Primary Care Physician Finds Passion, Purpose in Palliative Care
Dr. Larry Boggeln Discovered Early That Caring for People With Serious Illness Was His True Calling
As a family practice physician working in Temecula in the 1980s, Dr. Laurence (Larry) Boggeln began making house calls to patients who were too sick to come to his office. Those visits, and the connection he felt with people suffering from serious illness, put Boggeln on a life-changing path to a career in hospice and palliative medicine.
More than 30 years later, he is the medical director of the Temecula branch of Elizabeth Hospice and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Temecula Valley Hospital, where he is working to incorporate primary palliative care into the curriculum for the hospital’s Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residents.
The project reflects Boggeln’s own journey as a physician and his commitment to helping the next generation of family physicians better care for patients with serious or life-limiting illness.