Speaker: Adam D.Marks is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine (Geriatric & Palliative Medicine) at Michigan Medicine, as the University of Michigan Health System recently rebranded itself. He received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) School of Medicine & Public Health in 2007 and earned a M.P.H. in Epidemiology from there in 2006. Following a 2007-2011 residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan Hospital, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in palliative care there, he joined Michigan Medicine as a clinical lecturer in 2012 and was promoted to his present tenure-track position the next year.In addition to his role as attending on both the adult and pediatric inpatient palliative care consult services at Michigan Medicine, he has served since 2013 as Medical Director of Arbor Palliative Care, a community-based program under the auspices of Arbor Hospice. In 2015, he was appointed Associate Fellowship Director of the Michigan Medicine Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship. He became Faculty Ethicist for the Michigan Medicine Ethics Committee in 2016. His clinical interests include palliative care education, symptom management at the end of life, effective communication strategies around end-of-life care, outpatient palliative care delivery, and clinical ethics.
With increases in medical technology has come an increase in longevity. However, while Americans are living longer than ever before, we’re also living with more disease than past generations did. The question, then, is how we can live with disease as well as possible as we advance in years. Palliative Care is a subspecialty of medicine that helps people with serious illness take control of their illness and their life so they can have the best quality of life possible. This presentation will examine shifting demographics in heath, patterns of death, and the role that palliative care cab play for patients faced with a serious, life-limiting illness.