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Kara Bischoff, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address533 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
Phone415-476-2576
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    Stanford UniversityBA2004
    Harvard Medical SchoolMD2009
    University of California, San FranciscoInternship 2010
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency2012
    University of California, San FranciscoChief Residency2014
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship2014
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    UCSF2017Outstanding Resident Teaching Award
    Stupski Foundation 2016Grant Awardee
    UCSF2014Quality Week Celebration Award
    AAHPM 2014Case Presentation Poster Award
    Cicely Saunders Institute2013Paper of the Month
    UCSF2012  - 2013Chief Residency
    UCSF2012Quality and Safety Innovation Challenge Award
    Society of General Internal Medicine2011Distinguished Professor of Geriatrics Award
    Harvard Medical School2009Thayer Award
    AMA Student Research Forum2008First Place Clinical Science Oral Presentation
    Stanford University2004Firestone Award for Excellence in Research

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    Dr. Kara Bischoff is 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.


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    1. Bischoff K, Anderson W, Pantilat SZ. A Video Is Worth a Thousand Words. J Hosp Med. 2017 Sep; 12(9):773-774. PMID: 28914286.
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    2. Pantilat SZ, Marks AK, Bischoff K, Bragg AR, O'Riordan DL. The Palliative Care Quality Network: Improving the Quality of Caring. J Palliat Med. 2017 Aug; 20(8):862-868. PMID: 28384070.
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    3. Rabow MW, Dahlin C, Calton B, Bischoff K, Ritchie C. New Frontiers in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):465-74. PMID: 26678973.
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    4. Kamal AH, Harrison KL, Bakitas M, Dionne-Odom JN, Zubkoff L, Akyar I, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL, Bragg AR, Bischoff K, Bull J. Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through National and Regional Collaboration Efforts. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):396-402. PMID: 26678966.
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    5. Bischoff K, Currow DC, Corvera C, Pantilat SZ. Unanswered Questions in Malignant Bowel Obstruction. Journal of Palliative Care. 2014; 4(30):265-270.
    6. Bischoff K, Shah SM, Dhaliwal G, Hollander H. A heart-breaking case of fever and rash. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Sep; 29(9):1310-4. PMID: 24687288; PMCID: PMC4139530.
    7. Bischoff K. Response letter to Thomas Finucane, MD. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Nov; 61(11):2059-60. PMID: 24219220.
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    8. Bischoff K, Weinberg V, Rabow MW. Palliative and oncologic co-management: symptom management for outpatients with cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2013 Nov; 21(11):3031-7. PMID: 23794100.
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    9. Bischoff K, Goel A, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Mourad M. The Housestaff Incentive Program: improving the timeliness and quality of discharge summaries by engaging residents in quality improvement. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Sep; 22(9):768-74. PMID: 23704085.
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    10. Bischoff K, Sudore R, Miao Y, Boscardin WJ, Smith AK. Advance care planning and the quality of end-of-life care in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Feb; 61(2):209-14. PMID: 23350921; PMCID: PMC3760679.
    11. Ajijola OA, Macklin EA, Moore SA, McCarty D, Bischoff K, Heist EK, Picard M, Ruskin JN, Dec GW, Singh JP. Inpatient vs. elective outpatient cardiac resynchronization therapy device implantation and long-term clinical outcome. Europace. 2010 Dec; 12(12):1745-9. PMID: 20852289.
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    12. Bischoff K, Ballew AC, Simon MA, O'Reilly AM. Wing defects in Drosophila xenicid mutant clones are caused by C-terminal deletion of additional sex combs (Asx). PLoS One. 2009 Dec 01; 4(12):e8106. PMID: 19956620; PMCID: PMC2779589.
    13. Gottlieb D, Schwartz ML, Bischoff K, Gauvreau K, Mayer JE. Predictors of outcome of arterial switch operation for complex D-transposition. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 May; 85(5):1698-702; discussion 1702-3. PMID: 18442569.
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    14. Bischoff K, López C, Shaffer K, Schwaitzberg S. Colorectal Adenocarcinoma Presenting as Abdominal Wall Cellulitis. Radiology Case Reports. 2008; 204(3).
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