Palliative-care specialist, cancer patient to discuss end-of-life considerations

The Jonathan J. King Lecture on Oct. 21 will feature a conversation between palliative-care expert Timothy Quill, MD, and neurosurgeon and cancer patient Paul Kalanithi, MD.

End-of-life decision-making will be the topic of conversation between two physicians — one an expert in palliative care, the other a neurosurgeon who has been diagnosed with lung cancer — at the 24th annual Jonathan J. King Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Berg Hall at the Li Ka Shing Center.

The event, titled “Discussing Palliative Care Earlier: A Conversation Between Dr. Kalanithi and Dr. Quill,” is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

Timothy Quill, MD, an expert on the doctor-patient relationship and palliative care, is a professor medicine, of psychiatry and of medical humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He will talk with Paul Kalanithi, MD, who was recently a postdoctoral scholar and neurosurgery resident at Stanford.

Quill has published and lectured widely about end-of-life care topics, including delivering bad news, discussing palliative care earlier, and exploring last-resort options. He is the author of several books about end-of-life matters.

Kalanithi wrote an opinion piece, published Jan 24. in The New York Times, titled “How Long Have I Got Left?” in which he discussed what it was like viewing his own CT scan as both a doctor who delivers bad news to patients and as a patient diagnosed with cancer.

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