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I am a family physician who practices hospice and palliative medicine at the VA Palo Alto in California.  I'm on the faculty of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at Stanford University.  I created this blog to share resources, my thoughts, and selected writing.  My interests include pain medicine, human-centered design, medical education. Here is my CV.  


The Insights, Inspirations and Introspections of a palliative care physician

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February 22, 2018

Introducing palliative care to patients poses a challenge.  It’s a service that is unfamiliar or misunderstood by many patients and their families, so first impressions can make a difference on the relationship you develop with the patient and their family.  I struggle...

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Food (and the eating of it) plays a central role in our experience of health and illness.  Think of whatever the latest health food craze is, or a par...

The 5 D's: A Framework for Discussing Artificial Nutrition

December 18, 2017

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