Josette Rivera, MD


Dr. Josette Rivera provides primary and palliative care to homebound older adults through the UCSF Housecalls Program. This program serves about 110 patients throughout San Francisco and is growing to accommodate the high demand for the service.

Rivera earned a medical degree at the University of Rochester and completed residency training in primary care and internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview. She completed a three-year clinical and research fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at Johns Hopkins, and joined the medical staff at On Lok Lifeways, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly, serving nursing home eligible seniors in the San Francisco area. She joined UCSF in 2008. Rivera, who is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, is an associate professor of medicine at UCSF. She received a UCSF Geriatric Academic Career Award with which she is expanding interprofessional geriatric medical education at UCSF.

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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University of Rochester School of Medicine 2001


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Internal Medicine 2004


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology 2007

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Rivera JA, O'Hare AM, Harper GM. Update on the management of chronic kidney disease. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Oct 15; 86(8):749-54.
  2. Rivera JA, Fried LP, Weiss CO, Simonsick EM. At the tipping point: predicting severe mobility difficulty in vulnerable older women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Aug; 56(8):1417-23.
  3. Rivera JA, Levine RB, Wright SM. Completing a scholarly project during residency training. Perspectives of residents who have been successful. J Gen Intern Med. 2005 Apr; 20(4):366-9.

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