Milch Family Endowment Fund

Supporting education and research within our organization

Robert Milch, M.D. Co-Founder and Former CEO

Dr. Robert Milch, a renowned, surgeon, is considered one of the founders of Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo. Much of the credit for the success and growth of the organization is attributed to the talents and leadership of Dr Milch. In 1978, Dr Milch partnered with other concerned citizens to initiate ‘unofficial’ hospice home care services. At that time, 120 volunteers were trained and ‘hospice type’ care was being provided to those in need. Dr Milch functioned as volunteer, Medical Director and consultant, and in 1993, he was appointed as the full-time Medical Director of Hospice Buffalo.

The Milch family

has been intimately involved with Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo since the early hospice pioneering years. Dr Elmer Milch and Mollie Milch are the parents of Dr. Robert Milch and David Milch. Dr Elmer Milch, family patriarch and renowned community surgeon, encouraged his son, Robert, to pursue a career in medicine. David is the creative genius behind such successful television shows as Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and the HBO series Deadwood. Mollie Milch became a devoted volunteer who spent countless hours assisting the Hospice Foundation with its vital mission to advocate and seek support for the organization.

With Dr. Milch’s passing in 2021,

another purpose of the Milch Family Endowment Fund developed and that is to honor Dr Robert Milch’s legacy of advocacy and education as a pioneer in end- of-life care, to preserve, protect and enhance the core elements of what distinguishes and fuels the hospice movement at its origins and continue championing the effort to ensure access to this care for all. Dr Robert Milch and his family leave behind a beautiful legacy of commitment, compassion, volunteerism, advocacy, and education --the backbone of Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo.

The Milch Family Endowment was created by family and friends of Dr Robert Milch to support the education and research mission of Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo. This fund honors Dr Milch’s legacy of advocacy and education as a pioneer in end- of-life care.