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Jessica M. Kaltman, MD, MSHS

  • Palliative Medicine
Average rating: 4.9
| 58 ratings
UCLA Health Santa Monica Palliative Care | 1245 16th Street, Suite 305, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Dr. Jessica Kaltman is a palliative care physician who provides outpatient care in Santa Monica. She specializes in providing compassionate care to individuals with a serious illness, providing complex symptom management as well as emotional support. She is passionate about developing a model of palliative care that best serves an outpatient population, addressing healthcare disparities within end-of-life care, improving the quality of palliative care and creating models of care to improve emotional well-being.

Dr. Kaltman completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she was a member of the Jay Weiss Social Medicine Pathway, focusing on addressing health inequalities through community-based participatory research. She completed her internal medicine training at the joint Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/Greater Los Angeles VA residency program.

Dr. Kaltman then earned a Master of Health Policy and Management degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and completed the UCLA NRSA Primary Care and Health Services Research Fellowship, focusing on health policy. She finally completed a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, after which she joined the Supportive Care Medicine Department at City of Hope National Medical Center. Her work at this time included the implementation of a post-mortem survey for an advanced cancer population to identify gaps in care quality and drive quality improvement.

Dr. Kaltman is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, among other professional organizations.

Outside of work, Dr. Kaltman loves to spend time with her husband and children exploring Los Angeles, hanging out the beach, and visiting museums and performing art performances.


Santa Monica – Extensivist and Palliative Care
1245 16th Street
Suite 305
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-207-0120
Fax: 310-207-0122




Medical Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2015


Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterDepartment of Medicine, 2019
NRSA Primary Care Research, NRSA Health Services Research Fellowship, 2018


Internal Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2015


MSHS, UCLA School of Public Health/Preventive Medicine, 2017
MD, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, 2012


UCLA Health Santa Monica Palliative Care

UCLA Health Westwood Cancer Center

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Medical Services


  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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