Palliative Care Psychiatry


Services are available to hospital inpatients at UC San Diego Thornton Hospital within the medical and surgical units. Some services are also available to hospital inpatients at Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and to those receiving outpatient care at Moores Cancer Center.

Request a referral from your provider or contact us at 858-822-5381.

Palliative care psychiatry is the discipline of psychiatry within an interdisciplinary palliative care team. 

The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family. It is specialized medical care for people with complex, progressive, and potentially life-limiting illness, including cancer.  This care is focused on providing relief from physical, psychological, social, spiritual, or other distress.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s primary team to deliver an extra layer of support. Our palliative care psychiatry team works directly as part of the palliative care service at UC San Diego Health System.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment, or when appropriate, become the sole focus of care.

"You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can . . . to help you . . . to live . . ."
- Dame Cicely Saunders