Dr. Pantilat is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care, and the founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program. He is also the Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center.
Dr. Pantilat is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and in Internal Medicine with Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. He was elected a Master of Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine in 2014, in recognition of his many contributions to the field. He 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. Dr. Pantilat is also a hospitalist, and is a nationally recognized expert in hospital medicine as well as in Palliative Medicine. He is the Past-President, 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 Leadership Award from the James Irvine Foundation 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 also serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Cambia Foundation’s Sojourn Scholars Leadership Award program. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers, authored two dozen book chapters, and co-edited with colleagues at UCSF a textbook on palliative care titled, “Care at the Close of Life,” and the 2015 textbook, “Hospital Based Palliative Medicine.”