CDH Physician Receives Certification In Hospice, Palliative

NORTHAMPTON – Jeffrey Zesiger, MD was recently certified in hospice and palliative care medicine by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Zesiger joins more than 1,900 physicians nationwide who have achieved this certification. Eligibility requirements are significant: applicants must sit for the certifying examination, receive prior major certification, practice at least two years following residency, work as a member of an interdisciplinary team for at least two years and have directly participated in the active care of at least 50 terminally ill patients.


Hospice and palliative medicine is devoted to achieving the best possible quality of life for a patient and their family throughout the course of a life-threatening illness through the relief of suffering and the control of symptoms. Hospice and palliative medicine helps the patient and family face the prospect of death assured that comfort will be a priority, values and decisions will be respected, and spiritual and psychosocial needs will be addressed.

Zesiger holds a primary certification in internal medicine. He is a member of Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s medical staff and is the current medical director of the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson.

The American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine was formed in 1995 to establish and measure the level of knowledge, attitudes and skills required for certification of physicians practicing hospice and palliative medicine.

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