Michael Rabow, MD

PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL MEDICINE
Medicine
+1 415 353-7918

Michael W. Rabow, MD, FAAHPM, the Helen Diller Family Chair in Palliative Care, is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Urology and Associate Chief of Education & Mentoring in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Rabow attended UCSF for medical school and general internal medicine residency training.  He completed fellowships at UCSF in general medicine, as well as in medical education research and is board-certified in internal medicine and hospice & palliative care. For 25 years previously, Dr. Rabow was in the Division of General Medicine and continued an active primary care practice along with his work in palliative care.

Program Development
Dr. Rabow directs a leading outpatient palliative care program-- the Symptom Management Service-- at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.  One of the largest palliative care programs in a cancer center nationally, the Symptom Management Service currently provides outpatient palliative care co-management in more than 30 half-day clinics weekly across three campuses at UCSF. He was the founding director of the UCSF/Mount Zion Hospital and Bakar Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Services. 

Research
Dr. Rabow is a national expert in outpatient palliative care research and service delivery. He has conducted both controlled and longitudinal trials of outpatient palliative care consultation, as well as multiple surveys of current outpatient palliative care consultation practices nationally. He is currently part of a PCORI study examining home-based palliative care. He lectures widely and has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of palliative care, spirituality, family caregiving, and end-of-life care education.

Consultation
An expert in Community-Based Palliative Care, Dr. Rabow also serves as a consultant to medical centers nationally working to develop or expand their palliative care services, and as a consultant to numerous prominent professional or philanthropic organizations dedicated to expanding palliative care access and quality. Dr. Rabow served as the lead of the project advisory board for the “Improving Palliative Care in the Outpatient Setting” (IPAL-OP) initiative at the Center to Advance Palliative Care. He directed the outpatient palliative care service assessment team for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Dr. Rabow is on the advisory board to the Palliative Care Institute of the California State University at San Marcos, which provides online education and certification for members of the palliative care interdisciplinary team.

Dr. Rabow is one of the leads of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center (PCLC) and a member of the curriculum development committee for the PCLC Initiative nationally. The PCLC Initiative has trained more than 1000 hospital- and community-based palliative care programs in the United States. Previously, Dr. Rabow helped direct the California Hospital Initiative in Palliative Services, the first program to support the development of hospital-based palliative care services in California. In addition, Dr. Rabow served as a technical advisor and member of the leadership team for the Archstone Foundation’s Hospital-Based Palliative Care Service Innovations project.

Education
Dr. Rabow is the founding director of the Center for Education in Palliative Care at UCSF/Mount Zion, which also serves as the central hub for palliative care education across the UCSF enterprise. Dr. Rabow is an active member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. He was Assistant Editor for the bimonthly section in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled “Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life.” This series now appears as a palliative care textbook, Care at the Close of Life. For 15 years, he served as the Director of the Center for the Study of the Healer’s Art at the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal in California. Dr. Rabow is the Associate Editor of the world’s best-selling annually-updated general medicine textbook, Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment. Dr. Rabow is the executive producer of “The Caregivers” documentary film and accompanying family caregiver handbook.

Major Awards
In addition to numerous UCSF teaching awards and awards for research presentations at national meetings, in 2016, Dr. Rabow was selected as the winner of the AAHPM PDIA National Palliative Care Leadership Award. He is a past recipient of the Soros Project on Death in America award and the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award.

Publications: 

Requiring the Healer's Art Curriculum to Promote Professional Identity Formation Among Medical Students.

The Journal of medical humanities

Lawrence EC, Carvour ML, Camarata C, Andarsio E, Rabow MW

The Palliative Care - Promoting Assessment and Improvement of the Cancer Experience (PC-PAICE) Project: A Multi-Site International Quality Improvement Collaborative.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Lorenz KA, Mickelsen J, Vallath N, Bhatnagar S, Spruyt O, Rabow M, Agar M, Dy SM, Anderson K, Deodhar J, Digamurti L, Palat G, Rayala S, Sunilkumar MM, Viswanath V, Warrier JJ, Gosh-Laskar S, Harman SM, Giannitrapani KG, Satija A, DeNatale M

In Search of Hospice Information: Consumer Information Available on Hospice Compare and Yelp.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Rahman AN, Enguidanos S

Embedded palliative care for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer: a mixed-methods pilot study.

Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

Bischoff KE, Zapata C, Sedki S, Ursem C, O'Riordan DL, England AE, Thompson N, Alfaro A, Rabow MW, Atreya CE

Generalist Palliative Care in the California Safety Net: A Structured Assessment to Design Interventions for a Range of Care Settings.

The American journal of hospice & palliative care

Anderson WG, Parrish M, Kerr K, Kinderman A, Rabow M, Schoen M, Meyers K

Thinking Outside the Visit: Primary Care Patient Perspectives on Helpful Advance Care Planning Methods.

Journal of general internal medicine

Suen LW, Leyde S, Min K, Volow A, Rabow M, Sudore RL

The Experience of Complex Pain Dynamics in Oncology Outpatients: A Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis.

Cancer nursing

Schumacher KL, Plano Clark VL, Rabow MW, Paul SM, Miaskowski C

A Longitudinal Study of Predictors of Constipation Severity in Oncology Outpatients with Unrelieved Pain.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Valenta S, Spichiger E, Paul SM, Rabow MW, Plano Clark VL, Schumacher KL, Miaskowski C

Expanding Access to Home-Based Palliative Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol.

Journal of palliative medicine

Enguidanos S, Rahman A, Fields T, Mack W, Brumley R, Rabow M, Mert M

Adult Cancer Pain, Version 3.2019, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology.

Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN

Swarm RA, Paice JA, Anghelescu DL, Are M, Bruce JY, Buga S, Chwistek M, Cleeland C, Craig D, Gafford E, Greenlee H, Hansen E, Kamal AH, Kamdar MM, LeGrand S, Mackey S, McDowell MR, Moryl N, Nabell LM, Nesbit S, O'Connor N, Rabow MW, Rickerson E, Shatsky R, Sindt J, Urba SG, Youngwerth JM, Hammond LJ, Gurski LA

Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Telepalliative Care.

Journal of palliative medicine

Calton BA, Rabow MW, Branagan L, Dionne-Odom JN, Oliver DP, Bakitas MA, Fratkin MD, Lustbader D, Jones CA, Ritchie CS

Feasibility of Implementing a Palliative Care Intervention for People with Heart Failure: Learnings from a Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial.

Journal of palliative medicine

O'Riordan DL, Rathfon MA, Joseph DM, Hawgood J, Rabow MW, Dracup KA, De Marco T, Pantilat SZ

Dignity Therapy Led by Nurses or Chaplains for Elderly Cancer Palliative Care Outpatients: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial.

JMIR research protocols

Kittelson S, Scarton L, Barker P, Hauser J, O'Mahony S, Rabow M, Delgado Guay M, Quest TE, Emanuel L, Fitchett G, Handzo G, Yao Y, Chochinov HM, Wilkie D

Palliative care and imaging utilisation for patients with cancer.

BMJ supportive & palliative care

Raghavan K, Copeland TP, Rabow M, Ladenheim M, Marks A, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan D, Seidenwurm D, Franc B

Advance Care Planning in Community: An Evaluation of a Pilot 2-Session, Nurse-Led Workshop.

The American journal of hospice & palliative care

Rabow MW, McGowan M, Small R, Keyssar R, Rugo HS

Filling the Gap: Creating an Outpatient Palliative Care Program in Your Institution.

American Society of Clinical Oncology educational book. American Society of Clinical Oncology. Annual Meeting

Finlay E, Rabow MW, Buss MK

What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center.

Journal of palliative medicine

Bischoff K, Yang E, Kojimoto G, Shepard Lopez N, Holland S, Calton B, Adkins SH, Cheng S, Miller BJ, Rabow MW

Symptom Management and Palliative Care in Pancreatic Cancer.

Cancer journal (Sudbury, Mass.)

Rabow MW, Petzel MQB, Adkins SH

The value of embedding: integrated palliative care for patients with metastatic breast cancer.

Breast cancer research and treatment

Rabow M, Small R, Jow A, Majure M, Chien A, Melisko M, Belkora J, Esserman LJ, Rugo H

What Impact Do Chaplains Have? A Pilot Study of Spiritual AIM for Advanced Cancer Patients in Outpatient Palliative Care.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Kestenbaum A, Shields M, James J, Hocker W, Morgan S, Karve S, Rabow MW, Dunn LB

"She Would Be Flailing Around Distressed": The Critical Role of Home-Based Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer.

Journal of palliative medicine

Calton BA, Thompson N, Shepard N, Keyssar R, Patel K, Dzul-Church V, Kao H, Ritchie C, Rabow MW

The Current State of Palliative Care for Patients Cared for at Leading US Cancer Centers: The 2015 NCCN Palliative Care Survey.

Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN

Calton BA, Alvarez-Perez A, Portman DG, Ramchandran KJ, Sugalski J, Rabow MW

Insisting on the Healer's Art: The Implications of Required Participation in a Medical School Course on Values and Humanism.

Teaching and learning in medicine

Rabow MW, Lapedis M, Feingold A, Thomas M, Remen RN

New Frontiers in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer.

Cancer control : journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center

Rabow MW, Dahlin C, Calton B, Bischoff K, Ritchie C

"Taking your place at the table": an autoethnographic study of chaplains' participation on an interdisciplinary research team.

BMC palliative care

Kestenbaum A, James J, Morgan S, Shields M, Hocker W, Rabow M, Dunn LB

Perceptions of palliative care among hematologic malignancy specialists: a mixed-methods study.

Journal of oncology practice

LeBlanc TW, O'Donnell JD, Crowley-Matoka M, Rabow MW, Smith CB, White DB, Tiver GA, Arnold RM, Schenker Y

Author response to "scientific rigour is far more than a matter of sample size".

Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

Rabow MW

A statewide survey of adult and pediatric outpatient palliative care services.

Journal of palliative medicine

Rabow MW, O'Riordan DL, Pantilat SZ

Spiritual well-being among outpatients with cancer receiving concurrent oncologic and palliative care.

Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

Rabow MW, Knish SJ

Pain medication management processes used by oncology outpatients and family caregivers part II: home and lifestyle contexts.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Schumacher KL, Plano Clark VL, West CM, Dodd MJ, Rabow MW, Miaskowski C

Pain medication management processes used by oncology outpatients and family caregivers part I: health systems contexts.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Schumacher KL, Plano Clark VL, West CM, Dodd MJ, Rabow MW, Miaskowski C

Chemotherapy near the end of life.

BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

Rabow MW

Teaching in relationship: the impact on faculty of teaching "the Healer's Art".

Teaching and learning in medicine

Rabow MW, Newman M, Remen RN

Oncologist factors that influence referrals to subspecialty palliative care clinics.

Journal of oncology practice

Schenker Y, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Rabow MW, Smith CB, White DB, Chu E, Tiver GA, Einhorn S, Arnold RM

Moving upstream: a review of the evidence of the impact of outpatient palliative care.

Journal of palliative medicine

Rabow M, Kvale E, Barbour L, Cassel JB, Cohen S, Jackson V, Luhrs C, Nguyen V, Rinaldi S, Stevens D, Spragens L, Weissman D

Adult cancer pain.

Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN

Swarm RA, Abernethy AP, Anghelescu DL, Benedetti C, Buga S, Cleeland C, Deleon-Casasola OA, Eilers JG, Ferrell B, Green M, Janjan NA, Kamdar MM, Levy MH, Lynch M, McDowell RM, Moryl N, Nesbit SA, Paice JA, Rabow MW, Syrjala KL, Urba SG, Weinstein SM, Dwyer M, Kumar R

Palliative and oncologic co-management: symptom management for outpatients with cancer.

Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

Bischoff K, Weinberg V, Rabow MW

The diverse landscape of palliative care clinics.

Journal of palliative medicine

Smith AK, Thai JN, Bakitas MA, Meier DE, Spragens LH, Temel JS, Weissman DE, Rabow MW

Palliative care in castrate-resistant prostate cancer.

The Urologic clinics of North America

Rabow MW, Lee MX

Determination of cutpoints for low and high number of symptoms in patients with advanced cancer.

Journal of palliative medicine

Gilbertson-White S, Aouizerat BE, Jahan T, Paul SM, West C, Schumacher K, Dodd MJ, Rabow M, Abu Raddaha AH, Miaskowski C

Comparing Symptom Burden in Patients with Metastatic and Nonmetastatic Cancer.

Journal of palliative medicine

Kim Y, Yen IH, Rabow MW

Leveraging external resources to grow and sustain your palliative care program: a call to action.

Journal of palliative medicine

Pantilat SZ, Kerr KM, Kutner JS, Ferris FD, Rathfon MA, Rabow MW

Professional development and the informal curriculum in end-of-life care.

Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education

Baker M, Wrubel J, Rabow MW

Symptom management in gynecologic malignancies.

Expert review of anticancer therapy

Casey C, Chen LM, Rabow MW

The intersection of need and opportunity: assessing and capitalizing on opportunities to expand hospital-based palliative care services.

Journal of palliative medicine

Rabow MW, Pantilat SZ, Kerr K, Enguidanos S, Ferrell B, Goldstein R, Pankratz C, Picchi T, Rosenfeld KE, Stone SC

Adult cancer pain.

Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN

Swarm R, Abernethy AP, Anghelescu DL, Benedetti C, Blinderman CD, Boston B, Cleeland C, Coyle N, Deleon-Casasola OA, Eilers JG, Ferrell B, Janjan NA, Karver SB, Levy MH, Lynch M, Moryl N, Murphy BA, Nesbit SA, Oakes L, Obbens EA, Paice JA, Rabow MW, Syrjala KL, Urba S, Weinstein SM

Filming the family: a documentary film to educate clinicians about family caregivers of patients with brain tumors.

Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education

Rabow MW, Goodman S, Chang S, Berger M, Folkman S

Compassionate care during the endless hours.

The journal of supportive oncology

Rabow MW, Spiegel D, Rosenbaum EH

Outpatient palliative care practices.

Archives of internal medicine

Rabow MW, Smith AK, Braun JL, Weissman DE

Professional formation: extending medicine's lineage of service into the next century.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Rabow MW, Remen RN, Parmelee DX, Inui TS

Emotional Intelligence in Internal Medicine Residents: Educational Implications for Clinical Performance and Burnout.

Annals of behavioral science and medical education : journal of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education

Satterfield J, Swenson S, Rabow M

The Healer's art: education in meaning and service.

Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education

Remen RN, O'Donnell JF, Rabow MW

What it's really like: the complex role of medical students in end-of-life care.

Teaching and learning in medicine

Fernandes R, Shore W, Muller JH, Rabow MW

Do as I say: curricular discordance in medical school end-of-life care education.

Journal of palliative medicine

Rabow M, Gargani J, Cooke M

Evaluating the California Hospital Initiative in Palliative Services.

Archives of internal medicine

Pantilat SZ, Rabow MW, Citko J, von Gunten CF, Auerbach AD, Ferris FD

The Healer's Art: professionalism, service and mission.

Medical education

Remen RN, Rabow MW

The comprehensive care team: a controlled trial of outpatient palliative medicine consultation.

Archives of internal medicine

Rabow MW, Dibble SL, Pantilat SZ, McPhee SJ

Content on end-of-life care in major pharmacy textbooks.

American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Bookwalter TC, Rabow MW, McPhee SJ

Responding to requests regarding prayer and religious ceremonies by patients near the end of life and their families.

Journal of palliative medicine

Lo B, Kates LW, Ruston D, Arnold RM, Cohen CB, Puchalski CM, Pantilat SZ, Rabow MW, Schreiber RS, Tulsky JA

The comprehensive care team: a description of a controlled trial of care at the beginning of the end of life.

Journal of palliative medicine

Rabow MW, Petersen J, Schanche K, Dibble SL, McPhee SJ

Discussing religious and spiritual issues at the end of life: a practical guide for physicians.

JAMA

Lo B, Ruston D, Kates LW, Arnold RM, Cohen CB, Faber-Langendoen K, Pantilat SZ, Puchalski CM, Quill TR, Rabow MW, Schreiber S, Sulmasy DP, Tulsky JA

Deficiencies in end-of-life care content in medical textbooks.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Rabow MW, McPhee SJ

End-of-life care content in textbooks.

The American journal of psychiatry

Rabow MW, McPhee SJ

End-of-life care.

Pediatrics

Rabow MW, McPhee SJ

End-of-life literature.

Chest

Rabow MW, McPhee SJ

Promoting end-of-life content in cardiology and other textbooks.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Rabow MW, McPhee SJ

End-of-life care.

AIDS (London, England)

Rabow MW, McPhee SJ

Patients' needs at the end of life.

Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Rabow MW, McPhee SJ

Music to be born to, music to die to.

BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

Anderson J, Baum M, Bero LA, Chalmers I, Chapman S, Deary IJ, Ebrahim S, Evans M, Farrell M, Greaves D, Higginson I, Hippisley-Cox J, James B, McKenzie H, Macaulay AC, Rabow M, Smyth RL, Stores G, Wolpert L

Finding our way--perspectives on care at the close of life.

JAMA

McPhee SJ, Rabow MW, Pantilat SZ, Markowitz AJ, Winker MA

End-of-life care content in 50 textbooks from multiple specialties.

JAMA

Rabow MW, Hardie GE, Fair JM, McPhee SJ

Beyond breaking bad news: how to help patients who suffer.

The Western journal of medicine

Rabow MW, McPhee SJ

A failing grade for end-of-life content in textbooks: what is to be done?

Journal of palliative medicine

Rabow MW, McPhee SJ, Fair JM, Hardie GE

The head of his bed.

The Western journal of medicine

Rabow MW