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Extremis Film and Discussion with Dr. Jessica Zitter

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

The 2017 Oscar-nominated film “Extremis”, directed by filmmaker, Dan Krauss, is a heart-wrenching documentary that follows Jessica Zitter, her team and their patients as they grapple with urgent end-of-life medical decision-making in Oakland, California’s Highland Hospital ICU.

Dr. Zitter is the author of the new book, Extreme Measures – Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, to be published by Penguin Random House in February 2017. Please join us for the film and discussion, followed by meet and greet with book signing.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Temple Isaiah’s Morris and Bobbie Collen Endowment Fund. Presented in partnership with Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Jewish Federation of the East Bay, Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, Lehrhaus Judaica, and Contra Costa JCC.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday, January 21
4:00 - 5:30 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jan 21 4:00 PM–5:30 PM Sun Temple Isaiah Jessica Nutik Zitter


Temple Isaiah

945 Risa Road

Lafayette, CA 94549



Jessica Nutik Zitter

Dr. Jessica Nutik ZitterJessica Nutik Zitter is an expert on the medical experience of death and dying in America. Born to a family of doctors, she went on to join the family business, training at Harvard and UC San Francisco to become a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician. However, she soon became troubled by what she saw as a medical system geared towards treating individual organ systems rather than whole patients and over-medicalizing the experience of death and dying.

This realization prompted her to obtain her boards in Palliative Care medicine, a new subspecialty that focuses on helping patients determine what type of treatment they prefer, as well as providing high-level symptom management. She now practices both Critical Care and Palliative Care at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

Dr. Zitter writes frequently in the New York Times and Huffington Post about these issues. She is the subject of an upcoming documentary. Penguin-Random House will publish her memoir in late 2016.