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.

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
  1. Palliative Care in Parkinson Disease-Is It Beneficial for All?-Reply.
  2. Surgery and Palliative Care: A Shared History and Integrated Future.
  3. Proactive Identification of Palliative Care Needs Among Patients With COVID-19 in the ICU.
  4. Comparison of Integrated Outpatient Palliative Care With Standard Care in Patients With Parkinson Disease and Related Disorders: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
  5. Rapid Implementation of Inpatient Telepalliative Medicine Consultations During COVID-19 Pandemic.
  6. Response to Bharadwaj et al., Challenges of Promoting Uniformity in Programs Within a Health Care System (DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2019.0404).
  7. A Comparison of Hospitalized Patients With Heart Failure and Cancer Referred to Palliative Care.
  8. 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.
  9. End of life care for patients with meningioma.
  10. Trends in Hospital-Based Specialty Palliative Care in the United States From 2013 to 2017.
  11. Outcomes of Palliative Care Consultations for Hospitalized Patients with Liver Disease.
  12. Development of the Pediatric Palliative Care Quality Network.
  13. Feasibility of Implementing a Palliative Care Intervention for People with Heart Failure: Learnings from a Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial.
  14. Inpatients with neurologic disease referred for palliative care consultation.
  15. Palliative care and imaging utilisation for patients with cancer.
  16. Does outpatient palliative care improve patient-centered outcomes in Parkinson's disease: Rationale, design, and implementation of a pragmatic comparative effectiveness trial.
  17. Reply to: Social Causes of Rational Suicide in Older Adults.
  18. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders.
  19. Reply to Rational Suicide in Older Adults: Not by Default an Ageist Concept.
  20. Social Causes of Rational Suicide in Older Adults.
  21. Care Planning for Inpatients Referred for Palliative Care Consultation.
  22. A Person-Centered, Registry-Based Learning Health System for Palliative Care: A Path to Coproducing Better Outcomes, Experience, Value, and Science.
  23. Identifying Opportunities to Improve Pain Among Patients With Serious Illness.
  24. A Video Is Worth a Thousand Words.
  25. Outcomes That Define Successful Advance Care Planning: A Delphi Panel Consensus.
  26. Palliative Care Professional Development for Critical Care Nurses: A Multicenter Program.
  27. Characteristics and Outcomes of In-Hospital Palliative Care Consultation among Patients with Renal Disease Versus Other Serious Illnesses.
  28. The Palliative Care Quality Network: Improving the Quality of Caring.
  29. 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.
  30. Defining Advance Care Planning for Adults: A Consensus Definition From a Multidisciplinary Delphi Panel.
  31. Let Us Talk About It: Heart Failure Patients' Preferences Toward Discussions about Prognosis, Advance Care Planning, and Spiritual Support.
  32. Self-Reported California Hospital Palliative Care Program Composition, Certification, and Staffing Level Are Associated with Lower End-of-Life Medicare Utilization.
  33. Etiology of Pain and Its Association with Quality of Life among Patients with Heart Failure.
  34. Starting and Sustaining Palliative Care in Public Hospitals: Lessons Learned from a Statewide Initiative.
  35. Use of Palliative Care Consultation for Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease: Survey of Liver Transplant Service Providers.
  36. ICU Bedside Nurses' Involvement in Palliative Care Communication: A Multicenter Survey.
  37. Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through National and Regional Collaboration Efforts.
  38. Hope to reality: The future of hospitalists and palliative care.
  39. Safety and benefit of discontinuing statin therapy in the setting of advanced, life-limiting illness: a randomized clinical trial.
  40. A Strategy to Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions and Inpatient Costs.
  41. Learning from those without: identifying barriers and creating solutions to establishing hospital palliative care services.
  42. A statewide survey of adult and pediatric outpatient palliative care services.
  43. Pediatric palliative care consultation services in California hospitals.
  44. Two steps forward, one step back: changes in palliative care consultation services in California hospitals from 2007 to 2011.
  45. The quality imperative for palliative care.
  46. Unanswered questions in malignant bowel obstruction.
  47. Management of moderate-to-severe dyspnea in hospitalized patients receiving palliative care.
  48. When it's the right care, more is better: comment on "palliative care and quality of life" and "pain as a cause of agitated delirium".
  49. Interpretation for discussions about end-of-life issues: results from a National Survey of Health Care Interpreters.
  50. An assessment of the screening performance of a single-item measure of depression from the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale among chronically ill hospitalized patients.
  51. Depression is a common and chronic comorbidity in patients with interstitial lung disease.
  52. Characteristics of palliative care consultation services in California hospitals.
  53. A multifaceted approach to spreading palliative care consultation services in California public hospital systems.
  54. Longitudinal assessment of symptom severity among hospitalized elders diagnosed with cancer, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  55. Dyspnea in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a systematic review.
  56. Leveraging external resources to grow and sustain your palliative care program: a call to action.
  57. Prevalence and characteristics of outpatient palliative care services in California.
  58. Palliative care services in California hospitals: program prevalence and hospital characteristics.
  59. Hospital-based palliative medicine consultation: a randomized controlled trial.
  60. A strategy to advance the evidence base in palliative medicine: formation of a palliative care research cooperative group.
  61. Code status discussions between attending hospitalist physicians and medical patients at hospital admission.
  62. The intersection of need and opportunity: assessing and capitalizing on opportunities to expand hospital-based palliative care services.
  63. Palliative care programs: the challenges of growth.
  64. Code status discussions at hospital admission are not associated with patient and surrogate satisfaction with hospital care: results from the multicenter hospitalist study.
  65. Depression and functional status are strongly associated with dyspnea in interstitial lung disease.
  66. Management of dyspnea in interstitial lung disease.
  67. Palliative care consultation and hospital length of stay.
  68. Hospitalization as an opportunity to integrate palliative care in heart failure management.
  69. Communicating with seriously ill patients: better words to say.
  70. Factors associated with discussion of care plans and code status at the time of hospital admission: results from the Multicenter Hospitalist Study.
  71. Reach and impact of a mass media event among vulnerable patients: the Terri Schiavo story.
  72. Dyspnea in interstitial lung disease.
  73. Engagement in multiple steps of the advance care planning process: a descriptive study of diverse older adults.
  74. Concepts within the Chinese culture that influence the cancer pain experience.
  75. End-of-life care for the hospitalized patient.
  76. Palliative care for frail older adults: "there are things I can't do anymore that I wish I could".
  77. Discussing resuscitation preferences with patients: challenges and rewards.
  78. Evaluating the California Hospital Initiative in Palliative Services.
  79. Palliative care and hospitalists: a partnership for hope.
  80. Adjustment for do-not-resuscitate orders reverses the apparent in-hospital mortality advantage for minorities.
  81. Palliative care for patients with heart failure.
  82. End-of-life care in a voluntary hospitalist model: effects on communication, processes of care, and patient symptoms.
  83. The comprehensive care team: a controlled trial of outpatient palliative medicine consultation.
  84. Responding to requests regarding prayer and religious ceremonies by patients near the end of life and their families.
  85. Prevalence and structure of palliative care services in California hospitals.
  86. End-of-life care for the hospitalized patient.
  87. How do patients view the role of the primary care physician in inpatient care?
  88. Passing the clinical baton: 6 principles to guide the hospitalist.
  89. Primary care physician attitudes regarding communication with hospitalists.
  90. The "continuity visit" and the hospitalist model of care.
  91. The impact of follow-up telephone calls to patients after hospitalization.
  92. The patient provider relationship and the hospitalist movement. Introduction.
  93. Discussing religious and spiritual issues at the end of life: a practical guide for physicians.
  94. How do patients view the role of the primary care physician in inpatient care?
  95. Passing the clinical baton: 6 principles to guide the hospitalist.
  96. Primary care physician attitudes regarding communication with hospitalists.
  97. The "continuity visit" and the hospitalist model of care.
  98. The impact of follow-up telephone calls to patients after hospitalization.
  99. Steven Pantilat: a palliative care specialist. (Interview by Barbara Boughton).
  100. Hospitalists' perceptions of their residency training needs: results of a national survey.
  101. Perspectives on care at the close of life. Initiating end-of-life discussions with seriously ill patients.
  102. Survey of palliative care programs in United States teaching hospitals.
  103. Physician attitudes toward and prevalence of the hospitalist model of care: results of a national survey.
  104. Finding our way--perspectives on care at the close of life.
  105. Care of dying patients: beyond symptom management.
  106. Just say yes: the use of opioids for managing pain at the end of life.
  107. A new doctor in the house: ethical issues in hospitalist systems.
  108. Effect of incentives on the use of indicated services in managed care.
  109. Hospitalists and the practice of inpatient medicine: results of a survey of the National Association of Inpatient Physicians.
  110. Time and the patient-physician relationship.
  111. When asked, patients tell: disclosure of sensitive health-risk behaviors.
  112. Development and testing of an HIV-risk screening instrument for use in health care settings.
  113. Improving primary care residents' proficiency in the diagnosis of skin cancer.
  114. Primary care physicians as gatekeepers in managed care. Primary care physicians' and dermatologists' skills at secondary prevention of skin cancer.
  115. Patient-physician communication: respect for culture, religion, and autonomy.