Lipid Practice

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The UCSF Lipid Clinic provides the full range of diagnostic and treatment services for adults with cholesterol and triglyceride disorders. These conditions can lead to atherosclerosis — narrowing of the arteries — that increases a person's chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Very high levels of triglycerides can also cause pancreatitis.

Our Lipid Clinic, established in 1961, is dedicated to early diagnosis and treatment of both genetic and secondary cholesterol and triglyceride disorders. The focus is also on the identification and management of other risk factors that can lead to heart disease and stroke. We and others have shown that, with management of risk factors including lipid abnormalities, we can stabilize or sometimes even reverse existing arterial disease.

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The Lipid clinic works with each patient to achieve normal levels of lipids through a combination of diet modification, exercise and carefully prescribed lipid lowering medications. Since our clinic's inception, we have made major contributions to diagnostic methods and treatments of lipid disorders. We are also at the forefront of clinical and basic research that aims to better understand lipid disorders and atherosclerosis, including the important discovery of a number of genes that are associated with coronary heart disease and stroke.

The Lipid Clinic is a source of training in the diagnosis and management of lipid disorders for residents and fellows in pediatrics, internal medicine, primary care and cardiology, as well as for practicing physicians.

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You'll need a referral from your primary care provider or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Lipid Practice
400 Parnassus Ave., Suite A-550
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353–2350
Fax: (415) 353–2337

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

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications that you're allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart


Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit,

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Our Team

Merl Charles
Merl Charles, MD
Philip  Frost
Philip Frost, MD
John Kane
John Kane, PhD, MD
Mary Malloy
Mary Malloy, MD
Metabolism specialist
Eveline Stock
Eveline Stock, MD