Episode 31 | Dying with Dignity – A Discussion on Palliative Medicine with Dr. Aziz Ansari

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The terms “hospice” and “palliative care” are frequently associated with end stages of dying and can be misinterpreted as giving up or losing hope, but it could not be further from the truth.  In fact, hospice and palliative care are not synonymous and do not have to be mutually exclusive.  Listen as we discuss the differences between hospice and palliative care, debunk some common misconceptions, and explore the benefits of these routes of treatment.

Dr. Aziz Ansari is an Associate Professor of Medicine and is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Optimization and Revenue Integrity at Loyola University Medical Center. He graduated from Midwestern University and completed his residency training at Loyola University Medical Center. He is a practicing and board certified hospitalist and palliative care physician. Dr. Ansari teaches frequently on the role of primary palliative care in improving health care delivery, primary communication skills in serious illness, opioid management and the role of cultural humility in challenging one’s implicit biases at the bedside. He has over a decade of speaking and teaching experience.