Sandra Moody, MD, BSN

HS Clinical Professor

Sandra Y. Moody, MD, BSN, AGSF is Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine (& Geriatrics) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG); Professor-in-Residence Emeritus at Kameda Medical Center in Kamogawa, Japan; and Visiting Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health Services Research, Faculty of Medicine at the Tsukuba University in Tsukuba, Japan.

Dr. Moody received her MD from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1991. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Geriatrics Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Moody joined the faculty at UCSF in August 2001, and subsequently completed the California Health Care Foundation Health Care Leadership Program at UCSF in 2011. She became the Professor-in-Residence at Kameda Medical Center in Japan from 2011-2021, advancing the care of older adults including the delivery of palliative care through teaching, mentoring, and research. She has developed a national and international reputation in health disparities, diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Moody was founder of the Division of Geriatrics Hospice and Palliative Care Service (2001-2004), which is now one of the leading programs in Veterans Affairs Health Care System nationally. Her work was recognized by a nomination for the Marshall Goodwin-Beck Interdisciplinary Award for Excellence in Clinical Delivery (2005), an award that “recognizes an individual practitioner demonstrating excellence in ‘hands on’ direct geriatric patient care.”

Clinical and Research Activities:
Dr. Moody is the newly appointed Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at the ZSFG where she participates in and oversees the care of patients with serious and limiting illness. She also attends on the Palliative Care Consultation Service several months out of the year.

Dr. Moody’s research interest lies in the area of health care disparities and palliative care, especially among older adults. She collaborates on scholarly projects both at UCSF and in Japan.

Academic Focus:
Dr. Moody’s academic focus is to improve the care of diverse older adults with multiple chronic and life-threatening conditions through clinical care, teaching, leadership, and program development.

Selected Presentations:
1. Plenary speaker, “Geriatrics Medical Education: Implications for Japan,” 54th Annual Meeting of Japan Geriatrics Society [theme: Geriatric Medicine in Super-aged Society], Tokyo, Japan, June 2012
2. Lecturer, “End-of-Life Decision Making: Facilitating Choices,” Kitano Hospital, Department of General Internal Medicine, Osaka, Japan, September 2012
3. Lecturer, “Geriatrics Education: Implications for Japan,” Tokyo Society of Medical Sciences Educational Seminar, The Tokyo University Faculty and Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, December 2012
4. Symposium Chair and Speaker, “Preventing Delirium in Hospitalized Patients: Instituting the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP),” The 20TH IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Seoul, Korea, June 2013
5. International Keynote Speaker, “Palliative and End of Life Care for All: Transforming Care in Japan from Exclusive Care to Inclusive Care,” The 22nd Congress of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine, Yokohama, Japan, June 2017


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Cerebral Air Embolism as a Complication of Subcutaneous Injection.

The American journal of medicine

Yano H, Sato R, Luthe SK, Moody SY, Fukutake T

Evaluation of pharmacy resident and student recommendations made before and after home-based primary care patient visits.

The Consultant pharmacist : the journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

Poon LH, Wang L, Moody S, Proffitt L

Determinants of perceived emotional recovery and perceived change in health after a disaster.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Moody SY, Newsom EM, Covinsky KE

The effect of comorbidity on the prognosis of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Internal medicine (Tokyo, Japan)

Ando K, Doi T, Moody SY, Ohkuni Y, Sato S, Kaneko N

Aging disaster: mortality, vulnerability, and long-term recovery among Katrina survivors.

Medical anthropology

Adams V, Kaufman SR, van Hattum T, Moody S

"Below average" self-assessed school performance and Alzheimer's disease in the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study.

Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association

Mehta KM, Stewart AL, Langa KM, Yaffe K, Moody-Ayers S, Williams BA, Covinsky KE

Transforming clinical practice to eliminate racial-ethnic disparities in healthcare.

Journal of general internal medicine

Washington DL, Bowles J, Saha S, Horowitz CR, Moody-Ayers S, Brown AF, Stone VE, Cooper LA

Childhood social and economic well-being and health in older age.

American journal of epidemiology

Moody-Ayers S, Lindquist K, Sen S, Covinsky KE

The relationship between self-rated health and mortality in older black and white Americans.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Lee SJ, Moody-Ayers SY, Landefeld CS, Walter LC, Lindquist K, Segal MR, Covinsky KE

Geography matters: relationships among urban residential segregation, dialysis facilities, and patient outcomes.

Annals of internal medicine

Rodriguez RA, Sen S, Mehta K, Moody-Ayers S, Bacchetti P, O'Hare AM

Functional impairment, race, and family expectations of death.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Williams BA, Lindquist K, Moody-Ayers SY, Walter LC, Covinsky KE

Prevalence and correlates of perceived societal racism in older African-American adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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Moody-Ayers SY, Stewart AL, Covinsky KE, Inouye SK

Black-white disparities in functional decline in older persons: the role of cognitive function.

The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences

Moody-Ayers SY, Mehta KM, Lindquist K, Sands L, Covinsky KE

Closing the circle between minority inclusion in research and health disparities.

Archives of internal medicine

Corbie-Smith G, Moody-Ayers S, Thrasher AD

Adequacy of reporting race/ethnicity in clinical trials in areas of health disparities.

Journal of clinical epidemiology

Corbie-Smith G, St George DM, Moody-Ayers S, Ransohoff DF

Depression in diabetes and obesity: racial/ethnic/gender issues in older adults.

Journal of psychosomatic research

Blazer DG, Moody-Ayers S, Craft-Morgan J, Burchett B

Attitudes and beliefs of African Americans toward participation in medical research.

Journal of general internal medicine

Corbie-Smith G, Thomas SB, Williams MV, Moody-Ayers S