Working at the intersection of sociology, palliative care, and ethics to foster care and compassion in the culture and practice of medicine

 I am an Assistant Professor at UCSF in Hospital Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences, interested in how institutional cultures influence how physicians communicate decisions at the end of life. I am particularly interested in how these hospital cultures might influence how physicians conceptualize the ethical principles of autonomy and best interest and how that influences the way they frame and convey available options. As a part of this, I am interested in moral conflicts that might occur and the interaction between these ethical conflicts on physician moral distress, burnout, and empathy. Moving forward from this I hope to explore how alternative models such as a return to relational autonomy and an ethics of care approach might help foster a more compassionate and humanistic culture of medicine.

Prior to coming to UCSF, I wrote my PhD dissertation in medical sociology and ethics at the University of Cambridge at King’s College as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and completed a General Internal Medicine Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow and Palliative Care Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.