Heather Harris, MD
1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
Dr. Harris is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She earned a B.A. degree magna cum laude in anthropology at Harvard University and her M.D. from Stanford University. After completing residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF, she became the Medical Director of Eden Inpatient Services and helped establish a hospitalist program at this community hospital. Through her work in the community, she developed an interest in palliative medicine and returned to UCSF as a hospitalist and attending on the palliative care service at the university campus at Parnassus. She was a faculty member within the Center to Advance Palliative Care's Palliative Care Learning Center at UCSF, through which she helped facilitate training programs in establishing hospital-based palliative care teams. She also collaborated in establishing the UCSF Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.
She subsequently transitioned to San Francisco General Hospital in order to co-found the Supportive and Palliative Care Service as the Associate Medical Director. Nationally, she has served in leadership positions with the Safety Net Special Interest Group through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her clinical interests and scholarly endeavors focus on the provision of palliative care to vulnerable and culturally diverse patients in the safety net setting.
Additionally, she holds several administrative roles focused on the importance of clinical documentation. As the Medical Director of the Clinical Documentation Integrity Team at San Francisco General Hospital, she and her colleagues have helped transform clinical documentation to better reflect the medical and social complexity of patients cared for within our system. This work has yielded significant fiscal impact and unprecedented quality metrics for the hospital and was recognized by the University Healthcare Consortium as well as the San Francisco Health Commission with a Department of Public Health Employee Recognition Award in 2014.
• Harvard University, B.A. magna cum laude, Anthropology 1988-1992
• Stanford University School of Medicine, M.D. 1996-2000
• University of California, San Francisco, Intern Primary Care Internal Medicine, 2000-2001
• University of California, San Francisco, Resident Primary Care Internal Medicine, 2001-2003
• Diplomate: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2003-2013, 2013-Current
• Diplomate: Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2010-Current
Memberships and Affiliations:
• 2004, American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine
• 2005, Society of Hospital Medicine
• 2009, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
2013-2016 Leadership, Safety Net Special Interest Group
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Recent Articles (17)
- Lakin JR, Isaacs E, Sullivan E, Harris HA, McMahan RD, Sudore RL. Emergency Physicians' Experience with Advance Care Planning Documentation in the Electronic Medical Record: Useful, Needed, and Elusive. J Palliat Med. 2016 Jun; 19(6):632-8.
- Kinderman AL, Harris HA, Brousseau RT, Close P, Pantilat SZ. Starting and Sustaining Palliative Care in Public Hospitals: Lessons Learned from a Statewide Initiative. J Palliat Med. 2016 Sep; 19(9):908-16.
- Harris, H., Neidlinger, N.. Journal of Palliative Medicine. The Forgotten Organ Donor: A Call for Greater Palliative Care Involvement. 2016; 5(19):A-27.
- Kinderman, A., Harris, H., Safier, L.. Journal of Palliative Medicine. No Time to Spare: Early Palliative Care in the Safety Net. 2016; 5(19):A-26.
- Journal of Clinical Oncology. Psychosocial Distress Screening in the Healthcare Safety Net. 2016; 26S(34):91.
- Cimino, T., Albert, M., Safier, L., Harris, H., Kinderman, A.. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Psychosocial Distress in Vulnerable Patient Populations: What Happens After Screening?. 2016; 26S(34):114.
- Harris, H. Kinderman, A., Safier, L.. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Patients in the Healthcare Safety Net: Is it Too Late for Early Palliative Care?. 2016; 26S(34):128.
- O'Riordan, D., Bragg, A., Harris, H., Ferrell, B., Pantilat, S.. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. Early Referrals: An Ideal Goal for Both Patient and Hospital. 2015; 2(49):446.
- Harris, H., Kinderman, A., Kerr, K.. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. Making the Case: Is Outpatient Palliative Care for Oncology Patients Feasible within the Safety Net?. 2015; 2(49):430-431.
- Harris, H., Kinderman, A., Kerr, K.. Journal of Palliative Medicine. Is Outpatient Palliative Care Feasible in the Safety Net?. 2015; 4(18):A-21.
- Harris, H., Kinderman, A., Kerr, K.. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Feasibility of Outpatient Palliative Care for Oncology Patients within the Safety Net. 2014; 31(32):38.
- Harris, H., Kinderman, A., Kerr, K.. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Making the Case for Outpatient Palliative Care for Cancer Patients at a Safety Net Hospital. 2014; 30(32):310.
- Lakin, J., Issacs, E, Sullivan, E., Harris, H., Sudore, R.. Journal of Pain & Symptom Managment. I Can't Find It or Use It: Exploring Emergency Department Physician Experiences with Advance Care Planning Documentation in the Electronic Medical Record. 2014; 2(47):409.
- Lakin, J., Isaacs, E., Sullivan, E., Harris, H., Sudore, R.. Journal of Palliative Medicine. I Can't Find It or Use It: Advance Care Planning Documentation and the Emergency Department. 2014; 3(17):A-24.
- Harris, H., Orkand, R., Lam, C., Abrams, D.. Journal of Palliative Medicine. Psychosocial Distress: A New Palliative Care Trigger. 2014; 3(17):A-23.
- Kinderman, A., Harris, H., Issacs, E.. Journal of Palliative Medicine. Improving Comfort Care in the Emergency Department. 2013; 4(16):A-22.
- Harris, H., Epperhart, R., Kinderman, A.. Learning to Let Go: Saying Goodbye Peacefully. A Hospital Wedding Ceremony. 2013.