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Finly Zachariah, M.D., FAAFP, FAAHPM

Name: Finly Zachariah, M.D., FAAFP, FAAHPM

Medical Director, Informatics & Value-Based Supportive Care
Department of Supportive Care Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center


An Exploration of Ethics and Opportunities in End of Life Care and Aid in Dying

CURES and the Opioid Crisis_

The Opioid Crisis and How Doctors Can Help_

What Does Supportive Medicine (Palliative Care) Do?

Palliative Medicine Programs


Non-Pain Symptom Management

Communicating Bad News

The Patient and Family Meeting Program: Effective Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Teams (complimentary resources shared)

How Can Palliative Care Assist with Transitions?

Surgery and Supportive Care: The Cystectomy Care Coordination Model

Making the EMR Work for Us: A Supportive Care Perspective

End of Life Care:

Transition to Hospice: Aligning Patient Preferences with Care Delivery

Not Ready Yet: How Do We Care for Patients Who Don’t Want Hospice?

High-Quality Care for the Actively Dying Patient and their Family: The CARES Program (complimentary resources shared)

Physician-Assisted Suicide (Aid in Dying/Death with Dignity)

Life Care Planning:

The Nuts and Bolts of Advance Directives & POLST Forms

Can I Afford not to Discuss Advance Directives?

Scalable Advanced Care Planning Programs

Moving Beyond Advance Directives: Enhanced Patient-Provider Partnerships

Pain Management:

Overview of Pain Management

Inpatient Pain Management

Understanding Opioids

Opioid Guidelines and Monitoring

Non-Opioid Pain Management: What else can I do?

Biography: Finly Zachariah, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Palliative Medicine in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine. He completed his fellowship at Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles Medical Center in hospice and palliative medicine while concurrently on staff with the Intercommunity Emergency Medical Group specializing in urgent care. Dr. Zachariah received his undergraduate degree in cell, molecular and developmental biology from the University of California, Riverside, and earned his medical doctorate from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School in Chicago, IL. He went on to complete a residency in family/tropical medicine at the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital.Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Zachariah is a member in good standing with several professional organizations including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has volunteered much of his time assisting those less fortunate, living abroad. He has spent time lecturing and caring for patients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he also met with national advisors on enhancing palliative medicine efforts in the country. Trained in both family medicine and palliative care, Dr. Zachariah will be able to help both pediatric and adult patients with their supportive care needs, including pain control, while also helping patients, families and our physicians with issues surrounding hospice and end-of-life care.
Testimonials: He was awesome as usual! Dr. Zachariah was an outstanding speaker.  The attendees really liked him—very engaging!  – Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center My doctors rated him very good to excellent – Citrus Valley Medical Center
State: CA