Neil S. Wenger, MD, MPH
Medical Director

Neil S. Wenger is Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the University of California, Los Angeles and a practicing general internist with an interest in patients with complex illness. He also directs the UCLA Health System Ethics Center and leads the Advance Care Planning and Services initiative. At RAND, he is a senior scientist and has directed the Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders (ACOVE) project. Dr. Wenger's current efforts focus on building health system-level advance care planning structures and on measuring and improving the quality of care for vulnerable older persons. Dr. Wenger's educational efforts focus on training physician fellows in health services and primary care research, training resident physicians in primary care general internal medicine, and teaching clinical ethics. He directs the HRSA-funded National Research Service Award Primary Care Research Fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCLA. Wenger received his MD from the UCLA School of Medicine and his MPH from the UCLA School of Public Health. More >


Anne M. Walling, MD, PhD
Medical Director

Dr. Walling is a palliative care physician and PhD-trained health services researcher with a research focus on palliative care quality measurement, advance care planning, and interventions to improve the quality of care for patients with serious illness. She has a specific interest in palliative care and end stage liver disease. More >

Faculty and Providers


Sarah F. D'Ambruoso, RN, NP
Palliative NP

Sarah D'Ambruoso's clinical and research interests are integration of palliative care into routine oncologic care, early advance care planning/goals discussions, teamwork/team science, including development of shared mental models across multidisciplinary teams, rational use of opioids in palliative oncology. More


Jennie Kung
Health System Executive

Jennie Kung is a hospital administrator with UCLA Health who oversees dialysis, advance care planning, palliative care, and other health system operations initiatives. Jennie brings over a decade of management consulting experience to the healthcare sector. She is passionate about leveraging innovation and design thinking to improve the end-of-life experiences of all patients and their families and is a 2018 Cambia Health Foundation Sojourn Scholar.


Codie Lieto, LCSW
Social Worker

Codie Lieto is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in advance care planning and palliative care. Her current role is the Advance Care Planning Social Worker for patients with heart failure at UCLA. In this new role, she guides patients and families in a goals of care discussion that focuses on future health states, adverse outcomes, and defining their acceptable quality of life. She previously worked in the medical intensive care unit and general medicine service providing psychosocial and bereavement support to adult patients and their families. She has been a Clinical Social Worker at UCLA since 2009 and received her license in 2014. Codie participated in the development of the UCLA Advance Directive as well as the UCLA Advance Care Planning Model for heart failure patients in 2015. She is a published author and has presented her work to both local and national audiences.