Dr. Muriel Gillick, expert on aging​, and Alan Yoffie, Reform Jewish author

Dr Muriel Gillick, an expert on aging, author of the Life In The End Zone blog and Old and Sick in America: The Journey through the Health Care System (Studies in Social Medicine) is our first guest.

Joining us in the second half of the show is Alan Yoffie, author of Sharing the Journey: The Haggadah for the Contemporary Family by Alan S. Yoffie (Author), Mark Podwal (Illustrator) (HARDCOVER GIFT EDITION)-Amazing New Modern Haggadah for 2012!

About the Guests

Muriel Gillick is a physician specializing in the care of elderly patients and adults of all ages who are facing serious, life-threatening illness. She is a staff physician at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and a Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She provides consultation to patients at the Brigham and Women Hospital, a major Harvard teaching hospital.

Dr. Gillick attended Swarthmore College, where she received a B.A. in history. She then went on to Harvard Medical School for an M.D. degree and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital. Her geriatric training took place at Boston University Medical Center. She also spent a year as a research fellow in the Mellon Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is board-certified in both Geriatrics and in Palliative Medicine.

Before coming to Harvard Vanguard and the Brigham, Dr. Gillick was Physician-in-Chief at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, a premier long-term care facility in the Boston area. She also served as Director of the Harvard Geriatrics Fellowship Program, which trains young physicians to specialize in geriatric medicine.

The major focus of Dr. Gillick’s work is caring for patients near the end of their lives. She is particularly interested in helping patients and their families figure out what approach to medical care makes most sense for them, given their underlying health status, their values, and their goals.

Alan S. Yoffie is a former president of Temple Emanuel in Worcester, MA and a regular participant in Outreach Training Institute programs of the Union for Reform Judaism–Reform Jewish Outreach Boston. Mr. Yoffie wrote Sharing the Journey – The Haggadah for the Contemporary Family and its Seder Leader’s Guide to enable all family members, wherever they are in their religious commitment or observances, to enjoy a welcoming Passover celebration and to truly experience the power of the Seder and the story of the Exodus: A shared Jewish experience that has historical and contemporary significance to persons of all faiths.
Mr. Yoffie has actively served Temple Emanuel and the Jewish Community in Worcester for over 35 years. In addition to serving as President, Vice President of Education, and Treasurer of Temple Emanuel, Mr. Yoffie chaired a Rabbinic Search Committee, and the School, Finance and Sanctuary and Sanctuary Renovation Committees. He also served on the Worship Committee and co-chaired the Building and Location Committee of Temple Emanuel Sinai, the successor congregation to Temple Emanuel and Temple Sinai, Worcester, MA. In addition to his congregational service, Mr. Yoffie has served on the Board of Directors and the Strategic Planning Committee of the Worcester Jewish Community Center and on the Board of Directors and the Strategic Planning and Quality Assurance Committees of the Jewish Healthcare Center. Since 2010, Mr. Yoffie has conducted monthly Shabbat services on Friday afternoon for residents in the Alzheimer’s Unit of the Healthcare Center and members of their families .
Mr. Yoffie is a graduate of Brandeis University and The George Washington University Law School and is a member of the Bar of the State of Delaware and the District of Columbia. A retired CEO of a family business, Mr. Yoffie’s professional career has also included government service, the private practice of law, and management consulting. He is married to Johanna D. Drooz Yoffie, an attorney. They have four children and three grandchildren who look forward each year to Passover Seders with their parents, grandparents, and friends of all faiths who are welcomed to their home.

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