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Wendy Gabrielle Anderson, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address533 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
Phone415-502-2399
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    University of California San DiegoM.D.2001School of Medicine
    University of PittsburghM.S.2007Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    University of PittsburghFellowship2007Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    Duke UniversityResidency2004Internal Medicine
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    California HealthCare Foundation2014  - 2016Health Care Leadership Program
    Cambia Health Foundation2014  - 2016Sojourns Leadership Program Scholar
    UCSF Medical Center2014Exceptional Physician Award
    University of California Center for Health Quality and Innovation2012  - 2013University of California Health Fellow
    UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute 2009  - 2013KL-2 Scholar

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    Wendy Anderson is a Palliative Care Physician and Associate Professor in the UCSF Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Her work focuses on serious illness communication training and models for disseminating best practices. She is faculty for VitalTalk, a nonprofit that teaches serious illness communication, and directs the San Francisco Bay Area VitalTalk Hub. Recent projects include work with hospitalist physicians, http://www.hospitalmedicine.org/seriousillness) and ICU bedside nurses and (IMPACT-ICU, http://vitaltalk.org/resources/impact-icu/). Clinically, Dr. Anderson attends on the UCSF Palliative Care Consultation Service. She is actively involved in student, resident, and faculty education about communication, palliative care, pain management, and ethics.


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    1. Thornton KC, Schwarz JJ, Gross AK, Anderson W, Liu KD, Romig MC, Schell-Chaple H, Pronovost PJ, Sapirstein A, Gropper MA, Lipshutz AKM. Preventing Harm in the ICU-Building a Culture of Safety and Engaging Patients and Families. Crit Care Med. 2017 09; 45(9):1531-1537. PMID: 28640023.
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    2. Anderson W, Puntillo K, Cimino J, Noort J, Pearson D, Boyle D, Grywalski M, Meyer J, O'Neil-Page E, Cain J, Herman H, Barbour S, Turner K, Moore E, Liao S, Ferrell B, Mitchell W, Edmonds K, Fairman N, Joseph D, MacMillan J, Milic MM, Miller M, Nakagawa L, O'Riordan DL, Pietras C, Thornberry K, Pantilat SZ. Palliative Care Professional Development for Critical Care Nurses: A Multicenter Program. Am J Crit Care. 2017 Sep; 26(5):361-371. PMID: 28864431.
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    3. 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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    4. Chiarchiaro J, Ernecoff NC, Scheunemann LP, Hough CL, Carson SS, Peterson MW, Anderson W, Steingrub JS, Arnold RM, White DB. Physicians Rarely Elicit Critically Ill Patients' Previously Expressed Treatment Preferences in Intensive Care Units. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Jul 15; 196(2):242-245. PMID: 28707977.
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    5. Rosenberg LB, Greenwald J, Caponi B, Doshi A, Epstein H, Frank J, Lindenberger E, Marzano N, Mills LM, Razzak R, Risser J, Anderson W. Confidence with and Barriers to Serious Illness Communication: A National Survey of Hospitalists. J Palliat Med. 2017 Sep; 20(9):1013-1019. PMID: 28375816.
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    6. Garcia MA, Braunstein SE, Anderson W. Palliative Care Didactic Course for Radiation Oncology Residents. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Apr 01; 97(5):884-885. PMID: 28333003.
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    7. Kamal AH, Anderson W, Boss RD, Brody AA, Campbell TC, Creutzfeldt CJ, Hurd CJ, Kinderman AL, Lindenberger EC, Reinke LF. The Cambia Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program: Project Summaries from the Inaugural Scholar Cohort. J Palliat Med. 2016 Jun; 19(6):591-600. PMID: 27168030.
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    8. Ernecoff NC, Witteman HO, Chon K, Chen YI, Buddadhumaruk P, Chiarchiaro J, Shotsberger KJ, Shields AM, Myers BA, Hough CL, Carson SS, Lo B, Matthay MA, Anderson W, Peterson MW, Steingrub JS, Arnold RM, White DB. Key stakeholders' perceptions of the acceptability and usefulness of a tablet-based tool to improve communication and shared decision making in ICUs. J Crit Care. 2016 Jun; 33:19-25. PMID: 27037049.
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    9. Anderson W, Puntillo K, Boyle D, Barbour S, Turner K, Cimino J, Moore E, Noort J, MacMillan J, Pearson D, Grywalski M, Liao S, Ferrell B, Meyer J, O'Neil-Page E, Cain J, Herman H, Mitchell W, Pantilat S. ICU Bedside Nurses' Involvement in Palliative Care Communication: A Multicenter Survey. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Mar; 51(3):589-596.e2. PMID: 26596882.
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    10. Milic MM, Puntillo K, Turner K, Joseph D, Peters N, Ryan R, Schuster C, Winfree H, Cimino J, Anderson W. Communicating with Patients' Families and Physicians About Prognosis and Goals of Care. Am J Crit Care. 2015 Jul; 24(4):e56-64. PMID: 26134340.
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    11. Anderson W. Quantifying the value of palliative care and advance care planning. Crit Care Med. 2015 May; 43(5):1147-9. PMID: 25876120.
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    12. Mills L, Anderson W. Understanding how institutional culture affects attending physicians' and trainees' resuscitation discussions. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May; 175(5):819-20. PMID: 25844728.
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    13. Anderson W, Cimino JW, Ernecoff NC, Ungar A, Shotsberger KJ, Pollice LA, Buddadhumaruk P, Carson SS, Curtis JR, Hough CL, Lo B, Matthay MA, Peterson MW, Steingrub JS, White DB. A multicenter study of key stakeholders' perspectives on communicating with surrogates about prognosis in intensive care units. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Feb; 12(2):142-52. PMID: 25521191; PMCID: PMC4342839.
    14. Roza KA, Horton JR, Johnson K, Anderson W. Update in hospice and palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2014 Mar; 17(3):351-7. PMID: 24548140; PMCID: PMC3952592.
    15. Anderson W, Flint LA, Horton JR, Johnson K, Mourad M, Sharpe BA. Update in hospital palliative care. J Hosp Med. 2013 Dec; 8(12):715-20. PMID: 24214838; PMCID: PMC3864762.
    16. Lakin JR, Le E, Mourad M, Hollander H, Anderson W. Incentivizing residents to document inpatient advance care planning. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Sep 23; 173(17):1652-4. PMID: 23857414; PMCID: PMC3864763.
    17. Anderson W, Cimino JW, Lo B. Seriously ill hospitalized patients' perspectives on the benefits and harms of two models of hospital CPR discussions. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Dec; 93(3):633-40. PMID: 24005002; PMCID: PMC3864765.
    18. Chittenden EH, Anderson W, Lai CJ, O'Sullivan P. An evaluation of interactive web-based curricula for teaching code status discussions. J Palliat Med. 2013 Sep; 16(9):1070-3. PMID: 23937063.
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    19. Anderson W, Kools S, Lyndon A. Dancing around death: hospitalist-patient communication about serious illness. Qual Health Res. 2013 Jan; 23(1):3-13. PMID: 23034778; PMCID: PMC3502664.
    20. Adams K, Cimino JE, Arnold RM, Anderson W. Why should I talk about emotion? Communication patterns associated with physician discussion of patient expressions of negative emotion in hospital admission encounters. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Oct; 89(1):44-50. PMID: 22575434; PMCID: PMC3462304.
    21. Anderson W, Goldstein NE. Update in hospice and palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2012 Feb; 15(2):236-41. PMID: 22339328; PMCID: PMC3280591.
    22. Anderson W, Winters K, Auerbach AD. Patient concerns at hospital admission. Arch Intern Med. 2011 Aug 08; 171(15):1399-400. PMID: 21824960; PMCID: PMC3365533.
    23. Anderson W, Chase R, Pantilat SZ, Tulsky JA, Auerbach AD. Code status discussions between attending hospitalist physicians and medical patients at hospital admission. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Apr; 26(4):359-66. PMID: 21104036; PMCID: PMC3055965.
    24. Anderson W, Pantilat SZ, Meltzer D, Schnipper J, Kaboli P, Wetterneck TB, Gonzales D, Arora V, Zhang J, Auerbach AD. Code status discussions at hospital admission are not associated with patient and surrogate satisfaction with hospital care: results from the multicenter hospitalist study. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2011 Mar; 28(2):102-8. PMID: 20713421.
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    25. Dzul-Church V, Cimino JW, Adler SR, Wong P, Anderson W. "I'm sitting here by myself ...": experiences of patients with serious illness at an Urban Public Hospital. J Palliat Med. 2010 Jun; 13(6):695-701. PMID: 20568968; PMCID: PMC2938893.
    26. Anderson W, Winters K, Arnold RM, Puntillo KA, White DB, Auerbach AD. Studying physician-patient communication in the acute care setting: the hospitalist rapport study. Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Feb; 82(2):275-9. PMID: 20444569; PMCID: PMC3025053.
    27. Anderson W, Goldstein NE. Update in hospice and palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2010 Feb; 13(2):197-202. PMID: 19929227; PMCID: PMC2883529.
    28. Anderson W, McNamara MC, Arnold RM. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses. J Palliat Med. 2009 Oct; 12(10):937-46. PMID: 19807239.
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    29. Anderson W, Williams JE, Bost JE, Barnard D. Exposure to death is associated with positive attitudes and higher knowledge about end-of-life care in graduating medical students. J Palliat Med. 2008 Nov; 11(9):1227-33. PMID: 19021486; PMCID: PMC2941667.
    30. Back AL, Anderson W, Bunch L, Marr LA, Wallace JA, Yang HB, Arnold RM. Communication about cancer near the end of life. Cancer. 2008 Oct 01; 113(7 Suppl):1897-910. PMID: 18798531; PMCID: PMC3123252.
    31. Anderson W, Arnold RM, Angus DC, Bryce CL. Posttraumatic stress and complicated grief in family members of patients in the intensive care unit. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Nov; 23(11):1871-6. PMID: 18780129; PMCID: PMC2585673.
    32. Anderson W, Arnold RM, Angus DC, Bryce CL. Passive decision-making preference is associated with anxiety and depression in relatives of patients in the intensive care unit. J Crit Care. 2009 Jun; 24(2):249-54. PMID: 19327283.
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    33. Anderson W, Alexander SC, Rodriguez KL, Jeffreys AS, Olsen MK, Pollak KI, Tulsky JA, Arnold RM. "What concerns me is..." Expression of emotion by advanced cancer patients during outpatient visits. Support Care Cancer. 2008 Jul; 16(7):803-11. PMID: 17960430; PMCID: PMC2838893.
    34. Evans WG, Tulsky JA, Back AL, Arnold RM. Communication at times of transitions: how to help patients cope with loss and re-define hope. Cancer J. 2006 Sep-Oct; 12(5):417-24. PMID: 17034677.
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    35. Evans WG, Cutson TM, Steinhauser KE, Tulsky JA. Is there no place like home? Caregivers recall reasons for and experience upon transfer from home hospice to inpatient facilities. J Palliat Med. 2006 Feb; 9(1):100-10. PMID: 16430350.
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    36. Porter-Williamson K, von Gunten CF, Garman K, Herbst L, Bluestein HG, Evans W. Improving knowledge in palliative medicine with a required hospice rotation for third-year medical students. Acad Med. 2004 Aug; 79(8):777-82. PMID: 15277135.
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