Kana McKee, MD

Palliative care physician

Dr. Kana McKee is a palliative care doctor who treats seriously ill patients hospitalized at UCSF Medical Center. She works as part of a collaborative team whose goal is to ensure that patients and their families achieve the best possible quality of life while navigating illness and hospitalization. Patients in the team's care receive excellent symptom management as well as psychosocial, emotional and spiritual support. McKee has a special interest in improving communication among health care providers, patients and families.

As a clinician-educator, McKee focuses on improving and innovating methods of teaching palliative care to students and physicians. She is also working on a project to broaden understanding of hospitalized patients' palliative care needs.

McKee earned her medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at UCSF. An assistant clinical professor at UCSF, McKee is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Kana McKee


Duke University School of Medicine 2008


UCSF, Internal Medicine 2011


UCSF, Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2016

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Psotka MA, McKee KY, Liu AY, Elia G, De Marco T. Palliative Care in Heart Failure: What Triggers Specialist Consultation? Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2017 Sep - Oct; 60(2):215-225.
  2. McKee KY, Widera E. Habitual Prescribing of Laxatives-It's Time to Flush Outdated Protocols Down the Drain. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 08 01; 176(8):1217-9.
  3. Van Meter ME, McKee KY, Kohlwes RJ. Efficacy and safety of tunneled pleural catheters in adults with malignant pleural effusions: a systematic review. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Jan; 26(1):70-6.

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