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Sunita Puri, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
IRD 2020 Zonal Ave Off Campus Los Angeles


As a clinician-educator, Dr. Puri believes that teaching primary palliative medicine across medical disciplines and to all levels of trainees is essential to meet the growing need for palliative medicine in our country. She is committed to developing creative approaches to teaching advanced communciation skills and symptom management. In her clinical practice, she has a particular interest in palliative medicine for cardiac, surgical and ICU patients, and in developing educational curricula for surgeons and cardiologists on earlier integration of palliative medicine into their patients’ care.

Dr. Puri’s research and teaching interests also include clinical ethics. She is a member of Keck Hospital’s Ethics Committee and the Humanities & Ethics Curriculum Committee for the medical school. She teaches "Advanced Clinical Ethics" to second-year medical students at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Puri also writes creative nonfiction, and her work has appeared in the "A Piece of My Mind" section in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Slate. She is currently working on an original collection of creative nonfiction essays reflecting on end-of-life care in the United States, one of which will appear in the New York Times in January 2016. In 2015, she was named a finalist for the PEN Center’s Emerging Voices Writers’ Fellowship.


University of California, San Francisco: Champion of Diversity Award, 2009

Oxford University: Kirkaldy Prize in History of Medicine, 2004

Department of Ethnicity, Race and Migration, Yale University: Brian Hayase Prize, 2002

Oxford University: Beit Prize in Commonwealth History, 2004

University of California, Berkeley : Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, 2007

Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Yale University: Steere Prize, 2002

University of California, San Francisco: Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women, 2009

Oxford University: Rhodes Scholarship, 2002-2004

Medical Anthropology Quarterly National Prize Competition: Rivers Prize, 2002


Puri S. A piece of my mind. Extraordinary. JAMA. 2014 Aug 27; 312(8):793-4. View in: PubMed

Butler K, Puri S. Deathbed shock: causes and cures. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jan; 174(1):88-9. View in: PubMed

Puri S. Words before actions. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Jan 28; 173(2):94-5. View in: PubMed

Puri S, Adams V, Ivey S, Nachtigall RD. "There is such a thing as too many daughters, but not too many sons": A qualitative study of son preference and fetal sex selection among Indian immigrants in the United States. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Apr; 72(7):1169-76. View in: PubMed

Puri S. A piece of my mind. Worn. JAMA. 2010 Jun 2; 303(21):2117-8. View in: PubMed

Puri S, Nachtigall RD. The ethics of sex selection: a comparison of the attitudes and experiences of primary care physicians and physician providers of clinical sex selection services. Fertil Steril. 2010 May 1; 93(7):2107-14. View in: PubMed

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