Physician Steven Pantilat is the Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care and the founding director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program, which received a Circle of Life Award in recognition of excellence and innovation from the American Hospital Association in 2007. He is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and in internal medicine. In 2014, Pantilat was elected a Master of Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and 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 2005-06.