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Shoshana Ungerleider, MD    

Physician, Founder, Academy Award-Nominated Film Producer & Activist

Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider is a physician, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist. She works as an internist in San Francisco. She received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University and completed residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco where she is now on the teaching faculty and serves on the Executive Board of the Foundation Board of Trustees. She founded End Well, an international media platform and annual symposium on human-centered design and innovation to improve the end of life experience.

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 2016 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. The film was nominated for a 2018 Academy Award.

As a writer and speaker, Shoshana has been featured as an expert on PBS NewsHour, CBS News, Fox News Radio as well as in Vox and STAT. She has spoken at Google, Exponential Medicine, The Schwartz Center Conference, The Coalition to Transform Advance Care Summit, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Columbia University, Stanford University, University of Texas, Chapman University, Sutter Health, Cambia Health and MATTER.

Shoshana was named to the 2018 40 Under 40 class by the San Francisco Business Times, Becker's Hospital Review Rising stars: 90 healthcare leaders under 40 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.

Shoshana started the Ungerleider Palliative Care Education Fund to support innovative programs that further palliative care education at every level including 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.

Speech Topics


Ending Well

Redesigning the end of life experience for patients and families

Re-imagining Healthcare for the Future

How can we apply design thinking to improve the health care experience

The Future is Female

Looking ahead at the role of women in caregiving and health care

Aging in America

What the “silver tsunami” means for health care and caregiving in the United States

A Rx for Burnout

How can we bring back joy and meaning to health care?

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