Sarah Adkins, MD

Pallative care physician

Dr. Sarah Adkins is a palliative care physician who treats seriously ill patients both in the hospital and at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She specializes in managing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue and anxiety. Her primary goal is to improve the quality of life of her patients and their families by addressing their physical, psychological and spiritual needs.

Adkins received her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She then completed a residency in internal medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a fellowship in palliative care at UCSF. She is a member of the American Academy of Palliative Medicine and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

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Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 2012


New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Internal Medicine 2015


UCSF Medical Center, Palliative Care 2016

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Bischoff K, Yang E, Kojimoto G, Shepard Lopez N, Holland S, Calton B, Adkins SH, Cheng S, Miller BJ, Rabow MW. What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center. J Palliat Med. 2018 Feb 12.
  2. Rabow MW, Petzel MQB, Adkins SH. Symptom Management and Palliative Care in Pancreatic Cancer. Cancer J. 2017 Nov/Dec; 23(6):362-373.
  3. Verna EC, Brown RS, Farrand E, Pichardo EM, Forster CS, Sola-Del Valle DA, Adkins SH, Sise ME, Oliver JA, Radhakrishnan J, Barasch JM, Nickolas TL. Urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin predicts mortality and identifies acute kidney injury in cirrhosis. Dig Dis Sci. 2012 Sep; 57(9):2362-70.

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