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Kevin Grumbach, M.D.

Family medicine specialist

Dr. Kevin Grumbach, chair of Family and Community Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine, cares for patients at the UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore. In addition to providing primary care, he's one of the nation's leading researchers and policy analysts in primary care and the health care workforce. He co-authored the best-selling textbook on health policy, "Understanding Health Policy - A Clinical Approach" and the book, "Improving Primary Care – Strategies and Tools for a Better Practice."

Grumbach is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and was a member of the health policy advisory committee for the Barack Obama presidential campaign. In February 2009, he was named California Campus Compact's recipient of the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. He was recognized in part for his work on the Bayview-Hunters Point Health and Environmental Assessment Task Force in San Francisco.


Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore
1569 Sloat Blvd., Suite 333
San Francisco, CA 94132
New Patient Appointments:
(844) 727-8273 (PCP-UCSF)
Phone: (415) 353-9339
Fax: (415) 353-3450

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

(second and fourth Wednesday of the month, open 9:30 a.m.)

More about Kevin Grumbach


UCSF School of Medicine 1985


UCSF Medical Center, Family Practice 1989


UCSF Medical Center, Family Practice 1991

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Chen RM, Petterson S, Bazemore A, Grumbach K. Are Time-Limited Grants Likely to Stimulate Sustained Growth in Primary Care Residency Training? A Study of the Primary Care Residency Expansion Program. Acad Med. 2015 Sep; 90(9):1278-83.
  2. Davis A, Gilchrist V, Grumbach K, James P, Kallenberg R, Shipman SA. ADVANCING THE PRIMARY/SPECIALTY CARE INTERFACE THROUGH ECONSULTS AND ENHANCED REFERRALS. Ann Fam Med. 2015 Jul; 13(4):387-8.
  3. Grumbach K. To be or not to be comprehensive. Ann Fam Med. 2015 May; 13(3):204-5.
  4. Willard-Grace R, Dubé K, Hessler D, O'Brien B, Earnest G, Gupta R, Shunk R, Grumbach K. Panel management, team culture, and worklife experience. Fam Syst Health. 2015 Sep; 33(3):231-41.
  5. Grumbach K, Olayiwola JN. Patient empanelment: the importance of understanding who is at home in the medical home. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Mar-Apr; 28(2):170-2.
  6. Rogers EA, Hessler D, Dube K, Willard-Grace R, Gupta R, Bodenheimer T, Grumbach K. The panel management questionnaire: a tool to measure panel management capability. Perm J. 2015; 19(2):4-9.
  7. Boscardin CK, Grbic D, Grumbach K, O'Sullivan P. Educational and individual factors associated with positive change in and reaffirmation of medical students' intention to practice in underserved areas. Acad Med. 2014 Nov; 89(11):1490-6.
  8. Coffman JM, Spetz J, Grumbach K, Fix M, Bindman AB. Electronic health record availability among advanced practice registered nurses and physicians. Am J Manag Care. 2014 Nov; 20(11 Spec No. 17):eSP31-8.
  9. James P, Kuzel A, Thompson B, Davis A, Grumbach K. Evolving perspectives on population health management. Ann Fam Med. 2014 Sep-Oct; 12(5):481-2.
  10. Grumbach K. 'But my patients are sicker!'. J Prim Health Care. 2014 Jun; 6(2):92.
  11. Grumbach K, Lucey CR, Johnston SC. Transforming from centers of learning to learning health systems: the challenge for academic health centers. JAMA. 2014 Mar 19; 311(11):1109-10.
  12. Willard-Grace R, Hessler D, Rogers E, Dubé K, Bodenheimer T, Grumbach K. Team structure and culture are associated with lower burnout in primary care. J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 Mar-Apr; 27(2):229-38.
  13. Bodenheimer T, Ghorob A, Willard-Grace R, Grumbach K. The 10 building blocks of high-performing primary care. Ann Fam Med. 2014 Mar-Apr; 12(2):166-71.
  14. Grumbach K. The patient-centered medical home is not a pill: implications for evaluating primary care reforms. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Nov 11; 173(20):1913-4.
  15. Walker KO, Labat A, Choi J, Schmittdiel J, Stewart AL, Grumbach K. Patient perceptions of integrated care: confused by the term, clear on the concept. Int J Integr Care. 2013 Jan-Mar; 13:e004.
  16. Phillips RL, Kaufman A, Mold JW, Grumbach K, Vetter-Smith M, Berry A, Burke BT. The primary care extension program: a catalyst for change. Ann Fam Med. 2013 Mar-Apr; 11(2):173-8.
  17. Dehlendorf C, Levy K, Kelley A, Grumbach K, Steinauer J. Women's preferences for contraceptive counseling and decision making. Contraception. 2013 Aug; 88(2):250-6.
  18. Altschuler J, Margolius D, Bodenheimer T, Grumbach K. Estimating a reasonable patient panel size for primary care physicians with team-based task delegation. Ann Fam Med. 2012 Sep-Oct; 10(5):396-400.
  19. Landon BE, Grumbach K, Wallace PJ. Integrating public health and primary care systems: potential strategies from an IOM report. JAMA. 2012 Aug 1; 308(5):461-2.
  20. Neuhausen K, Grumbach K, Bazemore A, Phillips RL. Integrating community health centers into organized delivery systems can improve access to subspecialty care. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Aug; 31(8):1708-16.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.