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To Be Human Is To Suffer, But Not Unnecessarily – My Conversation with Dr BJ Miller

BJ Miller, MD knows something about suffering. When he was a sophomore in college, he experienced a tragic accident that shaped the course of his life. From months spent as a patient in a burn unit, he learned that the simplest acts of care of the most healing. With this wisdom, he pursued a career in medicine specializing in Palliative Care. He is an advocate for shifting the paradigm around how we think about what’s most important at the end of life.

He newest endeavor is Mettle Health. Mettle Health provides personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability. It is the first patient- and caregiver-centric palliative care delivery system accessible to everyone, irrespective of geography, without a doctor’s referral. Mettle Health is comprised of palliative care clinicians, but operates outside of the traditional medical system; making it a social service staffed by medical professionals.
Patients and caregivers dealing with serious or chronic illness should be able to count on sound
information and enough emotional support to feel confident in the choices they make, whatever
their circumstances; Mettle Health will make that possible.

BJ Miller, MD has given over 100 talks nationally, and internationally, on the topics of death, dying, palliative care and the intersection of healthcare with design. His 2015 TED Talk: “Not Whether But How” (aka “What Matters Most at the End of Life”), has been viewed over 10 million times and his work has also been the subject of multiple interviews and podcasts, including Oprah Winfrey, PBS, The New York Times, The California Sunday Magazine, GOOP, Krista Tippett, Tim Ferriss and the TED Radio Hour. His book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End, was co-authored with Shoshana Berger and published in 2019.

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