Dr. Anne Kinderman is a palliative care specialist who works with patients experiencing serious illness, including cancer. Seeking to integrate the full context of each individual's life into her care, she focuses on helping patients live as well as possible while they face the challenges that accompany serious illness. Her patients come from diverse geographic locations and life situations, and she is committed to understanding their unique values, priorities and concerns in order to help them make the best decisions for their care.
Kinderman's research interests include expanding access to high-quality palliative care for patients insured by Medicaid, promoting best practices in communication for patients who have limited proficiency in the English language, and developing palliative care programs in safety net health systems.
Kinderman earned her medical degree at Rush Medical College. She completed a residency in internal medicine at UCSF and a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Stanford University. Prior to joining UCSF, she worked for many years at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) as the founding director of its Supportive and Palliative Care Service. In this role, she cared for patients with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, social connections and types of illness.
Kinderman has won awards for her work in palliative medicine, including the Commitment to Patient Care Award from the UCSF Symptom Management Service, an award for subspecialty consultant of the year from ZSFG, and an inspiring leader under 40 award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.