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Palliative Options of Last Resort: What is possible in New York now and in the future?

October 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Division of Medical Ethics of Northwell Health


Palliative Options of Last Resort: What is possible in New York now and in the future?

 with distinguished guest lecturer

Timothy Quill, MD


Palliative care and hospice are part of the standards of care for seriously ill patients, and they are very effective most of the time. But despite excellent palliative treatment, a relatively small number of patients will still experience unacceptable suffering as part of the dying process, and a few of them will ask about options for hastening death.  Awareness of “last resort options” available in New York and elsewhere can be reassuring to such patients even if they never personally activate them.

Introduction by Samuel Packer, MD

Chair Emeritus Department of Ophthalmology, Professor of Ophthalmology, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine; Chair, Division of Medical Ethics, Northwell Health; Co-Director, Hofstra University Bioethics Center.

Opening Remarks by Peter Rogatz, MD, MPH

Co-founder and Vice President of End of Life Choices New York, former Director of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and former Associate Director of the Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook.

About Timothy Quill, MD

Dr. Quill is the founding director of the Palliative Care Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). After helping a patient die with life-ending medications, Dr. Quill wrote about the case in the New England Journal of Medicine, and was subsequently the lead plaintiff in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case challenging laws prohibiting physician assisted death. He is now a plaintiff in Myers v. Schneiderman, a case seeking to achieve aid in dying in New York. Dr. Quill is the Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor of Palliative Care, and professor of medicine, psychiatry, medical humanities and nursing at the URMC. He is a board certified palliative care consultant and acting director of the URMC Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 6pm-8pm, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Room W134

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the Division of Medical Ethics, Northwell Health at (516) 470-5840


October 3, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Room W134
Uniondale, NY United States
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