Keynote Speaker

BJ Miller, MD

Founder, Mettle Health
Author, A Beginner's Guide to the End


Friday, October 21, 2022, 1:45 PM


Aurora Ballroom A

Dr. Miller's TED Talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” about keeping the patient at the center of care and encouraging empathic end-of-life care, has garnered over 15 million views to date and is ranked among one of the most viewed talks.

Dr. Miller is the CEO of Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the many practical, emotional, and communication issues that come with serious or chronic illness, end of life, and disability. He is the Dream Foundation Honorary Medical Chair, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally ill adults. Dr. Miller was Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project from 2011 to 2016, where he helped develop and share a pioneering model of human-centered end of life care.

Raised in Chicago, Dr. Miller studied art history as an undergraduate at Princeton University. After several years working in both the art and disability-rights nonprofit communities, he enrolled at UCSF where he completed his MD as a Regents' Scholar in 2001. He completed his internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, where he served as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, with his clinical duties split between Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Among the various awards he has received, Dr. Miller won the William Osler Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the AAHPM/Project on Death in America Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award.