Author Archive

Kathleen Puntillo, RN, DNSc, FAAN

Professor of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Kathleen Puntillo is Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the Critical Care/Trauma graduate program at the University of California, San Francisco.  She has an active and long-standing program of research on pain in critically ill and injured patients and procedural pain.  She has expanded her research to include investigations of symptom assessment and management in intensive care unit (ICU) patients at high risk of dying. Her current study is funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Puntillo is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and was a Faculty Scholar with the Project on Death in America.  She has received many awards including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) Distinguished Researcher Award and the Society of Critical Care Medicine’ (SCCM) Grenvik Family Award for Ethics. She is actively involved in many professional organizations including AACN, SCCM, and the American Pain Society.  She practices critical care nursing on a regular basis and publishes and lectures extensively on the topics of pain, palliative care, and symptom management.

University of California, San Francisco

Andrew Auerbach, MD

Andrew Auerbach is Professor of Medicine in Residence at UCSF and Director of Research Division of Hospital Medicine. Andy did his medical residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Harvard where he was trained in clinical epidemiology, multivariable modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, and health services research. He joined the faculty at UCSF as the nation’s first clinician-researcher primarily focused on the hospitalist model in 1998. His research at UCSF has primarily focused on assessments of patient outcomes in different systems of care, with a special interest in the hospitalist model and perioperative medicine, with a special focus on quality measurement and implementation research.

Andy is the Co-PI of the Hospital Medicine Reengineering Network and site PI for a number of multicenter trials in quality improvement where UCSF is a key participant. He also teaches in the Training in Clinical Research program at UCSF, as well as co-directing the Primary Care Research fellowship. Finally, Andy is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the flagship peer-reviewed journal in Hospital Medicine.

University of California, San Francisco

Bruce Spurlock, MD

Bruce Spurlock, M.D. is the Executive Director of BEACON (Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative). He helps organizations create results-oriented programs in a variety of domains. He also leads large, multi-participant quality collaboratives designed to accelerate the dissemination of evidence-based clinical practices. Currently, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Stanford University. He is a nationally known speaker on health care topics ranging from future health care trends to redesigning specific operational units. Dr. Spurlock received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, Davis and completed his internal medical residency, chief residence and general medicine fellowship at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Santa Clara, California.

BEACON Collaborative

Brad Stuart, MD

Dr. Stuart is Senior Medical Director of Sutter VNA & Hospice, the largest provider of home-based health services in Northern California. He is the founder of Advanced Illness Management (AIM), an integrated system of care for patients with late-stage chronic illness, now a system-wide initiative at Sutter Health. He was the primary author of Medical Guidelines for Prognosis in Selected Non-Cancer Diseases, adopted as national Medicare hospice eligibility criteria, and was voted “Physician of the Year” in 2007 by the California Association for Health Services at Home. Dr. Stuart has published widely and lectured internationally on clinical, psychosocial and spiritual issues in advanced illness.

Sutter VNA & Hospice