Steve Pantilat, MD

Director, Palliative Care Program

Dr. Steven Pantilat is a palliative care physician who works with patients who have serious illnesses. As a hospitalist, he also specializes in caring for those who are hospitalized. He helps patients and their families create pain management plans and alleviate the stress associated with a serious illness. He directs the UCSF Palliative Care Program.

Pantilat's research focuses on improving palliative care for people with serious illnesses and investigating how providers deliver palliative care in a clinical setting. An internationally recognized expert in both hospital medicine and palliative care, he also directs the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center, which has trained teams from more than 200 hospitals across the country on how to establish palliative care programs. As a consultant, he has assisted hospitals and health systems across the country with developing their own palliative care programs.

Pantilat earned his medical degree from UCSF, where he also completed both a residency and a fellowship in internal medicine. He is a professor of medicine at UCSF.

Academic Title

Professor

More about Steve Pantilat

Education

UCSF 1989

Residencies

UCSF, Internal Medicine 1992

Fellowships

UCSF, Internal Medicine 1996

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Dzeng E, Pantilat SZ. Social Causes of Rational Suicide in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Mar 02.
  2. Bischoff K, O'Riordan DL, Marks AK, Sudore R, Pantilat SZ. Care Planning for Inpatients Referred for Palliative Care Consultation. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Jan 01; 178(1):48-54.
  3. Kamal AH, Kirkland KB, Meier DE, Morgan TS, Nelson EC, Pantilat SZ. A Person-Centered, Registry-Based Learning Health System for Palliative Care: A Path to Coproducing Better Outcomes, Experience, Value, and Science. J Palliat Med. 2018 Mar; 21(S2):S61-S67.
  4. Bischoff KE, O'Riordan DL, Fazzalaro K, Kinderman A, Pantilat SZ. Identifying Opportunities to Improve Pain Among Patients With Serious Illness. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Mar; 55(3):881-889.
  5. Bischoff K, Anderson W, Pantilat SZ. A Video Is Worth a Thousand Words. J Hosp Med. 2017 Sep; 12(9):773-774.
  6. 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. Am J Crit Care. 2017 Sep; 26(5):361-371.
  7. Pantilat SZ, Marks AK, Bischoff KE, Bragg AR, O'Riordan DL. The Palliative Care Quality Network: Improving the Quality of Caring. J Palliat Med. 2017 Aug; 20(8):862-868.
  8. 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. Age Ageing. 2017 Mar 01; 46(2):300-309.
  9. 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. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 May; 53(5):821-832.e1.
  10. Gordon NA, O'Riordan DL, Dracup KA, De Marco T, Pantilat SZ. Let Us Talk About It: Heart Failure Patients' Preferences Toward Discussions about Prognosis, Advance Care Planning, and Spiritual Support. J Palliat Med. 2017 01; 20(1):79-83.
  11. Thygeson NM, Wang M, O'Riordan D, Pantilat SZ. Self-Reported California Hospital Palliative Care Program Composition, Certification, and Staffing Level Are Associated with Lower End-of-Life Medicare Utilization. J Palliat Med. 2016 Dec; 19(12):1281-1287.
  12. 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. J Palliat Med. 2016 Dec; 19(12):1254-1259.
  13. Kinderman AL, Harris HA, Brousseau RT, Close P, Pantilat SZ. Starting and Sustaining Palliative Care in Public Hospitals: Lessons Learned from a Statewide Initiative. J Palliat Med. 2016 Sep; 19(9):908-16.
  14. 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. J Palliat Med. 2016 Aug; 19(8):836-41.
  15. 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. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Mar; 51(3):589-596.e2.
  16. 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. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):396-402.
  17. Pantilat SZ. Hope to reality: The future of hospitalists and palliative care. J Hosp Med. 2015 Oct; 10(10):701-2.
  18. 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. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May; 175(5):691-700.
  19. 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. Cardiol Res. 2015 Feb; 6(1):201-208.
  20. Bertain CJ, O'Riordan DL, Pantilat SZ. Learning from those without: identifying barriers and creating solutions to establishing hospital palliative care services. J Hosp Med. 2015 Apr; 10(4):254-5.

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