Steven Pantilat, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine

Palliative Medicine

Steven Pantilat, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, the Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care, and the founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program that received a Circle of Life Award in recognition of excellence and innovation from the American Hospital Association in 2007. Dr. Pantilat is a palliative care physician and a hospitalist, and is an internationally recognized expert in both hospital medicine and Palliative Care. Dr. Pantilat is the Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center that has train teams from over 200 hospitals across the country on how to establish Palliative Care Services and he consults with hospitals and health systems nationally to help them establish, implement and grow palliative care programs. He is also the Director of the Palliative Care Quality Network, a national collaboration of over 85 Palliative Care teams focused on improving the quality of care for seriously ill people.

Dr. Pantilat is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and in Internal Medicine with Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. Dr. Pantilat was elected a Master of Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine in 2014 in recognition of his many contributions to the field and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 2007 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar studying palliative care at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney, and Curtin University in Sydney, Australia. He served as President of the Society of Hospital Medicine in 2005-6, and is a past member of the Board of Directors, and the former Chair of the Ethics committee for the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Pantilat serves on the UCSF Medical Center Ethics Committee.

In 2011 Dr. Pantilat received a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in recognition of his work to improve the lives of Californians and in 2014 Dr. Pantilat received the Ritz E. Heerman Award from the California Hospital Association in recognition of his work to improve the quality of palliative care. Dr. Pantilat also serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Cambia Foundation’s Sojourn Scholars Leadership Award program and on the Steering committee of the Palliative Care Research Collaborative. Dr. Pantilat was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCSF and is a Faculty Scholar of the Project on Death in America. In 2015 he was named a Best Doctor in Palliative Care by San Francisco Magazine and Marin Magazine and a Top Doctor for Cancer by Newsweek magazine. He has received five teaching awards from the medical students at UCSF for outstanding lectures and lecture series.

Dr. Pantilat has published over 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers, authored two dozen book chapters, and co-edited with colleagues at UCSF a textbook on palliative care titled, “Care at the Close of Life” and in 2015 the textbook, “Hospital Based Palliative Medicine.” His book for the public about living well with serious illness titled “Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and their Caregivers” was published by DaCapo Lifelong Books on Valentine’s Day 2017.

Education
2019 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
M.D., 1989 - School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, - School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Honors and Awards
  • Best Doctor in Palliative Care, San Francisco Magazine, 2015
  • Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care, UCSF School of Medicine, 2015
  • Ritz E. Heerman Award, California Hospital Association, 2014
  • Master in Hospital Medicine, Society of Hospital Medicine, 2014
  • Fellow, American Academy of Hospice and Palliaitve Medicine, 2011
  • Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, James Irvine Foundation, 2011
  • Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine, Society of Hospital Medicine, 2010
  • Diplomate, Palliative Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2008
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar (University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Curtin University), Australian-American Fulbright Commission, 2007
  • Alan M. Kates and John M. Burnard Endowed Chair in Palliative Care, UCSF, 2006
  • President, Society of Hospital Medicine, 2005-2006
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF School of Medicine, 2004
  • Outstanding Lecture Series, UCSF School of Medicine, 2004
  • Award of Excellence in Teaching, Society of Hospital Medicine, 2001
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF School of Medicine, 2001
  • Project on Death In American Faculty Scholar, Open Society Institute, 1998
Websites
Publications
  1. Kluger BM, Pantilat S, Miyasaki J. Palliative Care in Parkinson Disease-Is It Beneficial for All?-Reply. 2020. PMID: 32897303


  2. Cook AC, Stein DM, Pantilat SZ. Surgery and Palliative Care: A Shared History and Integrated Future. 2020. PMID: 32682693


  3. Schoenherr LA, Cook A, Peck S, Humphreys J, Goto Y, Saks NT, Huddleston L, Elia G, Pantilat SZ. Proactive Identification of Palliative Care Needs Among Patients With COVID-19 in the ICU. 2020. PMID: 32544647


  4. Kluger BM, Miyasaki J, Katz M, Galifianakis N, Hall K, Pantilat S, Khan R, Friedman C, Cernik W, Goto Y, Long J, Fairclough D, Sillau S, Kutner JS. Comparison of Integrated Outpatient Palliative Care With Standard Care in Patients With Parkinson Disease and Related Disorders: A Randomized Clinical Trial. 2020. PMID: 32040141


  5. Humphreys J, Schoenherr L, Elia G, Saks NT, Brown C, Barbour S, Pantilat SZ. Rapid Implementation of Inpatient Telepalliative Medicine Consultations During COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020. PMID: 32283219


  6. Liu AY, O'Riordan DL, Marks AK, Bischoff KE, Pantilat SZ. A Comparison of Hospitalized Patients With Heart Failure and Cancer Referred to Palliative Care. 2020. PMID: 32101304


  7. Yi D, Johnston BM, Ryan K, Daveson BA, Meier DE, Smith M, McQuillan R, Selman L, Pantilat SZ, Normand C, Morrison RS, Higginson IJ. Drivers of care costs and quality in the last 3 months of life among older people receiving palliative care: A multinational mortality follow-back survey across England, Ireland and the United States. 2020. PMID: 32009542


  8. Elia G, Mayors Woods LE, Pantilat SZ. End of life care for patients with meningioma. 2020. PMID: 32586506


  9. Schoenherr LA, Bischoff KE, Marks AK, O'Riordan DL, Pantilat SZ. Trends in Hospital-Based Specialty Palliative Care in the United States From 2013 to 2017. 2019. PMID: 31808926


  10. Ufere NN, O'Riordan DL, Bischoff KE, Marks AK, Eneanya N, Chung RT, Jackson V, Pantilat SZ, El-Jawahri A. Outcomes of Palliative Care Consultations for Hospitalized Patients with Liver Disease. 2019. PMID: 31326503


  11. Bogetz JF, Marks A, Root MC, Purser L, Pantilat SZ. Development of the Pediatric Palliative Care Quality Network. 2019. PMID: 31268842


  12. O'Riordan DL, Rathfon MA, Joseph DM, Hawgood J, Rabow MW, Dracup KA, De Marco T, Pantilat SZ. Feasibility of Implementing a Palliative Care Intervention for People with Heart Failure: Learnings from a Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. 2019. PMID: 31099698


  13. Taylor BL, O'Riordan DL, Pantilat SZ, Creutzfeldt CJ. Inpatients with neurologic disease referred for palliative care consultation. 2019. PMID: 30918095


  14. Raghavan K, Copeland TP, Rabow M, Ladenheim M, Marks A, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan D, Seidenwurm D, Franc B. Palliative care and imaging utilisation for patients with cancer. 2019. PMID: 30826736


  15. Kluger BM, Katz M, Galifianakis N, Pantilat SZ, Kutner JS, Sillau S, Gritz M, Jones J, Fairclough D, Sumrall M, Hall K, Miyasaki J. Does outpatient palliative care improve patient-centered outcomes in Parkinson's disease: Rationale, design, and implementation of a pragmatic comparative effectiveness trial. 2019. PMID: 30779960


  16. Dzeng E, Pantilat SZ. Reply to: Social Causes of Rational Suicide in Older Adults. 2018. PMID: 30506678


  17. Katz M, Goto Y, Kluger BM, Galifianakis NB, Miyasaki JM, Kutner JS, Jones CA, Pantilat SZ. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders. Volume 21 of Issue 10. 2018. PMID: 30204543


  18. Dzeng E, Pantilat SZ. Social Causes of Rational Suicide in Older Adults. 2018. PMID: 29500826


  19. Bischoff K, O'Riordan DL, Marks AK, Sudore R, Pantilat SZ. Care Planning for Inpatients Referred for Palliative Care Consultation. Volume 178 of Issue 1. 2018. PMID: 29159371


  20. Bischoff KE, O'Riordan DL, Fazzalaro K, Kinderman A, Pantilat SZ. Identifying Opportunities to Improve Pain Among Patients With Serious Illness. 2017. PMID: 29030211


  21. Bischoff K, Anderson W, Pantilat SZ. A Video Is Worth a Thousand Words. 2017. PMID: 28914286


  22. Sudore RL, Heyland DK, Lum HD, Rietjens JAC, Korfage IJ, Ritchie CS, Hanson LC, Meier DE, Pantilat SZ, Lorenz K, Howard M, Green MJ, Simon JE, Feuz MA, You JJ. Outcomes That Define Successful Advance Care Planning: A Delphi Panel Consensus. Volume 55 of Issue 2. 2017. PMID: 28865870


  23. Anderson WG, Puntillo K, Cimino J, Noort J, Pearson D, Boyle D, Grywalski M, Meyer J, O'Neil-Page E, Cain J, Herman H, Barbour S, Turner K, Moore E, Liao S, Ferrell B, Mitchell W, Edmonds K, Fairman N, Joseph D, MacMillan J, Milic MM, Miller M, Nakagawa L, O'Riordan DL, Pietras C, Thornberry K, Pantilat SZ. Palliative Care Professional Development for Critical Care Nurses: A Multicenter Program. 2017. PMID: 28864431


  24. Pantilat SZ, Marks AK, Bischoff KE, Bragg AR, O'Riordan DL. The Palliative Care Quality Network: Improving the Quality of Caring. 2017. PMID: 28384070


  25. Selman LE, Daveson BA, Smith M, Johnston B, Ryan K, Morrison RS, Pannell C, McQuillan R, de Wolf-Linder S, Pantilat SZ, Klass L, Meier D, Normand C, Higginson IJ. How empowering is hospital care for older people with advanced disease? Barriers and facilitators from a cross-national ethnography in England, Ireland and the USA. 2017. PMID: 27810850


  26. Sudore RL, Lum HD, You JJ, Hanson LC, Meier DE, Pantilat SZ, Matlock DD, Rietjens JAC, Korfage IJ, Ritchie CS, Kutner JS, Teno JM, Thomas J, McMahan RD, Heyland DK. Defining Advance Care Planning for Adults: A Consensus Definition From a Multidisciplinary Delphi Panel. Volume 53 of Issue 5. 2017. PMID: 28062339


  27. Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL, Rathfon MA, Dracup KA, De Marco T. Etiology of Pain and Its Association with Quality of Life among Patients with Heart Failure. 2016. PMID: 27494139


  28. Kinderman AL, Harris HA, Brousseau RT, Close P, Pantilat SZ. Starting and Sustaining Palliative Care in Public Hospitals: Lessons Learned from a Statewide Initiative. 2016. PMID: 27167527


  29. Beck KR, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL, Peters MG. Use of Palliative Care Consultation for Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease: Survey of Liver Transplant Service Providers. Volume 19 of Issue 8. 2016. PMID: 27092870


  30. Anderson WG, Puntillo K, Boyle D, Barbour S, Turner K, Cimino J, Moore E, Noort J, MacMillan J, Pearson D, Grywalski M, Liao S, Ferrell B, Meyer J, O'Neil-Page E, Cain J, Herman H, Mitchell W, Pantilat S. ICU Bedside Nurses' Involvement in Palliative Care Communication: A Multicenter Survey. 2015. PMID: 26596882


  31. Kamal AH, Harrison KL, Bakitas M, Dionne-Odom JN, Zubkoff L, Akyar I, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL, Bragg AR, Bischoff KE, Bull J. Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through National and Regional Collaboration Efforts. Volume 22 of Issue 4. 2015. PMID: 26678966


  32. Kutner JS, Blatchford PJ, Taylor DH, Ritchie CS, Bull JH, Fairclough DL, Hanson LC, LeBlanc TW, Samsa GP, Wolf S, Aziz NM, Currow DC, Ferrell B, Wagner-Johnston N, Zafar SY, Cleary JF, Dev S, Goode PS, Kamal AH, Kassner C, Kvale EA, McCallum JG, Ogunseitan AB, Pantilat SZ, Portenoy RK, Prince-Paul M, Sloan JA, Swetz KM, Von Gunten CF, Abernethy AP. Safety and benefit of discontinuing statin therapy in the setting of advanced, life-limiting illness: a randomized clinical trial. Volume 175 of Issue 5. 2015. PMID: 25798575


  33. Howie-Esquivel J, Carroll M, Brinker E, Kao H, Pantilat S, Rago K, De Marco T. A Strategy to Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions and Inpatient Costs. 2015. PMID: 28197226


  34. Rabow MW, O'Riordan DL, Pantilat SZ. A statewide survey of adult and pediatric outpatient palliative care services. 2014. PMID: 25137356


  35. Reid T, O'Riordan DL, Mazzini A, Bruno KA, Pantilat SZ. Pediatric palliative care consultation services in California hospitals. 2014. PMID: 25299845


  36. Kamal AH, Hanson LC, Casarett DJ, Dy SM, Pantilat SZ, Lupu D, Abernethy AP. The quality imperative for palliative care. 2014. PMID: 25057987


  37. Bischoff K, Currow DC, Corvera C, Pantilat SZ. Unanswered questions in malignant bowel obstruction. 2014. PMID: 25962258


  38. Gomutbutra P, O'Riordan DL, Pantilat SZ. Management of moderate-to-severe dyspnea in hospitalized patients receiving palliative care. 2012. PMID: 22940561


  39. Schenker Y, Fernandez A, Kerr K, O'Riordan D, Pantilat SZ. Interpretation for discussions about end-of-life issues: results from a National Survey of Health Care Interpreters. 2012. PMID: 22788909


  40. Ryerson CJ, Arean PA, Berkeley J, Carrieri-Kohlman VL, Pantilat SZ, Landefeld CS, Collard HR. Depression is a common and chronic comorbidity in patients with interstitial lung disease. 2012. PMID: 22221976


  41. Pantilat SZ, Kerr KM, Billings JA, Bruno KA, O'Riordan DL. Characteristics of palliative care consultation services in California hospitals. 2012. PMID: 22394365


  42. Brousseau RT, Jameson W, Kalanj B, Kerr K, O'Malley K, Pantilat S. A multifaceted approach to spreading palliative care consultation services in California public hospital systems. 2012. PMID: 23552204


  43. Ryerson CJ, Donesky D, Pantilat SZ, Collard HR. Dyspnea in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a systematic review. 2012. PMID: 22285287


  44. Pantilat SZ, Kerr KM, Kutner JS, Ferris FD, Rathfon MA, Rabow MW. Leveraging external resources to grow and sustain your palliative care program: a call to action. 2011. PMID: 22165898


  45. Berger GN, O'Riordan DL, Kerr K, Pantilat SZ. Prevalence and characteristics of outpatient palliative care services in California. 2011. PMID: 21986345


  46. Pantilat SZ, Kerr KM, Billings JA, Bruno KA, O'Riordan DL. Palliative care services in California hospitals: program prevalence and hospital characteristics. 2011. PMID: 21802898


  47. Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL, Dibble SL, Landefeld CS. Hospital-based palliative medicine consultation: a randomized controlled trial. 2010. PMID: 21149765


  48. Abernethy AP, Aziz NM, Basch E, Bull J, Cleeland CS, Currow DC, Fairclough D, Hanson L, Hauser J, Ko D, Lloyd L, Morrison RS, Otis-Green S, Pantilat S, Portenoy RK, Ritchie C, Rocker G, Wheeler JL, Zafar SY, Kutner JS. A strategy to advance the evidence base in palliative medicine: formation of a palliative care research cooperative group. Volume 13 of Issue 12. 2010. PMID: 21105763


  49. Anderson WG, Chase R, Pantilat SZ, Tulsky JA, Auerbach AD. Code status discussions between attending hospitalist physicians and medical patients at hospital admission. 2010. PMID: 21104036


  50. Rabow MW, Pantilat SZ, Kerr K, Enguidanos S, Ferrell B, Goldstein R, Pankratz C, Picchi T, Rosenfeld KE, Stone SC. The intersection of need and opportunity: assessing and capitalizing on opportunities to expand hospital-based palliative care services. 2010. PMID: 20831435


  51. Ritchie CS, Ceronsky L, Coté TR, Herr S, Pantilat SZ, Smith TJ, Yosick L. Palliative care programs: the challenges of growth. Volume 13 of Issue 9. 2010. PMID: 20836632


  52. Anderson WG, Pantilat SZ, Meltzer D, Schnipper J, Kaboli P, Wetterneck TB, Gonzales D, Arora V, Zhang J, Auerbach AD. Code status discussions at hospital admission are not associated with patient and surrogate satisfaction with hospital care: results from the multicenter hospitalist study. 2010. PMID: 20713421


  53. Ryerson CJ, Berkeley J, Carrieri-Kohlman VL, Pantilat SZ, Landefeld CS, Collard HR. Depression and functional status are strongly associated with dyspnea in interstitial lung disease. 2010. PMID: 20688924


  54. Ryerson CJ, Collard HR, Pantilat SZ. Management of dyspnea in interstitial lung disease. 2010. PMID: 20375900


  55. Cassel JB, Kerr K, Pantilat S, Smith TJ. Palliative care consultation and hospital length of stay. 2010. PMID: 20597710


  56. Auerbach AD, Katz R, Pantilat SZ, Bernacki R, Schnipper J, Kaboli P, Wetterneck T, Gonzales D, Arora V, Zhang J, Meltzer D. Factors associated with discussion of care plans and code status at the time of hospital admission: results from the Multicenter Hospitalist Study. 2008. PMID: 19084893


  57. Sudore RL, Landefeld CS, Pantilat SZ, Noyes KM, Schillinger D. Reach and impact of a mass media event among vulnerable patients: the Terri Schiavo story. Volume 23 of Issue 11. 2008. PMID: 18716849


  58. Collard HR, Pantilat SZ. Dyspnea in interstitial lung disease. 2008. PMID: 18685404


  59. Sudore RL, Schickedanz AD, Landefeld CS, Williams BA, Lindquist K, Pantilat SZ, Schillinger D. Engagement in multiple steps of the advance care planning process: a descriptive study of diverse older adults. Volume 56 of Issue 6. 2008. PMID: 18410324


  60. Chen LM, Miaskowski C, Dodd M, Pantilat S. Concepts within the Chinese culture that influence the cancer pain experience. 2008. PMID: 18490884


  61. Pantilat SZ, Isaac M. End-of-life care for the hospitalized patient. 2008. PMID: 18298983


  62. Chittenden EH, Clark ST, Pantilat SZ. Discussing resuscitation preferences with patients: challenges and rewards. 2006. PMID: 17219504


  63. Pantilat SZ, Rabow MW, Citko J, von Gunten CF, Auerbach AD, Ferris FD. Evaluating the California Hospital Initiative in Palliative Services. 2006. PMID: 16432093


  64. Pantilat SZ, Steimle AE. Palliative care for patients with heart failure. 2004. PMID: 15161899


  65. Rabow MW, Dibble SL, Pantilat SZ, McPhee SJ. The comprehensive care team: a controlled trial of outpatient palliative medicine consultation. 2004. PMID: 14718327


  66. Lo B, Kates LW, Ruston D, Arnold RM, Cohen CB, Puchalski CM, Pantilat SZ, Rabow MW, Schreiber RS, Tulsky JA. Responding to requests regarding prayer and religious ceremonies by patients near the end of life and their families. 2003. PMID: 14509486


  67. Pantilat SZ. End-of-life care for the hospitalized patient. 2002. PMID: 12365339


  68. Goldman L, Pantilat SZ, Whitcomb WF. Passing the clinical baton: 6 principles to guide the hospitalist. 2002. PMID: 12021758


  69. Pantilat SZ, Lindenauer PK, Katz PP, Wachter RM. Primary care physician attitudes regarding communication with hospitalists. 2002. PMID: 12021754


  70. Wachter RM, Pantilat SZ. The "continuity visit" and the hospitalist model of care. 2002. PMID: 12021759


  71. Dudas V, Bookwalter T, Kerr KM, Pantilat SZ. The impact of follow-up telephone calls to patients after hospitalization. 2002. PMID: 12021756


  72. Lo B, Ruston D, Kates LW, Arnold RM, Cohen CB, Faber-Langendoen K, Pantilat SZ, Puchalski CM, Quill TR, Rabow MW, Schreiber S, Sulmasy DP, Tulsky JA. Discussing religious and spiritual issues at the end of life: a practical guide for physicians. 2002. PMID: 11851542


  73. Goldman L, Pantilat SZ, Whitcomb WF. Passing the clinical baton: 6 principles to guide the hospitalist. 2001. PMID: 11790367


  74. Pantilat SZ, Lindenauer PK, Katz PP, Wachter RM. Primary care physician attitudes regarding communication with hospitalists. 2001. PMID: 11790363


  75. Wachter RM, Pantilat SZ. The "continuity visit" and the hospitalist model of care. 2001. PMID: 11790368


  76. Dudas V, Bookwalter T, Kerr KM, Pantilat SZ. The impact of follow-up telephone calls to patients after hospitalization. 2001. PMID: 11790365


  77. Plauth WH, Pantilat SZ, Wachter RM, Fenton CL. Hospitalists' perceptions of their residency training needs: results of a national survey. 2001. PMID: 11530039


  78. Billings JA, Pantilat S. Survey of palliative care programs in United States teaching hospitals. 2001. PMID: 11596541


  79. Auerbach AD, Nelson EA, Lindenauer PK, Pantilat SZ, Katz PP, Wachter RM. Physician attitudes toward and prevalence of the hospitalist model of care: results of a national survey. 2000. PMID: 11099685


  80. McPhee SJ, Rabow MW, Pantilat SZ, Markowitz AJ, Winker MA. Finding our way--perspectives on care at the close of life. 2000. PMID: 11074784


  81. Pantilat SZ. Care of dying patients: beyond symptom management. 1999. PMID: 10578680


  82. Pantilat SZ, Alpers A, Wachter RM. A new doctor in the house: ethical issues in hospitalist systems. 1999. PMID: 10411199


  83. Pantilat SZ, Chesney M, Lo B. Effect of incentives on the use of indicated services in managed care. 1999. PMID: 10214099


  84. Dugdale DC, Epstein R, Pantilat SZ. Time and the patient-physician relationship. 1999. PMID: 9933493


  85. Gerbert B, Bronstone A, Pantilat S, McPhee S, Allerton M, Moe J. When asked, patients tell: disclosure of sensitive health-risk behaviors. 1999. PMID: 10413398


  86. Gerbert B, Bronstone A, McPhee S, Pantilat S, Allerton M. Development and testing of an HIV-risk screening instrument for use in health care settings. 1998. PMID: 9713665


  87. Gerbert B, Bronstone A, Wolff M, Maurer T, Berger T, Pantilat S, McPhee SJ. Improving primary care residents' proficiency in the diagnosis of skin cancer. 1998. PMID: 9502368


  88. Gerbert B, Maurer T, Berger T, Pantilat S, McPhee SJ, Wolff M, Bronstone A, Caspers N. Primary care physicians as gatekeepers in managed care. Primary care physicians' and dermatologists' skills at secondary prevention of skin cancer. 1996. PMID: 8795541