The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Elizabeth Dzeng MD, PhD, MPH

University of California, San Francisco

Elizabeth Dzeng, MD, PhD, MPH, is a sociologist and hospitalist physician conducting research at the nexus of sociology, medical ethics, palliative and end-of-life care, and human-centered design. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Division of Palliative Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology program. Her current research examines the systems-level factors that contribute to potentially inappropriate high-intensity life-sustaining treatments near the end of life in older adults with dementia and serious illness. Dr. Dzeng was a 2017 NPCRC Junior Faculty Career Development Awardee and is currently a member of the NPCRC Scientific Review Committee.