Scott Endsley, MD, is the associate medical director for quality at Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC) where he provides expert consultation to quality teams including palliative care. Previously, he was the interim CMO at San Francisco Health Plan and member of the San Francisco Taskforce on Palliative Care. Dr. Endsley is a Board Certified family physician with additional training in psychiatry and preventive medicine. His expertise is in quality of care and quality measurement having served on commissions and committees for AMA, NCQA and the National Quality Forum. He was the Quality Advisor for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and a mentor for the AAFP Practice Enhancement program.
Dianne Gray is the President of Hospice & Healthcare Communications, an international consulting firm focused on education initiatives and advocacy projects for palliative and end of life care. Dianne is a speaker, author and advocate on topics including national and global palliative care initiatives, global media, and communications issues surrounding medical ethical decision making. She serves on the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation board and lectures frequently on topics related to grief, loss, hope and resilience as well as global media and physician/family communications.
Dr. Daniel Hoefer is the CMO for Sharp HealthCare’s outpatient palliative care program, and Associate Medical Director for Sharp HospiceCare. In addition, he is a board certified family practice physician, board certified in Palliative Medicine and is part of Sharp Rees Stealy Medical Group in San Diego serving on the Risk Management and Utilization Review Committees since 1994. He has spent over 25 years working in nursing homes and with geriatric patients. Dr. Hoefer is an EPEC trained physician who has been the visionary for the development of an evidence‐based disease management care model for late stage illness. He frequently presents educational conferences to physicians, healthcare providers, and recently, to the Department of Justice.
In 1978, Dr. Gary Johanson began serving as medical director of his local hospice soon after starting his family practice. He been a frequent speaker on palliative care and has authored many articles, including a Clinicians Handbook of Symptom Relief in Palliative Care. Board certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine, he has practiced exclusively in that specialty for the last 17 years. An AAHPM founding member and Fellow, he served on their Board and Ethics Committee in its early years. He is currently Medical Director of St Joseph Memorial Hospice and Home Health in Sonoma County and a key contributor to the development of Palliative Care Services for St Joseph Health, including a collaborative with Providence and Dignity Health in an Advance Care Planning and Whole Person Care initiative.
Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN, BA, is the Director of the Palliative Care Program at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the West Bay Area. As a “midwife to the dying” she draws upon 25+ years of nursing experience in oncology, critical care and hospice. Ms. Keyssar presents nationally on Palliative and End of Life issues. Her award-winning book, Last Acts of Kindness; Lessons for the Living from the Bedsides of the Dying can be found at www.lastactsofkindness.com. She was the 2015 recipient of the CCCC Individual Leadership Award and a Founding and Steering Committee member of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care.
Dr. Anne Kinderman is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and the Director of the Supportive & Palliative Care Service at San Francisco General Hospital. After training in Internal Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, she returned to San Francisco General in 2009, to help develop the Supportive & Palliative Care Consult Service, as its founding Director. Dr. Kinderman’s scholarly work has included developing a curriculum in palliative care interpreting for professional medical interpreters, promoting high-quality care for vulnerable patients with serious illness, and expanding palliative care services in safety net health systems.
BJ Miller, MD, is a hospice & palliative medicine physician. He sees patients and families at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he also teaches and serves on faculty. In addition, he serves as advocate for Zen Hospice Project, a residential hospice facility and education center in San Francisco which he directed from 2011 through 2015. Dr. Miller also consults at the intersection of palliative care and design & frequently speaks publicly on this topic. His interests are in working across disciplines to affect broad-based culture change and in cultivating a civic model for aging and dying. He and his coauthor, Shoshana Berger, are currently writing a practical manual for preparing for death.
Robert Moore, MD, became the Chief Medical Officer of Partnership HealthPlan of California in July, 2011, after serving as Medical Director of Community Health Clinic Ole in Napa for 13 years. Partnership is a well-respected MediCal Managed Care organization serving 200,000 members in 6 northern California counties: Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino. His major professional interests are quality improvement, operational effectiveness, and delivery system transformation. He is a graduate of UCSF Medical School and the Columbia University School of Public Health. He has completed post-graduate courses and fellowships in Health Center Management, Health Care Leadership, and Quality Improvement.
Dr. Piyush Srivastava always envisioned a future that would allow him to make a difference. He combined his passion for molecular science with the need to connect with human beings by pursuing a career in Clinical Oncology. Prior to his medical education, he volunteered with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, an experience that allowed him to understand the importance of dignity, when facing a serious illness. He pursued Palliative Care training at Stanford University prior to his Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at USC. Now an oncologist with Kaiser Permanente, he combines his passions to help patients fight cancer while maintaining a dignified, high quality life. His focus and efforts with program building for Kaiser have been to integrate Palliative Care practice with regular, mainstream Oncology care.