Stephen J. Bekanich, M.D. is a co-director of Seton Palliative Care in Austin, TX. Prior to starting at Ascension Health he has been an Associate Professor of Medicine at multiple academic medical centers with National Cancer Institute designations. Dr. Bekanich is the recipient of awards for medical leadership, innovation in health care, teaching, and patient and family satisfaction. He serves as the Senior Editor to review literature published on the evaluation and management of symptoms for PC-FACS, the most widely read publication produced by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His research is in the field of pain and medical education. His funded works have appeared throughout the medical and popular media including distribution by the Joint Commission.