Carin van Zyl

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Areas of treatment:

Adult and Pediatric Palliative Medicine
Coping and Grief In Health-Care Providers
Non-Pharmacological Symptom Management


  • Internal Medicine


  • Department of Medicine


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Carin van Zyl, MD, FACEP

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • LAC+USC Medical Center
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Philosophy of Care: 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.


MD, Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, 2002
BS in Cell Biology, University of British Columbia, 1996


Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, Transitional Internship, 2003


UCLA-Olive View, Emergency Medicine, 2006


VA/Cedars-Sinai, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2011


Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012
Emergency Medicine, 2007

Professional society memberships:

European Association of Palliative Medicine, 2015
American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2010
American College of Emergency Physicians, 2002
American Medical Association, 2002
Alpha Omega Alpha, 2001


Values in Action Award for Service with a Sense of Urgency, City of Hope, 2014
Board of Trustees Scholarship Award for 4.0 GPA in medical school, 2002
Graduated first out of 182 from Chicago Medical School, 2002
John J. Scheiner Award for most original research, 2002
Janet M. Glasgow Award for top graduating female, 2002
Junior Year Alpha Omega Alpha, 2001
Midwest Medical Student Research Contest Finalist, 2000
Winner of CMS Medical Student Summer Fellowship Research Contest, 1999