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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.

  • Hear an interview with Rabow, who discusses cancer symptom management to improve quality of life and to help people live longer.

Clinics

General Internal Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., First and Second Floors
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (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 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Rabow MW, Lee MX. Palliative care in castrate-resistant prostate cancer. Urol Clin North Am. 2012 Nov; 39(4):491-503.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Casey C, Chen LM, Rabow MW. Symptom management in gynecologic malignancies. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2011 Jul; 11(7):1077-89.
  13. Rabow MW, Pantilat SZ, Kerr K, Enguidanos S, Ferrell B, Goldstein R, Pankratz C, Picchi T, Rosenfeld KE, Stone SC. The intersection of need and opportunity: assessing and capitalizing on opportunities to expand hospital-based palliative care services. J Palliat Med. 2010 Oct; 13(10):1205-10.
  14. Swarm R, Abernethy AP, Anghelescu DL, Benedetti C, Blinderman CD, Boston B, Cleeland C, Coyle N, Deleon-Casasola OA, Eilers JG, Ferrell B, Janjan NA, Karver SB, Levy MH, Lynch M, Moryl N, Murphy BA, Nesbit SA, Oakes L, Obbens EA, Paice JA, Rabow MW, Syrjala KL, Urba S, Weinstein SM. Adult cancer pain. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2010 Sep; 8(9):1046-86.
  15. Rabow MW, Goodman S, Chang S, Berger M, Folkman S. Filming the family: a documentary film to educate clinicians about family caregivers of patients with brain tumors. J Cancer Educ. 2010 Jun; 25(2):242-6.
  16. Rabow MW, Spiegel D, Rosenbaum EH. Compassionate care during the endless hours. J Support Oncol. 2010 May-Jun; 8(3):134-6.
  17. Rabow MW, Smith AK, Braun JL, Weissman DE. Outpatient palliative care practices. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Apr 12; 170(7):654-5.
  18. Rabow MW, Remen RN, Parmelee DX, Inui TS. Professional formation: extending medicine's lineage of service into the next century. Acad Med. 2010 Feb; 85(2):310-7.
  19. Rabow MW, Wrubel J, Remen RN. Promise of professionalism: personal mission statements among a national cohort of medical students. Ann Fam Med. 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):336-42.
  20. Markowitz AJ, Rabow MW. Palliative care for patients with head and neck cancer: "I would like a quick return to a normal lifestyle". JAMA. 2008 Jun 11; 299(22):2679.

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