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St. Luke's Clinic - Palliative Medicine: Boise

Palliative medicine optimizes your quality of life through support tailored to your individual needs. Our team of experts will help guide you and your family through any stage of a serious illness or health problem. We'll work to improve communication between you, your family, and your health care providers. Together, we'll discuss your treatment choices, decision making and planning for your future, and managing your illness at home to avoid hospitalization.

It's never too early to start palliative care. We can prevent or provide relief from symptoms like:

  • Pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sleep problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional and spiritual distress


  • Biography

    Zachary Erekson, MD is the medical director of palliative care at St. Luke's, and offers medical and supportive care to patients living with serious, life-threatening illnesses. As a palliative medicine specialist, he takes a goal-oriented approach to medical care. Dr. Erekson works with patients to explore their goals and values, then teams with other healthcare professionals in providing meaningful care.

    Dr. Erekson has worked as a hospitalist, a palliative care provider, and a hospice provider. His has conducted research into and taught others about open and compassionate communication with patients and their loved ones.


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  • Availability

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  • Family Medicine


    Peter Kozisek, MD has had a long-standing interest in chronic disease management, patient and family centered medical decision making, and helping patients maximize quality of life. He is experienced in both inpatient and outpatient care, and medical education.

    Apart from his responsibilities at St. Luke's, Dr. Kozisek is also a clinical associate professor in the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine.


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