Assistant Professor

Dr. Stephanie Cheng is a palliative care physician who provides holistic care for patients with terminal or life-altering illnesses. She devotes most of her clinical time to outpatient palliative care at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Symptom Management Service.

Cheng has a special interest in symptom management and improving quality of life through integrative approaches, which combine conventional and complementary therapies. She has a background in massage therapy and has a longstanding meditation practice. She completed a two-year program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Metta Institute that explored illness, aging, and death from a contemplative perspective and deepened her ability to incorporate mindfulness, compassion, and other meditation practices into her work with patients and her own daily life. She also completed an 11-month chaplaincy training through the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

Cheng earned her medical degree at Oregon Health & Science University, then completed a family medicine residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, which has an academic affiliation with 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 Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.

Outside of work, Cheng enjoys playing music, spending time outdoors, and spending time with her loved ones and dog.
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.