Kevin Grumbach, MD

Family practice physician

Dr. Kevin Grumbach, chair of Family and Community Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine, cares for patients at the UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore. In addition to providing primary care, he's one of the nation's leading researchers and policy analysts in primary care and the health care workforce. He co-authored the best-selling textbook on health policy, "Understanding Health Policy - A Clinical Approach" and the book, "Improving Primary Care – Strategies and Tools for a Better Practice."

Grumbach is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and was a member of the health policy advisory committee for the Barack Obama presidential campaign. In February 2009, he was named California Campus Compact's recipient of the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. He was recognized in part for his work on the Bayview-Hunters Point Health and Environmental Assessment Task Force in San Francisco.


Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore
1569 Sloat Blvd., Suite 333
San Francisco, CA 94132
New Patient Appointments:
(844) 727-8273 (PCP-UCSF)
Phone: (415) 353-9339
Fax: (415) 353-3450

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

First Thursday of the month, open 9:45 a.m.; third Thursday of the month, open 9:25 a.m.

Board Certification

Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine

Academic Title

Chair, Family and Community Medicine

More about Kevin Grumbach


UCSF School of Medicine 1985


UCSF Medical Center, Family Practice 1989


UCSF Medical Center, Family Practice 1991

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Olayiwola JN, Willard-Grace R, Dubé K, Hessler D, Shunk R, Grumbach K, Gottlieb L. Higher Perceived Clinic Capacity to Address Patients' Social Needs Associated with Lower Burnout in Primary Care Providers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2018; 29(1):415-429.
  2. Dehlendorf C, Grumbach K, Schmittdiel JA, Steinauer J. Corrigendum to "Shared decision making in contraceptive counseling" [Contraception (2017) 95:452-455]. Contraception. 2017 11; 96(5):380.
  3. Dehlendorf C, Anderson N, Vittinghoff E, Grumbach K, Levy K, Steinauer J. Quality and Content of Patient-Provider Communication About Contraception: Differences by Race/Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status. Womens Health Issues. 2017 Sep - Oct; 27(5):530-538.
  4. Sharma AE, Grumbach K. Engaging patients in primary care practice transformation: theory, evidence and practice. Fam Pract. 2017 Jun 01; 34(3):262-267.
  5. Grumbach K, Vargas RA, Fleisher P, Aragón TJ, Chung L, Chawla C, Yant A, Garcia ER, Santiago A, Lang PL, Jones P, Liu W, Schmidt LA. Achieving Health Equity Through Community Engagement in Translating Evidence to Policy: The San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership, 2010-2016. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Mar 23; 14:E27.
  6. Dehlendorf C, Fitzpatrick J, Steinauer J, Swiader L, Grumbach K, Hall C, Kuppermann M. Development and field testing of a decision support tool to facilitate shared decision making in contraceptive counseling. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Jul; 100(7):1374-1381.
  7. Romano MJ, Grumbach K. Perspectives in Primary Care: Family Medicine in a Divided Nation. Ann Fam Med. 2017 Jan; 15(1):4-6.
  8. Dehlendorf C, Grumbach K, Schmittdiel JA, Steinauer J. Shared decision making in contraceptive counseling. Contraception. 2017 May; 95(5):452-455.
  9. Rajkomar A, Yim JW, Grumbach K, Parekh A. Weighting Primary Care Patient Panel Size: A Novel Electronic Health Record-Derived Measure Using Machine Learning. JMIR Med Inform. 2016 Oct 14; 4(4):e29.
  10. DeVoe JE, Barnes K, Morris C, Campbell K, Morris-Singer A, Westfall JM, Grumbach K. The Personal Doctoring Manifesto: A Perspective from the Keystone IV Conference. J Am Board Fam Med. 2016 Jul-Aug; 29 Suppl 1:S64-8.
  11. Walker KO, Stewart AL, Grumbach K. Development of a survey instrument to measure patient experience of integrated care. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 06 01; 16:193.
  12. Dehlendorf C, Henderson JT, Vittinghoff E, Grumbach K, Levy K, Schmittdiel J, Lee J, Schillinger D, Steinauer J. Association of the quality of interpersonal care during family planning counseling with contraceptive use. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 07; 215(1):78.e1-9.
  13. Chen RM, Grumbach K. In Reply to Rasouli and Willson. Acad Med. 2015 Dec; 90(12):1583.
  14. Chen RM, Petterson S, Bazemore A, Grumbach K. Are Time-Limited Grants Likely to Stimulate Sustained Growth in Primary Care Residency Training? A Study of the Primary Care Residency Expansion Program. Acad Med. 2015 Sep; 90(9):1278-83.
  15. Davis A, Gilchrist V, Grumbach K, James P, Kallenberg R, Shipman SA. ADVANCING THE PRIMARY/SPECIALTY CARE INTERFACE THROUGH ECONSULTS AND ENHANCED REFERRALS. Ann Fam Med. 2015 Jul-Aug; 13(4):387-8.
  16. Grumbach K. To be or not to be comprehensive. Ann Fam Med. 2015 May-Jun; 13(3):204-5.
  17. Willard-Grace R, Dubé K, Hessler D, O'Brien B, Earnest G, Gupta R, Shunk R, Grumbach K. Panel management, team culture, and worklife experience. Fam Syst Health. 2015 Sep; 33(3):231-41.
  18. Grumbach K, Olayiwola JN. Patient empanelment: the importance of understanding who is at home in the medical home. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Mar-Apr; 28(2):170-2.
  19. Rogers EA, Hessler D, Dube K, Willard-Grace R, Gupta R, Bodenheimer T, Grumbach K. The panel management questionnaire: a tool to measure panel management capability. Perm J. 2015; 19(2):4-9.
  20. Boscardin CK, Grbic D, Grumbach K, O'Sullivan P. Educational and individual factors associated with positive change in and reaffirmation of medical students' intention to practice in underserved areas. Acad Med. 2014 Nov; 89(11):1490-6.

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