by David B. Feldman, Ph.D. & S. Andrew Lasher, Jr., M.D.
David B. Feldman, Ph.D.
Dr. David B. Feldman is an associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. His passion is to help victims of trauma and life-threatening medical illness experience growth and embrace life despite significant adversity. He has worked with patients and families coping with cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s dementia, stroke, spinal cord injury, and countless other serious medical conditions. His research and writings have addressed such topics as hope, meaning, and growth in the face of highly negative events. In all, he has authored more than 30 articles and book chapters, presented at numerous national and international conferences, and conducted countless research studies.
S. Andrew Lasher Jr., M.D.
Dr. Andrew Lasher is the director of Palliative Medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California. He completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System after a three-year residency program in internal medicine at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He has helped innumerable patients and families navigate the difficult choices and overwhelming frustrations inherent in the course of chronic disease. He hopes to spearhead the growth of palliative medicine as an active subspecialty in academic and community hospital settings. One of the most rewarding aspects of his work involves educating medical students, residents, and fellows, particularly regarding how to communicate effectively with patients and families. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Melissa and their disobedient English Setter Griffin.