STEVEN Z. PANTILAT, M.D. is the Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; the Alan M. Kates and John M. Burnard Endowed Chair in Palliative Care; and the founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program where he received the Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association for innovation and excellence. He is also the Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center that trains teams from hospitals across the country on how to establish Palliative Care Services. Dr. Pantilat is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine from The University of California School of Medicine. His expertise has been nationally and internationally recognized as a thought-leader in palliative medicine.


Dr. Pantilat’s impressive reservoir of fellowship and medical board leadership experience began in 1996 at the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program, UCS. In 2007 he became a Fulbright Senior Scholar studying palliative care at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney, and Curtin University in Sydney, Australia. He then went on to receive a Leadership Award from the James Irvine Foundation in recognition of his work to improve the lives of Californians. Dr. Pantilat was also a fellow at The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care, as well as a senior fellow in Hospital Medicine at the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is the past-president, a past member of the Board of Directors, the former chair of the ethics committee for the Society of Hospital Medicine, member of the Program in Medical Ethics at UCSF and serves on the UCSF Medical Center Ethics Committee. He is a Faculty Scholar of the Project on Death in America.


Dr. Pantilat’s extensive publications and research focuses on improving care for seriously ill patients in hospitals through communication and palliative care. In his newest book he writes, “When we or our loved ones become seriously ill, many of us don’t know where to turn, the questions to ask, or the actions to take. Helping seriously ill people and their families is my passion; it is my mission, my life’s work. Although the book I have written pertains mostly closely to those who are seriously ill and their families, it is also about life and living.”


Recent Posts by Steven Z. Pantilat

Foundation Addresses Critical Need For Palliative Care Workforce And Leadership Development

Weaving palliative care into the fabric of our evolving health care system and into the community will require leaders who can develop person- and family-centered solutions, advance public policy, train clinicians, and drive sustainable system change. Read about a foundation's leadership...