Joel S. Policzer, MD, FAAHPM, is Senior Vice President Medical Affairs for VITAS, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. Dr. Policzer focuses on working with academic and professional hospice circles.
Dr. Policzer joined VITAS in 1985 as associate medical director of the Broward County program. He was promoted to medical director for the Dade-Monroe program in 1988. He returned to Broward County in 2002 as senior medical director and was later appointed to SVP and National Medical Director.
Board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Policzer has dedicated much of his professional life to the study, practice and teaching of ethics and palliative medicine. He has authored articles on pain management and end-of-life care issues for the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care and is co-editor of the textbook 20 Common Problems in End-of-Life Care, published by McGraw-Hill
Dr. Policzer earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in New York and received his medical education at both the University of Brussels, Belgium, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.