Poetry & End of Life Symposium

Join doctors, caregivers, and award-wining poets for a night of poetry, music, and discussion on the end of life.

This union of physicians and poets promises to provide a unique perspective on the ultimate fate of all living beings, and the ways both art and medical treatment impact patients and their loved ones. The varied voices of the evening will speak to the challenges and treatments when facing the greatest transition of life.

The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Genetech Hall in Mission Bay.

Key speakers include prize-winning poet Jane Hirshfield, the 2013 Hellman Visiting Artist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center; Sandra Gilbert, Distinguished Professor of English Emerita at UC Davis and award-winning poet, Frank Ostaseski, a Buddhist teacher, leading voice in contemplative end-of-life care, and pioneering hospice founder; UCSF neurologist Bruce Miller, MD, director of the Memory and Aging Center; Steven Pantilat, MD, director of UCSF’s Palliative Care Program and a national authority on end-of-life issues, among others.