Seekers of Meaning Podcast: Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, End of Life Conversations and Care

In this episode of the “Seekers of Meaning” Podcast, a conversation with Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, a physician, philanthropist, filmmaker and speaker. She works as an internist practicing hospital medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She organizes the End Well Symposium, about the end of life experience. The 2018 symposium will take place in San Francisco December 6.

About the Guest

Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR and completed residency at California Pacific Medical Center where she is now on the teaching faculty and serves on the Executive Board of the Foundation Board of Trustees.

Shoshana is passionate about improving how seriously ill patients are cared for throughout the continuum of life. She started the Ungerleider Palliative Care Education Fund to support innovative programs that further palliative care education at every level. In collaboration with the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation, the Ungerleider Fund initiated a comprehensive education program to enhance medical training around advanced illness and end of life care, physician communication and wellness for healthcare providers at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center. She funded Extremis, a short documentary about end of life decision making in the intensive care unit by Academy Award nominated director, Dan Krauss. The film world premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016 and won Best Documentary Short. The film was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award and nominated for 2 Emmy Awards.

She executive produced End Game, a short documentary on hospice and palliative care by Academy Award winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman which premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year and was acquired by Netflix. She founded End Well, a first of its kind interdisciplinary symposium on design and innovation for the end of life experience.

As a writer and speaker, Shoshana has been featured in Vox and STAT as well as spoken at Google, Exponential Medicine 2017, The Schwartz Center’s Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference, Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Rounds and Stanford University’s School of Medicine.

Shoshana was recently named to the 2018 40 Under 40 class by the San Francisco Business Times and listed in Huffington Post’s 99 “Limit Breaking Female Founders.” She was named 2018 Woman of the Year by Women Healthcare Executives of Northern California. She is on the Health and Medicine Forum of the Commonwealth Club of California and regularly hosts renowned speakers.


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