Laura Hill-Sakurai, MD

Family practice physician

Dr. Laura Hill-Sakurai is a family physician with a special interest in doctor-patient communication and menopause. Her research focuses on varied understandings of menopause based on women's experiences, as well as women's decisions about hormone replacement therapy and complementary alternative medicine during menopause.

Hill-Sakurai is a professor in the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine. As an educator, she focuses on culture in medicine, human sexuality and LGBTI issues and professionalism in the pre-doctoral curriculum. She is a graduate of Ramsey Family and Community Medicine Residency in the St. Paul, Minn., University of Iowa College of Medicine and Carleton College.


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.

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University of Iowa School of Medicine 1997


Health Partners Institute of Medical Education, Family Practice 2000

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Aronson L, Niehaus B, Hill-Sakurai L, Lai C, O'Sullivan PS. A comparison of two methods of teaching reflective ability in Year 3 medical students. Med Educ. 2012 Aug; 46(8):807-14.
  2. Taché S, Hill-Sakurai L. Medical assistants: the invisible "glue" of primary health care practices in the United States? J Health Organ Manag. 2010; 24(3):288-305.
  3. Hill-Sakurai LE, Lee CA, Schickedanz A, Maa J, Lai CJ. A professional development course for the clinical clerkships: developing a student-centered curriculum. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Jul; 23(7):964-8.

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