Foundation Activities

Foundation Prizes

On January 12, 2010 the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation and Hastings Center awarded its inaugural Physician Prizes to four outstanding physicians across the nation committed to end-of-life care. $50,000 went to Robert A. Milch, MD, FACS, of The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, near Buffalo. Three $15,000 prizes were awarded to early-career physicians Elisabeth Potts Dellon, MD, MPH, of the University of North Carolina, Jeffrey N. Stoneberg, DO, of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine and Eytan Szmuilowicz, MD, of Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago. To learn more about the prizes and 2010/2011 recipients click here.

Planning Healthcare My Way: A Guide To Future Healthcare Decisions

In 2017, The Cunniff-Dixon Foundation collaborated with Dr Bob Pearlman and Mellissa Bottrell to bring to life an Advance Care Planning project that was put into motion several years ago under Dr Pearlman’s initiative and vision. In early 2018 we now see the fruits of their work both in digital and print form. “Planning My Way” is now a comprehensive website along with print modules that educates readers and users on how to take control, manage and prepare for current and future health care decisions. Learn more at:

CME Symposia on The Art of Medicine at the End of Life

Initiated in 2007, the Symposia provide physicians and surgeons in all specialties with a solid overview of current issues, dilemmas, and ‘best practices’ in end of life care. Faculty members tend to be national leaders in their respective fields. The most recent ‘Art of Medicine at the End of Life’ symposium took place in May of 2009 at the New York Academy of Medicine . As in 2007, a superb faculty provided material that was highly interactive, using short didactic presentations, open discussions, and case presentations to enhance one’s understanding, comfort level, and skill in working with patients who are at or near the end of their lives.

Cunniff-Dixon Collaborations

Through developing partnerships around end-of-life issues with leading professional organizations, the Foundation intends to become a ‘trusted source’ for medical education in end-of-life care. In 2008 we established a collaboration with The American College of Surgeons to develop a curriculum for training U.S. surgical residents in clinical, ethical, and legal aspects of palliative care for surgeons. This project was completed in December 2009 and the manual is now available on our website in PDF form. As we are not affiliated with any one medical school and solicit no financial support from health care corporations, we believe we can best fulfill our mission through serving as a resource for individual physicians and surgeons and their professional organizations. The PDF of this curriculum manual is now available