Wendy Anderson, MD, MS

Palliative care physician

Dr. Wendy Anderson is a palliative care doctor at Moffitt-Long Hospital. Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on quality of life for patients who have serious illnesses and their families. She helps patients and their families manage pain and other symptoms, as well as the stress associated with serious illness. She also works with patients, families and their clinicians to ensure patients receive the treatments that are right for them.

Anderson's research focuses on improving communication between clinicians and patients with serious illnesses. She is a faculty member for VitalTalk, a nonprofit that teaches clinicians to discuss serious illness in a way that fully supports patients and their families.

Anderson earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Duke University, followed by fellowships in palliative medicine at the Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh. She also earned a master's degree in clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh.

Anderson is an associate professor of hospital medicine and associate professor of physiological nursing at UCSF.

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Education

UC San Diego School of Medicine 2001
University of Pittsburgh, M.S., Clinical Research Science 2007

Residencies

Duke University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine 2004

Fellowships

Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2005
University of Pittsburgh, Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2007

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Thornton KC, Schwarz JJ, Gross AK, Anderson WG, Liu KD, Romig MC, Schell-Chaple H, Pronovost PJ, Sapirstein A, Gropper MA, Lipshutz AKM. Preventing Harm in the ICU-Building a Culture of Safety and Engaging Patients and Families. Crit Care Med. 2017 09; 45(9):1531-1537.
  2. Anderson WG, Puntillo K, Cimino J, Noort J, Pearson D, Boyle D, Grywalski M, Meyer J, O'Neil-Page E, Cain J, Herman H, Barbour S, Turner K, Moore E, Liao S, Ferrell B, Mitchell W, Edmonds K, Fairman N, Joseph D, MacMillan J, Milic MM, Miller M, Nakagawa L, O'Riordan DL, Pietras C, Thornberry K, Pantilat SZ. Palliative Care Professional Development for Critical Care Nurses: A Multicenter Program. Am J Crit Care. 2017 Sep; 26(5):361-371.
  3. Bischoff K, Anderson W, Pantilat SZ. A Video Is Worth a Thousand Words. J Hosp Med. 2017 Sep; 12(9):773-774.
  4. Chiarchiaro J, Ernecoff NC, Scheunemann LP, Hough CL, Carson SS, Peterson MW, Anderson WG, Steingrub JS, Arnold RM, White DB. Physicians Rarely Elicit Critically Ill Patients' Previously Expressed Treatment Preferences in Intensive Care Units. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Jul 15; 196(2):242-245.
  5. Rosenberg LB, Greenwald J, Caponi B, Doshi A, Epstein H, Frank J, Lindenberger E, Marzano N, Mills LM, Razzak R, Risser J, Anderson WG. Confidence with and Barriers to Serious Illness Communication: A National Survey of Hospitalists. J Palliat Med. 2017 Sep; 20(9):1013-1019.
  6. Garcia MA, Braunstein SE, Anderson WG. Palliative Care Didactic Course for Radiation Oncology Residents. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Apr 01; 97(5):884-885.
  7. Kamal AH, Anderson WG, Boss RD, Brody AA, Campbell TC, Creutzfeldt CJ, Hurd CJ, Kinderman AL, Lindenberger EC, Reinke LF. The Cambia Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program: Project Summaries from the Inaugural Scholar Cohort. J Palliat Med. 2016 Jun; 19(6):591-600.
  8. Ernecoff NC, Witteman HO, Chon K, Chen YI, Buddadhumaruk P, Chiarchiaro J, Shotsberger KJ, Shields AM, Myers BA, Hough CL, Carson SS, Lo B, Matthay MA, Anderson WG, Peterson MW, Steingrub JS, Arnold RM, White DB. Key stakeholders' perceptions of the acceptability and usefulness of a tablet-based tool to improve communication and shared decision making in ICUs. J Crit Care. 2016 Jun; 33:19-25.
  9. Anderson WG, Puntillo K, Boyle D, Barbour S, Turner K, Cimino J, Moore E, Noort J, MacMillan J, Pearson D, Grywalski M, Liao S, Ferrell B, Meyer J, O'Neil-Page E, Cain J, Herman H, Mitchell W, Pantilat S. ICU Bedside Nurses' Involvement in Palliative Care Communication: A Multicenter Survey. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Mar; 51(3):589-596.e2.
  10. Milic MM, Puntillo K, Turner K, Joseph D, Peters N, Ryan R, Schuster C, Winfree H, Cimino J, Anderson WG. Communicating with Patients' Families and Physicians About Prognosis and Goals of Care. Am J Crit Care. 2015 Jul; 24(4):e56-64.
  11. Anderson WG. Quantifying the value of palliative care and advance care planning. Crit Care Med. 2015 May; 43(5):1147-9.
  12. Mills L, Anderson W. Understanding how institutional culture affects attending physicians' and trainees' resuscitation discussions. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May; 175(5):819-20.
  13. Anderson WG, Cimino JW, Ernecoff NC, Ungar A, Shotsberger KJ, Pollice LA, Buddadhumaruk P, Carson SS, Curtis JR, Hough CL, Lo B, Matthay MA, Peterson MW, Steingrub JS, White DB. A multicenter study of key stakeholders' perspectives on communicating with surrogates about prognosis in intensive care units. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Feb; 12(2):142-52.
  14. Roza KA, Horton JR, Johnson K, Anderson WG. Update in hospice and palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2014 Mar; 17(3):351-7.
  15. Anderson WG, Flint LA, Horton JR, Johnson K, Mourad M, Sharpe BA. Update in hospital palliative care. J Hosp Med. 2013 Dec; 8(12):715-20.
  16. Lakin JR, Le E, Mourad M, Hollander H, Anderson WG. Incentivizing residents to document inpatient advance care planning. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Sep 23; 173(17):1652-4.
  17. Anderson WG, Cimino JW, Lo B. Seriously ill hospitalized patients' perspectives on the benefits and harms of two models of hospital CPR discussions. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Dec; 93(3):633-40.
  18. Chittenden EH, Anderson WG, Lai CJ, O'Sullivan P. An evaluation of interactive web-based curricula for teaching code status discussions. J Palliat Med. 2013 Sep; 16(9):1070-3.
  19. Anderson WG, Kools S, Lyndon A. Dancing around death: hospitalist-patient communication about serious illness. Qual Health Res. 2013 Jan; 23(1):3-13.
  20. Adams K, Cimino JE, Arnold RM, Anderson WG. Why should I talk about emotion? Communication patterns associated with physician discussion of patient expressions of negative emotion in hospital admission encounters. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Oct; 89(1):44-50.

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