We are an academic department that serves those with serious illness along the care continuum, across multiple settings, through interdisciplinary, team-based care.

Kaiser Permanente offers a wide range of Palliative Medicine services. Our goal is to optimize whole-person, evidence-based care across the continuum of serious illness. Our wide-range of services enable us to care for our patients along the care continuum and across multiple settings, including hospital, home, clinic and post-acute. Our renowned Home-Based Palliative Care Program has received national recognition as a best practice and has been awarded a $14 million research grant .

We have a rich history in this subspecialty. Since 1978 our department has run a hospice agency, with additional palliative medicine services added throughout the decades. Likewise, our fellowship offers a history of quality, evidence-based training, recently celebrating our 10 year anniversary and receiving a five-year accreditation from ACGME, the highest level possible. Our fellows thrive from a large and diverse faculty of 19 physicians who have a passion for teaching and mentorship.

Fellowship Mission:

  • To train effective clinician leaders and educators who are proficient in providing specialized, evidence-based and whole person care in all palliative care settings. Our graduates have become fellowship directors, medical directors, and leaders in education and care delivery.
  • To provide a robust educational experience across the continuum of serious illness. Our fellows are equipped to practice palliative medicine in any palliative setting of their choice, including hospital, home palliative, hospice, clinic and post-acute settings.
  • To familiarize our learners to a diverse range of illnesses and healthcare systems, including a tertiary, academic hospital (Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center), community-based hospital (Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center), children’s hospital (Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles) and a comprehensive cancer center (City of Hope Cancer Hospital).
  • To provide a wide breadth of mentorship in order to optimize personal wellness and character growth