Dr Elizabeth Dzeng (2011)
I am an Assistant Professor at UCSF in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology program. I also direct the ethics curriculum for UCSF medical students. I am a senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health based at the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center. I completed my PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of Cambridge at King’s College and was also a General Internal Medicine Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow and Palliative Care Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I wrote my dissertation on the influence of institutional cultures and policies on physicians’ ethical beliefs and how that impacts the way they communicate in end of life decision-making conversations (Available at: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.16665). My current research is focused on understanding the systemic factors that contribute to burdensome care at the end of life in older adults, as well as physician moral distress and ethical challenges at end of life. I have also been involved in the statewide and UCSF response to the legalization of physician aid in dying in California (End of Life Option Act).