She is a physician, founder, philanthropist and speaker. She works as an internist practicing hospital medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
Shoshana 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 health care 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 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.
Shoshana has spoken at Google, Exponential Medicine 2017, The Schwartz Center’s Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference, Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Rounds, and Stanford University School of Medicine.
Shoshana speaks about the following topics:
The future is female: Looking ahead at the role of women in health care
Aging in America: What the “silver tsunami” means for health care in the United States
Ending well: Redesigning the end of life experience for patients and families
Re-imagining health care for the future: How can we apply design thinking to improve the health care experience
A Rx for burnout: How can we bring back joy and meaning to health care?
I became a doctor because I was excited by the idea of helping people every day. Following a lifelong fascination with science, I found myself in medical school, surrounded by bright classmates. We bonded over late night study sessions at the library and kegs of beer after each exam. As all medical students do, we memorized the 640 skeletal muscles that ...