Summer Segal, PhD, MS

Grief and loss specialist

Summer Segal is a grief and loss specialist who cares for patients with serious illnesses. Through the integrated pediatric pain and palliative care service, she supports patients who are adjusting to a new diagnosis or prognosis, living with a serious illness, or coping with pregnancy loss or the loss of a child. She entered the field of palliative medicine by way of her work as a genetic counselor, which focused on improving quality of life for children with rare disorders, including inborn errors of metabolism (genetic diseases that affect the body's ability to turn food into energy) and severe neurological impairment.

With the goal of bringing more compassion to the practice of medicine, Segal also works with UCSF health care providers on deepening their skills for attending to suffering and interacting in ways that support healing.

Segal has a master's degree in health and medical sciences from the genetic counseling program at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a doctorate in psychology, with a focus on existential, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, from Saybrook University. She is trained in contemplative and consciousness studies, and certified in existential-humanistic therapy, mindfulness-based grief counseling and depth hypnosis.

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UC Berkeley, MS, Health and Medical Sciences 2002
Saybrook University, PhD, Psychology 2018

This health care professional is not a member of UCSF Medical Group. Please check with your health insurance plan regarding coverage for services.