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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. 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.
  2. James P, Kuzel A, Thompson B, Davis A, Grumbach K. Evolving perspectives on population health management. Ann Fam Med. 2014 Sep; 12(5):481-2.
  3. Grumbach K. 'But my patients are sicker!'. J Prim Health Care. 2014; 6(2):92.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Seago JA, Keane D, Chen E, Spetz J, Grumbach K. Predictors of students' success in community college nursing programs. J Nurs Educ. 2012 Sep; 51(9):489-95.
  15. Grumbach K, Bainbridge E, Bodenheimer T. Facilitating improvement in primary care: the promise of practice coaching. Issue Brief (Commonw Fund). 2012 Jun; 15:1-14.
  16. Steinauer J, Dehlendorf C, Grumbach K, Landy U, Darney P. Multi-specialty family planning training: collaborating to meet the needs of women. Contraception. 2012 Sep; 86(3):188-90.
  17. Lupton K, Vercammen-Grandjean C, Forkin J, Wilson E, Grumbach K. Specialty choice and practice location of physician alumni of University of California premedical postbaccalaureate programs. Acad Med. 2012 Jan; 87(1):115-20.
  18. Walker KO, Moreno G, Grumbach K. The association among specialty, race, ethnicity, and practice location among California physicians in diverse specialties. J Natl Med Assoc. 2012 Jan-Feb; 104(1-2):46-52.
  19. Dehlendorf C, Grumbach K, Vittinghoff E, Ruskin R, Steinauer J. A study of physician recommendations for reversible contraceptive methods using standardized patients. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2011 Dec; 43(4):224-9.
  20. Grumbach K. Commentary: Adopting postbaccalaureate premedical programs to enhance physician workforce diversity. Acad Med. 2011 Feb; 86(2):154-7.

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.