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Carly Zapata


Palliative care physician

Carly Zapata is a palliative care doctor who provides consultations for hospitalized patients with cancer or other serious illnesses. She helps them with controlling symptoms as well as advance care planning.

Zapata researches strategies to make advance care planning easier for both patients and doctors. She also studies how to promote self-care for doctors and ways to incorporate routine palliative care into oncology practices.

Zapata earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a master of public health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine at UCSF, where she served as chief resident. She also completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at UCSF.

Zapata is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

In her free time, Zapata enjoys hiking, reading fiction, exploring San Francisco and spending time with her toddler.

  • Education

    Harvard Medical School, MD, 2012

    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MPH, 2012

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 2015

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2017

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

  • Languages


Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    72 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 21, 2023
    Excellent medical knowledge Insight understanding and patience making me feel as if I was the only UCSF patient.
    Aug 10, 2023
    Dr. Zapata connects very well as a person to another person as well as being very professional.
    Jul 09, 2023
    Dr Zapata and her team are great to have access to. She can answer those questions you forgot to ask the other doctors with good info.
    May 27, 2023
    Dr Zapata and her Pallative team are exceptional. So easy to talk to and listen to concerns.
    Apr 13, 2023
    Dr. Zapata was knowledgeable articulate caring and professional.
    Mar 20, 2023
    Palliative Care team is excellent
    Mar 19, 2023
    Dr. Zapata is a great listener thoughtfulempathetic pics up on possible issues. She has a lovely manner that invokes a sense of trust
    Feb 18, 2023
    Good experience
    Feb 08, 2023
    Always great with Dr. Zapata. She is very professional also Compassionate she's the best.
    Feb 04, 2023
    This was the best appointment I have ever had with doctors!
    Jan 29, 2023
    Carly is the best Doc with whom I have dealt.
    Jan 16, 2023
    Top notch doc!
    Dec 05, 2022
    Dr Zapata and the whole Pallative team are very supportive and encouraging. They are the best.
    Oct 28, 2022
    Dr. Zapata was very caring listened patiently and explained her decisions clearly.
    Oct 22, 2022
    Wonderful. So reassuring kind and helpful. So glad to have their help and support. Really grateful
    Sep 29, 2022
    Dr Zapata was outstanding. She reviewed my details and meds understood my goals and was clear with next steps.
    Aug 22, 2022
    Dr. Zapata was very respectful and thoughtful and attentivel. She made me feel comfortable and at ease. She had a lovely smile on her face and appeared genuinely glad to see me and my husband. It has been my pleasure to work with her.
    Aug 18, 2022
    Carly Zapata was very professional kind understanding and we felt our needs were taken seriously and expedited
    Aug 08, 2022
    The Palliative Care Team is the best ever! We continue to be grateful for their care.
    Jul 04, 2022
    I was not at all ill at ease or uncomfortable. The palliative team was very easy to talk with and each member of the team had helpful input that was in my best interest.
    Feb 20, 2022
    Dr. Carly is superior!!!!

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