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Carin Van Zyl, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)
IRD 2020 Zonal Ave Off Campus Los Angeles


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.


Alpha Omega Alpha: Elected Member, 2001

Finch University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School: Board of Trustees Scholarship Award, 2002

Finch University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School: Graduated Top of the Class, 2002

City of Hope: Values in Action Award for Service with a Sense of Urgency, 2014

Finch University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School: Janet M. Glasgow Award, 2002

Finch University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School: John J. Scheiner Award, 2002


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. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

Frost WN, Brandon CL, Van Zyl C. Long-term habituation in the marine mollusc Tritonia diomedea. Biol Bull. 2006 Jun; 210(3):230-7. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

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