Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

Dr. Zitter is committed to changing the current paradigm of end-of-life medical decision-making. She believes we must reorient our care of the dying from default medicalization to a process where the patient, not their organ or disease, is the primary focus of care. A critical care and palliative care physician at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, Zitter is dedicated to the ideals and delivery of patient-centered medicine.

Dr. Zitter is featured in Extremis, an award-winning documentary streaming on Netflix. The film follows patients, their families, and their doctors as they all struggle to find the courage to make the most difficult decisions in the most challenging of all environments. Watch the trailer for Extremis below.

Dr. Zitter is an essayist for The New York Times and Huffington Post. She is also the co-founder of Vital Decisions, a telephone-based counseling service for patients with life-limiting illness. Her first book, Extreme Measures, (Penguin Books) will be released Spring 2017.

Dr. Zitter attended Stanford University and Case Western Reserve University Medical School and obtained a Master’s in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Her medical training includes an Internal Medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. She has been board-certified in palliative care since 2010.