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Kana McKee


Palliative care physician

Dr. Kana McKee is a palliative care doctor who treats seriously ill patients in the hospital. She works as part of a collaborative team whose goal is to ensure that patients and their families achieve the best possible quality of life while navigating illness and hospitalization. Her team provides excellent symptom management as well as psychosocial, emotional and spiritual support. She has a special interest in improving communication among health care providers, patients and families.

As a clinician-educator, McKee focuses on improving and innovating methods of teaching palliative care to medical students and other doctors. She is also working on a project to broaden understanding of hospitalized patients' palliative care needs.

McKee earned her medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at UCSF.

McKee is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

  • Education

    Duke University, 2008

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 2011

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2016

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor