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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.

  • Education

    Rush Medical College, MD, 2004

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 2008

  • Fellowships

    Stanford Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2009

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    67 Ratings
    About our process
    Aug 09, 2023
    We had 30 minutes to talk and I cannot remember what we talked about. She was supportive and concerned but I have concerns about WHAT NEXT that have not been addressed yet.
    Jul 12, 2023
    Dr Kinderman and her entire palliative care team have been superb supportive understanding and highly helpful. I very much appreciate their help and I'm so happy this palliative care help is being provided to me at this critical time in my life when I have ALS. Thank you to UCSF time for the remarkable holistic care I am receiving. I feel blessed by having them in my life in so many different ways.
    Jun 01, 2023
    I greatly appreciate Dr. Kinderman's caring approach to patient relations. She is an excellent contrast/complement to other clinicians in my care team.
    Feb 14, 2023
    Dr. Kinderman has been extremely helpful as I have managed my side effects of ADT. In fact she was the one who had me test for Thyroid issues; in fact I had low thyroid and by addressing it I have been experiencing many times fewer side effects. I switched to UCSF because I was seeking that level of care . And I got it!
    Feb 08, 2023
    Dr. Kinderman was wonderful as ever and I got to meet her two associates who were so helpful and supportive.
    Jan 28, 2023
    Dr. Kinderman was great. She gave good clear guidance listened well and was very empathetic and caring
    Oct 26, 2022
    She is very important and nice to talk with.
    Sep 15, 2022
    Too bad you don't have an "excellent" category here for Dr. Kinderman
    Sep 01, 2022
    Dr Kinderman listens and has my best interests in mind when she provides feedback. I feel confident in her care.
    Jul 14, 2022
    I cannot say enough about Anne kinderman's bedside manner. She is friendly and courteous. Provides informed solutions to the various symptoms and issues being experienced. Insured her demeanor Demonstrates she truly cares about my well-being
    May 28, 2022
    May 26, 2022
    Followed up with thoughtful mychart message