Louise Aronson, MD


Dr. Louise Aronson is a geriatrician who treats seniors through the UCSF Housecalls Program for homebound patients. She also is director of the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center and UCSF Pathways to Discovery Program. She divides her time among program leadership, teaching, clinical practice and medical education research.

Aronson received a medical degree at Harvard Medical School. At UCSF, she completed a residency in internal medicine, a clinician-educator fellowship and geriatrics fellowship. She later earned a fine arts master's degree in fiction writing at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers in Asheville, N.C. Aronson's research focuses on reflective learning in medical education, geriatrics education, scholarship skills and public medical writing. She is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators and the recipient of awards for teaching, mentoring and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is a professor of medicine.

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Harvard Medical School 1992


UCSF Medical Center 1995


UCSF Medical Center, Geriatric Medicine 1998

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Aronson L. A Tale of Two Doctors - Structural Inequalities and the Culture of Medicine. N Engl J Med. 2017 06 15; 376(24):2390-2393.
  2. Aronson L. Case-Based Suffering. Acad Med. 2017 Apr; 92(4):482.
  3. Aronson L. A PIECE OF MY MIND. Story as Evidence, Evidence as Story. JAMA. 2015 Jul 14; 314(2):125-6.
  4. Bautista CA, Covinsky K, Aronson L. Chronic care management for Medicare patients--reply. JAMA. 2015 Jun 09; 313(22):2286-7.
  5. Miller-Kuhlmann R, O'Sullivan PS, Aronson L. Essential steps in developing best practices to assess reflective skill: A comparison of two rubrics. Med Teach. 2016; 38(1):75-81.
  6. Aronson L. Necessary steps: how health care fails older patients, and how it can be done better. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Mar; 34(3):528-32.
  7. Aronson L, Bautista CA, Covinsky K. Medicare and care coordination: expanding the clinician's toolbox. JAMA. 2015 Feb 24; 313(8):797-8.
  8. Rivera V, Yukawa M, Aronson L, Widera E. Teaching geriatric fellows how to teach: a needs assessment targeting geriatrics fellowship program directors. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Dec; 62(12):2377-82.
  9. Aronson L. The Human Lifecycle's Neglected Stepchild. Lancet. 2014; (385):500-501.
  10. Aronson L.. New Buildings for Older People. New York Times. 2014; Nov 1.
  11. Aronson L. Asking the right questions. Acad Med. 2014 Oct; 89(10):1357.
  12. Aronson L. The future of robot caregivers. New York Times. 2014; July 20.
  13. Aronson L.. Lancet. Examining empathy. 2014; 385(9937):16-17.
  14. Aronson L. How do we tell the stories of medicine? Lancet. 2014 Apr 26; 383(9927):1456-7.
  15. Rivera J, Reeves S, Aronson L. Current Geriatric Diagnosis and Treatment. Interprofessional Teams in Geriatrics. 2014.
  16. Smith AK, Lo B, Aronson L. Elder self-neglect--how can a physician help? N Engl J Med. 2013 Dec 26; 369(26):2476-9.
  17. Aronson L. "Good" patients and "difficult" patients--rethinking our definitions. N Engl J Med. 2013 Aug 29; 369(9):796-7.
  18. Aronson L. The value of medical education programmes: what are the right questions? Med Educ. 2013 Apr; 47(4):333-4.
  19. Aronson, L. Weighing the end of life. New York Times. 2013.
  20. Aronson, L. A History of the Present Illness. 2013.

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