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Wendy Anderson, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
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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
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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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 School of Medicine. Her work focuses on serious illness communication training and models for disseminating best practices. Past projects include work with hospitalist physicians (https://www.hospitalmedicine.org/clinical-topics/palliative-care/) and ICU bedside nurses and (IMPACT-ICU, http://vitaltalk.org/resources/impact-icu/). She is faculty for VitalTalk, a nonprofit that teaches serious illness communication, and directs the San Francisco Bay Area VitalTalk Hub. She currently leads a California Health Care Foundation Funded needs assessment of primary palliative care needs in California Public Hospitals. Clinically, Dr. Anderson attends on the Supportive & Palliative Care Consultation Service at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, and teaches about communication, palliative care, pain management, and ethics.

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    1. Patient and Family Advisory Councils for Research: Recruiting and Supporting Members From Diverse and Hard-to-Reach Communities. J Nurs Adm. 2019 Oct; 49(10):473-479. Harrison JD, Anderson WG, Fagan M, Robinson E, Schnipper J, Symczak G, Carnie MB, Hanson C, Banta J, Chen S, Duong J, Wong C, Auerbach AD. PMID: 31490796.
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    2. A Multicenter Study of the Causes and Consequences of Optimistic Expectations About Prognosis by Surrogate Decision-Makers in ICUs. Crit Care Med. 2019 09; 47(9):1184-1193. White DB, Carson S, Anderson W, Steingrub J, Bird G, Curtis JR, Matthay M, Peterson M, Buddadhumaruk P, Shields AM, Ernecoff N, Shotsberger K, Weissfeld L, Chang CH, Pike F, Lo B, Hough CL. PMID: 31162200.
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    3. TeamTalk: Interprofessional Team Development and Communication Skills Training. J Palliat Med. 2020 01; 23(1):40-47. Donesky D, Anderson WG, Joseph RD, Sumser B, Reid TT. PMID: 31381469.
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    4. Clinician-Family Communication About Patients' Values and Preferences in Intensive Care Units. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 05 01; 179(5):676-684. Scheunemann LP, Ernecoff NC, Buddadhumaruk P, Carson SS, Hough CL, Curtis JR, Anderson WG, Steingrub J, Lo B, Matthay M, Arnold RM, White DB. PMID: 30933293.
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    5. The contagion of optimism: The relationship between patient optimism and palliative care clinician overestimation of survival among hospitalized patients with advanced cancer. Psychooncology. 2019 06; 28(6):1286-1292. Ingersoll LT, Alexander SC, Ladwig S, Anderson W, Norton SA, Gramling R. PMID: 31020758.
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    6. End-of-Life Nursing and Education Consortium Communication Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Teams. J Palliat Med. 2019 09; 22(9):1082-1091. Ferrell B, Buller H, Paice J, Anderson W, Donesky D. PMID: 30985246.
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    7. Palliative Oncologic Care Curricula for Providers in Resource-Limited and Underserved Communities: a Systematic Review. J Cancer Educ. 2019 04; 34(2):205-215. Xu MJ, Su D, Deboer R, Garcia M, Tahir P, Anderson W, Kinderman A, Braunstein S, Sherertz T. PMID: 29264703.
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    8. Patient stakeholder engagement in research: A narrative review to describe foundational principles and best practice activities. Health Expect. 2019 06; 22(3):307-316. Harrison JD, Auerbach AD, Anderson W, Fagan M, Carnie M, Hanson C, Banta J, Symczak G, Robinson E, Schnipper J, Wong C, Weiss R. PMID: 30761699.
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    9. Racial/ethnic differences in prognosis communication during initial inpatient palliative care consultations among people with advanced cancer. Patient Educ Couns. 2019 06; 102(6):1098-1103. Ingersoll LT, Alexander SC, Priest J, Ladwig S, Anderson W, Fiscella K, Epstein RM, Norton SA, Gramling R. PMID: 30642715.
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    10. End-of-Life Preferences, Length-of-Life Conversations, and Hospice Enrollment in Palliative Care: A Direct Observation Cohort Study among People with Advanced Cancer. J Palliat Med. 2019 02; 22(2):152-156. Gramling R, Ingersoll LT, Anderson W, Priest J, Berns S, Cheung K, Norton SA, Alexander SC. PMID: 30526222.
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    11. Palliative Care Clinician Overestimation of Survival in Advanced Cancer: Disparities and Association With End-of-Life Care. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 02; 57(2):233-240. Gramling R, Gajary-Coots E, Cimino J, Fiscella K, Epstein R, Ladwig S, Anderson W, Alexander SC, Han PK, Gramling D, Norton SA. PMID: 30391655.
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    12. Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs): Identifying Challenges and Solutions to Support Engagement in Research. Patient. 2018 08; 11(4):413-423. Harrison JD, Anderson WG, Fagan M, Robinson E, Schnipper J, Symczak G, Hanson C, Carnie MB, Banta J, Chen S, Duong J, Wong C, Auerbach AD. PMID: 29392529.
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    13. A psychometric study of the decisional conflict scale in surrogate decision makers. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 11; 101(11):1957-1965. Pecanac KE, Brown RL, Steingrub J, Anderson W, Matthay MA, White DB. PMID: 30054105.
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    14. Using Implementation Science to Adapt a Training Program to Assist Surgeons with High-Stakes Communication. J Surg Educ. 2019 Jan - Feb; 76(1):165-173. Taylor LJ, Adkins S, Hoel AW, Hauser J, Suwanabol P, Wood G, Anderson W, Branson C, Skube S, Johnson SK, Zelenski A, Tucholka JL, Campbell TC, Schwarze ML. PMID: 30626527.
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    15. Feeling Heard and Understood in the Hospital Environment: Benchmarking Communication Quality Among Patients With Advanced Cancer Before and After Palliative Care Consultation. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 08; 56(2):239-244. Ingersoll LT, Saeed F, Ladwig S, Norton SA, Anderson W, Alexander SC, Gramling R. PMID: 29729348.
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    16. Measuring patient respect in the intensive care unit: Validation of the ICU-RESPECT instrument. J Crit Care. 2018 08; 46:63-66. Geller G, Schell-Chaple H, Turner K, Anderson WG, Beach MC. PMID: 29698870.
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    17. Associations of Physician Empathy with Patient Anxiety and Ratings of Communication in Hospital Admission Encounters. J Hosp Med. 2017 10; 12(10):805-810. Weiss R, Vittinghoff E, Fang MC, Cimino JEW, Chasteen KA, Arnold RM, Auerbach AD, Anderson WG. PMID: 28991945.
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    18. Preventing Harm in the ICU-Building a Culture of Safety and Engaging Patients and Families. Crit Care Med. 2017 09; 45(9):1531-1537. Thornton KC, Schwarz JJ, Gross AK, Anderson WG, Liu KD, Romig MC, Schell-Chaple H, Pronovost PJ, Sapirstein A, Gropper MA, Lipshutz AKM. PMID: 28640023.
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    19. Palliative Care Professional Development for Critical Care Nurses: A Multicenter Program. Am J Crit Care. 2017 Sep; 26(5):361-371. Anderson WG, 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. PMID: 28864431.
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    20. 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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    21. Physicians Rarely Elicit Critically Ill Patients' Previously Expressed Treatment Preferences in Intensive Care Units. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 07 15; 196(2):242-245. Chiarchiaro J, Ernecoff NC, Scheunemann LP, Hough CL, Carson SS, Peterson MW, Anderson WG, Steingrub JS, Arnold RM, White DB. PMID: 28707977.
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    22. Confidence with and Barriers to Serious Illness Communication: A National Survey of Hospitalists. J Palliat Med. 2017 09; 20(9):1013-1019. Rosenberg LB, Greenwald J, Caponi B, Doshi A, Epstein H, Frank J, Lindenberger E, Marzano N, Mills LM, Razzak R, Risser J, Anderson WG. PMID: 28375816.
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    23. Palliative Care Didactic Course for Radiation Oncology Residents. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 04 01; 97(5):884-885. Garcia MA, Braunstein SE, Anderson WG. PMID: 28333003.
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    24. The Cambia Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program: Project Summaries from the Inaugural Scholar Cohort. J Palliat Med. 2016 06; 19(6):591-600. Kamal AH, Anderson WG, Boss RD, Brody AA, Campbell TC, Creutzfeldt CJ, Hurd CJ, Kinderman AL, Lindenberger EC, Reinke LF. PMID: 27168030.
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    25. 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 06; 33:19-25. 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 WG, Peterson MW, Steingrub JS, Arnold RM, White DB. PMID: 27037049.
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    26. ICU Bedside Nurses' Involvement in Palliative Care Communication: A Multicenter Survey. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Mar; 51(3):589-596.e2. Anderson WG, 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. PMID: 26596882.
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    27. Communicating with Patients' Families and Physicians About Prognosis and Goals of Care. Am J Crit Care. 2015 Jul; 24(4):e56-64. Milic MM, Puntillo K, Turner K, Joseph D, Peters N, Ryan R, Schuster C, Winfree H, Cimino J, Anderson WG. PMID: 26134340.
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    28. Understanding how institutional culture affects attending physicians' and trainees' resuscitation discussions. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May; 175(5):819-20. Mills L, Anderson W. PMID: 25844728.
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    29. Quantifying the value of palliative care and advance care planning. Crit Care Med. 2015 May; 43(5):1147-9. Anderson WG. PMID: 25876120.
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    30. 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. Anderson WG, 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. PMID: 25521191.
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    31. Update in hospice and palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2014 Mar; 17(3):351-7. Roza KA, Horton JR, Johnson K, Anderson WG. PMID: 24548140.
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    32. Update in hospital palliative care. J Hosp Med. 2013 Dec; 8(12):715-20. Anderson WG, Flint LA, Horton JR, Johnson K, Mourad M, Sharpe BA. PMID: 24214838.
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    33. Incentivizing residents to document inpatient advance care planning. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Sep 23; 173(17):1652-4. Lakin JR, Le E, Mourad M, Hollander H, Anderson WG. PMID: 23857414.
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    34. 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. Anderson WG, Cimino JW, Lo B. PMID: 24005002.
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    35. An evaluation of interactive web-based curricula for teaching code status discussions. J Palliat Med. 2013 Sep; 16(9):1070-3. Chittenden EH, Anderson WG, Lai CJ, O'Sullivan P. PMID: 23937063.
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    36. Dancing around death: hospitalist-patient communication about serious illness. Qual Health Res. 2013 Jan; 23(1):3-13. Anderson WG, Kools S, Lyndon A. PMID: 23034778.
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    37. 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. Adams K, Cimino JE, Arnold RM, Anderson WG. PMID: 22575434.
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    38. Update in hospice and palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2012 Feb; 15(2):236-41. Anderson WG, Goldstein NE. PMID: 22339328.
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    39. Patient concerns at hospital admission. Arch Intern Med. 2011 Aug 08; 171(15):1399-400. Anderson WG, Winters K, Auerbach AD. PMID: 21824960.
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    40. Code status discussions between attending hospitalist physicians and medical patients at hospital admission. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Apr; 26(4):359-66. Anderson WG, Chase R, Pantilat SZ, Tulsky JA, Auerbach AD. PMID: 21104036.
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    41. 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. Anderson WG, Pantilat SZ, Meltzer D, Schnipper J, Kaboli P, Wetterneck TB, Gonzales D, Arora V, Zhang J, Auerbach AD. PMID: 20713421.
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    42. "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. Dzul-Church V, Cimino JW, Adler SR, Wong P, Anderson WG. PMID: 20568968.
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    43. Studying physician-patient communication in the acute care setting: the hospitalist rapport study. Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Feb; 82(2):275-9. Anderson WG, Winters K, Arnold RM, Puntillo KA, White DB, Auerbach AD. PMID: 20444569.
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    44. Update in hospice and palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2010 Feb; 13(2):197-202. Anderson WG, Goldstein NE. PMID: 19929227.
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    45. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses. J Palliat Med. 2009 Oct; 12(10):937-46. Anderson WG, McNamara MC, Arnold RM. PMID: 19807239.
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    46. 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. Anderson WG, Williams JE, Bost JE, Barnard D. PMID: 19021486.
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    47. Communication about cancer near the end of life. Cancer. 2008 Oct 01; 113(7 Suppl):1897-910. Back AL, Anderson WG, Bunch L, Marr LA, Wallace JA, Yang HB, Arnold RM. PMID: 18798531.
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    48. 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. Anderson WG, Arnold RM, Angus DC, Bryce CL. PMID: 18780129.
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    49. 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. Anderson WG, Arnold RM, Angus DC, Bryce CL. PMID: 19327283.
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    50. "What concerns me is..." Expression of emotion by advanced cancer patients during outpatient visits. Support Care Cancer. 2008 Jul; 16(7):803-11. Anderson WG, Alexander SC, Rodriguez KL, Jeffreys AS, Olsen MK, Pollak KI, Tulsky JA, Arnold RM. PMID: 17960430.
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    51. 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. Evans WG, Tulsky JA, Back AL, Arnold RM. PMID: 17034677.
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    52. 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. Evans WG, Cutson TM, Steinhauser KE, Tulsky JA. PMID: 16430350.
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    53. Improving knowledge in palliative medicine with a required hospice rotation for third-year medical students. Acad Med. 2004 Aug; 79(8):777-82. Porter-Williamson K, von Gunten CF, Garman K, Herbst L, Bluestein HG, Evans W. PMID: 15277135.
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