Dr. David Barile, founder of Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey, a gerontologist in Princeton, NJ, is this week’s Seekers of Meaning Podcast guest. He discusses his group’s efforts to help patients get the care they need and no less and the care they want and no more. The organization is working to set a new standard by helping healthcare providers, patients, and families make medical decisions that genuinely reflect a person’s wishes.
About the Guest
Dr. Barile is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey (GOCCNJ), a non-profit partnership of leading healthcare providers, government agencies, and community organizations dedicated to helping patients get the care they need and no less and the care they want and no more. GOCCNJ provides valuable tools and information to help facilitate conversations about medical decisions at the end of life and is working to set a new standard of care in NJ by helping healthcare providers, patients, and families make medical decisions that genuinely reflect a person’s wishes. In addition to his roll with GOCCNJ, Dr. Barile is Director of Palliative Medicine Services and Medical Director of the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director at Princeton Care Center Skilled Nursing Facility, Greenwood Hospice, and Goldenview Memory Home.
Dr. Barile was instrumental in designing the NJ POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Therapies) Form and is an active member of the National POLST Paradigm Task Force focused on improving the quality of patient care by creating a system that identifies patients’ wishes regarding medical treatment and communicates and respects them by creating portable medical orders. He’s also served on the NJ Governor’s Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care. Dr. Barile has devoted much of his professional life to helping facilitate thoughtful, advance care planning conversations between health care professionals and patients and those close to them to determine what treatments patients do and do not want based on their personal beliefs and current state of health. He’s been widely published and is a sought-after speaker on the subject advance care planning and end-of-life care. He’s received numerous grants including from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Horizon Foundation, and other awards including Hospital Charitable Service Award’s Project of Promise Award and the POLST Paradigm State Innovations Award in recognition of his work on behalf of elderly patients and those suffering from advanced illness.
Dr. Barile completed his undergraduate education at University of California at Santa Cruz and received his Doctorate of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his Internship and Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and a two-year Geriatric Fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received Internal Medicine board certification in 1999, Geriatric Medicine certification in 2001 and Hospice/Palliative Medicine certification in 2005 and has been in clinical practice since 2000. Dr. Barile is a member of American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and the American Geriatric Society.