Meet the Team

Supportive & Palliative Care Service

Dr. Anne Kinderman

Dr. Anne Kinderman is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and is the Director of the Supportive & Palliative Care Service at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG).  After training in Internal Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, she returned to ZSFG in 2009, to help develop the Supportive & Palliative Care Service, as its founding Director.  Dr. Kinderman’s scholarly work has included developing a curriculum in palliative care interpreting for professional medical interpreters, promoting high-quality care for vulnerable patients with serious illness, and expanding palliative care services in safety net health systems. 

Dr. Heather Harris

Dr. Heather Harris is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and is the Associate Medical Director of the Supportive & Palliative Care Service at ZSFG. She earned a B.A. degree magna cum laude in anthropology at Harvard University and her M.D. from Stanford University. After completing residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF, she became the Medical Director of Eden Inpatient Services and helped establish a hospitalist program at this community hospital. Through her work in the community, she developed an interest in palliative medicine and returned to UCSF as a hospitalist and attending on the Palliative Care Service. She served as a faculty member with the Center to Advance Palliative Care’s Palliative Care Leadership Center at UCSF, and collaborated in establishing the UCSF Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.

Kim Bellone

Kim Bellone, MSN, RN, PHN, CNL, has worked with the SPCS team since 2013. She values supporting patients and families during this intimate time of their lives and is honored to be a part of the journey. Kim is passionate about providing individualized patient care with respect, dignity and empathy. Her own experience with bearing witness to her father’s long term disabling disease inspires her to do the work she does and live life fully. She received her Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree from USF. Kim started her nursing career in 2008 on a medicine floor at ZSFG, specializing in HIV, Oncology and Palliative Care.

Dr. Jack Chase

Dr. Jack Chase is a core faculty member in the UCSF Family and Community Medicine Residency Program based at ZSFG, where he serves as the Director of Operations for the UCSF Family Medicine Inpatient Service. Dr. Chase holds a Recognition in Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine from the ABFM/ABIM and he is a member of the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine at ZSFG. Dr. Chase is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and attends on the ZSFG Supportive and Palliative Care Consultation Service. He is a core member of multiple hospital committees including the Ethics Committee, Care Transitions Taskforce, Computer Standards and Order Sets and Lean Inpatient Steering Committee.

Dr. Catherine Deamant

Dr. Catherine Deamant is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and is the Co-Director of Palliative Care Education at ZSFG. She earned her B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University and M.D. from Rush Medical College. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL. From 1990-2014, she worked as a general internist in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS), providing primary care with a focus on HIV care and homeless healthcare. In 2001, she helped establish the Palliative Care Program for CCHHS and became the director. As a clinician-educator, she also served as the Associate Program Director and then Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, in collaboration with Rush University Medical Center and Horizon Hospice. She is now a member of the ZSFG Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation Service. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her scholarly interests are in the provision of palliative care for vulnerable populations and education and curriculum development.

Jennifer McGaugh


Jennifer McGaugh, MSN RN is the Resource Nurse for the Supportive & Palliative Care Service at ZSFG. She earned a BBA in Music Business from Belmont University and her MSN/RN from USF. Her professional life spans music publishing, professional cooking at Greens Restaurant, co-founding BAY Positives, a non-profit organization that serves HIV+ youth and coordinating care for people with HIV/AIDS at Shanti Project. Her tenure at Shanti inspired her to become an RN. Since 2007, she has worked at ZSFG as a nurse specializing in Oncology, HIV and end-of-life care. Caring for numerous patients nearing the end of their lives galvanized her passion for palliative care where she has had the privilege to be a member of the palliative care team since 2012.

Dr. Timothy Poore

Dr. Timothy Poore is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  He earned a B.A. degree cum laude with a major in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and his M.D. from UC San Francisco focusing his studies on care for the urban underserved.  He then completed his Internal Medicine training at UCSF and went on to serve as Chief Resident at ZSFG.  He worked as a Hospitalist then completed his fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at UCSF.  His scholarly interests have focused on education/curricular development and on addiction/substance use in the setting of serious illness.

Naomi Thomas

Naomi Thomas, BA, MSW is the Medical Social Worker on the Supportive and Palliative Care Service. Naomi earned her Bachelors of Social Work from Bowie State University and Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the team at ZSFG, Naomi worked as a hospice social worker for nearly two years. For Naomi, the world of palliative care is not only challenging but feels like home. She is overjoyed to be a part of the ZSFG palliative care family and to have the opportunity to work with the wonderful patients and families who come to our hospital.

Reverend Floyd W. Trammell

Reverend Floyd W. Trammell, BA, MDiv is the chaplain on the Supportive and Palliative Care Service. He graduated from Morehouse College, received a master’s degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, and did his chaplaincy training at CPMC's Institute of Health and Healing.  He is ordained by the American Baptist Church, and is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Floyd brings a compassionate and caring approach to his work as a member of the Supportive and Palliative Care Service. He feels honored to serve the staff, patients and families at our hospital.

Plus Service

Dr. Christopher Strayhorn


Dr. Christopher Strayhorn is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and the Medical Director of Community-Based Palliative Care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.  He earned his B.A. degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and his M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center.  After residency, his eclectic career has included roles from CMO for InterCare Community Health Network, to Supportive Oncology at Oncology Care Associates, and finally to Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Shelley Chesley


Shelley Chesley, BA, MD serves as the chaplain with the Plus Service.  She received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Boston College where she majored in theological studies.  She received her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.  After relocating to the Bay Area she pursued clinical training in hospital based multi-faith chaplaincy at ZSFG with follow up studies at the Sati Center for Buddhist Chaplaincy Training in Redwood City.  When she is not volunteering at ZSFG, she is writing poetry and fiction and loves to plan and execute long distance hikes and pilgrimages.

Sarah Stroe


Sarah Stroe, BA, MSW received her Bachelor's degree from Bard College where she studied Languages and Literature. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she was part of the Ann Nolan Reese Penn Aging Concentration, a specialized fellowship in geriatric social work, and received the Virginia Robertson Award from non-fiction clinical social work writing. She is a second-generation San Francisco native who is in Golden Gate Park with her dog Lucy almost every day.