Milch Receives National Palliative Care Award

Published July 20, 2010 This content is archived.


Robert Milch, MD ’68, clinical professor of surgery and former medical director of The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, is one of four physicians who have been named recipients of the first Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards.

The awards were given by the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the doctor-patient relationship at the end of life, in partnership with The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute known for its pioneering work on end-of-life decision-making. The nomination and selection process was administered by the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life.

The awardees were drawn from a national group of nominees, and the awards were made in two categories: an established physician category for leadership in end-of-life care and an early-career physician category for serious commitment to the field and contribution through practical research or clinical work.

Milch, who received the established physician award of $50,000, has been involved with hospice and palliative care for more than 30 years, most of it at Hospice Buffalo, where he initially served as a volunteer medical director.

As a surgeon, he has been recognized for his longstanding commitment to and excellence in clinical care for patients with advanced illness and for his regional and national leadership in palliative care and surgery.