Molly Cooke, MD


Dr. Molly Cooke is an internist who provides primary care and who has a special interest in caring for patients with HIV. She has led an effort to address ethical questions in urban public hospitals, particularly those associated with HIV and decisions regarding resource allocation. Her research has focused on ethics in HIV care, occupational risk and professional responsibility, the role of primary care doctors in treating HIV and the attitudes and experiences of HIV-infected patients participating in federally funded research programs.

Cooke is also the inaugural director of education for Global Health Sciences across the five schools — medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and graduate divisions at UCSF. She is in charge of developing high impact educational programs for UCSF students, residents, fellows, post-docs and faculty members and to devise innovative ways to share UCSF's expertise in discovery science, health care delivery, professional education and basic science with international partners.

Cooke earned a medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine and completed residency training at the UCSF, where she served as chief resident in internal medicine.


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.

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Stanford University School of Medicine 1977


UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1980


UCSF Medical Center-Kaiser Family Foundation, Ethics 1981

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Meffert SM, Shome S, Neylan TC, Musalo K, Fineberg HV, Cooke MM, Volberding PA, Goosby EP. Health impact of human rights testimony: harming the most vulnerable? BMJ Glob Health. 2016; 1(1):e000001.
  2. Qaseem A, Kansagara D, Forciea MA, Cooke M, Denberg TD. Management of Chronic Insomnia Disorder in Adults: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Jul 19; 165(2):125-33.
  3. Adler SR, Chang A, Loeser H, Cooke M, Wang J, Teherani A. The impact of intramural grants on educators' careers and on medical education innovation. Acad Med. 2015 Jun; 90(6):827-31.
  4. Levitt DS, Cooke M. Tips for teaching in longitudinal clerkships. Clin Teach. 2011 Jun; 8(2):93-6.
  5. Cooke M. Expert patients: learning from HIV. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Apr; 20 Suppl 1:i67-8.
  6. Cooke M, Ironside PM, Ogrinc GS. Mainstreaming quality and safety: a reformulation of quality and safety education for health professions students. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Apr; 20 Suppl 1:i79-82.
  7. Cooke M. Cost consciousness in patient care--what is medical education's responsibility? N Engl J Med. 2010 Apr 08; 362(14):1253-5.
  8. Irby DM, Cooke M, O'Brien BC. Calls for reform of medical education by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: 1910 and 2010. Acad Med. 2010 Feb; 85(2):220-7.
  9. Janson SL, Cooke M, McGrath KW, Kroon LA, Robinson S, Baron RB. Improving chronic care of type 2 diabetes using teams of interprofessional learners. Acad Med. 2009 Nov; 84(11):1540-8.
  10. Wamsley MA, Dubowitz N, Kohli P, Cooke M, O'Brien BC. Continuity in a longitudinal out-patient attachment for Year 3 medical students. Med Educ. 2009 Sep; 43(9):895-906.
  11. Lyss-Lerman P, Teherani A, Aagaard E, Loeser H, Cooke M, Harper GM. What training is needed in the fourth year of medical school? Views of residency program directors. Acad Med. 2009 Jul; 84(7):823-9.
  12. Lubinski C, Aberg J, Bardeguez AD, Elion R, Emmanuel P, Kuritzkes D, Saag M, Squires KE, Weddle A, Rainey J, Zerehi MR, Ralston JF, Fleming DA, Bronson D, Cooke M, Cutler C, Ejnes Y, Gluckman R, Liebow M, Musana K, Mayer ME, Purtle MW, Reynolds PP, Viswanathan L, Weiss KB, Yehia B. HIV policy: the path forward--a joint position paper of the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American College of Physicians. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 May 15; 48(10):1335-44.
  13. Achieving a high-performance health care system with universal access: what the United States can learn from other countries. Ann Intern Med. 2008 Jan 01; 148(1):55-75.
  14. O'Brien B, Cooke M, Irby DM. Perceptions and attributions of third-year student struggles in clerkships: do students and clerkship directors agree? Acad Med. 2007 Oct; 82(10):970-8.
  15. Rabow M, Gargani J, Cooke M. Do as I say: curricular discordance in medical school end-of-life care education. J Palliat Med. 2007 Jun; 10(3):759-69.
  16. Cooke M, Irby DM, Sullivan W, Ludmerer KM. American medical education 100 years after the Flexner report. N Engl J Med. 2006 Sep 28; 355(13):1339-44.
  17. Greene J, Yedidia MJ. Provider behaviors contributing to patient self-management of chronic illness among underserved populations. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2005 Nov; 16(4):808-24.
  18. Irby DM, Cooke M, Lowenstein D, Richards B. The academy movement: a structural approach to reinvigorating the educational mission. Acad Med. 2004 Aug; 79(8):729-36.
  19. Khademi S, Cooke MS. Comparing the attitudes of urban and rural Iranian women toward menopause. Maturitas. 2003 Oct 20; 46(2):113-21.
  20. Cooke M, Irby DM, Debas HT. The UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. Acad Med. 2003 Jul; 78(7):666-72.

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