Sharon Kaufman, PhD

Title(s)Professor Emeritus, Institute for Health & Aging
SchoolSchool of Nursing
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    University of California, San FranciscoPh.D.1980 Graduate Division (Medical Anthropology)

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    Chair, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. Professor Emerita, Medical Anthropology. Core faculty, joint doctoral program in Medical Anthropology with UC Berkeley. Areas of research include: the changing culture and structure of US medicine; end-of-life; aging; subjectivity; the relationship of biotechnologies to ethics, governance and medical practice; the shifting terrain of evidence in clinical science; practices of risk assessment; and the anthropology of forms of life.

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    Longevity and Medical Treatment in Old Age
    NIH/NIA R01AG028426Apr 1, 2007 - Mar 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Old Age, Life Extension, and Geriatrics
    NIH/NIA R01AG020962Sep 30, 2002 - Aug 31, 2007
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NINR R01NR005109Sep 30, 1999 - Jun 30, 2004
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NIA R01AG013636Jan 10, 1997 - Jun 30, 2001
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NIA R01AG011538Sep 15, 1993 - Feb 28, 1997
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NIA R01AG004053May 1, 1983 - Oct 31, 1991
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Kaufman SR. "Losing My Self": A Poet's Ironies and a Daughter's Reflections on Dementia. Perspect Biol Med. 2017; 60(4):549-568. PMID: 29576563.
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    2. Ottenberg AL, Mueller PS, Topazian RJ, Kaufman S, Swetz KM. "It's not broke, so let's not try to fix it": why patients decline a cardiovascular implantable electronic device. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2014 Oct; 37(10):1306-14. PMID: 24889010; PMCID: PMC4393709.
    3. Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Discernment rather than decision-making among elderly dialysis patients. Semin Dial. 2012 Jan-Feb; 25(1):31-2. PMID: 22273528.
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    4. Kramer DB, Ottenberg AL, Gerhardson S, Mueller LA, Kaufman SR, Koenig BA, Mueller PS. "Just Because We Can Doesn't Mean We Should": views of nurses on deactivation of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2011 Dec; 32(3):243-52. PMID: 21805140; PMCID: PMC3733086.
    5. Adams V, Kaufman SR. Ethnography and the making of modern health professionals. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2011 Jun; 35(2):313-20. PMID: 21541822.
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    6. Kaufman SR, Fjord L. Medicare, ethics, and reflexive longevity: governing time and treatment in an aging society. Med Anthropol Q. 2011 Jun; 25(2):209-31. PMID: 21834359.
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    7. Jain SL, Kaufman SR. Introduction to special issue. After progress: time and improbable futures in clinic spaces. Med Anthropol Q. 2011 Jun; 25(2):183-8. PMID: 21834357.
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    8. Adams V, Kaufman SR, van Hattum T, Moody S. Aging disaster: mortality, vulnerability, and long-term recovery among Katrina survivors. Med Anthropol. 2011 May; 30(3):247-70. PMID: 21590581; PMCID: PMC3098037.
    9. Kaufman SR. Toward a phenomenology of boundaries in medicine: chronic illness experience in the case of stroke. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2011 Jan-Feb; 18(1):6-17. PMID: 21371974.
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    10. Kaufman SR, Mueller PS, Ottenberg AL, Koenig BA. Ironic technology: Old age and the implantable cardioverter defibrillator in US health care. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Jan; 72(1):6-14. PMID: 21126815; PMCID: PMC3032945.
    11. Kaufman SR. Time, clinic technologies, and the making of reflexive longevity: the cultural work of time left in an ageing society. Sociol Health Illn. 2010 Feb 01; 32(2):225-37. PMID: 20422745; PMCID: PMC2860035.
    12. Kaufman SR. Time, Clinic Technologies, and the Making of Reflexive Longevity: The cultural work of 'time left' in an aging society. Sociol Health Illn. 2010 Feb 01; 32(2TECHNOGENARIANS):225-237. PMID: 20428456.
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    13. Kaufman SR. Making longevity in an aging society: linking Medicare policy and the new ethical field. Perspect Biol Med. 2010; 53(3):407-24. PMID: 20639608; PMCID: PMC3032593.
    14. Kaufman SR. Making longevity in an aging society: linking ethical sensibility and Medicare spending. Med Anthropol. 2009 Oct; 28(4):317-25. PMID: 20182967; PMCID: PMC2859837.
    15. Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Late-life cardiac interventions and the treatment imperative. PLoS Med. 2008 Mar 04; 5(3):e7. PMID: 18318595; PMCID: PMC2270285.
    16. Russ AJ, Shim JK, Kaufman SR. The value of "life at any cost": talk about stopping kidney dialysis. Soc Sci Med. 2007 Jun; 64(11):2236-47. PMID: 17418924; PMCID: PMC2196209.
    17. Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Clinical life: expectation and the double edge of medical promise. Health (London). 2007 Apr; 11(2):245-64. PMID: 17344274.
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    18. Kaufman SR, Shim JK, Russ AJ. Old age, life extension, and the character of medical choice. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2006 Jul; 61(4):S175-84. PMID: 16855038.
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    19. Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Risk, life extension and the pursuit of medical possibility. Sociol Health Illn. 2006 May; 28(4):479-502. PMID: 16669809.
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    20. Kaufman SR, Russ AJ, Shim JK. Aged bodies and kinship matters: The ethical field of kidney transplant. Am Ethnol. 2006 Feb; 33(1):81-99. PMID: 18461150.
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    21. Russ AJ, Shim JK, Kaufman SR. "Is there life on dialysis?": time and aging in a clinically sustained existence. Med Anthropol. 2005 Oct-Dec; 24(4):297-324. PMID: 16249136; PMCID: PMC2310133.
    22. Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Family perceptions of prognosis, silence, and the "suddenness" of death. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2005 Mar; 29(1):103-23. PMID: 16108205.
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    23. Sharon R. Kaufman....And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life. 2005.
    24. Kaufman SR, Shim JK, Russ AJ. Revisiting the biomedicalization of aging: clinical trends and ethical challenges. Gerontologist. 2004 Dec; 44(6):731-8. PMID: 15611209; PMCID: PMC2367129.
    25. Tschann JM, Kaufman SR, Micco GP. Family involvement in end-of-life hospital care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Jun; 51(6):835-40. PMID: 12757572.
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    26. Kaufman SR. Hidden places, uncommon persons. Soc Sci Med. 2003 Jun; 56(11):2249-61. PMID: 12719179.
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    27. Kaufman SR. A commentary: hospital experience and meaning at the end of life. Gerontologist. 2002 Oct; 42 Spec No 3:34-9. PMID: 12415131.
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    28. Sharon R. Kaufman.The Healer's Tale: Transforming Medicine and Culture. 1993.
    29. Sharon R. Kaufman.The Ageless Self: Sources of Meaning in Late Life. 1986.