Death By Design


The Death Deck

Season 3, Ep. 21
THE DEATH DECKThe Death Deck offers upthought-provoking questions with a large dose of humor to help take the taboo out of the topic of death. Unique among card decks and conversation tools, this witty game encourages players to share their thoughtsand stories and gets people talking about personal preferences on life’s ultimate decisions in a non-threatening and surprisingly fun way.ABOUT THE CREATORSLori LoCicero is a freelance writer and the co-creator ofThe Death Deck. A creative storyteller and eternal optimist, Lori combines her personal stories of loss with her innate sense of humor to write about life and talk about death. She has written and directed independent films, documentaries, and a variety of live gala events. Her upcoming memoir offers readers an intimate look at loss and her discovery of posttraumatic growth and was the catalyst for the creation ofThe Death Deck: a lively and humorous card game that inspires meaningful conversations on what matters most in our lives and in our deaths.Lisa Pahl is a Hospice Social Worker, ER Crisis Interventionist, and co-creator ofThe Death Deck. Lisa’s goal is to help people cope with illness, dying, and grief. With a passionate belief that peace at the end begins with meaningful conversations over time, she engages people in talking about and preparing for this difficult stage of life. Embracing a challenging but equally rewarding career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both the trenches of ER and within her true passion working in hospice, Lisa has witnessed hundreds of deaths which have taught her innumerable lessons about truly appreciating life.SOCIAL MEDIA INFOInstagram & Twitter:@thedeathdeckFacebook:

Joesph Stern, MD

Season 3, Ep. 19
Propelled by my younger sister Victoria’s surprise diagnosis of acute leukemia, an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant, and later her death, I have been exploring the impact her illness had on me, as well as the personal experiences of physicians, patients and families going through similarly disruptive losses.Victoria wrote a powerful journal about her nearly eight-month hospitalization, which I have incorporated into a memoir:“Grief Connects Us: A Doctor’s Lessons in Love, Loss, and Compassion.”In this book, I advocate for greater compassion and empathy in the way we treat each other and our patients, and make specific suggestions how we can improve health care delivery to achieve these goals.In addition to this memoir, I have written essays and made presentations. Some are upcoming. These include:Speeches:Columbia University Medical School, April, 2020.TED-x Greensboro:Developing Emotional Agility in Medical Practice (March, 2020)“My Continuing Medical Education:The Power of Human Touch.” Podium presentation at IAHC annual meeting in Greenville, SC., May 2019.Panel Director: “The power of writing to foster empathy and compassion,” Annual Schwartz Conference, Boston, September 2019.Schwartz Rounds at Cone Health, May 2019 and March 2020.“Grief As My Guide: How My Sister Made Me a Better Doctor,” Cone Health: CHES Series, June 2019.Keynote speaker, Palliative Care Colloquium, Boston Archdiocese, May 2019.“The Power of Human Touch,” IAHC Journal, in press.“Cone Health:Our Journey to Top Decile Physician Engagement,” Presented with Mickey Foster and Jonathan Berry, MD at Press Ganey Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, November 2018.“On the Receiving End of Neurosurgical Care:Lessons I Have Learned,” presented at the 100thAnniversary of the Department of Neurosurgery foundation at The University of Michigan, Sept. 2018.Writings:“Dying in the Neurosurgical ICU,” The New York Times January 14, 2020.“Moral Distress in Neurosurgery,” The New York Times, August 15, 2019.“Grief As My Guide: How My Sister Made Me a Better Doctor,” The New York Times, Nov. 14, 2018.“Compassion Belongs in the Operating Room,” World Neurosurgery 132:441-442, December 2019.“A Week in Honduras, The impact of bringing spinal surgery to the NPH orphanage in Honduras through the auspices of One World Surgery,” March 2019.“Grief Connects Us: A Doctor’s Lessons in Love, Loss, and Compassion” Memoir.Podcasts and Radio:Frankly Speaking About Cancerwith Kim Thiboldeaux,Cancer Support Community,Aired May 21, 2019Podcast with Jeffrey Segal, MDTranscript and access to podcast is –josephsternmd.comDr.Stern earned his undergraduate and medical school degrees, as well as completed his internship and residency, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.He concluded a fellowship in pediatric scoliosis surgery with Dr. Jean Dubousset at the Hospital Saint Vincent de Paul in Paris, France, and since then, has been in continuous practice.Dr. Stern has eight issued U.S. patents for medical devices.