BJ Miller is an American physician, author and speaker. That zone, it helps me imagine what my patients are going through, being close to death. Dr. BJ Miller Dr. BJ Miller is one of the pre-eminent speakers on patient-centered care, palliative and end-of-life care. He sees patients and caregivers through his online palliative care service, Mettle Health. The Zen Hospice Project works to bridge medical and social models of care in effort to provide the finest palliative care available. BJ Miller is poised to deliver it. ... Dr. BJ Miller knows what it feels like to be near death. Zen Caregiving Project is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California with over 30 years of experience in practicing and teaching mindfulness-based, compassionate caregiving. Connect with BJ Miller and Zen Hospice: ZenHospice.org | Facebook | Twitter. We have ways of positioning your body. But let's think about it. The sooner we do, the better, because oftentimes it's not so darn scary. On palliative care and the treatment of suffering. "So much has flowed from it," he says. Zen & the Art of Letting Go Dr. BJ Miller Helps Create a Caring Circle at Zen Hospice Project by David Rosenberg. Drawing on his expertise as a physician, former Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project, and as a patient, he is an advocate for a healthcare system that maximizes quality of life and that minimizes unnecessary suffering. A Good Life And A Good Death: What Is Palliative Care? Then my response, of course, is, "Well, gosh, I don't know what that's like either. Miller survived that 1990 accident but lost both legs below the knee and half of one arm. After several years working in both the art and disability-rights non-profit communities he enrolled at UCSF where he completed his MD as a Regents’ Scholar in 2001. That accident took most of his limbs, but the event and his recovery inspired him to pursue a career as a palliative care physician. And that to me has felt like a kind of a dexterity or an agility, something very good. About BJ Miller. Essentially Zen expresses the need for being with whatever is happening. On how growing up with his mother, who had polio, influenced him. Neither of them is accurate. But basically ... thanks to the disability rights movement, I realized that disability is not something to be ashamed of. He is the Dream Foundation Honorary Medical Chair, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults. It's not something to overcome, to put behind you — it's something to work with. BJ Miller, MD, is the executive director at the San Francisco Zen Hospice. An electrical shock sustained while a Princeton undergraduate nearly cost him his life. For more than a month, operations at the guesthouse have been suspended due to lack of funding.. "I'm not afraid of death," he says. But anyone who's dealt with pain — chronic pain — when the clouds part even for a moment and you have the absence of pain, it's a stunning feeling. So that's an important distinction. At first, he became right-hand man to the executive director at the time, BJ Miller, a doctor and a charismatic visionary who put the Zen Hospice Project in the national conscience through a high-profile New York Times interview and a TED talk that’s been viewed more than 7.5 million times. Oprah Winfrey speaks with Dr. BJ Miller, hospice and palliative care specialist at the University of California in San Francisco, who shares his revelations about a subject that is often taboo in our culture – the experience of death. ... People say, "Actually I'm afraid of the pain I imagine is going to happen during the dying process." While a sophomore in college, Dr. Miller suffered a devastating electrical shock throughout his body. BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative medicine physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. It affects your identity. A place where people prepare to die on their own terms. When BJ Miller was a sophomore at Princeton University, he climbed atop a commuter train that had been parked for the night. And lean in he has: Miller’s 2015 TED Talk on the subject of death garnered over 9 million views, and as the former executive director of San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project, Miller confronted death on a daily basis. At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? So is the good stuff. The work and values of the Zen Hospice project are what drew Miller to the organization.. The organization, based loosely on Buddhist principles, offers care that helps patients embrace the spiritual side of death. Let's talk about it." So death is close by, pain is close by — so is the rest of life. 19:08. That [it has] a physical component, a psychological and emotional component, a spiritual component. As executive director at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, BJ Miller helps patients face their own deaths realistically, comfortably and on their own terms. ... We understand that process pretty well, and there's a lot we can do. Palliative care specialist BJ Miller helps patients face their own deaths realistically, comfortably, and on their own terms. He miraculously survived but lost both legs below the knee and half of one arm. The Zen Hospice, where Miller was executive director, suspended activities last year due to a lack of funding, but Miller remains on a public mission to “depathologize death.” “I think my silhouette, the shape of my body, is of comfort to my patients on some level, ” BJ Miller says. And medicine lit up, theoretically, as a way where I could use these experiences and pay them forward in some way or draw from them — not overcome them and put them behind me. He spends nearly 75 hours a week directing the hospice project, working in an outpatient clinic at UCSF and visiting those receiving home-hospice care. The Zen Hospice Project guesthouse opened in 1990, during the height of the AIDS epidemic. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about since having this epic conversation with BJ Miller: oncologist, palliative care specialist, educator, thinker and all-round amazing human. Dr. BJ Miller is one of the pre-eminent speakers on patient-centered care, palliative and end-of-life care. His expertise includes symptom management for patients with cancer. It is … BJ Miller is an American physician, author and speaker. The Zen Hospice Project guesthouse. Among the patients we meet: Thekla, a terminally ill senior anxious about life after death; Bruce, a severely underweight man who enrolled in Dr. B.J. It felt like such a rich, rich place that I had been forced into. We teach caregivers to use mindfulness-based tools to improve well-being, and through conversation, we inspire each other to live fully in the face of the universal experience of loss. One might say it affects how you see yourself. In contrast, this is a focal point for BJ Miller, palliative care physician and executive director of the Zen Hospice Project, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that’s focused on improving our experience of death. Well, suffering, there's a lot of different ways to define it. And then that becomes a nice compass for our way forward, how we're going to live until we die. I remember feeling that I really wanted to stay close to that interface between joy and sorrow, between pain and pleasure, between life and death. BJ Miller is a titan in the field of palliative care. Currently an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCSF, BJ served as executive director of Zen Hospice Project for several years. BJ Miller is a titan in the field of palliative care. To Die At Home, It Helps To Have Someone Who Can Take Time Off Work, A Nurse Reflects On The Privilege Of Caring For Dying Patients. Post cancer treatment, the body is in physical, metabolic, emotional and even spiritual fall-out. That's pretty concrete. So, it gets at your desire, it gets at your longing, it gets at what you're lacking. Our work, drawing from over 30 years of experience in hospice and end of life care, is grounded in the expression of the universal values of compassion and service. Dr. BJ Miller Miller, executive director of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, is using his experiences as doctor and “one who suffers” to fix the “badly designed” health care system for those nearing death. Dr. BJ Miller brings unique compassion to his role as Senior Director and Advocate of Zen Hospice Project. You don't just treat pain. Miller’s revolutionary Zen Hospice after stopping dialysis; and Pat, whose womb is a “cancerous mess.” Coming out of the back side of the experience of my own injuries, my own brush with death, etc., I came out of there eventually holding life much more loosely. As a palliative care physician at the University of California San Francisco's Cancer Center, Miller draws on his own experiences to help people with their physical, emotional and spiritual pain at the end of their lives. In his work in end-of-life care, he seeks to connect art, spirituality and medicine. Playing next. It doesn't go away. You treat suffering. Dr. BJ Miller's new project, the Center for Dying and Living, is a website designed for people to share their stories related to living with illness, disability or loss, or their stories of caring for someone with those conditions. "I'm more afraid of not living a full life. And when we push on that one, I think most of us can get to a place where we realize that we're not just our bodies — and our bodies, once they're dead, aren't likely to be feeling anything. For the past two years, he has overseen patient care in the facility’s six beds; all of … Dr. BJ Miller: Zen Hospice Project. That's why I think hospice and palliative medicine is so interesting. Dr. BJ Miller is one of the pre-eminent speakers on patient-centered care, palliative and end-of-life care. So the fear of dying, the fear of the dying process. That's knowable. It taught me some adult trick of simultaneously holding on to opposing emotions. Show Notes. His TED Talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” about keeping the patient at the center of care and encouraging empathic end-of-life care, and has garnered over 6 million views to date and ranked among the most viewed talks. He spends nearly 75 hours a week directing the hospice project, working in an outpatient clinic at UCSF and visiting those receiving home-hospice care. An electrical shock sustained while a Princeton undergraduate nearly cost him his life. But that's the kind of vibe you can get — a lot of us who have disabilities know very well. Screenshot from “The Art of Mindful Caregiving” by Zen Hospice Project on Vimeo. Miller is cultivating a model for palliative care organizations around the world, and emphasizing healthcares quixotic relationship to the inevitability of death. Register for What Matters Most at the End of Life. "There was a big explosion, a big flash of light, and I was thrown ... quite some distance," Miller says. But after recovering, Miller became a doctor, joined the faculty of UCSF, and is now leading a conversation about patient-centered care and redesigning the experience of how we die. The Symington Foundation Conference on New Dimensions in Integrative Cancer Care was … That has pointed us very squarely to all the things we love and care about. How B.J. But if you go there, then what has that done? BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative care specialist on a quest to reframe our relationship with death. Since he had looked death in the eyes, it changed the way he looked at life. Doctor Q&A: BJ Miller Palliative care aims to ease the suffering of patients and their families. Zen & the Art of Letting Go Dr. BJ Miller Helps Create a Caring Circle at Zen Hospice Project by David Rosenberg. Be sure to subscribe for daily interviews and content with our experts! Watch BJ Miller, executive director of the Zen Hospice Project, describe his mission to reimagine death in the TED Talk below. Bridget Bentz, Molly Seavy-Nesper and Deborah Franklin adapted it for the Web. The Zen Hospice Project guesthouse opened in 1990, during the height of the AIDS epidemic. BJ Miller, MD, talks with Michael Lerner about his life, his disability, and his role as executive director at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. I can't overcome this; it's my daily experience. The fear there, the things we are afraid to miss, are the things we really should uptick in terms of our attention now.