Assistant Professor

Dr. Kara Bischoff is the Associate Division Chief for Outpatient Palliative Care and the Medical Director of UCSF's Palliative Care Clinic. She provides palliative care to patients with a range of serious illnesses, including neurologic diseases, heart failure, chronic lung diseases, and cancer. She sees patients in clinic as well as in the hospital.

As Director of Quality Improvement for the Palliative Care Quality Network, Bischoff has worked on projects to improve patients’ pain and anxiety, satisfaction with care, advance care planning, transitions out of the hospital, spiritual screening, and access to palliative care.

Dr. Bischoff received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency and chief residency at UCSF in Internal Medicine and a fellowship, also at UCSF, in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a member of The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a mother, an outdoor enthusiast and a Bay Area native.
2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Chief Residency, 2014 - , University of California, San Francisco
Fellowship, 2014 - , University of California, San Francisco
Residency, 2012 - , University of California, San Francisco
Internship, 2010 - , University of California, San Francisco
MD, 2009 - , Harvard Medical School
BA, 2004 - , Stanford University
Honors and Awards
  • Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, UCSF, 2017
  • Grant Awardee, Stupski Foundation, 2016
  • Case Presentation Poster Award, AAHPM, 2014
  • Quality Week Celebration Award, UCSF, 2014
  • Paper of the Month, Cicely Saunders Institute, 2013
  • Chief Residency, UCSF, 2012-2013
  • Quality and Safety Innovation Challenge Award, UCSF, 2012
  • Distinguished Professor of Geriatrics Award, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2011
  • Thayer Award, Harvard Medical School, 2009
  • First Place Clinical Science Oral Presentation, AMA Student Research Forum, 2008
  • Firestone Award for Excellence in Research, Stanford University, 2004
  1. Embedded palliative care for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer: a mixed-methods pilot study.
  2. A Comparison of Hospitalized Patients With Heart Failure and Cancer Referred to Palliative Care.
  3. Trends in Hospital-Based Specialty Palliative Care in the United States From 2013 to 2017.
  4. Outcomes of Palliative Care Consultations for Hospitalized Patients with Liver Disease.
  5. What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center.
  6. Care Planning for Inpatients Referred for Palliative Care Consultation.
  7. Identifying Opportunities to Improve Pain Among Patients With Serious Illness.
  8. A Video Is Worth a Thousand Words.
  9. The Palliative Care Quality Network: Improving the Quality of Caring.
  10. Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through National and Regional Collaboration Efforts.
  11. New Frontiers in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer.
  12. Unanswered Questions in Malignant Bowel Obstruction
  13. A heart-breaking case of fever and rash.
  14. Response letter to Thomas Finucane, MD.
  15. Palliative and oncologic co-management: symptom management for outpatients with cancer.
  16. The Housestaff Incentive Program: improving the timeliness and quality of discharge summaries by engaging residents in quality improvement.
  17. Advance care planning and the quality of end-of-life care in older adults.
  18. Inpatient vs. elective outpatient cardiac resynchronization therapy device implantation and long-term clinical outcome.
  19. Wing defects in Drosophila xenicid mutant clones are caused by C-terminal deletion of additional sex combs (Asx).
  20. Predictors of outcome of arterial switch operation for complex D-transposition.
  21. Colorectal Adenocarcinoma Presenting as Abdominal Wall Cellulitis