Assistant Professor

Dr. Stephanie Cheng is a palliative care specialist who provides supportive care for patients with terminal or life-altering illnesses. She devotes most of her practice to outpatient care in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center's Symptom Management Service.

Cheng has a special interest in holistic management of symptoms and improving quality of life through integrative approaches, especially by taking into consideration the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of wellness. She also has a background in massage therapy and has a longstanding meditation practice. Through Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center and the Metta Institute, she completed a two-year program that explored illness, aging and death from a contemplative perspective and taught her how to incorporate mindfulness, compassion and other meditative practices into her work with patients and her own daily life. She also completed an 11-month chaplaincy training program through the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

Cheng serves as one of the principal investigators for a clinical trial evaluating innovative medical visits pairing psycho-oncology and integrative palliative care for patients with advanced cancer. With colleagues at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, she also studies integrative approaches to treating common cancer-related symptoms.

Cheng earned her medical degree at Oregon Health & Science University, then completed a family medicine residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, an academic affiliate of UCSF. She completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine, with an integrative medicine focus, at George Washington University.

Cheng 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 and spending time outdoors. She is in the process of becoming a certified forest therapy guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and hopes to bring the practice of forest bathing (therapeutic immersion in nature based on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku) to her patients and colleagues.
Hospice & Palliative Medicine/Integrative Medicine Fellowship, 2016 - Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, George Washington University
Residency, 2015 - Family Medicine, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
MD, 2012 - School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Sciences University
BA, 2006 - Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
Honors and Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, Oregon Health & Sciences University, 2012
  1. Bischoff K, Yang E, Kojimoto G, Shepard Lopez N, Holland S, Calton B, Adkins SH, Cheng S, Miller BJ, Rabow MW. What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center. 2018. PMID: 29431580

  2. Kogan M, Cheng S, Rao S, DeMocker S, Koroma Nelson M. Integrative Medicine for Geriatric and Palliative Care. 2017. PMID: 28802465