We are so pleased to announce that Dr. Tim Quill has joined the End of Life Choices New York Board of Directors. Dr. Quill is a Distinguished Professor of Palliative Care, and Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities and Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Medicine (URMC). He is recently retired but was the Founding Director of the URMC Palliative Care Program and is a past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Quill shared, “I am honored and excited to join the board of directors of End of Life Choices New York and to work with them to advocate improvements in palliative care and hospice throughout the state, and also to gain open access to more and better individualized choices to achieve a peaceful death at the very end of life for those who want it.”
“As the Clinical Director of EOLCNY I was particularly pleased to learn that Dr. Tim Quill had agreed to join our board. I have known Tim for some years and respect his extensive experience and knowledge of palliative medicine and collaborative practice. I believe his presence on the board will increase our clinical credibility and help us all to better understand the complexities of end of life counseling and care”, said Judy Schwarz, PhD.
Dr. Quill has published and lectured widely about various aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, with special focus on end-of-life decision making. He is the author/editor of eight books on palliative and end-of life care, including Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: A Compassionate, Widely Available Option for Hastening Death (to be released this summer by Oxford University Press). He has also published over 170 peer reviewed articles mainly on palliative and end of life care. Dr. Quill was the lead physician plaintiff in a legal case challenging the New York law prohibiting physician-assisted death heard in 1997 by the U.S. Supreme Court (Quill v. Vacco).