OUR PEOPLE

Elizabeth Dzeng, PhD, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
School of Medicine
533 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Liz Dzeng
Education and Training

Stanford University, , MS - 2003 Chemical Engineering

Stanford University, , BS - 2003 Biological Sciences and History

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, , MPH - 2007 Health and Human Rights/Humanitarian Aid

University of Cambridge, , MPhil - 2008 Development Studies

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, , MD - 2009

Columbia New York Presbyterian Hospital, , Residency - 2011 Internal Medicine

University of Cambridge, , PhD - 2015 Medical Sociology

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, , Fellowship - 2015 General Internal Medicine

Awards and Honors

Watt Hansell Scholarship | 2006
Watt Hansell Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006-2007
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society Inductee | 2007
Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society Inductee, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Gates Cambridge Scholarship | 2007
Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 2007-2008
University of Cambridge

Gates Cambridge Scholarship | 2011
Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 2011-2015
University of Cambridge

Founders Grant Award | 2014
Founders Grant Award, Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), 2014-2015
Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)

Ho-Chiang Palliative Care Research Fellowship | 2014
Ho-Chiang Palliative Care Research Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2014-2015
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Research Core Development Scholar | 2015
Research Core Development Scholar, UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, 2015-2016
UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

Research Scholar Award | 2015
Research Scholar Award, American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), 2015-2016
American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

Andrew Markus Scholarship | 2016
Andrew Markus Scholarship, Ethox Centre for Bioethics and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, 2016
Ethox Centre for Bioethics and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health | 2017
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, Global Brain Health Institute, UCSF, 2017-2018
Global Brain Health Institute, UCSF

Junior Investigator Career Development Award | 2017
Junior Investigator Career Development Award, National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), 2017-2019
National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC)

NIH Loan Repayment Program Award | 2017
NIH Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institute of Health, 2017-2019
National Institute of Health

KL-2 Scholar | 2017
KL-2 Scholar, UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), 2017-2020
UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

NIH Loan Repayment Program Renewal Award | 2019
NIH Loan Repayment Program Renewal Award, National Institute of Aging, 2019-2021
National Institute of Aging

Alzheimer's Disease Research Award | 2019
Alzheimer's Disease Research Award, California Department of Public Health, 2019-2024
California Department of Public Health

Sojourns Scholars Leadership Award | 2022
Sojourns Scholars Leadership Award, Cambia Health Foundation, 2022-2024
Cambia Health Foundation
Overview
Dr. Dzeng is a sociologist and hospitalist physician conducting research at the nexus of sociology, medical ethics, palliative care, health equity research, and human-centered design. She is an Associate Professor "In Residence" at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology program, Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. She spends her time between San Francisco and London where she is a Senior Research Fellow at the Cicely Saunders Institute at King's College London. She is also a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, a Visiting Research Fellow at Kings College London’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in General Internal Medicine at UCLA.

Her current research examines the influence of neoliberalism and specifically the culture and ethical implications of neoliberalism on an institution's ethical priorities in the United States and United Kingdom and its effects on the provision of non-beneficial high-intensity life-sustaining treatments near the end of life in older adults with dementia and serious illness. Through a comparative ethnography employing semi-structured in-depth interviews and participant observation, Dr. Dzeng seeks to understanding the macro-, meso-, and micro-sociological factors (and in particular ethical decision-making climate) that contribute to potentially non-beneficial high-intensity care near the end of life. Using this ethnographic data, she is co-design a systems-level intervention using human-centered design to mitigate the culture of burdensome end-of-life care. Other areas of research include clinician moral distress and clinician experiences and ethical perspectives around the COVID-19 pandemic.

She has also recently been funded to use community-based participatory research methods to understand how structural racism effects older Black adults through the life course and how that influences goal concordant end-of-life care. Dr. Dzeng is dedicated to health equity, social justice, and anti-racism and is a member of the UCSF Office of Research Anti-racism in Research Task Force and the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine Anti-racism Task Force. She is also a Steering Committee member on the REPAIR Project (repair.ucsf.edu) and Faculty Lead for the REPAIR Research Committee.

Among her national leadership roles, Dr. Dzeng recently served as the Chair of the Ethics Committee at the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), Chair of the Innovations in Health Care Delivery and SGIM Annual Meeting planning committee, and SGIM's special work group on the Social Determinants of Health which wrote SGIM's position statement on this issue. She is also on the Scientific Review Committee for the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) and an Associate Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM).

Dr. Dzeng completed her PhD in Medical Sociology and an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge at King’s College as a Gates Cambridge Scholar where she wrote her doctoral thesis on the influence of institutional cultures and policies on physicians’ ethical beliefs and how that impacted the way they communicate in end of life decision-making conversations. She was also a General Internal Medicine post-doctoral clinical research fellow and palliative care research fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. As an undergraduate and engineering graduate student at Stanford, she participated in the first class of Stanford's Biodesign Innovation program where she used design thinking to co-invented and patented a device to non-invasively cool the heart through the esophagus to prevent myocardial damage during a myocardial infarction (US Patent 7,758,623; 2010). In August, 2019 this patent was licensed to Attune Medical.

Outside of academic medicine, Dr. Dzeng is an avid rower and has competed in races such as the Head of the Charles and the Henley Women's Regatta. She is happiest when traveling the world, especially hiking and exploring the world's natural wonders.