Carlin H. Senter


Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine
Co-Director, Sports Concussion Program
Primary care sports medicine specialist
Lifelong athlete and Oakland A's fan

Dr. Carlin Senter is primary care sports medicine doctor who focuses on helping patients of all ages stay active, reduce injury risk and achieve peak performance. She has particular interests in exercise counseling and exercise prescription as well as in treating sports concussions. She serves as the director of Primary Care Sports Medicine Service within UCSF Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery and is co-director of the UCSF Sports Concussion Program.

Senter's research focuses on enhancing musculoskeletal education for primary care clinicians. She designs programs to increase knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and improve diagnostic skills among medical students, residents and practicing clinicians. She also co-chairs two annual continuing education courses in sports medicine.

Senter earned her medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She then completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at UCLA.

Senter belongs to the American College of Physicians, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine and Society of General Internal Medicine. She has received numerous awards for teaching and service.

Senter grew up in the East Bay, where she was a three-sport high school athlete. As an undergraduate at Harvard College, she rowed for Radcliffe Crew. She is currently team physician for University of San Francisco, Academy of Art University and Washington High School.

In her free time, Senter enjoys running at Lands End, hiking in Marin County, eating It's-It ice cream sandwiches and cheering for the Oakland Athletics.

  • Education

    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 2004

  • Residencies

    University of Washington Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2008

  • Fellowships

    UCLA Health System, Primary Care Sports Medicine, 2009

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Sports Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Whether my patients run, bike, swim or walk, I'm dedicated to helping them reap all the health benefits of physical activity.

Clinics I work with

Sports Concussion Program

1500 Owens St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Sports Medicine Center

1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158

General Internal Medicine at Post Street

1545 Divisadero St., First and Second Floors
San Francisco, CA 94115

My reviews


Overall Experience
264 Reviews
Dr. Senter is a wonderful PCP. she is so helpful and answers all my questions. she takes my medical issues very seriously. and her follow through is outstanding.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
263 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
262 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
255 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
260 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
260 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
261 Reviews

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