Carly Zapata, MPH, MD

Palliative care physician

Carly Zapata is a palliative care doctor who provides consultations for hospitalized patients with cancer or other serious illnesses. She helps them with controlling symptoms as well as advance care planning.

Zapata researches strategies to make advance care planning easier for both patients and doctors. She also studies how to promote self-care for doctors and ways to incorporate routine palliative care into oncology practices.

Zapata earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a master's in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine at UCSF, where she served as chief resident. She also completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at UCSF.

Zapata is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is an assistant clinical professor at UCSF. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading fiction, exploring San Francisco and spending time with her toddler.

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, M.P.H. 2012
Harvard School of Medicine 2012


UCSF, Internal Medicine 2015


UCSF, Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2017

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Zapata CB. Survival Techniques. JAMA. 2018 Jun 05; 319(21):2171-2172.
  2. Zapata C, Lum HD, Wistar E, Horton C, Sudore RL. Feasibility of a Video-Based Advance Care Planning Website to Facilitate Group Visits among Diverse Adults from a Safety-Net Health System. J Palliat Med. 2018 Feb 20.
  3. Rabow MW, Benner C, Shepard N, Meng MV. Concurrent urologic and palliative care after cystectomy for treatment of muscle-invasive bladder cancer. Urol Oncol. 2015 Jun; 33(6):267.e23-9.

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