The purpose of the art of medicine is not primarily to cure disease or fight death, but to relieve human suffering.

Sherwin B. Nuland

Sherwin B. Nuland

Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

We believe that upon diagnosis of a serious disease, the patient has the right to receive the support of palliative care.

Philanthropy is necessary

to sustain and grow palliative medicine programs nationally.

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Sherwin “Shep” Nuland was first and foremost a surgeon who took care of sick people.  Other than his family, this was his joy in life.  Being at the bedside of a patient was essential to his vision of the practice of medicine.

Shep was also a bioethicist, a medical historian and a National Book Award winner for his book “HOW WE DIE”.


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“[Nuland’s] talk at TED…remains one of the most powerful moments in the conference’s history. He combined brilliant storytelling with remarkable personal candor and vulnerability. He inspired many at the time,and continues to do so today.
”Chris Anderson, TED’s Curator

Sherwin B. Nuland
Ted Talks

How electroshock therapy changed me

The extraordinary power of ordinary people: A Meditation on Hope

Ted Med

Has technology changed a physician’s values?