Dr. Charles F. von Gunten is a widely known as a pioneer in the new specialty of hospice and palliative medicine. He is the Founding Chairman, Test Committee, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine. He received a life-time achievement award from the American Academy for Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2011 when he was only 54 years old. In 2014 he was recognized as one of 30 pioneers in palliative medicine by the American Academy for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. When he was 56, the American Cancer Society gave him its prestigious pathfinder in palliative care award. In 2015 he was named a top cancer doctor in Newsweek Health. He has been particularly interested in the integration of hospice and palliative care into standard medical care. He has published and spoken widely on the subjects of hospice, palliative medicine, and pain and symptom control.

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