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University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, is UCSF chancellor. She is the first woman and ninth chancellor to lead the University, which was founded in 1864.

About UCSF Sections:

  • Patient Care
  • Research
  • Education
  • San Francisco Presence and Public Mission
  • UCSF Community and Diversity
  • Affiliations
UCSF today boasts high-ranking schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy and a Graduate Division, plus one of the nation's top programs in patient care. All four professional schools, virtually all UCSF graduate programs, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children Hospital rank among the best in the country, according to the latest surveys by US News & World Report and other agencies.

A hallmark of UCSF excellence is a spirit of collaboration among all disciplines that carries through its wide spectrum of patient care, research and education programs, fostering an environment of innovation and discovery. The result is groundbreaking life sciences research and world-class health care that support UCSF's mission advancing health worldwide

As one of the most prominent institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area, UCSF has a total paid workforce of 22,800 and is a major economic engine for the entire region. UCSF generates more that 39,000 jobs (including those at UCSF) and produces an estimated impact of $6.2 billion that includes operations, construction, salaries, and local purchases by employees, students and visitors, according to a 2010 economic impact report.

Patient Care
The clinical enterprise is recognized nationally for its leading patient care specialists, who work together as a team to develop new treatment approaches and to achieve the best outcomes. They are among the nation leading experts in virtually all specialties, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, immunological disorders and organ transplantation, as well as specialty services for women and children. People from all parts of the United States and from across the world come to UCSF to receive health care services.

With two major sites at Parnassus and Mount Zion, UCSF Medical Center is a referral center for patients requiring highly specialized medical care that involves advanced and complex procedures. The medical center and UCSF Benioff Children Hospital together have 722 licensed beds and generate about 763,000 outpatient visits per year.

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital are ranked among the best hospitals in the US.

With a history of strong operating performance and clinical innovation, UCSF Medical Center has ranked among the best hospitals in the country, according to the US News & World Report annual survey.

Mental health services at UCSF are provided by Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospitals and Clinics, the clinical arm of Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI). LPPI is among the nation foremost resources for comprehensive and compassionate patient care, research and education in the mental health field.

The UCSF Dental Center provides comprehensive dental services, ranging from routine to sophisticated oral health procedures, at 14 clinics located at three sites in San Francisco.

UCSF also serves the city's vulnerable populations at several health care facilities, including St. Anthony Free Clinic, Buchanan Dental Center and Glide Health Services.

About the School of Medicine
Consistently ranked among the nation top medical schools, the UCSF School of Medicine earns its greatest distinction from its outstanding faculty among them are three Nobel laureates, 70 Institute of Medicine members, 59 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, 41 National Academy of Sciences members, and 16 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.


The UCSF School of Medicine strives to advance human health through a fourfold mission of education, research, patient care and public service.

Founded in 1864 as Toland Medical College, the school became part of the University of California in 1873. In 1898, the school moved to its present Parnassus Heights campus, on land donated by San Francisco mayor Adolph Sutro. The first UC hospital opened here in 1907, growing into Moffitt-Long Hospitals and Children's Hospital. These facilities, together with Mount Zion Hospital, now comprise the UCSF Medical Center. UCSF faculty have also treated patients and trained students at San Francisco General Hospital since 1873.

Recent Accomplishments & Innovations
  • 2011: Opening of the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building
  • 2011: Opening of the UCSF Teaching and Learning Center
  • 2010: UCSF Educators release Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency.
  • 2009: Nobel Prize awarded to UCSF's Elizabeth Blackburn for the discovery of the key enzyme telomerase.
  • 2009: The Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building opens at UCSF's Mission Bay campus.
  • 2008: New Pathways to Discovery program streamlines training towards careers of inquiry, discovery and innovation.
  • 2007: The Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US) expands medical school enrollment to educate and inspire new physicians to address health disparities.
  • 2006: UCSF Institute for Regeneration Medicine** launched, comprising the existing Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology and the Program in Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology.
  • 2004: The Institute for Human Genetics established.
  • 2003: UCSF opens the Mission Bay campus, one of the most advanced health sciences centers in the world, now encompassing 57 acres, with four research buildings, a community center and student housing.
  • 2002: The National Center of Excellence in Women's Health opens a dedicated 8-story Women's Health Center.
  • 2001: New medical school curriculum and the Academy of Medical Educators are instituted. Both are now national models for medical education and for faculty development.
  • 1999: Cancer Center*** designated by the National Cancer Institute as Comprehensive Cancer Center, the first in Northern California.
  • 1997: Nobel Prize awarded to UCSF's Stanley Prusiner for the discovery of prions.

Campuses & Directions
The UCSF School of Medicine encompasses facilities at 11 sites throughout the city of San Francisco and in Fresno. The school is headquartered at the central Parnassus Heights campus on Parnassus Avenue near Fourth Avenue, adjacent to the UCSF Medical Center.

Primary sites:

  • Parnassus Heights (pdf)
  • Mission Bay (pdf)
  • Laurel Heights
  • Mount Zion
  • San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center
  • San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • UCSF- Fresno Medical Education Program

Additional Resources:

  • Google Map: UCSF San Francisco Sites & Shuttles
  • Campus Maps Overview
  • UCSF Shuttle Service
  • Directions to the Dean's Office

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Degree Programs :


  • Bachelor Degree
  • MBBS
  • Master Degree
  • MD Anaesthesiology
  • MD Anatomy
  • MD Biochemistry
  • MD Community Medicine
  • MD Dermatology
  • MD Emergency Medicine
  • MD General Medicine
  • MD Microbiology
  • MD Paediatrics
  • MD Pathology
  • MD Pharmacology
  • MD Physiology
  • MD Psychiatry
  • MD Radiodiagnosis
  • MD Skin & V.D
  • MD TB & Chest Diseases


  • Master Degree
  • Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry
  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • General Practice Residency (GPR)
  • PhD/MS in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Medicine
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontology
  • Prosthodontics
  • MS Dental Hygiene
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • DDS/PhD
  • Ph.D Biomedical sciences
  • Ph.D Biomaterials and bioengineering


  • Master Degree
  • MS Nursing
  • Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN)
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • Ph.D., Nursing
  • Ph.D., Sociology


  • Master Degree
  • PharmD
  • PharmD/MPH
  • PharmD/MSCR
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • PharmD/PhD
  • PhD in Biological & Medical Informatics
  • PhD in Biophysics
  • PhD in Chemistry & Chemical Biology
  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences & Pharmacogenomics

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Dr. Kristine Yaffe, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco and the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center examines sleep disorders and cognitive function in older women.

Contact Details

Address: 513 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94143-0410, USA


(415) 476-2342

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