Michael Kersten, MPH

Michael Kersten is Manager of Clinical Innovations and program manager for Serious Illness Management and the Virtual Care Team at Hill Physicians. Current projects include planning and implementing a home-based palliative care program and study with Blue Shield of California.

Mr. Kersten recognized end-of-life care as his life’s work in his mid-20s. After becoming one of the first Buddhist MDiv graduates in the country, he spent five wonderful years as a hospice chaplain in Queens, New York. Wishing to expand compassionate end-of-life care beyond and upstream from the hospice benefit, he transitioned to program management after receiving an MPH from UC Berkeley. During that time, Mr. Kersten led product design for a digital start-up for advance directive documentation and was on a consulting team for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.