Dr. Elizabeth Dzeng

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

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University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine


I am an Assistant Professor at UCSF in the department of Hospital Medicine and Social and Behavioural Science. I completed my Internal Medicine training at Columbia and and medical school at Johns Hopkins. Following that I wrote a PhD at the University of Cambridge in medical sociology and ethics while also a General Internal Medicine fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

I am a physician sociologist interested in medical ethics, end of life care, overly aggressive care at the end of life, physician moral distress and fostering humanism in medicine. My research explored the influence of institutional cultures and policies on physicians' conceptualization of ethical principles (namely autonomy and beneficence) and how that influences their communication practices in do-not-resuscitate decision-making in the United States and United Kingdom. I am particularly interested in the impact of perceived futile treatments at the end of life on physician trainee moral distress and how that affects the culture of medicine.