Episode #39 Novel Approaches to Palliative Care with Delia Chiaramonte, MD

Body of Wonder Podcast Caring for an individual with a serious medical diagnosis can be difficult for patients, their families, and caregivers. For some, a palliative care professional can make a big difference.
On this episode, we welcome Dr. Delia Chiaramonte, an integrative, palliative care physician and medical educator, who helps seriously ill patients live their best life.

By going beyond symptom management, forward thinking palliative care professionals aim to develop a model of care that places the individual's physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing at the center.

Integrative palliative care combines conventional and complementary approaches. It has been shown to provide significant benefits to patients, including improved symptom management, better relationships with healthcare providers, and increased satisfaction with care.

In this episode, we discuss mind-body tools for symptom relief, experiencing joy while living with a serious condition, confronting the fear of mortality, the growing use of psychedelics in terminal care, the advantages of team-based care, and improving overall quality of care for individuals.

Please note, the show will not advise, diagnose, or treat medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your physician or healthcare provider for questions regarding your health.

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Andrew Weil, MD and Victoria Maizes, MD


Delia Chiaramonte , MD

Dr. Chiaramonte ("Care-a-mon-tee") is an integrative palliative medicine physician and experienced medical educator. She is the Founder of the Integrative Palliative Institute, and host of The Integrative Palliative Podcast. She offers a ?Positive Doctoring? program for physicians and teaches families how to help a seriously ill loved one live their best life.

Dr. Chiaramonte?s past positions include Division Chief of Integrative Palliative Medicine at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and Associate Director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine?s Center for Integrative Medicine.

She was voted by her peers as a Baltimore Top Doc from 2019-2022.

Dr. Chiaramonte is currently writing a book, tentatively titled ?Calming The Chaos: The Essential Guide For Families Facing A Serious Medical Condition?

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