Heather Harris, MD

Professor of Medicine

Hospital Medicine ZSFG

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

2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Residency, - School of Medicine - Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  1. Psychosocial Distress Among Oncology Patients in the Safety Net.
  2. Journal of Palliative Medicine
  3. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
  4. Journal of Palliative Medicine
  5. Emergency Physicians' Experience with Advance Care Planning Documentation in the Electronic Medical Record: Useful, Needed, and Elusive.
  6. Starting and Sustaining Palliative Care in Public Hospitals: Lessons Learned from a Statewide Initiative.
  7. Journal of Clinical Oncology
  8. Journal of Clinical Oncology
  9. Journal of Clinical Oncology
  10. Journal of Palliative Medicine
  11. Journal of Palliative Medicine
  12. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management
  13. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management
  14. Journal of Palliative Medicine
  15. Journal of Clinical Oncology
  16. Journal of Clinical Oncology
  17. Journal of Pain & Symptom Managment
  18. Journal of Palliative Medicine
  19. Journal of Palliative Medicine
  20. Journal of Palliative Medicine
  21. Learning to Let Go: Saying Goodbye Peacefully