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Michael Rabow, M.D.

Internist

Dr. Michael Rabow is an internist who provides primary care in the General Internal Medicine Clinic at Mount Zion and a specialist in hospice and palliative care. He is the director of the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center. He was the executive producer of a documentary, called "The Caregivers," about four families caring for patients with brain tumors. The film was used to educate doctors, nurses and other health care professionals about the needs of family caregivers.

Rabow earned a medical degree at UCSF, where he completed a general internal medicine residency. He completed fellowships at UCSF in general medicine as well as in medical education research. His research is in palliative care, family caregiving and end-of-life care education. He has served as a consultant to hospitals and hospital systems to develop or expand palliative care services and runs one of the nation's leading palliative care consultation services for patients at home. He is director of the Center for the Study of the Healer's Art at the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal in Bolinas. He is a professor of clinical medicine in General Internal Medicine at UCSF.

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Clinics

General Internal Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., First and Second Floors
San Francisco, CA 94115
New Patient Appointments:
(844) 727-8273 (PCP-UCSF)
Office: (415) 353–7900
Fax, First Floor: (415) 353–2583
Fax, Second Floor: (415) 353–2640

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More about Michael Rabow

Education

UCSF School of Medicine 1993

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center, Primary Care Internal Medicine 1996

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Rabow MW. Chemotherapy near the end of life. BMJ. 2014; 348:g1529.
  2. Jacobsen J, Kvale E, Rabow M, Rinaldi S, Cohen S, Weissman D, Jackson V. Helping Patients with Serious Illness Live Well through the Promotion of Adaptive Coping: A Report from the Improving Outpatient Palliative Care (IPAL-OP) Initiative. J Palliat Med. 2014 Apr; 17(4):463-8.
  3. Rabow MW, Newman M, Remen RN. Teaching in Relationship: The Impact on Faculty of Teaching "The Healer's Art". Teach Learn Med. 2014; 26(2):121-8.
  4. Schenker Y, Crowley-Matoka M, Dohan D, Rabow MW, Smith CB, White DB, Chu E, Tiver GA, Einhorn S, Arnold RM. Oncologist factors that influence referrals to subspecialty palliative care clinics. J Oncol Pract. 2014 Mar 1; 10(2):e37-44.
  5. Rabow M, Kvale E, Barbour L, Cassel JB, Cohen S, Jackson V, Luhrs C, Nguyen V, Rinaldi S, Stevens D, Spragens L, Weissman D. Moving upstream: a review of the evidence of the impact of outpatient palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2013 Dec; 16(12):1540-9.
  6. Benner C, Greenberg M, Shepard N, Meng MV, Rabow MW. The natural history of symptoms and distress in patients and families following cystectomy for treatment of muscle invasive bladder cancer. J Urol. 2014 Apr; 191(4):937-42.
  7. Swarm RA, Abernethy AP, Anghelescu DL, Benedetti C, Buga S, Cleeland C, Deleon-Casasola OA, Eilers JG, Ferrell B, Green M, Janjan NA, Kamdar MM, Levy MH, Lynch M, McDowell RM, Moryl N, Nesbit SA, Paice JA, Rabow MW, Syrjala KL, Urba SG, Weinstein SM, Dwyer M, Kumar R. Adult cancer pain. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2013 Aug; 11(8):992-1022.
  8. Bischoff K, Weinberg V, Rabow MW. Palliative and oncologic co-management: symptom management for outpatients with cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2013 Nov; 21(11):3031-7.
  9. Smith AK, Thai JN, Bakitas MA, Meier DE, Spragens LH, Temel JS, Weissman DE, Rabow MW. The diverse landscape of palliative care clinics. J Palliat Med. 2013 Jun; 16(6):661-8.
  10. Rabow MW, Evans CN, Remen RN. Professional formation and deformation: repression of personal values and qualities in medical education. Fam Med. 2013 Jan; 45(1):13-8.
  11. Rawdin B, Evans C, Rabow MW. The relationships among hope, pain, psychological distress, and spiritual well-being in oncology outpatients. J Palliat Med. 2013 Feb; 16(2):167-72.
  12. Fried TR, Vaz Fragoso CA, Rabow MW. Caring for the older person with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. JAMA. 2012 Sep 26; 308(12):1254-63.
  13. Rabow MW, Lee MX. Palliative care in castrate-resistant prostate cancer. Urol Clin North Am. 2012 Nov; 39(4):491-503.
  14. Gilbertson-White S, Aouizerat BE, Jahan T, Paul SM, West C, Schumacher K, Dodd MJ, Rabow M, Abu Raddaha AH, Miaskowski C. Determination of cutpoints for low and high number of symptoms in patients with advanced cancer. J Palliat Med. 2012 Sep; 15(9):1027-36.
  15. Pantilat SZ, Kerr KM, Kutner JS, Ferris FD, Rathfon MA, Rabow MW. Leveraging external resources to grow and sustain your palliative care program: a call to action. J Palliat Med. 2012 Jan; 15(1):25-8.
  16. Baker M, Wrubel J, Rabow MW. Professional development and the informal curriculum in end-of-life care. J Cancer Educ. 2011 Sep; 26(3):444-50.
  17. Casey C, Chen LM, Rabow MW. Symptom management in gynecologic malignancies. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2011 Jul; 11(7):1077-89.
  18. Rabow M, Miller B. Concurrent palliative and oncologic care: symptom management for men with prostate cancer (411-a). J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 Jan; 41(1):225-6.
  19. Rabow M, Evans C, Weinberg V, Miller B. Symptom burden for patients with bladder cancer and their family caregivers: preliminary results (753). J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 Jan; 41(1):304-5.
  20. Casey C, Rabow M, Sherman A, Powell B, Chan J, Chen LM. Symptom burden in gynecologic oncology outpatients (411-B). J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 Jan; 41(1):226-7.

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