Steve Pantilat was named inaugural chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine at UCSF Health

Dr. Steven Pantilat will become the chief of the newly established Division of Palliative Medicine (DPM) at our UCSF Health sites. His appointment will begin on May 1st, and the division will formally launch on July 1st.

Steve received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, majoring in psychobiology and graduating summa cum laude. He came to UCSF for medical school and, like so many, never left. He was a resident and chief resident at UCSF and completed the UCSF Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program, studying medical ethics. He joined the hospitalist group (before the establishment of the Division of Hospital Medicine) in 1996. Working closely with Dr. Steve McPhee, he helped to launch UCSF’s palliative care program and became its director in 1999. Under his leadership, the program became nationally and internationally known for its interdisciplinary care model and its innovations in practice and education.