The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice

Charles von Gunten, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAHPM, FAACE

Charles von Gunten, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAHPM, FAACE
The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice
4311 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA, USA 92103-1407
Office: 619-278-6225
Main: 619-688-1600
Fax: 619-688-6279

Dr. Charles F. von Gunten is the Provost at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, a teaching and research affiliate of the University of California, San Diego, University of San Diego and San Diego State University. He is an established investigator of the National Cancer Institute. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.  He directs the largest fellowship program in palliative medicine in the US. He is a founding trustee and past Chairman of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is the immediate past President of the American Association for Cancer Education. He was Co-Principal for the Education for Physicians on End-of-life Care (EPEC) Project and its revision for oncology, EPEC-O. He is an expert for the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) on developing hospital-based palliative care programs. He has been particularly interested in the integration of hospice and palliative care into academic medicine. He has published and spoken widely on the subjects of hospice, palliative medicine, and pain and symptom control.

Dr. von Gunten received the Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1978.  He then earned a PhD in Biochemistry and the MD degree with honors from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1988.  He subsequently pursued residency training in Internal Medicine, followed by subspecialty training in Hematology/Oncology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago.  He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University Medical School until 1999 where he directed programs in hospice and palliative care, education, and research. He currently holds the academic rank of Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego where he is a member of the NIH-designated Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center and directs the palliative medicine consultation service.