Elizabeth Dzeng, MD, MPH, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
Address533 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
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    Global Brain Health Institute, UCSF2018Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
    University of CambridgePhD 2016Medical Sociology
    Johns Hopkins School of MedicineFellowship2015General Internal Medicine
    Columbia New York Presbyterian HospitalResidency2011Internal Medicine
    Johns Hopkins School of MedicineMD2009
    University of CambridgeMPhil2008Development Studies
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthMPH2007Health and Human Rights/Humanitarian Aid
    Stanford UniversityMS2003Chemical Engineering
    Stanford UniversityBS2003Biological Sciences and History
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    National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC)2017  - 2019Junior Investigator Career Development Award
    UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)2017  - 2020KL-2 Scholar
    National Institute of Health2017  - 2019Loan Repayment Program Award
    UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center2015  - 2016Research Core Development Scholar
    Ethox Centre for Bioethics and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford2016Andrew Markus Scholarship
    American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)2015  - 2016Research Scholar Award
    Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)2014  - 2015Founders Grant Award
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine2014  - 2015Ho-Chiang Palliative Care Research Fellowship
    University of Cambridge2011  - 2015Gates Cambridge Scholarship
    University of Cambridge2007  - 2008Gates Cambridge Scholarship
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health2007Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society Inductee
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health2006  - 2007Watt Hansell Scholarship

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    Dr. Dzeng is a sociologist and hospitalist physician conducting research at the nexus of palliative and end-of-life care, empirical bioethics, and sociology. She is an Assistant Professor at UCSF in the Division of Palliative Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology program. She also directs the ethics curriculum for UCSF medical students. She is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health based at the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center. She completed her PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of Cambridge at King’s College as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and was a General Internal Medicine Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow and Palliative Care Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She wrote her dissertation on the influence of institutional cultures and policies on physicians’ ethical beliefs and how that impacts the way they communicate in end of life decision-making conversations (Available at: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.16665).

    Her current research is focused on understanding the systemic factors (and in particular ethical decision-making climate) that contribute to overly aggressive, burdensome care at the end of life in older adults, focusing on older adults with advanced dementia in the United States, United Kingdom, and France. She also works on issues of physician moral distress as it pertains to burnout and physician alienation. She employs qualitative methods of comparative ethnography including semi-structured in-depth interviews and participant observation. She has also been involved in the statewide and UCSF response to the legalization of physician aid in dying in California (End of Life Option Act).

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    1. Dzeng E. Habermasian communication pathologies in do-not-resuscitate discussions at the end of life: manipulation as an unintended consequence of an ideology of patient autonomy. Sociol Health Illn. 2018 Nov 20. PMID: 30460704.
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    2. Dzeng E, Pantilat SZ. Reply to Rational Suicide in Older Adults: Not by Default an Ageist Concept. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Aug 07. PMID: 30084189.
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    3. Craig A, Dzeng E. How Should Physicians Care for Dying Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis? AMA J Ethics. 2018 Aug 01; 20(8):E690-698. PMID: 30118418.
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    4. Bryant J, Markes A, Woolridge T, Cerruti D, Dzeng E, Koenig B, Diab M. Concurrent and Overlapping Surgery: Perspectives from Parents of Adolescents Undergoing Spinal Posterior Instrumented Fusion for Idiopathic Scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Jun 12. PMID: 29901538.
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    5. Dzeng E. Can Growing Popular Support for Physician-Assisted Death Motivate Organized Medicine to Improve End-of-Life Care? J Gen Intern Med. 2018 May 18. PMID: 29777428.
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    6. Dzeng E, Booth J. Facts and Fetishes: When the Miracles of Medicine Fail Us. Am J Bioeth. 2018 May; 18(5):63-64. PMID: 29697349.
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    7. Dzeng E, Curtis JR. Understanding ethical climate, moral distress, and burnout: a novel tool and a conceptual framework. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018 Apr 18. PMID: 29669857.
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    8. Dzeng E, Pantilat SZ. Social Causes of Rational Suicide in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Mar 02. PMID: 29500826.
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    9. DeCamp M, Pomerantz D, Cotts K, Dzeng E, Farber N, Lehmann L, Reynolds PP, Sulmasy LS, Tilburt J. Ethical Issues in the Design and Implementation of Population Health Programs. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Mar; 33(3):370-375. PMID: 29256088.
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    10. Dzeng E, Dohan D, Curtis JR, Smith TJ, Colaianni A, Ritchie CS. Homing in on the Social: System-Level Influences on Overly Aggressive Treatments at the End of Life. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Feb; 55(2):282-289.e1. PMID: 28865869.
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    11. Dzeng E. When Teachable Moments Become Ethically Problematic. Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2017 Jul; 26(3):491-494. PMID: 28541177.
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    12. Petrillo LA, Dzeng E, Harrison KL, Forbes L, Scribner B, Koenig BA. How California Prepared for Implementation of Physician-Assisted Death: A Primer. Am J Public Health. 2017 Jun; 107(6):883-888. PMID: 28426307.
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    13. Harrison KL, Dzeng E, Ritchie CS, Shanafelt TD, Kamal AH, Bull JH, Tilburt JC, Swetz KM. Addressing Palliative Care Clinician Burnout in Organizations: A Workforce Necessity, an Ethical Imperative. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Jun; 53(6):1091-1096. PMID: 28196784.
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    14. Dzeng E. Navigating the Liminal State Between Life and Death: Clinician Moral Distress and Uncertainty Regarding New Life-Sustaining Technologies. Am J Bioeth. 2017 Feb; 17(2):22-25. PMID: 28112618.
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    15. Singer AE, Goebel JR, Kim YS, Dy SM, Ahluwalia SC, Clifford M, Dzeng E, O'Hanlon CE, Motala A, Walling AM, Goldberg J, Meeker D, Ochotorena C, Shanman R, Cui M, Lorenz KA. Populations and Interventions for Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Systematic Review. J Palliat Med. 2016 Sep; 19(9):995-1008. PMID: 27533892.
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    16. Dzeng E. Moral Distress Amongst Physician Trainees Regarding Futile Treatments. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Aug; 31(8):830. PMID: 26951284; PMCID: PMC4945553 [Available on 08/01/17].
    17. Petrillo LA, Dzeng E, Smith AK. California's End of Life Option Act: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Aug; 31(8):828-9. PMID: 27114358; PMCID: PMC4945570 [Available on 08/01/17].
    18. Dzeng E, Colaianni A, Roland M, Levine D, Kelly MP, Barclay S, Smith TJ. Moral Distress Amongst American Physician Trainees Regarding Futile Treatments at the End of Life: A Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Jan; 31(1):93-9. PMID: 26391029; PMCID: PMC4700021 [Available on 01/01/17].
    19. Barnato AE, Dzeng E. Treatment escalation in the intensive care unit among patients with preexisting treatment limitations: best-laid plans gone awry? JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jun; 175(6):1026-7. PMID: 25821922.
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    20. Dzeng E, Colaianni A, Roland M, Chander G, Smith TJ, Kelly MP, Barclay S, Levine D. Influence of institutional culture and policies on do-not-resuscitate decision making at the end of life. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May; 175(5):812-9. PMID: 25845020.
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    21. Ghosh A, Dzeng E, Cheng MJ. Interaction of palliative care and primary care. Clin Geriatr Med. 2015 May; 31(2):207-18. PMID: 25920056.
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    22. Xu T, Goldstein E, Dzeng E, Dy S, Nicholas LH.Public Attitudes on the Future Sustainability of Medicare. Journal of Health Care Financing. 2015; 1(42).
    23. Dzeng E, Smith TJ. Rationing healthcare: who's responsible? Oncology (Williston Park). 2013 Feb; 27(2):91, 96. PMID: 23530399; PMCID: PMC4124592.
    24. Siegler A, Roberts L, Balch E, Bargues E, Bhalla A, Bills C, Dzeng E, Epelboym Y, Foster T, Fulton L, Gallagher M, Gastolomendo JD, Giorgi G, Habtehans S, Kim J, McGee B, McMahan A, Riese S, Santamaria-Schwartz R, Walsh F, Wahlstrom J, Wedeles J. Media coverage of violent deaths in iraQ: an opportunistic capture-recapture assessment. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2008 Jul-Aug; 23(4):369-71. PMID: 18935953.
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    25. Thompson A, Silverman B, Dzeng L, Treisman G. Psychotropic medications and HIV. Clin Infect Dis. 2006 May 01; 42(9):1305-10. PMID: 16586391.
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    26. Lin CT, Chang TC, Chao A, Dzeng E, Soong YK, Hung CF, Lai CH. Enhancement of DNA vaccine potency through linkage of antigen gene to ER chaperone molecules, ER-60, tapasin, and calnexin. J Biomed Sci. 2005; 12(2):279-87. PMID: 15918000.
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