Palliative Care Education - Leadership

Nurse Lead and Program Co-Director

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DorAnne Donesky, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN
Associate Adjunct Professor
UCSF School of Nursing

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Dr. Donesky's areas of expertise include quality of life for patients with advanced pulmonary disease and communication skills training. She is the Nurse Practitioner at the Mount Zion Pulmomary Quality of Life Clinic, a Cambia Sojourn Scholar, and a Macy Faculty Scholar.

Physician Lead and Program Co-Director

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Wendy Anderson, MD, MS
Associate Professor
UCSF School of Medicine

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Dr. Anderson leads a program of research, education, and quality improvement with the goal of improving care for seriously ill hospitalized patients. Her projects focus on palliative care in the hospital and ICU focused on interprofessional communication.

Social Work Lead

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Bridget Sumser, LMSW
Clinical Social Worker
UCSF Adult Palliative Care Service

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Bridget Sumser is a Clinical Social Worker for UCSF Adult Palliative Care Service. She completed Palliative Care Fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Her practice is rooted in a deep commitment to social justice issues in healthcare and focuses on whole person, family care.

Spiritual Care Lead

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The Rev. Denah Joseph, BCC
Chaplain and Associate Director
UCSF Palliative Care Service

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The Rev. Denah Joseph is an ordained Buddhist minister and serves as the palliative care chaplain at the Parnassus Heights campus, working with patients and families with advanced illness and end-of-life concerns. She has worked as a psychotherapist for many years.