miller will have a new book released in 2019.


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