Kara Bischoff, MD

Medical Director, UCSF Palliative Care Clinic
Palliative care physician

Dr. Kara Bischoff is a palliative care physician who treats patients with a range of serious illnesses, including neurologic diseases, heart failure, chronic lung diseases and cancer. She sees patients in the clinic as well as the hospital. She is the medical director of UCSF's Palliative Care Cl.

Bischoff earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in internal medicine at UCSF, where she also served as chief resident. She then completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at UCSF.

Bischoff is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. A Bay Area native, she is a mother and an outdoor enthusiast.

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Kara Bischoff


Harvard Medical School 2009


UCSF, Internal Medicine 2012


UCSF, Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2014

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Bischoff K, Yang E, Kojimoto G, Shepard Lopez N, Holland S, Calton B, Adkins SH, Cheng S, Miller BJ, Rabow MW. What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center. J Palliat Med. 2018 Feb 12.
  2. Bischoff K, O'Riordan DL, Marks AK, Sudore R, Pantilat SZ. Care Planning for Inpatients Referred for Palliative Care Consultation. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Jan 01; 178(1):48-54.
  3. Bischoff KE, O'Riordan DL, Fazzalaro K, Kinderman A, Pantilat SZ. Identifying Opportunities to Improve Pain Among Patients With Serious Illness. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Mar; 55(3):881-889.

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