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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, 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


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