Too often, people aren’t dying in ways that match the goals and values of how they live their lives.

Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider – Founder of The End Well Symposium

Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider is an internist practicing hospital medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She 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 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 founded End Well, a first of its kind interdisciplinary symposium on design and innovation for the end of life experience. She also co-sponsored the OpenIDEO design challenge to re-imagine end-of-life and Death Over Dinner: Healthcare Edition.

End Well’s objective is to address these issues as a multidisciplinary community, bringing together design, technology, health, policy and activist imagination and expertise. We seek to create a platform that will transform thought into human-centered action as we reimagine the end of life experience in ways that are universally available and serve the needs of the individual.