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Stephanie Cheng


Palliative care physician
Dog lover and outdoor enthusiast

  • (415) 885-7671
  • (415) 885-7671

About me

Dr. Stephanie Cheng is a palliative care physician who provides holistic care for patients with terminal or life-altering illnesses. She devotes most of her clinical time to outpatient palliative care at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Symptom Management Service.

Cheng has a special interest in symptom management and improving quality of life through integrative approaches, which combine conventional and complementary therapies. Through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Metta Institute, she completed a two-year program that explored illness, aging and death from a contemplative perspective and taught her how to incorporate mindfulness, compassion and other meditation practices into her work with patients and her own daily life. She also completed an 11-month chaplaincy training through the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

Cheng earned her medical degree at Oregon Health & Science University, then completed a family medicine residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, which has an academic affiliation with UCSF. She completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine with an integrative medicine focus at George Washington University.

Cheng is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.

Outside of work, Cheng enjoys playing music and spending time outdoors.

  • Education

    Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, 2012

  • Residencies

    Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Family Medicine, 2015

  • Fellowships

    George Washington University School of Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2016

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor