Assistant Professor

Dr. Stephanie Cheng is a palliative care physician who cares for patients with terminal or life-altering illness. Her goal is to provide holistic, person-centered care focused on improving patients' quality of life. She devotes most of her clinical time to outpatient palliative care and sees patients through the Bridges Program, which provides supportive home care to UCSF patients with life-threatening or advanced illness. She also sees oncology patients through the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Cheng has a special interest in integrative approaches to symptom management and improving quality of life. She completed a two-year program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Metta Institute, exploring illness, aging and death from a contemplative perspective and learning how to incorporate mindfulness, compassion and other meditation practices into her work with patients and into her daily life.

Cheng received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University, followed by a family medicine residency at UCSF affiliate Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. She then completed a dual fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine and integrative medicine at George Washington University. She 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, salsa dancing, and being back in the beautiful Bay Area.
Education
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
Publications
  1. What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center.
  2. Integrative Medicine for Geriatric and Palliative Care.