Sharon Kaufman, PhD

Title(s)PROFESSOR EMERITA, Institute for Health & Aging
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Address490 Illinois Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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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 R01AG028426Apr 1, 2007 - Mar 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Old Age, Life Extension, and Geriatrics
    NIH R01AG020962Sep 30, 2002 - Aug 31, 2007
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH R01NR005109Sep 30, 1999 - Jun 30, 2004
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH R01AG013636Jan 10, 1997 - Jun 30, 2001
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH R01AG011538Sep 15, 1993 - Feb 28, 1997
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH R01AG004053May 1, 1983 - Oct 31, 1991
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Modes of Attention: Modes of Storytelling. Med Anthropol. 2020 May-Jun; 39(4):361-364. Kaufman SR. PMID: 31977243.
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    2. Deception, Dementia and Moving a Parent: A Daughter Ponders the Places and Meaning of Care. Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2020; 10(2):E19-E25. Kaufman SR. PMID: 33416566.
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    3. Full Collection of Personal Narratives. Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2020; 10(2):89-144. Mozersky J, Davis DS, Baxter S, Binning B', Bogdan-Lovis E', Chittooran MRM, Ferguson N, One A, Pearson S, We SS, Tumosa N, Tumosa J, Yarbrough SL, Zerrenner W, Thew JM, Driver CN, Jecker NS, Levine C, Schwarz J, Cleere A, Feldman S, Klaus K, Politi CM, Roberts M, Weikart S, Miller P, Leach C, Kaufman SR. PMID: 33416568.
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    4. Commentary: Whither Physician Talk and Medicine's Tools? Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2019 07; 28(3):405-409. Kaufman SR. PMID: 31298184.
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    5. "Losing My Self": A Poet's Ironies and a Daughter's Reflections on Dementia. Perspect Biol Med. 2017; 60(4):549-568. Kaufman SR. PMID: 29576563.
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    6. "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. Ottenberg AL, Mueller PS, Topazian RJ, Kaufman S, Swetz KM. PMID: 24889010; PMCID: PMC4393709.
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    7. Discernment rather than decision-making among elderly dialysis patients. Semin Dial. 2012 Jan-Feb; 25(1):31-2. Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. PMID: 22273528.
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    8. "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. Kramer DB, Ottenberg AL, Gerhardson S, Mueller LA, Kaufman SR, Koenig BA, Mueller PS. PMID: 21805140; PMCID: PMC3733086.
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    9. Ethnography and the making of modern health professionals. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2011 Jun; 35(2):313-20. Adams V, Kaufman SR. PMID: 21541822.
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    10. Introduction to special issue. After progress: time and improbable futures in clinic spaces. Med Anthropol Q. 2011 Jun; 25(2):183-8. Jain SL, Kaufman SR. PMID: 21834357.
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    11. Medicare, ethics, and reflexive longevity: governing time and treatment in an aging society. Med Anthropol Q. 2011 Jun; 25(2):209-31. Kaufman SR, Fjord L. PMID: 21834359; PMCID: PMC3555685.
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    12. Aging disaster: mortality, vulnerability, and long-term recovery among Katrina survivors. Med Anthropol. 2011 May; 30(3):247-70. Adams V, Kaufman SR, van Hattum T, Moody S. PMID: 21590581; PMCID: PMC3098037.
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    13. 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. Kaufman SR. PMID: 21371974.
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    14. Ironic technology: Old age and the implantable cardioverter defibrillator in US health care. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Jan; 72(1):6-14. Kaufman SR, Mueller PS, Ottenberg AL, Koenig BA. PMID: 21126815; PMCID: PMC3032945.
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    15. 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. Kaufman SR. PMID: 20422745; PMCID: PMC2860035.
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    16. 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. Kaufman SR. PMID: 20428456.
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    17. Making longevity in an aging society: linking Medicare policy and the new ethical field. Perspect Biol Med. 2010; 53(3):407-24. Kaufman SR. PMID: 20639608; PMCID: PMC3032593.
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    18. Making longevity in an aging society: linking ethical sensibility and Medicare spending. Med Anthropol. 2009 Oct; 28(4):317-25. Kaufman SR. PMID: 20182967; PMCID: PMC2859837.
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    19. Late-life cardiac interventions and the treatment imperative. PLoS Med. 2008 Mar 04; 5(3):e7. Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. PMID: 18318595; PMCID: PMC2270285.
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    20. The value of "life at any cost": talk about stopping kidney dialysis. Soc Sci Med. 2007 Jun; 64(11):2236-47. Russ AJ, Shim JK, Kaufman SR. PMID: 17418924; PMCID: PMC2196209.
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    21. Clinical life: expectation and the double edge of medical promise. Health (London). 2007 Apr; 11(2):245-64. Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. PMID: 17344274.
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    22. Old age, life extension, and the character of medical choice. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2006 Jul; 61(4):S175-84. Kaufman SR, Shim JK, Russ AJ. PMID: 16855038; PMCID: PMC2310132.
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    23. Risk, life extension and the pursuit of medical possibility. Sociol Health Illn. 2006 May; 28(4):479-502. Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. PMID: 16669809.
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    24. Aged bodies and kinship matters: The ethical field of kidney transplant. Am Ethnol. 2006 Feb; 33(1):81-99. Kaufman SR, Russ AJ, Shim JK. PMID: 18461150; PMCID: PMC2373268.
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    25. "Is there life on dialysis?": time and aging in a clinically sustained existence. Med Anthropol. 2005 Oct-Dec; 24(4):297-324. Russ AJ, Shim JK, Kaufman SR. PMID: 16249136; PMCID: PMC2310133.
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    26. Family perceptions of prognosis, silence, and the "suddenness" of death. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2005 Mar; 29(1):103-23. Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. PMID: 16108205.
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    27. ...And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life. 2005. .
    28. Revisiting the biomedicalization of aging: clinical trends and ethical challenges. Gerontologist. 2004 Dec; 44(6):731-8. Kaufman SR, Shim JK, Russ AJ. PMID: 15611209; PMCID: PMC2367129.
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    29. Hidden places, uncommon persons. Soc Sci Med. 2003 Jun; 56(11):2249-61. Kaufman SR. PMID: 12719179.
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    30. Family involvement in end-of-life hospital care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Jun; 51(6):835-40. Tschann JM, Kaufman SR, Micco GP. PMID: 12757572.
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    31. A commentary: hospital experience and meaning at the end of life. Gerontologist. 2002 Oct; 42 Spec No 3:34-9. Kaufman SR. PMID: 12415131.
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    32. The Healer's Tale: Transforming Medicine and Culture. 1993. .
    33. The Ageless Self: Sources of Meaning in Late Life. 1986. .
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