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, American Board of Internal Medicine

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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. Blank ML, Hoek J, George M, Gendall P, Conner TS, Thrul J, Ling PM, Langlotz T. An Exploration of Smoking-to-Vaping Transition Attempts Using a "Smart" Electronic Nicotine Delivery System. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 Jun 06.
  2. Elias J, Ling PM. Invisible smoke: third-party endorsement and the resurrection of heat-not-burn tobacco products. Tob Control. 2018 Jun 06.
  3. Ramo DE, Thrul J, Delucchi KL, Hall S, Ling PM, Belohlavek A, Prochaska JJ. A Randomized Controlled Evaluation of the Tobacco Status Project, a Facebook Intervention for Young Adults. Addiction. 2018 May 24.

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