Program Participants

Arthur R. Miller, Moderator
Arthur R. Miller is the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard University Law School. He has been a moderator for the nationally-acclaimed PBS series "The Constitution: That Delicate Balance"; "Managing Our Miracles: Health Care in America"; and "The Sovereign Self."

Most recently, Professor Miller has moderated The Fred Friendly Seminars entitled "Who Shall Be Healed?"; "Profits and Promises: Reworking the American Dream"; and "Your Money & Your Life: America's Managed Care Revolution." In addition to BEFORE I DIE, Professor Miller also will serve as one of the moderators for the upcoming Seminars series, "Liberty & Limits: 'The Federalist' Idea 200 Years Later," which airs in April 1997.

He appears regularly on ABC's Good Morning America and COURT TV. He is nationally known for his work on court procedure, copyright and unfair competition, and right of privacy.

Tim Russert, Series Host
Tim Russert, senior vice president and Washington Bureau chief of NBC News, also serves as moderator of "Meet the Press" and as a political analyst for NBC Nightly News and the Today Show. In addition, he anchors "The Tim Russert Show", a weekly program on CNBC examining the role of the media in American society.

Since 1995, Mr. Russert has taken up the mantel handed him by noted journalist Fred W. Friendly as host of The Fred Friendly Seminars. To date, Mr. Russert has hosted the three-part Seminar Profits and Promises and the hour-long special Your Money & Your Life: America's Managed Care Revolution.

Since joining NBC News in 1984, Mr. Russert has interviewed a notable array of major American political figures, including President Bill Clinton, Ross Perot, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Pat Buchanan, Jack Kemp and Colin Powell; and has covered eight U.S./Russia Summits. In 1990, he oversaw production of the primetime news special "A Day in the Life of President Bush", and in 1993, "A Day in the Life of President Clinton." In 1994, Mr. Russert was nominated for the cable industry's prestigious Cable Ace Award as "Best Interviewer."


Ira R. Byock, MD
Director of the Palliative Care Service in Missoula, Montana, as well as president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is also medical director of the Partners in Home Care hospice and the director of the Missoula Project, an organization which is attempting to revolutionize how we die in America. Previously, he served for five years as chair for the Academy Ethics Committee of the National Hospice Organization. In 1995, Dr. Byock was the recipient of the National Hospice Organization's prestigious "Person of the Year" award, and in 1996, was featured in the HBO film "Letting Go: A Hospice Journey." His first book entitled DYING WELL: THE PROSPECT FOR GROWTH AT THE END OF LIFE (Putnam) was published in January 1997.

Arthur Leonard Caplan, PhD
Director for Bioethics and trustee professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as professor of Molecular and Cellular Engineering and professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Previously, he held distinguished positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburgh, The Hastings Center and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, he has devoted his time and talent to a range of activities including: the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, the Clinton Health Care Task Force, Lifesource-Organ Procurement Organization and the National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine. In addition to his weekly syndicated column, "A Question of Ethics," Dr. Caplan has authored over 350 articles and reviews.

Nancy Neveloff Dubler, LLB
Director of the Division of Bioethics at Montefiore Medical Center. She is currently a professor of Bioethics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She lectures about and is the author of numerous articles and books on termination of care, home care and long-term care, geriatrics, prison and jail health care and AIDS. Ms. Dubler consults often with federal agencies, national working groups and bioethics centers and has helped found the Law and Ethics Consultation Service, which aids in the analysis of difficult cases, as well as the Journal of Prison and Jail Health. Her most recent books are: ETHICS ON CALL: TAKING CHARGE OF LIFE-AND-DEATH CHOICES IN TODAY'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (1993/Vintage) and MEDIATING BIOETHICAL DISPUTES (1994/United Hospital Fund).

Claudia M. Fegan, MD
President of the medical staff and attending physician in internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL. She is currently a primary care physician with Hyde Park Associates in Medicine. She is also a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and immediate past president of Physicians for a National Health Program. Dr. Fegan has spent her entire career tending to poor and elderly patients, and is an outspoken advocate for single payer health care and against for-profit managed care. She continues to be very active in a number of professional organizations including Physicians for a National Health Program, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, the American Medical Association and the Chicago Medical Society.

Willard Gaylin, MD
Clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, specializing in the private practice of psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He is presently serving on the board of directors of several organizations including: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., Medical/Scientific Board of the National Aphasia Association and The Hastings Center, an institution he co-founded which engages in research on ethical issues in the life sciences. Dr. Gaylin has served as author or editor of 20 books and over 100 articles.

Constance Holden, RN, MSN, LLB
Executive director of the Hospice of Boulder County, Boulder, CO -- specializes in home care and inpatient hospice management. Ms. Holden has served as a consultant to hospices nationwide on the topics of hospice management, day care and inpatient unit development. She is currently vice president of the Hospice Alliance of Colorado and chair of both the Ethics Advisory Committee at Boulder Community Hospital and the Colorado Hospice Organization's Education Committee. Ms. Holden has spent many years giving presentations dealing with end-of-life issues at professional conferences and symposiums, and has authored numerous related articles.

Rabbi Maurice Lamm
Chair in Professional Rabbinics at Yeshiva University and president of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice in Los Angeles -- previously served for more than a decade as dean of the Southern California Orthodox Community. Rabbi Lamm is widely known as the author of five books, particularly for THE JEWISH WAY IN DEATH AND MOURNING which has sold some 260,000 copies, and for THE POWER OF HOPE. As director of the Gindi Program which is affiliated with Yeshiva University, Rabbi Lamm is a professional consultant to young rabbis serving in their first pulpits. He is also a resident scholar for professional development retreats where community leaders, pulpit rabbis, Jewish educators and Jewish communal workers generate new ideas and problem-solving methods.

Joanne Lynn, MD
A geriatrician and nationally-known expert on end-of-life issues. She is a professor of Health Care Sciences and Medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center and the director of GWU's Center to Improve the Care of the Dying, a new multi-disciplinary center for research, education and advocacy on the care of seriously ill persons. Dr. Lynn is currently heading the team writing The Handbook for Mortals, a guide to coping with a family member's terminal illness. For the last three years, she also has served as professor of Medicine and of Community and Family Medicine, associate director of the Center for the Aging, and a senior associate in the Center for the Evaluation Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Sherwin B. Nuland, MD
Clinical professor of surgery at the Yale School of Medicine and honorary attending surgeon at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he practiced for 30 years before leaving clinical work to devote himself full-time to medical history, medical ethics, and writing. His book HOW WE DIE won the National Book Award in 1994 and has been published in 17 languages.

Richard Payne, MD
Professor of neurology and chief of the Pain and Symptom Management Section, Department of Neuro-Oncology at The University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, he is co-chair for the Behavioral, Psychological and Health Services Research Review Committee at MD Anderson, and serves on their Institutional Research Support Committee. An expert in pain and symptom management, Dr. Payne has served on an array of such committees and task forces around the world throughout his career.

Anna Quindlen, LLB
Author, wife and mother of three, she has served as a columnist at the New York Times from 1981 to 1994. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1992 and was only the third woman ever to write a regular column for the Time's influential Op-Ed page. In 1995, Ms. Quindlen left the world of newspapers to become a full-time novelist. She is the author of four books. Her new novel, ONE TRUE THING, is a best seller, and OBJECT LESSONS, her first novel about the coming of age of a young Irish Catholic girl, was an enormous commercial and critical success. Her best-selling book of essays, THINKING OUT LOUD, was published in 1993, and her first children's book, THE TREE THAT CAME TO STAY, was published in 1992.

Dr. Jesus Rodriguez
Director of Educational Programs for the AIDS Pastoral Care Network -- is a board certified chaplain of the HIV Primary Care Center at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL. He has published several articles for El Nuevo Evangelista including "The Church, AIDS, and the Public Health Department" and also has authored numerous training pamphlets for the AIDS Pastoral Care Network and Cook County Hospital volunteers. Currently, Dr. Rodriguez is writing two books that will be published in 1997: BUILDING PASTORAL RELATIONSHIPS with the Hospital Staff, a seminary text, and LIVING, COPING AND DYING WITH AIDS, a reference for caregivers.

Katherine E. Slaughter, RN, MSN, CCRN
An advanced clinical nurse with University Hospitals of Cleveland. She has also served as a clinical instructor at Kent State University, and worked as a registered nurse with Warren General Hospital. Ms. Slaughter continues to develop educational programs for her nursing staff in order to perpetuate the highest level of medical care for critically ill patients.

Karen Stanley, RN, MSN, AOCN
A clinical nurse specialist with Hospice/Home Health at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, CA -- serves as a staff consultant for complex patient management issues in acute care settings and is an educator in pain management, policy and procedure development. Previously, Ms. Stanley was an oncology clinical nurse specialist and pain management consultant at Kaiser Foundation Hospital. She has participated in numerous international conferences involving cancer and pain management and also serves on many such committees and task forces nationwide.

Program Producers

Stuart F. Sucherman, President, Seminars, Inc.
Mr. Sucherman is both president of Seminars, Inc., which produces The Fred Friendly Seminars for public broadcasting, and president of Sucherman Consulting Group. Mr. Sucherman formerly was the executive director of Media and Society Seminars at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. With Fred Friendly, he co-created and produced more than 100 hours of local and national television programming on wide-ranging public policy issues including the 13-part Emmy Award-winning PBS series, The Constitution: That Delicate Balance; the PBS special Anatomy of a Libel Case; a three-part series for CBS News titled Eye on the Media; and the PBS series and specials The Military and the News Media; Ethics in America; and Who Shall Be Healed?; among others.

Richard Kilberg, Executive Producer, Seminars, Inc.
Mr. Kilberg has produced award-winning public affairs and entertainment television. His documentaries, which include Adam Clayton Powell, Huey Long and The Brooklyn Bridge, have among them two Oscar Nominations, a Dupont Columbia Award, an Ohio State Award, a christopher Medal and many other honors. He also has been a programming and production executive at PBS, HBO and in the independent television world. Mr.Kilberg has been Executive Producer of several Fred Friendly Seminars, including the series Profits and Promises, and the programs Your Money and Your Life: America's Managed Care Revolution and Who Shall be Healed?

Amy Schatz, Producer
Ms. Schatz joined the Fred Friendly Seminars to produce Your Money and Your Life: America's Managed Care Revolution. She has produced programs for PBS and HBO including, most recently, the family special How Do You Spell God? She was the Series producer on What Can We Do About Violence? A Bill Moyers Special and has collaborated on the Bill Moyers series The World of Ideas and The Hate Trilogy. In 1994 she produced the HBO children's program Going Going Almost Gone: Animals in Danger! for which she won a national Emmy Award.

Joan I. Greco, Writer
Ms. Greco as a decade-long association with the Hypothetical format. An editor of the Harvard Law Review, she went on to clerk for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the U.S. Court of Appeals, and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the United States Supreme Court. She has created hypotheticals for many Socratic programs including the Emmy-winning series The Constitution: That Delicate Balance, Anatomy of a Libel Case (for which she earned an American Bar Assoc. Silver Gavel Award); and more recently, the PBS specials Profits and Promises and Who Shall Be Healed? In 1992 she produced Fred Friendly's critically acclaimed series, That Delicate Balance II: Our Bill of Rights.

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