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Kara Bischoff


Medical Director, UCSF Palliative Care Program
Palliative care physician
Mother and outdoor enthusiast

Dr. Kara Bischoff is a palliative care physician who treats patients with a range of serious illnesses, including neurologic diseases, heart failure, chronic lung diseases and cancer. She sees patients in the clinic as well as the hospital. She serves as medical director of UCSF's palliative care program.

Bischoff earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in internal medicine at UCSF, where she also served as chief resident. She then completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at UCSF.

Bischoff is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a mother, a Bay Area native and an outdoor enthusiast.

  • Education

    Harvard Medical School, 2009

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 2012

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

I feel privileged to walk with my patients on their journeys, helping them navigate challenges. They inspire me every day.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    90 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 01, 2023
    Dr. Bischoff is wonderful kind and caring and excellent physician
    Nov 15, 2023
    They are a great team providing care.
    Nov 08, 2023
    Deep appreciation of doctor's skills and compassion.
    Sep 08, 2023
    Professional ,good and caring provider
    Aug 16, 2023
    Dr. Bischoff and the whole pulmonary team do a great job. Highly recommend.
    Jul 29, 2023
    They were wonderful so kind and super empathetic which was nice at this point. I'm sure they hear all these sad circumstances all the time but it did feel fresh and not forced
    Apr 27, 2023
    This visit was primarily intended for the provider to determine if and how I might benefit from the services of Palliative Care. She asked a lot of questions about my situation and then determined whom I should follow-up with.
    Feb 10, 2023
    The care provider understood my felling about the and made me feel comfortable making making decisions.
    Jan 29, 2023
    Dr Bischoff is wonderful. She has excellent listening skills and goes above and beyond to meet my medical needs with warmth and compassion.
    Jan 15, 2023
    Dr Kara Bischoff is an exceptional physician-bright kind caring considers a variety of options.
    Dec 24, 2022
    Very good experience with this care provider !
    Dec 11, 2022
    Dr Bischoff is so caring. She's a great listener and helps with any problems that need to be fixed. I feel she genuinely cares about her patients. She takes as much time I need to be in the visit with her. I don't feel rushed and always feel like I have a plan for what needs to be done until the next visit.
    Dec 08, 2022
    This care team is extremely helpful.
    Nov 13, 2022
    Dr Bischoff is fantastic always helps me with my side effects and she is very supportive too
    Sep 21, 2022
    I highly recommend the Paliative Care Group. They study your case completely.
    Sep 17, 2022
    Dr Bischoff is the best!!!
    Sep 07, 2022
    I appreciate the provider's skills and kindness.
    Jun 16, 2022
    In our experience the Palliative Care program is excellent in gaining an overview of a patients global experience with the medical system s it responds to patient's dealing with their illness or disease
    Apr 21, 2022
    My care provider gives me her complete attention. In addition to being an expert in her field she is kind warm and helpful. She actually carefully listens to me and her ability to listen carefully resulted In my cancelling a serious procedure that had become unnecessary. She has my complete confidence.
    Mar 12, 2022
    Dr. Kara Bischoff always provides legendary patient care for which I am most greatful.
    Mar 09, 2022
    Dr Bischoff is an excellent dr and really good at her job
    Feb 25, 2022
    Dr Bischoff is exemplary in her professionalism her care compassion and bright intelligence! We are blessed to have her on our team!
    Feb 16, 2022
    Dr. Bischoff and her team listen well to my responses and concerns.