Renowned palliative care expert joins Providence 

Ira Byock, M.D. takes “whole person” care at Providence to the next level

One of the nation's leading experts in palliative care, Ira Byock, M.D. is joining Providence and taking our commitment to “whole person” care to the next level. He will serve as chief medical officer for the new Providence Institute for Human Caring.

The institute’s focus goes beyond the medical aspects of illness to care for the whole person, encompassing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Providence is widely recognized for providing this kind of care across the West Coast through its premier hospice and palliative care programs.

Dr. Byock’s leadership in transforming health care through the end of life makes him a perfect fit for Providence. He previously served as director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and chair of palliative medicine at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. He is the author of influential books aimed at guiding and empowering patients and families, including The Four Things That Matter Most, Dying Well and The Best Care Possible.

Through his leadership of the institute, Dr. Byock aims to challenge the persistent crisis in how to care for Americans in the last phase of life. Studies show most Americans would like to spend their final days at home, surrounded by those they love. Yet about 70 percent spend their last days in hospitals or nursing homes. The institute will offer resources, training and support to help clinicians have more open and meaningful conversations with patients and their families about their plans and preferences for care through the end of life.

Based at Providence TrinityCare in Southern California, the institute’s programs will support clinicians, patients and families in communities across the Providence system. Learn more in the official news release. Additional information on Dr. Byock can be found at