Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, FACP is the Medical Director, Center for Palliative Studies, San Diego Hospice, a teaching affiliate of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
In addition, he serves as a trustee of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and as a consultant to the National Board of Medical Examiners in the area of end-of-life care. He is co-principal of the Education for Physicians on End-of-life Care (EPEC) Project TM and the lead author of CAPC Manual. 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 internship and residency training in Internal Medicine, followed by subspecialty training in Hematology/Oncology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He joined the faculty and was 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 Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego.