BJ Miller

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Former Executive Director, Zen Hospice Care
Dr. Miller has lectured widely on all aspects of palliative care, as well as person-centered care, the therapeutic potential of aesthetics, and how to design for life. His TED Talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” is a moving reflec¬tion of his vision to make empathic end-of-life care available to all, and has garnered over 4 million views to date and ranked among the Top 15 Most Viewed Talks of 2015. BJ is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and is an attending special¬ist for the Symptom Management Service of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the country’s very first outpatient pallia¬tive care clinics. BJ was Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project from 2011-2016 where he helped develop and share a pioneering model of human-centered end of life care. He is currently involved wth the organization as an advisor. Raised in Chicago, BJ studied art history as an undergraduate at Princeton University. After several years working in both the art and disabil¬ity-rights non-profit communities he enrolled at UCSF where he completed his MD as a Regents’ Scholar in 2001. He completed his internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, where he served as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, with his clinical duties split between Massachu¬setts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Among the various awards received, BJ won the William Osler Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the AAHPM/Project on Death in America Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award.


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