President Emeritus, The Hastings Center
“American medicine is going through profound changes now. One of the most important is the care of the dying, a challenge to medicine, our society, and to us as individuals. Great progress has been made in recent years, but much more is needed. The Final Acts Project is a most welcome addition to those of us who have long worked to improve it, promising to bring some new and unique approaches.”
Clinician-educator, Director Northern California Geriatric Education Center, the UCSF Medical Humanities program, and the Pathways to Discovery Program, associate editor for the JAMA Care of the Aging Patient series, Director of Public Medical Communication for the Program for the Aging Century.
Ruth Berggren, MD, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio
Ira Byock, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services
Arthur Leonard Caplan, PhD
Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics in NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health
William Julian Chapman, Tenor
William Chapman brings a fresh, distinctive voice to the opera world that has been described as rare and intoxicating by musicians and opera lovers alike.
Writer, playwright, poet, vocal coach, and arts facilitator for older adults.
A founding member of, and lecturer and curricula developer for Lifetime Arts. The founder of “An ABC Approach to Alzheimer’s Awareness and Care Through the Arts.”
Author, investigative journalist, founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink
William Dale, MD, University of Chicago, Advisory Board
Board-certified Internist, Geriatrician, Palliative Medicine physician and Health Policy PhD, and the Section Chief of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago. The Founding Director of the Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) clinic, reflecting a clinical, research, and educational interest in older adults with cancer.
Dr. James Doty, Stanford, Advisory Board
Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University, Expert in pediatric neurosurgery and formerly Chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Orange County, CA. Repeatedly honored a one of “America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumers’ Research Council and “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors.
Founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University in the Stanford Institute of Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences (SINTN) of which the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor.
Wendy S.A. Edwards, MD
Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York Medical College
Thaman Professor of English & Comp Lit
The University of Texas at Austin
Alan Warren Friedman specializes in modern British, Irish, and American literature, the novel, and Shakespearean drama.
The Gonzalez Group President and Founder
Recognized leader in consulting with Fortune 200 companies in identifying and developing the organization’s culture in support of meeting business needs. Interventions have included: facilitation (at all levels), training, mentoring, shadowing, training and implementation of change management processes.
Gretchen McCord-DeFlorio, JD
Attorney, consultant, and educator specializing in copyright law, privacy law, and other legal issues related to digital information.
David L. John MD
Specialist in rheumatology and internal medicine in Honolulu, Hawai’i
Sherry Kafka-Wagner, MFA
Consultant, researcher, lecturer and writer.
Eleanor Beldon Komet, Ph.D.
Dr. Komet is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and has been a frequent presenter at the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Brendan Parent, JD
Instructor in the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in Sports and Society at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Noreen Winningham, Ph.D.
A former elementary/middle school teacher, undergraduate/graduate professor, and school administrator for eighteen years. A private consultant to elementary school districts in 25 U.S. states, France, and Belgium for the prior ten years, Winningham’s past work includes the design and management of programming for the integration of the arts into the basic curriculum and the design and delivery of teacher professional development in mathematics and computer technology.
Dr Cheryl Woodson
Spent more than 30 years teaching and practicing Geriatric