DHM

Faculty

Elizabeth Dzeng, MD, MPH, PhD

HS ASST CLINICAL PROFESSOR
533 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-476-7335


Dr. Dzeng is an Assistant Professor at UCSF in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology program. She also directs the ethics curriculum for UCSF medical students. She is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health based at the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center. She completed her PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of Cambridge at King's College as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and was a General Internal Medicine Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow and Palliative Care Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She wrote her 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). Her 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. She has also been involved in the statewide and UCSF response to the legalization of physician aid in dying in California (End of Life Option Act).

Awards and Honors

2017   KL-2 Scholar, UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), 2017-2020
2017   Junior Investigator Career Development Award, National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), 2017-2019
2016   Andrew Markus Scholarship, Ethox Centre for Bioethics and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, 2016
2015   Research Scholar Award, American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), 2015-2016
2015   Research Core Development Scholar, UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, 2015-2016
2014   Founders Grant Award, Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), 2014-2015
2014   Ho-Chiang Palliative Care Research Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2014-2015
2011   Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 2011-2015
2007   Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society Inductee, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007
2007   Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 2007-2008
2006   Watt Hansell Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006-2007

Recent Articles (16)

Dzeng E, Dohan D, Curtis JR, Smith TJ, Colaianni A, Ritchie C. Homing in on the Social: Systems-level Influences on Overly Aggressive Treatments at the End of Life. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Aug 30.

Petrillo LA, Dzeng E, Harrison KL, Forbes L, Scribner B, Koenig BA. How California Prepared for Implementation of Physician-Assisted Death: A Primer. Am J Public Health. 2017 Jun; 107(6):883-888.

Harrison KL, Dzeng E, Ritchie CS, Shanafelt TD, Kamal AH, Bull JH, Tilburt JC, Swetz KM. Addressing Palliative Care Clinician Burnout in Organizations: A Workforce Necessity, an Ethical Imperative. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Jun; 53(6):1091-1096.

Dzeng E. Navigating the Liminal State Between Life and Death: Clinician Moral Distress and Uncertainty Regarding New Life-Sustaining Technologies. Am J Bioeth. 2017 Feb; 17(2):22-25.

Singer AE, Goebel JR, Kim YS, Dy SM, Ahluwalia SC, Clifford M, Dzeng E, O'Hanlon CE, Motala A, Walling AM, Goldberg J, Meeker D, Ochotorena C, Shanman R, Cui M, Lorenz KA. Populations and Interventions for Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Systematic Review. J Palliat Med. 2016 Sep; 19(9):995-1008.

Dzeng E. Moral Distress Amongst Physician Trainees Regarding Futile Treatments. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Aug; 31(8):830.

Petrillo LA, Dzeng E, Smith AK. California's End of Life Option Act: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Aug; 31(8):828-9.

Dzeng E, Colaianni A, Roland M, Levine D, Kelly MP, Barclay S, Smith TJ. Moral Distress Amongst American Physician Trainees Regarding Futile Treatments at the End of Life: A Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Jan; 31(1):93-9.

Barnato AE, Dzeng E. Treatment escalation in the intensive care unit among patients with preexisting treatment limitations: best-laid plans gone awry? JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jun; 175(6):1026-7.

Dzeng E, Colaianni A, Roland M, Chander G, Smith TJ, Kelly MP, Barclay S, Levine D. Influence of institutional culture and policies on do-not-resuscitate decision making at the end of life. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May; 175(5):812-9.

Ghosh A, Dzeng E, Cheng MJ. Interaction of palliative care and primary care. Clin Geriatr Med. 2015 May; 31(2):207-18.

Xu T, Goldstein E, Dzeng E, Dy S, Nicholas LH. Public Attitudes on the Future Sustainability of Medicare. Journal of Health Care Financing. 2015; 1(42).

Dzeng E, Smith TJ. Rationing healthcare: who's responsible? Oncology (Williston Park). 2013 Feb; 27(2):91, 96.

Siegler A, Roberts L, Balch E, Bargues E, Bhalla A, Bills C, Dzeng E, Epelboym Y, Foster T, Fulton L, Gallagher M, Gastolomendo JD, Giorgi G, Habtehans S, Kim J, McGee B, McMahan A, Riese S, Santamaria-Schwartz R, Walsh F, Wahlstrom J, Wedeles J. Media coverage of violent deaths in iraQ: an opportunistic capture-recapture assessment. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2008 Jul-Aug; 23(4):369-71.

Thompson A, Silverman B, Dzeng L, Treisman G. Psychotropic medications and HIV. Clin Infect Dis. 2006 May 01; 42(9):1305-10.

Lin CT, Chang TC, Chao A, Dzeng E, Soong YK, Hung CF, Lai CH. Enhancement of DNA vaccine potency through linkage of antigen gene to ER chaperone molecules, ER-60, tapasin, and calnexin. J Biomed Sci. 2005; 12(2):279-87.