Palliative care physician
Dr. Wendy Anderson is a palliative care doctor at Moffitt-Long Hospital. Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on quality of life for patients who have serious illnesses and their families. She helps patients and their families manage pain and other symptoms, as well as the stress associated with serious illness. She also works with patients, families and their clinicians to ensure patients receive the treatments that are right for them. Anderson's research focuses on improving communication between clinicians and patients with serious illnesses. She is a faculty member for VitalTalk, a nonprofit that teaches clinicians to discuss serious illness in a way that fully supports patients and their families.
Anderson earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Duke University, followed by fellowships in palliative medicine at the Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh. She also earned a master's degree in clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh. Anderson is an associate professor of hospital medicine and associate professor of physiological nursing at UCSF.