25 Years of Service

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Since the launch of the Inpatient Palliative Care Service at Parnassus on March 9, 1999, we have been providing high quality, interprofessional palliative care to our seriously ill patients and their families. Our program was among one of the first in the nation and the first Palliative Care service at UCSF. 


Our division of nurses, social workers, chaplains, administrative and research staff, and physicians launched in 2018 has more than doubled in size and our hope is for continued growth so we can care for more patients, teach more learners, and make more discoveries, and implement more innovations to improve care and quality of life for people with serious illness.

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Mission and Values



Clinical Care

The Palliative Care Division at UCSF Medical Center provides specialized medical care for patients who are seriously ill. Our team-based method fosters a comprehensive, whole-person approach to our patients' care.

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The Division of Palliative Medicine has a robust, diverse array of education programs. We’re committed to identifying and implementing interdisciplinary opportunities for education and outreach in the field of palliative care.

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Our division has dedicated extensive research efforts to understanding the delivery of palliative care both from a programmatic perspective and at the patient-level processes of care.                                    

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