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

Education

Harvard Medical School 2009

Residencies

UCSF, Internal Medicine 2012

Fellowships

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.
  4. Bischoff K, Anderson W, Pantilat SZ. A Video Is Worth a Thousand Words. J Hosp Med. 2017 Sep; 12(9):773-774.
  5. Pantilat SZ, Marks AK, Bischoff KE, Bragg AR, O'Riordan DL. The Palliative Care Quality Network: Improving the Quality of Caring. J Palliat Med. 2017 Aug; 20(8):862-868.
  6. Kamal AH, Harrison KL, Bakitas M, Dionne-Odom JN, Zubkoff L, Akyar I, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL, Bragg AR, Bischoff KE, Bull J. Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through National and Regional Collaboration Efforts. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):396-402.
  7. Rabow MW, Dahlin C, Calton B, Bischoff K, Ritchie C. New Frontiers in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):465-74.
  8. Bischoff K, Currow DC, Corvera C, Pantilat SZ.. Unanswered Questions in Malignant Bowel Obstruction. Journal of Palliative Care. 2014; 4(30):265-270.
  9. Bischoff K, Shah SM, Dhaliwal G, Hollander H. A heart-breaking case of fever and rash. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Sep; 29(9):1310-4.
  10. Bischoff KE. Response letter to Thomas Finucane, MD. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Nov; 61(11):2059-60.
  11. Bischoff K, Weinberg V, Rabow MW. Palliative and oncologic co-management: symptom management for outpatients with cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2013 Nov; 21(11):3031-7.
  12. Bischoff K, Goel A, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Mourad M. The Housestaff Incentive Program: improving the timeliness and quality of discharge summaries by engaging residents in quality improvement. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Sep; 22(9):768-74.
  13. Bischoff KE, Sudore R, Miao Y, Boscardin WJ, Smith AK. Advance care planning and the quality of end-of-life care in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Feb; 61(2):209-14.
  14. Ajijola OA, Macklin EA, Moore SA, McCarty D, Bischoff KE, Heist EK, Picard M, Ruskin JN, Dec GW, Singh JP. Inpatient vs. elective outpatient cardiac resynchronization therapy device implantation and long-term clinical outcome. Europace. 2010 Dec; 12(12):1745-9.
  15. Bischoff K, Ballew AC, Simon MA, O'Reilly AM. Wing defects in Drosophila xenicid mutant clones are caused by C-terminal deletion of additional sex combs (Asx). PLoS One. 2009 Dec 01; 4(12):e8106.
  16. Gottlieb D, Schwartz ML, Bischoff K, Gauvreau K, Mayer JE. Predictors of outcome of arterial switch operation for complex D-transposition. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 May; 85(5):1698-702; discussion 1702-3.
  17. Bischoff K, López C, Shaffer K, Schwaitzberg S. Colorectal Adenocarcinoma Presenting as Abdominal Wall Cellulitis. Radiology Case Reports. 2008; 204(3).

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