Terrell Van Aken, MD
It’s a privilege to be a part of the lives of people I meet. I enjoy the direct face-to-face contact with patients more than any other aspect of medicine. I am the medical director for NorthBay Hospice and Bereavement, NorthBay Health at Home, and NorthBay Bridges, an inpatient palliative care program.
In all these areas, we work to maximize a patient’s quality of life while they’re with us. As medical director, I help our teams put patients and their families first, and do whatever we can to make them comfortable. I want to enable them to provide the most compassionate care.
Our teams assists patients and families with health care decisions. We tune into the dynamics of the family background to help address all the patient’s needs — emotional, spiritual, social and physical. We even have a charitable fund, Dreams of Lifetime, that sponsors a wish or dream that family members or patients on our hospice program have.
Before getting involved with geriatrics and palliative care, I practiced family physician. Previously, I served as the NorthBay Healthcare chief of staff, and I served many years on the Medical Executive Committee.
In my spare time, I enjoy taking landscape photographs.
Medical Degree, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
Internship and Residency in Family Practice, Bon Secours Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Board Certified in Family Practice
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
California Association of Long Term Care Medicine