Palliative Care

Rebecca E MacDonell-Yilmaz, MD, MPH (1 Posts)

Fellow Physician Contributing Writer

Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University

Rebecca MacDonell-Yilmaz received her BA and MPH from Dartmouth College and her MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She is a pediatrician currently undergoing fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine, to be followed by a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology. Her poetry and essays has been published in Pediatrics, JAMA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Huffington Post. She blogs about her experiences at The Growth Curve: ruminations of a pediatrician in training ( She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons.

The Importance of Palliative Care in Surgery

In an ideal world we would all die at home with our loved ones caring for us, slowly slipping away in our sleep into the placid beyond. But why doesn’t it happen this way? There’s a dignity to that way because of its organic simplicity. It’s how people used to die prior to modern medicine and before we started needing to always “fix the problem.”

Adrienne Bruce, MD Adrienne Bruce, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

University of Pennsylvania

Adrienne is a graduating fourth-year medical student at Georgetown who will be starting residency in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in surgical oncology and is passionate about the role that palliative care can have for the multi-disciplinary care of oncologic surgery patients.