Timothy E. Quill M.D. will speak at Daemen October 9

End of Life Advance Directives: Who, What, When, Where, and WHY

September 3, 2013





Information:  Daemen Conference &

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Contacts:        Mike Andrei

                       Director-College Relations

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                       Teri D'Agostino-Director

                       University of Rochester Medical Center

                       Public Relations and Communications

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           On Wednesday, October 9, Dr. Timothy E. Quill, M.D., will speak at Daemen College on end of life decision making. Dr. Quill’s lecture, “Advance Directives: Who, What, When, Where, and WHY,” will be from 7-9 p.m. in Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. It is free and open to the public.


           Near the final phases of life-limiting illness the choices may be challenging. Unique physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial needs occur. Aggressive, life-prolonging treatment,  a comfort-oriented approach, or something in between? And who decides – the patient, the doctor, the family, or some combination?


           Dr. Quill knows first-hand the complex problems many families and doctors are forced to face regarding end-of-life issues. A key question: how to make a terminally ill patient’s wishes known, especially if he or she should become unable to make their own critical end-of-life choices?


           The lecture is sponsored by Daemen College and The Health Foundation of Western and Central NY  


Dr. Quill is a professor of medicine, psychiatry, and medical humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is also director of the Palliative Care Division in the Department of Medicine.


           A Board Certified palliative care consultant, Dr. Quill has published and lectured widely about various aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, with special focus on end-of-life decision making, including delivering bad news, non-abandonment, discussing palliative care earlier, and exploring last-resort options.


           He is the author of several books on end-of life, including Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004); Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together (Oxford University Press, 2001); and A Midwife Through the Dying Process: Stories of Healing and Hard Choices at the End of Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).


           His new book, Ethical Issues in Palliative Care and Hospice: Common Ground and Cutting Edges, will be published early next by Oxford University Press.


           He is also the author of numerous articles published in major medical journals including "Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making" published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Quill was the lead physician plaintiff in the New York State legal case challenging the law prohibiting physician-assisted death that was heard in 1997 by the U.S. Supreme Court (Quill v. Vacco).


           Dr. Quill received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College (1971), and his M.D. from the University of Rochester (1976). He completed his Internal Medicine residency in 1979 and a Fellowship in Medicine/Psychiatry Liaison in 1981, both from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.


           Dr. Quill is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians; an ABMS certified Palliative Care consultant; a board member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; and a founding board member of American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.



Contact Information:

Palliative Care Program

University of Rochester Medical Center

601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 687

Rochester, NY 14642

Phone: 585-273-1154 Fax: 585-275-7403

E-mail: timothy_quill@urmc.rochester.edu



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