Wendy Anderson


Palliative care physician
Proud mom of two amazing young women, runner and yogi

Dr. Wendy Anderson is a palliative care doctor, focused on maximizing quality of life for patients who have serious illnesses. She helps patients and their families manage pain and other symptoms, as well as the psychological stresses associated with serious illness. She also works with patients, their families and their other doctors to ensure patients receive the treatments that are right for them.

Anderson's research focuses on improving communication between doctors and patients with serious illnesses. She is a faculty member for VitalTalk, a nonprofit that teaches practicing physicians to discuss serious illness in a manner that fully supports patients and their families.

Anderson earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Duke University, followed by fellowships in palliative medicine at the Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine and University of Pittsburgh. She also earned a master's degree in clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Education

    University of Pittsburgh, M.S., Clinical Research Science, 2007

    UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2001

  • Residencies

    Duke University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2004

  • Fellowships

    Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2005

    University of Pittsburgh, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2007

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Working with our incredible patients and their families is the best thing I do.