Barry M. Kinzbrunner, MD, FACP
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Barry has cared for the terminally ill and their families since 1984, when he started at VITAS as the medical director and a team physician in the Broward County, Florida, program. As chief medical officer, he serves as liaison between VITAS’ many hospice programs and community physicians providing care to over 15,000 patients each day.
A national leader in defining the role of the hospice medical director, Barry has extensive experience developing professional performance standards, pain and symptom management guidelines, quality assurance, and hospice and palliative care education. He is a voluntary consultant in palliative and spiritual care for JDC Eshel in Jerusalem, Israel, and a voluntary assistant professor of medicine at Florida International University school of medicine.
The lead author of End-of-Life Care: A Practical Guide, Barry has published nearly 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, and hospice and palliative medicine, and attained Fellow status with AAHPM in 2005. He has a master’s degree in Jewish studies from Barry University in Miami and was ordained a rabbi in August 2002.