Eric Emont, MD

As a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, I have spent a large part of my career providing palliative care to patients and families, both in the inpatient and outpatient arenas. I believe in a holistic approach to medical care, which addresses the “whole” person along with the family surrounding them. I strongly believe that patients have the right to choose the care that’s most important to them, and help to advocate so that their wishes can be honored. My Spanish-speaking patients also appreciate the fact that I am completely bilingual. Some of the greatest rewards of my life have come from spending time with patients who are approaching the natural end of their lives. Most people are not afraid of death per se, but they are afraid of dying. They don’t want to be in pain, and they don’t want to suffer, either physically, emotionally, spiritually, or existentially. In addition, they often want to remain in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by the people whom they love, and who love them. My experience has shown that sitting down, and speaking openly about their fears, and assuring them that they need not suffer during this time, gives them tremendous relief. I can often see their fears melt away, just by virtue of our having spent time together.  Palliative care has taught me to appreciate the blessings in my own life, as well as giving me courage to face difficult issues that may come up from time to time. Each and every person’s story is unique, and reveals both the complexity and beauty of the human condition. I feel privileged to participate in the work that I get to do in palliative care, and I look forward to many more future opportunities to provide sensitive and compassionate care to those in need of a gentle touch.

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