BJ Miller MD

Dr. BJ Miller currently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and is an attending specialist for the Symptom Management Service of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the country’s very first outpatient palliative care clinics.  His years of medical training and practice support his efforts to combine social and medical models into a more comprehensive approach to caring for those nearing death.

BJ Miller at the Guest House

Dr. Miller is widely recognized for his efforts cultivating a larger dialogue about this universal human experience - suffering and dying are fundamental and intrinsic aspects of life.  His 2015 TED Talk, "What Really Matters at the End of Life", is a moving reflection of his vision to make empathic end-of-life care available to all, ranked among the Top 15 Most Viewed Talks of 2015 and has surpassed 4 million views. 

BJ previously served as ZHP’s Executive Director and Board member, contributing to the development and dissemination of ZHP’s pioneering model of human-centered end of life care. Over his years with the organization, he also cultivated myriad partnerships and strategic relationships with community organizations and practitioners. A charter member of San Francisco’s Palliative Care Task Force, BJ continues to champion Zen Hospice Project’s efforts to help bridge the spiritual and humanitarian approaches to end-of-life care through ZHPs Mindful Caregiver Education Program and Caregiving Services.

Following undergraduate studies in art history at Princeton, BJ received his MD from University of California San Francisco as a Regents' Scholar and completed his internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Harvard Medical School, with clinical duties split between Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.