Judith Redwing Keyssar
Judith Redwing Keyssar has traversed an amazing 25+ year journey during the infancy and evolution of Palliative Care. After having a transformative experience at the bedside of a dear friend, her intention in becoming a nurse was to be a midwife to the dying and care for the critically and terminally ill. As her career migrated from oncology to critical care to hospice and palliative care, her own cancer diagnosis thrust her into the world of her patients’ experiences, and to facing her own mortality. Redwing Keyssar is an author, teacher, national presenter and frequent contributor to the public debate about Palliative Care. She currently serves as the Director of a unique community based Palliative Care program at Seniors at Home, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services in San Francisco and as an adjunct faculty member of the California State University Institute of Palliative Care. She is an author and poet, and is studying to be a Poetic Medicine Therapist.