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Ira Byock, MD

Saying “The Four Things that Matter Most”

  • Dr. Ira Byock
  • Sunday, October 7
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

This event, part of the UNESCO City of Literature Iowa City Book Festival, is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 pm. Prairie Lights will have Dr. Byock’s books available for purchase. Dr. Byock will sign books from 7:30-8:00 p.m.

Pre-registration encouraged at or by calling Barbara Barrows at Iowa City Hospice at 319-351-5665.

Professional Conference – “Providing the Best Care Possible”

  • Monday, October 8
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
  • Keynote Presentation: “The Best Care Possible: Clinical and Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century” by Dr. Ira Byock

Fees: Physicians $60; Students $20; all other attendees $30.

Registration deadline Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

For additional information or to register, please go to
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Ira Byock, MD, FAAHPM is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

He is Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services based in Torrance, CA.

Dr. Byock is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine (Active) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He served as Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire from 2003 through July 2013.

Byock’s first book, Dying Well, (1997) has become a standard in the field of hospice and palliative care. The Four Things That Matter Most, (2004) is widely used as a counseling tool by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral care. His most recent book, The Best Care Possible, (March 2012) tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life. It has been praised by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and other major publications, and won the annual Books for a Better Life Award in the category of Wellness.

These special events are supported by the following organizations: Iowa City Hospice, University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Hills Bank and Trust, Mercy Iowa City, Oaknoll, US Bank, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa College of Nursing, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, Prairie Lights, the Senior Center, the Iowa Writers’ House, and Little Village.

Additional Educational Opportunities:

Respecting Choices Last Steps® Certification

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Purpose: To help participants learn the skills necessary to initiate IPOST conversations with the frail and elderly and people affected by a terminal illness or chronic critical medical condition, assist in making informed health care decisions, create written documents, and improve the effectiveness of the IPOST paradigm.

Intended Audience: Health care professionals

14.9 CEUs (which includes eight online modules). Cost: $189.

For further information, please contact Jane Dohrmann at or 319-351-5665.