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Danielle Chammas


Palliative care physician
Student of life and children's book author

Dr. Danielle Chammas is a palliative care physician who works in the UCSF Symptom Management Service. She helps address the physical and emotional effects of illness that impact her patients' quality of life.

Chammas loves getting to know her patients so she can better understand what they find important and meaningful. She has a strong interest in how our culture approaches illness and what it means to live well. She is also interested in the humanities ‐ the field of learning that explores human interests and ideas – and in teaching.

Chammas earned her medical degree at UCSF, where she graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She remained at UCSF for her residency in adult psychiatry, and she served as a chief resident at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System, where she was recognized for her commitment to teaching. She completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at UCSF.

Chammas is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Chammas was born and raised in San Diego. In her free time, she enjoys writing and illustrating in genres ranging from poetry to children's books.

  • Education

    UCSF, 2010

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Adult Psychiatry, 2014

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2015

  • Board Certifications

    Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    Hospice & Palliative Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

I consider myself a privileged guest who gets the honor of walking next to patients down a stretch of their journey, hopefully helping optimize their experience of that journey.

Where I see patients (1)

    Selected research