Professor

Steven Pantilat, MD is the Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care and the inaugural Chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Pantilat is an internationally recognized expert in Palliative Care. Dr. Pantilat has published over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers, authored two dozen book chapters, and co-edited with colleagues at UCSF two textbooks on palliative care titled, “Care at the Close of Life” and “Hospital Based Palliative Medicine.” Dr. Pantilat is the Board Chair for the Palliative Care Quality Collaborative, an national organization dedicated to improving the quality of care for seriously ill people and their families. He chairs the Advisory Board for the Cambia Health Foundation’s Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program and co-directs the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center. He is the author of, “Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and their Caregivers” published by DaCapo Lifelong Books in 2017. Dr. Pantilat and the palliative care team at UCSF are featured in the Academy Award-nominated, Netflix documentary, “End Game.”

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 was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCSF and is a Faculty Scholar of the Project on Death in America. He has received five teaching awards from the medical students at UCSF for outstanding lectures and lecture series.
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
Publications
  1. Kamal AH, Thienprayoon RM, Aldridge M, Bull J, Fazzalaro K, Meier DE, Mueller L, Rodgers PE, McKenna KA, Pantilat SZ. Specialty Palliative Care in COVID-19: Early Experiences from the Palliative Care Quality Collaborative. 2021. PMID: 34160293


  2. Bischoff KE, Choi S, Su A, Cohen E, O'Riordan DL, Oettel E, Blachman M, Meister S, Zapata C, Lindenfeld P, Calton B, Witt L, Pantilat SZ, Shah RJ. Better Together: A Mixed-Methods Study of Palliative Care Co-Management for Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease. 2021. PMID: 34115958


  3. Macchi ZA, Ayele R, Dini M, Lamira J, Katz M, Pantilat SZ, Jones J, Kluger BM. Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for improving outpatient neuropalliative care: A qualitative study of patient and caregiver perspectives. 2021. PMID: 34006157


  4. Sumarsono N, Sudore RL, Smith AK, Pantilat SZ, Anderson WG, Makam AN. Availability of Palliative Care in Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals. 2021. PMID: 33965406


  5. Deng LX, Bischoff KE, Kent DS, O'Riordan DL, Pantilat SZ, Lai JC. Frailty is strongly associated with self-reported symptom burden among patients with cirrhosis. 2021. PMID: 33731588


  6. Calton B, Shibley WP, Cohen E, Pantilat SZ, Rabow MW, O'Riordan DL, Bischoff KE. Patient and Caregiver Experience with Outpatient Palliative Care Telemedicine Visits. 2020. PMID: 34223495


  7. Smith GM, Calton BA, Rabow MW, Marks AK, Bischoff KE, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL. Comparing the Palliative Care Needs of Patients Seen by Specialty Palliative Care Teams at Home Versus in Clinic. 2020. PMID: 33246071


  8. Calton BA, Bischoff K, Pantilat SZ. "I Just Need to Hold His Hand": Telemedicine Is Powerful, But Not Perfect. 2020. PMID: 33147095


  9. Kluger BM, Pantilat S, Miyasaki J. Palliative Care in Parkinson Disease-Is It Beneficial for All?-Reply. 2020. PMID: 32897303


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


  11. 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


  12. 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


  13. 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


  14. 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


  15. 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


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


  17. 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


  18. 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


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


  20. 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


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


  22. 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


  23. 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


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


  25. 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. 2018. PMID: 30204543


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


  27. Bischoff K, O'Riordan DL, Marks AK, Sudore R, Pantilat SZ. Care Planning for Inpatients Referred for Palliative Care Consultation. 2018. PMID: 29159371


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


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


  30. 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. 2017. PMID: 28865870


  31. 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


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


  33. 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


  34. 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. 2017. PMID: 28062339


  35. 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


  36. 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


  37. 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


  38. 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. 2015. PMID: 26678966


  39. 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. 2015. PMID: 25798575


  40. 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


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


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


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


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


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


  46. 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


  47. 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


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


  49. 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


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


  51. 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


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


  53. 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


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


  55. 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. 2010. PMID: 21105763


  56. 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


  57. 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


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


  59. 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


  60. 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


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


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


  63. 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


  64. 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. 2008. PMID: 18716849


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


  66. 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. 2008. PMID: 18410324


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


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


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


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


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


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


  73. 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


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


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


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


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


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


  79. 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