Assistant Professor

Dr. Carly Zapata is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Palliative Medicine. She serves as an attending physician on the Palliative Care Consult Service at Parnassus, the Symptom Management Service in the Helen Diller Cancer Center, and the Outpatient Palliative Care Service at Parnassus. Dr. Zapata received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and attended medical school at Harvard University, where she also completed a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She did her internal medicine residency at UCSF followed by a year as a Chief Resident at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital before completing her Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at UCSF. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
2017 - Palliative Medicine Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
2016 - Chief Resident, University of California, San Francisco
2015 - Internal Medicine Residency, University of California, San Francisco
MD, 2012 - , Harvard Medical School
MPH, 2012 - , Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
B.A., 2006 - , Johns Hopkins University
  1. Embedded palliative care for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer: a mixed-methods pilot study.
  2. We May Not "Have It All," But We Can Make It Better through Structural Changes.
  3. Survival Techniques.
  4. Feasibility of a Video-Based Advance Care Planning Website to Facilitate Group Visits among Diverse Adults from a Safety-Net Health System.
  5. Concurrent urologic and palliative care after cystectomy for treatment of muscle-invasive bladder cancer.
  6. The natural history of symptoms and distress in patients and families following cystectomy for treatment of muscle invasive bladder cancer.
  7. The impact of a culturally tailored patient navigator program on cervical cancer prevention in Latina women.
  8. Use of a pharmaceutically adulterated dietary supplement, Pai You Guo, among Brazilian-born women in the United States.