Taking Palliative Care Mainstream: A Glimpse of the Future
Dr. von Gunten describes the path that other health care systems will follow by illustrating the path of a typical, Midwestern health care system in response to two facts. First, hospice care has been proven to be the best way to care for people in the last months of life. Second, palliative care has been proven to improve quality and reduce cost for the care of people with advanced illness. This represents success of the efforts of the past 50 years to change mainstream health care. However, success requires us to change, too.
About Dr. von Gunten
VP, Medical Affairs Hospice & Palliative Medicine, OhioHealth Kobacker House
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Palliative Medicine
Dr. Charles von Gunten is widely known as a pioneer in the hospice and palliative medicine. He is the Founding Chairman, Test Committee, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Dr. von Gunten has received numerous awards including a life-time achievement award from the American Academy for Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the American Cancer Society’s prestigious Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award. He has been recognized by AAHPM as one of 30 pioneers in palliative medicine and was named a top cancer doctor in Newsweek Health. He has published and spoken widely on the subjects of hospice, palliative medicine, and pain and symptom control.
Dr. von Gunten earned a PhD in Biochemistry and an MD with honors from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1988. Prior to joining OhioHealth, Dr. von Gunten led the development of education and research programs in the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice as Provost and the University of California, San Diego as Clinical Professor of Medicine.