Pamela Ling, MD, MPH


Dr. Pamela Ling is an internist and primary care doctor with a special interest in caring for underserved urban populations.

Ling's current research investigates the intersection of tobacco use, media and social marketing with an emphasis on young people. Her work focuses on understanding how tobacco marketing encourages youth and young adults to begin using tobacco, and how to counter-engineer the same strategies to improve tobacco control programs.

Ling earned her medical degree from UCSF, followed by a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed a residency in medicine at UCSF and a fellowship at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.

Ling is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for General Internal Medicine. She is a professor of medicine at UCSF.


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.

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

More about Pamela Ling


UCSF Medical School 1996
University of California, Berkeley , Master of Public Health 2000


UCSF , Medicine 1999


UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ling PM, Holmes LM, Jordan JW, Lisha NE, Bibbins-Domingo K. Bars, Nightclubs, and Cancer Prevention: New Approaches to Reduce Young Adult Cigarette Smoking. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Sep; 53(3S1):S78-S85.
  2. Schillinger D, Ling PM, Fine S, Boyer CB, Rogers E, Vargas RA, Bibbins-Domingo K, Chou WS. Reducing Cancer and Cancer Disparities: Lessons From a Youth-Generated Diabetes Prevention Campaign. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Sep; 53(3S1):S103-S113.
  3. Hiatt RA, Handley MA, Ling PM, Burchard E, Thakur N, Bibbins-Domingo K. Origins of Cancer Disparities in Young Adults: Logic Models to Guide Research. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Sep; 53(3S1):S95-S102.
  4. Hendlin YH, Elias J, Ling PM. The Pharmaceuticalization of the Tobacco Industry. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Aug 15; 167(4):278-280.
  5. Llamas J, Holmes LM, Lisha NE, Ling PM. Psychometric evaluation of an abbreviated version of the intragroup marginalization inventory. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2017 Jul 14; 1-20.
  6. Popova L, McDonald EA, Sidhu S, Barry R, Richers Maruyama TA, Sheon NM, Ling PM. Perceived harms and benefits of tobacco, marijuana, and electronic vaporizers among young adults in Colorado: implications for health education and research. Addiction. 2017 Oct; 112(10):1821-1829.
  7. Fallin-Bennett A, Lisha NE, Ling PM. Other Tobacco Product Use Among Sexual Minority Young Adult Bar Patrons. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Sep; 53(3):327-334.
  8. Elias J, Hendlin Y, Chaffee BW, Ling PM. Don't throw smokeless tobacco users under the bus. Addict Behav. 2017 Apr 10.
  9. Hoek J, Thrul J, Ling P. Qualitative analysis of young adult ENDS users' expectations and experiences. BMJ Open. 2017 Mar 07; 7(3):e014990.
  10. Popova L, So J, Sangalang A, Neilands TB, Ling PM. Do Emotions Spark Interest in Alternative Tobacco Products? Health Educ Behav. 2017 Aug; 44(4):598-612.
  11. Kostygina G, England L, Ling PM. Kostygina et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2016 Dec; 106(12):e2-e3.
  12. Kostygina G, Ling PM. Tobacco industry use of flavourings to promote smokeless tobacco products. Tob Control. 2016 Nov; 25(Suppl 2):ii40-ii49.
  13. Gorukanti A, Delucchi K, Ling P, Fisher-Travis R, Halpern-Felsher B. Adolescents' attitudes towards e-cigarette ingredients, safety, addictive properties, social norms, and regulation. Prev Med. 2017 Jan; 94:65-71.
  14. Burbank AD, Thrul J, Ling PM. A Pilot Study of Retail 'Vape Shops' in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tob Prev Cessat. 2016; 2(Suppl).
  15. McDonald EA, Popova L, Ling PM. Traversing the triangulum: the intersection of tobacco, legalised marijuana and electronic vaporisers in Denver, Colorado. Tob Control. 2016 Oct; 25(Suppl 1):i96-i102.
  16. Thrul J, Lisha NE, Ling PM. Tobacco Marketing Receptivity and Other Tobacco Product Use Among Young Adult Bar Patrons. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Dec; 59(6):642-647.
  17. Lisha NE, Jordan JW, Ling PM. Peer crowd affiliation as a segmentation tool for young adult tobacco use. Tob Control. 2016 Oct; 25(Suppl 1):i83-i89.
  18. Holmes LM, Ling PM. Workplace secondhand smoke exposure: a lingering hazard for young adults in California. Tob Control. 2017 Mar; 26(e1):e79-e84.
  19. Holmes LM, Popova L, Ling PM. State of transition: Marijuana use among young adults in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prev Med. 2016 Sep; 90:11-6.
  20. Kalkhoran S, Lisha NE, Neilands TB, Jordan JW, Ling PM. Evaluation of Bar and Nightclub Intervention to Decrease Young Adult Smoking in New Mexico. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Aug; 59(2):222-9.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.