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Carin Van Zyl, MD

TitleClinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentMedicine
AddressIRD 2020 Zonal Ave
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    Alpha Omega Alpha2001Elected Member
    Finch University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School2002Board of Trustees Scholarship Award
    Finch University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School2002Janet M. Glasgow Award
    Finch University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School2002John J. Scheiner Award
    Finch University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School2002Graduated Top of the Class
    City of Hope2014Values in Action Award for Service with a Sense of Urgency

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    Patients and families struggle to navigate life-threatening illnesses and the overwhelming decisions that come along with it. While focusing on the sick body is often the priority, I deeply appreciate that patients and their caregivers have emotional and spiritual selves that suffer too. I believe that taking care of a whole person and their family requires a team. My specialty team and I can provide expert relief of symptoms like pain, or help with emotional and spiritual distress. Just as importantly, we help patients clarify and communicate their most important goals and values to their families and medical teams. This helps them better weigh the benefits and burdens of sometimes complex treatment options. We aim to make a difficult journey a little less frightening for each of our patients, and to guide them to the right treatment choices, according to what they value most.


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    1. van Zyl C, Gross DM. For People Dying to Talk, It Finally Pays to Listen with Reimbursable Advance Care Planning. AMA J Ethics. 2018 Aug 01; 20(8):E750-756. PMID: 30118425.
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    2. van Zyl C. Choosing Sunshine. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Feb; 71(2):253-254. PMID: 29447864.
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    3. Borneman T, Sun V, Williams AC, Fujinami R, Del Ferraro C, Burhenn PS, Irish T, Zachariah F, van Zyl C, Buga S. Support for Patients and Family Caregivers in Lung Cancer: Educational Components of an Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Intervention. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2015 Aug; 17(4):309-318. PMID: 26640416.
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    4. Levy MH, Smith T, Alvarez-Perez A, Back A, Baker JN, Block S, Codada SN, Dalal S, Dans M, Kutner JS, Kvale E, Misra S, Mitchell W, Sauer TM, Spiegel D, Sutton L, Taylor RM, Temel J, Tickoo R, Urba SG, Van Zyl C, Weinstein SM, Bergman MA, Scavone JL. Palliative care, Version 1.2014. Featured updates to the NCCN Guidelines. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2014 Oct; 12(10):1379-88. PMID: 25313178.
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    5. Del Ferraro C, Ferrell B, Van Zyl C, Freeman B, Klein L. Improving Palliative Cancer Care. J Adv Pract Oncol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 5(5):331-8. PMID: 26114013; PMCID: PMC4457171.
    6. Frost WN, Brandon CL, Van Zyl C. Long-term habituation in the marine mollusc Tritonia diomedea. Biol Bull. 2006 Jun; 210(3):230-7. PMID: 16801497.
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    7. van Zyl C, Abrahamian FM. Update on emerging infections: news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travel-associated dengue infections--United States, 2001-2004. Ann Emerg Med. 2005 Nov; 46(5):420-3. PMID: 16271672.
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