Joshua Adler, MD


Dr. Joshua Adler is chief medical officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and medical director of UCSF Ambulatory Care. As chief medical officer, he directs the doctors who provide patient care at UCSF and oversees the quality of medical services and the integration of patient care, education and research. He also oversees care coordination, clinical resource management, compliance, medical staff affairs, quality assurance and risk management. As ambulatory care medical director, he is in charge of UCSF's more than 90 clinics.

Adler, a practicing internist and a professor of clinical medicine at UCSF, directs the UCSF Pathways to Discovery Program, which fosters scientific, leadership and advocacy skills among all UCSF trainees. He earned a medical degree at UC San Diego Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine at UC San Francisco, followed by a chief resident year at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. In the VA system, he served as assistant chief of medicine, assistant chief of staff and chief medical officer of the six hospital Sierra Pacific VA Network. At the San Francisco VA, he directed the implementation of an electronic medical information system.


General Internal Medicine at Sutter Street
1701 Divisadero St., Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94115
New Patient Appointments:
(844) 727-8273 (PCP-UCSF)
Office: (415) 353-7999
Fax: (415) 353-7901

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

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

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UC San Diego School of Medicine 1990


UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1993

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Sheu LC, Toy BC, Kwahk E, Yu A, Adler J, Lai CJ. A model for interprofessional health disparities education: student-led curriculum on chronic hepatitis B infection. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 May; 25 Suppl 2:S140-5.
  2. Aagaard EM, Nadler P, Adler J, Maselli J, Gonzales R. An interactive computer kiosk module for the treatment of recurrent uncomplicated cystitis in women. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Nov; 21(11):1156-9.
  3. Frances CD, Alperin P, Adler JS, Grady D. Does a fixed physician reminder system improve the care of patients with coronary artery disease? A randomized controlled trial. West J Med. 2001 Sep; 175(3):165-6.
  4. Adler JS, Kripke DF, Loving RT, Berga SL. Peripheral vision suppression of melatonin. J Pineal Res. 1992 Mar; 12(2):49-52.

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