Steven Oppenheim, MD, FAAHPM
Chief Medical Director
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
4311 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA, USA, 92103-1407
Steven Oppenheim, MD FAAHPM, is the Chief Medical Director of San Diego Hospice & the Institute for Palliative Medicine (SDHIPM), a teaching affiliate of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He also chairs the agency’s Institutional Review Board, enjoys serving as a consultant in Palliative care in local hospitals, acts as medical director of a home hospice team and is actively involved with teaching at SDHIPM, the local community, nationally and internationally. He holds an interest in international palliative care having spent time teaching HIV palliative care in Asia and Africa. He also serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He also remains active in treating HIV disease and palliating its complications at the Owen Clinic at UCSD and as Medical Director of the HIV AIDS Case Management Program at SDHIPM. Dr. Oppenheim is a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners , a Fellow with the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM). Dr. Oppenheim was awarded the United Way/CHAD’s “Health Hero” Award in 2004, for his work in helping to relieve pain and for promoting quality of life for those living with chronic or serious illness. He also was honored as one of San Diego’s best physicians in 2009 when he received the “Top Doc” designation by his peers for the specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Oppenheim received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California in 1977, and a Masters of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1979. He completed his MD degree in 1983 at University of Southern California and Internal Medicine Residency training in 1986 at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Ca.