Carly Zapata, MD, MPH

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.

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

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


UCSF, Internal Medicine 2015


UCSF, Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2017