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Robert Baron, M.S., M.D.

Internist

Dr. Robert Baron is a primary care doctor and vice chief of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Medical Center. He has a special interest in treating obesity and is the founder and director of the UCSF Weight Management Program. He also is interested in nutrition and preventive medicine.

Baron earned a master's degree in nutrition at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He has directed the UCSF Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program since 1989. He is a professor of medicine and associate dean for Continuing Medical Education at UCSF.

Clinics

General Internal Medicine at Sutter Street
1701 Divisadero St., Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7999
Fax: (415) 353-7901

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

Weight Management Program
1701 Divisadero St., Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94143-0320
Phone: (415) 353-2105
Fax: (415) 353-7901

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

More about Robert Baron

Additional Languages

Spanish

Education

UCSF School of Medicine 1978

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Baron RB. Eat more fibre. BMJ. 2013; 347:f7401.
  2. Baron RB. Can we achieve public accountability for graduate medical education outcomes? Acad Med. 2013 Sep; 88(9):1199-201.
  3. Baron RB. Should we all be vegetarians? JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Jul 8; 173(13):1238-9.
  4. Iglehart JK, Baron RB. Maintenance of certification. N Engl J Med. 2013 Mar 28; 368(13):1262-3.
  5. Iglehart JK, Baron RB. Ensuring physicians' competence--is maintenance of certification the answer? N Engl J Med. 2012 Dec 27; 367(26):2543-9.
  6. Steinman MA, Landefeld CS, Baron RB. Industry support of CME--are we at the tipping point? N Engl J Med. 2012 Mar 22; 366(12):1069-71.
  7. Tabas JA, Baron RB. Commercial funding of accredited continuing medical education. BMJ. 2012; 344:e810.
  8. Julian K, Riegels NS, Baron RB. Perspective: Creating the next generation of general internists: a call for medical education reform. Acad Med. 2011 Nov; 86(11):1443-7.
  9. Vidyarthi AR, Baron RB. Financial incentives for residents and fellows: a disruptive innovation to drive quality improvement. Acad Med. 2011 Nov; 86(11):1338.
  10. Tabas JA, Boscardin C, Jacobsen DM, Steinman MA, Volberding PA, Baron RB. Clinician attitudes about commercial support of continuing medical education: results of a detailed survey. Arch Intern Med. 2011 May 9; 171(9):840-6.
  11. Baron RB. Telling patients they are overweight or obese: an insult or an effective intervention?: comment on "The influence of physician acknowledgment of patients' weight status on patient perceptions of overweight and obesity in the United States". Arch Intern Med. 2011 Feb 28; 171(4):321-2.
  12. Janson SL, McGrath KW, Covington JK, Baron RB, Lazarus SC. Objective airway monitoring improves asthma control in the cold and flu season: a cluster randomized trial. Chest. 2010 Nov; 138(5):1148-55.
  13. Mookherjee S, Vidyarthi AR, Ranji SR, Maselli J, Wachter RM, Baron RB. Potential unintended consequences due to Medicare's "no pay for errors" rule? A randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention with internal medicine residents. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Oct; 25(10):1097-101.
  14. Davis DA, Baron RB, Grichnik K, Topulos GP, Agus ZS, Dorman T. Commentary: CME and its role in the academic medical center: increasing integration, adding value. Acad Med. 2010 Jan; 85(1):12-5.
  15. Steinman MA, Boscardin CK, Aguayo L, Baron RB. Commercial influence and learner-perceived bias in continuing medical education. Acad Med. 2010 Jan; 85(1):74-9.
  16. van der Velden T, Van HN, Quoc HN, Van HN, Baron RB. Continuing medical education in Vietnam: new legislation and new roles for medical schools. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2010; 30(2):144-8.
  17. Janson SL, Cooke M, McGrath KW, Kroon LA, Robinson S, Baron RB. Improving chronic care of type 2 diabetes using teams of interprofessional learners. Acad Med. 2009 Nov; 84(11):1540-8.
  18. Robinson S, Baron RB, Cooper B, Janson S. Does health service use in a diabetes management program contribute to health disparities at a facility level? Optimizing resources with demographic predictors. Popul Health Manag. 2009 Jun; 12(3):139-47.
  19. Friesen LD, Vidyarthi AR, Baron RB, Katz PP. Factors associated with intern fatigue. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Dec; 23(12):1981-6.
  20. Steinman MA, Baron RB. Rebuttal: Is CME a drug-promotion tool?: YES. Can Fam Physician. 2007 Nov; 53(11):1877, 1878-9.

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.