Kara Bischoff, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address521 Parnassus Avenue, #5211
San Francisco CA 94117
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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
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine2024Emerging Leader in Palliative Medicine
    ALS Association2024Quality of Care Research Award: Palliative Care for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    UCSF Health Improvement Symposium2021Highest Rated Improvement Initiative for Embedded Palliative Care in ALS
    American Society of Hematology2020Abstract Achievement Award
    Marin Magazine2019Top Doctors Award for Recognition of Excellence
    UCSF Value Improvement2019Outstanding Achievement of Reducing Unnecessary Utilization
    UCSF Value Improvement2018Best Commitment to Patient Satisfaction
    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
    Stanford University2004Firestone Award for Excellence in Research
    AMA Student Research Forum2008First Place Clinical Science Oral Presentation

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    Dr. Kara Bischoff is the Associate Division Chief for Outpatient Palliative Care and the Medical Director of UCSF's Outpatient Palliative Care Service. She provides palliative care to patients with a range of serious illnesses, including neurologic diseases, chronic lung diseases, and cancer. She sees patients in clinic, by video, and in the hospital. In recent years Dr. Bischoff has developed particular expertise in the provision of palliative care to people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She has published substantially and has been recognized nationally as an Emerging Leader in Palliative Medicine.

    Dr. Bischoff is seeking to ensure that patients of all demographic groups have equal access to palliative care, and that the palliative care provided at UCSF is inclusive for diverse populations. She runs a program called Care Plus that systematically and equitably identifies palliative care needs in a population of patients, and routes patients to appropriate supportive services based on the needs that are identified. She is the Co-Chair of the Quality Committee for the national Palliative Care Quality Collaborative and she leads quality improvement efforts in outpatient palliative care at UCSF. She also teaches medical students, residents, and fellows.

    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 in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, also at UCSF. She is an active member of The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the International Neuropalliative Care Society. She is a mother, an outdoor enthusiast, and a Bay Area native.

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    1. Strategies to Make Telemedicine a Friend, Not a Foe, in the Provision of Accessible and Equitable Cancer Care. Cancers (Basel). 2023 Oct 24; 15(21). Calton BA, Nouri S, Davila C, Kotwal A, Zapata C, Bischoff KE. PMID: 37958296; PMCID: PMC10647602.
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    2. Value of embedded palliative care: outpatient palliative care and health care utilization for patients with hematologic malignancies. Blood Adv. 2023 07 11; 7(13):3146-3149. Tsang M, Bischoff K, Schoenbeck KL, Berry K, O'Riordan D, Fakhri B, Wong SW, Shah N, Olin R, Andreadis C, Vieaux J, Cohen E, Lopez NS, Mannis GN, Rabow M. PMID: 36809787; PMCID: PMC10362539.
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    3. A Systematic Approach to Assessing and Addressing Palliative Care Needs in an Outpatient Population. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 09; 66(3):270-280.e8. Bischoff KE, Vanegas G, O'Riordan DL, Sumser B, Long J, Lin J, Berkey AR, Kobayashi E, Zapata C, Rabow MW, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 37380147.
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    4. Differential Use of Outpatient Palliative Care by Demographic and Clinical Characteristics. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 08; 66(2):e163-e176. Digitale JC, Nouri SS, Cohen EL, Calton BA, Rabow MW, Pantilat SZ, Bischoff KE. PMID: 37084827.
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    5. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Delivering Specialty-Aligned Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2023 10; 26(10):1401-1407. Leiter RE, Bischoff KE, Carey EC, Gelfand SL, Iyer AS, Jain N, Kramer NM, Lally K, Landzberg MJ, Lever N, Newport K, O'Donnell A, Patel A, Sciacca KR, Snaman JM, Tulsky JA, Rosa WE, Lakin JR. PMID: 37001173.
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    6. Honoring What We Say We Do: Developing Real-World Tools for Routine Family Caregiver Assessment and Support in Outpatient Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2023 03; 26(3):376-384. Zapata CB, Dionne-Odom JN, Harris HA, Kalanithi L, Lin J, Bischoff K, Fazzalaro K, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 36608316.
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    7. Palliative care referrals in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension: The Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry. Respir Med. 2023 01; 206:107066. Rohlfing AB, Bischoff KE, Kolaitis NA, Kronmal RA, Kime NA, Gray MP, Bartolome S, Chakinala MM, Frantz RP, Ventetuolo CE, Mathai SC, De Marco T, PHAR investigators. PMID: 36470050.
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    8. Outpatient Palliative Care for Noncancer Illnesses: One Program's Experience with Implementation, Impact, and Lessons Learned. J Palliat Med. 2022 10; 25(10):1468-1475. Bischoff KE, Lin J, Cohen E, O'Riordan DL, Meister S, Zapata C, Sicotte J, Lindenfeld P, Calton B, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 35442773.
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    9. Outpatient Palliative Care for Non-Cancer Illnesses: One Program’s Experience with Implementation, Impact & Lessons Learned. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2022. Bischoff KE, Lin J, Cohen E, O’Riordan D, Meister S, Zapata C, Lindenfeld P, Calton B, Pantilat SZ.
    10. Embedded Palliative Care for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Pilot Program and Lessons Learned. Neurol Clin Pract. 2022 Feb; 12(1):68-75. Fahrner-Scott K, Zapata C, O'Riordan DL, Cohen E, Rosow L, Pantilat SZ, Lomen-Hoerth C, Bischoff KE. PMID: 36157626; PMCID: PMC9491500.
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    11. Frailty is strongly associated with self-reported symptom burden among patients with cirrhosis. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021 12 01; 33(1S Suppl 1):e395-e400. Deng LX, Bischoff KE, Kent DS, O'Riordan DL, Pantilat SZ, Lai JC. PMID: 33731588; PMCID: PMC8435043.
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    12. Symptom Burden Is Associated with Increased Emergency Department Utilization among Patients with Cirrhosis. J Palliat Med. 2022 02; 25(2):213-218. Deng LX, Kent DS, O'Riordan DL, Pantilat SZ, Lai JC, Bischoff KE. PMID: 34348042; PMCID: PMC8861938.
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    13. Embedded Palliative Care for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Pilot Program and Lessons Learned. Neurology Clinical Practice. 2021. Fahrner-Scott K, Zapata C, O’Riordan DL, Cohen E, Rosow L, Pantilat SZ, Lomen-Hoerth C, Bischoff KE.
    14. Better Together: A Mixed-Methods Study of Palliative Care Co-Management for Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease. J Palliat Med. 2021 12; 24(12):1823-1832. Bischoff KE, Choi S, Su A, Cohen E, O'Riordan DL, Oettel E, Blachman M, Meister S, Zapata C, Lindenfeld P, Calton B, Witt L, Pantilat SZ, Shah RJ. PMID: 34115958.
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    15. Patient and Caregiver Experience with Outpatient Palliative Care Telemedicine Visits. Palliat Med Rep. 2020; 1(1):339-346. Calton B, Shibley WP, Cohen E, Pantilat SZ, Rabow MW, O'Riordan DL, Bischoff KE. PMID: 34223495; PMCID: PMC8241370.
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    16. Comparing the Palliative Care Needs of Patients Seen by Specialty Palliative Care Teams at Home Versus in Clinic. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 07; 62(1):28-38. Smith GM, Calton BA, Rabow MW, Marks AK, Bischoff KE, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL. PMID: 33246071.
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    17. "I Just Need to Hold His Hand": Telemedicine Is Powerful, But Not Perfect. J Palliat Med. 2021 02; 24(2):166-167. Calton BA, Bischoff K, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 33147095.
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    18. Embedded palliative care for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer: a mixed-methods pilot study. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Dec; 28(12):5995-6010. Bischoff KE, Zapata C, Sedki S, Ursem C, O'Riordan DL, England AE, Thompson N, Alfaro A, Rabow MW, Atreya CE. PMID: 32285263.
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    19. A Comparison of Hospitalized Patients With Heart Failure and Cancer Referred to Palliative Care. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 02 05; 3(2):e200020. Liu AY, O'Riordan DL, Marks AK, Bischoff KE, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 32101304; PMCID: PMC7137679.
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    20. Trends in Hospital-Based Specialty Palliative Care in the United States From 2013 to 2017. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 12 02; 2(12):e1917043. Schoenherr LA, Bischoff KE, Marks AK, O'Riordan DL, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 31808926; PMCID: PMC6902777.
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    21. Outcomes of Palliative Care Consultations for Hospitalized Patients With Liver Disease. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 11; 58(5):766-773. Ufere NN, O'Riordan DL, Bischoff KE, Marks AK, Eneanya N, Chung RT, Jackson V, Pantilat SZ, El-Jawahri A. PMID: 31326503; PMCID: PMC6823143.
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    22. What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center. J Palliat Med. 2018 07; 21(7):999-1004. Bischoff K, Yang E, Kojimoto G, Shepard Lopez N, Holland S, Calton B, Adkins SH, Cheng S, Miller BJ, Rabow MW. PMID: 29431580.
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    23. Care Planning for Inpatients Referred for Palliative Care Consultation. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 01 01; 178(1):48-54. Bischoff K, O'Riordan DL, Marks AK, Sudore R, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 29159371; PMCID: PMC5768314.
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    24. Identifying Opportunities to Improve Pain Among Patients With Serious Illness. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 03; 55(3):881-889. Bischoff KE, O'Riordan DL, Fazzalaro K, Kinderman A, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 29030211.
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    25. A Video Is Worth a Thousand Words. J Hosp Med. 2017 09; 12(9):773-774. Bischoff K, Anderson W, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 28914286.
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    26. The Palliative Care Quality Network: Improving the Quality of Caring. J Palliat Med. 2017 08; 20(8):862-868. Pantilat SZ, Marks AK, Bischoff KE, Bragg AR, O'Riordan DL. PMID: 28384070.
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    27. Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through National and Regional Collaboration Efforts. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):396-402. Kamal AH, Harrison KL, Bakitas M, Dionne-Odom JN, Zubkoff L, Akyar I, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL, Bragg AR, Bischoff KE, Bull J. PMID: 26678966; PMCID: PMC5504698.
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    28. New Frontiers in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):465-74. Rabow MW, Dahlin C, Calton B, Bischoff K, Ritchie C. PMID: 26678973.
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    29. Unanswered Questions in Malignant Bowel Obstruction. Journal of Palliative Care. 2014; 4(30):265-270. Bischoff K, Currow DC, Corvera C, Pantilat SZ.
    30. A heart-breaking case of fever and rash. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Sep; 29(9):1310-4. Bischoff K, Shah SM, Dhaliwal G, Hollander H. PMID: 24687288; PMCID: PMC4139530.
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    31. Response letter to Thomas Finucane, MD. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Nov; 61(11):2059-60. Bischoff KE. PMID: 24219220.
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    32. Palliative and oncologic co-management: symptom management for outpatients with cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2013 Nov; 21(11):3031-7. Bischoff K, Weinberg V, Rabow MW. PMID: 23794100.
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    33. 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. Bischoff K, Goel A, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Mourad M. PMID: 23704085.
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    34. Advance care planning and the quality of end-of-life care in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Feb; 61(2):209-14. Bischoff KE, Sudore R, Miao Y, Boscardin WJ, Smith AK. PMID: 23350921; PMCID: PMC3760679.
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    35. Inpatient vs. elective outpatient cardiac resynchronization therapy device implantation and long-term clinical outcome. Europace. 2010 Dec; 12(12):1745-9. Ajijola OA, Macklin EA, Moore SA, McCarty D, Bischoff KE, Heist EK, Picard M, Ruskin JN, Dec GW, Singh JP. PMID: 20852289.
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    36. 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. Bischoff K, Ballew AC, Simon MA, O'Reilly AM. PMID: 19956620; PMCID: PMC2779589.
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    37. Predictors of outcome of arterial switch operation for complex D-transposition. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 May; 85(5):1698-702; discussion 1702-3. Gottlieb D, Schwartz ML, Bischoff K, Gauvreau K, Mayer JE. PMID: 18442569.
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    38. Colorectal Adenocarcinoma Presenting as Abdominal Wall Cellulitis. Radiology Case Reports. 2008; 204(3). Bischoff K, López C, Shaffer K, Schwaitzberg S.
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