Hospice of San Joaquin Physicians

Playing a crucial role in the care team are the Hospice Team Physicians and Medical Director, an expert team of physicians that are responsible for ensuring that every patient’s care wishes are honored, that the hospice team is supported, and that the care goals set for each patient are being achieved.  Each team physician is responsible to oversee the patients on their particular team.  Smaller teams result in less patients per team, which will help enhance Patient care, allows for greater oversite and teamwork between our Registered Nurse Case Managers and Hospice Clinical Staff to provide the high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care we are committed to providing. 



Dr. Deepak K Shrivastava, MD | Medical Director

 Hospice of San Joaquin Medical Director, Deepak Shrivastava, MD is a well-recognized physician. He received training at UC Davis School of Medicine and Stanford.  His multiple board certifications include hospice medical director certification (HMDCB). He is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine.  He is an Adjunct Professor at University of Pacific, School of Pharmacy. 

Dr. Shrivastava’s area of interest is innovation and improvement in the delivery of care and quality of life of terminally ill adults and children. While directing hospice care to the terminally ill, he draws on his over 35 year experience in critical care, pulmonary medicine, long-term care medicine and performance improvement. He regularly teaches the Medicare Hospice Benefit program, symptom management and end of the life care at different levels of the healthcare system.  

In addition to a clinical practitioner, he is an active researcher, author, inventor, and educator. He is a patient advocate and actively works to influence health care policy at administrative and political level. He provides community service through local non-profit charitable organizations. He was awarded medical director of the year (2015) at American Medical Directors Association. 


Dr. Ajithkumar Puthillath (AJ), MD | Pacific Palliative Care Physician

Hospice of San Joaquin is excited to welcome Dr. Puthillath as new Team Physician. Dr. Puthillath is the former Chief of Staff and is currently an active member of the Community Board at Lodi Memorial Hospital where he also serves as the Chairman of the Bioethics committee. He is the Co-Chair on the Breast Cancer Center of Excellence at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton. Dr. Puthillath completed his medical training from Mysore University, India. He then completed his internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at McLaren Regional Medical Center, Michigan. During his residency, he was awarded the PGY-2 for outstanding resident of the year and the “Ambassador Award” for the best outgoing resident. Dr. Puthillath completed his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), New York. Dr. Puthillath has numerous research publications in peer reviewed oncology journals and has actively presented in the American Society of Clinical Oncology meetings.

Dr. Michael Herrera, DO | Team Physician

Hospice of San Joaquin welcomes Dr. Herrera as new Team Physician. Dr. Herrera attended Medical School at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Residency at University of California Davis Medical Center. Dr. Herrera brings in over 28 years of diverse experience in Emergency Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and is an affiliate in the medical group San Francisco Physicians International Medical Group Incorporated, where he holds his credentials in Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Sanjeev K Goswami MD, FCCP | Team Physician

Dr. Goswami joins Hospice of San Joaquin as new Team Physician, with expertise in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, and Critical Care. He attended Government Medical College of Amritsar, India where he received his Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) and earned his Pre Medical Degree at Government College, Hoshiapur, India. Dr. Goswami then completed his Internship & Residency in Internal Medicine at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, his Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Brown University, and Fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Goswami is an active affiliate of the American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, California Medical Association, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the San Joaquin County Medical Society.