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Nancy Shepard Lopez, N.P.

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Physiological Nursing
UCSF School of Nursing
Assistant Director Symptom Management Services
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Nancy was born and raised in Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Olaf College. She feels fortunate to have found her "niche" in oncology nursing and has spent her entire career taking care of cancer patients and their families. After receiving a master's degree in oncology nursing from UCSF, Nancy worked as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist. In this role, she helped establish an inpatient palliative care consult service at Marin General Hospital. In addition, she has taught widely on a variety of oncology-related topics. In 2002, she returned to UCSF and completed the post-master's acute care nurse practitioner program. As an Oncology Nurse Practitioner with both solid tumor and hematologic malignancy experience, Nancy is excited for the opportunity to focus on pain and symptom management and quality of life as a member of the Symptom Management Service team.

Nancy is an Associate Clinical Professor with the Department of Physiological Nursing at UCSF School of Nursing where she teaches and mentors graduate students. She has been active in the Oncology Nursing Society having served as local chapter president, presented at national meetings and helped develop the evidence-based guideline on management of anorexia. She is certified as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse by the Oncology Nursing Society.

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