Stephanie Cheng, MD

Palliative care physician

Dr. Stephanie Cheng is a palliative care physician who cares for patients with terminal or life-altering illness. Her goal is to provide holistic, person-centered care focused on improving patients' quality of life. She devotes most of her clinical time to outpatient palliative care and sees patients through the Bridges Program, which provides supportive home care to UCSF patients with life-threatening or advanced illness. She also sees oncology patients through the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Cheng has a special interest in integrative approaches to symptom management and improving quality of life. She completed a two-year program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Metta Institute, exploring illness, aging and death from a contemplative perspective and learning how to incorporate mindfulness, compassion and other meditation practices into her work with patients and into her daily life.

Cheng received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University, followed by a family medicine residency at UCSF affiliate Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. She then completed a dual fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine and integrative medicine at George Washington University. She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.

Outside of work, Cheng enjoys playing music, salsa dancing, and being back in the beautiful Bay Area.


Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
1600 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 885-7671
Fax: (415) 353-9522

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Stephanie Cheng


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine 2012


Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Family Medicine 2015


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

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Kogan M, Cheng S, Rao S, DeMocker S, Koroma Nelson M. Integrative Medicine for Geriatric and Palliative Care. Med Clin North Am. 2017 Sep; 101(5):1005-1029.

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