Michael Rabow, MD


Dr. Michael Rabow is an internist who provides primary care in the General Internal Medicine Clinic at Mount Zion and a specialist in hospice and palliative care. He is the director of the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center. He was the executive producer of a documentary, called "The Caregivers," about four families caring for patients with brain tumors. The film was used to educate doctors, nurses and other health care professionals about the needs of family caregivers.

Rabow earned a medical degree at UCSF, where he completed a general internal medicine residency. He completed fellowships at UCSF in general medicine as well as in medical education research. His research is in palliative care, family caregiving and end-of-life care education. He has served as a consultant to hospitals and hospital systems to develop or expand palliative care services and runs one of the nation's leading palliative care consultation services for patients at home. He is director of the Center for the Study of the Healer's Art at the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal in Bolinas. He is a professor of clinical medicine in General Internal Medicine at UCSF.

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General Internal Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., First and Second Floors
San Francisco, CA 94115
New Patient Appointments:
(844) 727-8273 (PCP-UCSF)
Office: (415) 353–7900
Fax, First Floor: (415) 353–2583
Fax, Second Floor: (415) 353–2640

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

STAND Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 885-7795
Fax: (415) 353-7093

Board Certification

Hospice & Palliative Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Academic Title


More about Michael Rabow


UCSF School of Medicine 1993


UCSF Medical Center, Primary Care Internal Medicine 1996


UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Bischoff K, Yang E, Kojimoto G, Shepard Lopez N, Holland S, Calton B, Adkins SH, Cheng S, Miller BJ, Rabow MW. What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center. J Palliat Med. 2018 Feb 12.
  2. Rabow MW, Petzel MQB, Adkins SH. Symptom Management and Palliative Care in Pancreatic Cancer. Cancer J. 2017 Nov/Dec; 23(6):362-373.
  3. Rabow M, Small R, Jow A, Majure M, Chien A, Melisko M, Belkora J, Esserman LJ, Rugo H. The value of embedding: integrated palliative care for patients with metastatic breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Feb; 167(3):703-708.

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