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.

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UCSF 1989


UCSF, Internal Medicine 1992


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.

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