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Dr. Cristina Brickman is an infectious disease specialist whose focus is evaluating and treating anal cancer.

Brickman's research focuses on HPV infection, looking at which populations are affected and how it may lead to cancer, particularly in patients with HIV. Her work is aimed at identifying risk factors associated with progression of abnormal cells to invasive cancer. She is also interested in studying anal cancer risk in both the very young and old in high-risk populations, with the goal of optimizing screening practices.

Brickman received her medical degree from Columbia University. She completed a residency in internal medicine at New York–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to pursue a master of science degree in clinical epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

As part of her master's degree program, Brickman completed two research projects: The first evaluated the treatment and outcomes of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer (cancer at the top of the throat) in patients with HIV, and the second looked at the association between depression and sexual risk behavior, also in patients with HIV.

  • Education

    Columbia University School of Medicine, 2007

  • Residencies

    New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, 2010

  • Fellowships

    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    204 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 16, 2023
    Dr. Brickman is outstanding with explanations and care and extremely personable and caring. She is a shining example of excellence.
    Nov 06, 2023
    I felt very comfortable with my doctor. She was very nice and explained everything to me to were I could understand what was going on on my body.
    Nov 04, 2023
    Have seen Dr Brickman bout 6 times she always makes my visit enjoyable
    Nov 03, 2023
    Very good experience.Feel like I am in good hands.
    Nov 02, 2023
    Oct 27, 2023
    Dr. Brickman is highly personable compassionate empathetic and detailed. I wish every physician could take a class from her on bedside manner and how to involve patients in their care/treatment.
    Oct 26, 2023
    Dr. Brickman is very thorough with her explanations and willing to answer all questions. She is an excellent provider and made the procedure stress free.
    Oct 13, 2023
    Oct 05, 2023
    I so appreciate my care provider I've known her for several years and she's just empathetic thorough kind
    Sep 22, 2023
    I am very comfortable with Dr. Brickman. Engaging pleasant and skilled.
    Sep 11, 2023
    Top notch patient care and concern
    Sep 01, 2023
    Dr. Brickman is wonderful.
    Aug 26, 2023
    For decades UCSF has been excellent in my medical treatment. I have nothing but good to say about 99% of the doctors and nurses
    Jul 23, 2023
    I came in nervous and had questions and concerns. Thank you to Dr. Brickman. She was amazing not only do I understand what is happening I feel comforted knowing she cares. She also does this respectfully and with great kindness.
    Jul 22, 2023
    I wish all my medical providers were like Dr. Brickman! She is respectful gives undivided attention easy to communicate with and knows her area of expertise.
    Jul 19, 2023
    There is nothing Dr. Brickman could possibly do to improve. Personally I'm not sure I could get through this exam without her.
    Jul 06, 2023
    Best doctor ever
    Jun 29, 2023
    Dr. Brickman was professional warm caring and empathetic as always
    Jun 23, 2023
    Excellent care!
    Jun 09, 2023
    Dr. Brickman is a true asset to UCSF in her ethic of care for her patients. Truly engaging and caring. She listens and also explains with clarifying statements to ensure I always understand. EVERY physician could learn a thing or two by her bedside approach.
    Jun 03, 2023
    An amazingly wonderful caring experience to be at ucsf.
    May 14, 2023
    Terrific visit. Outstanding care.
    May 12, 2023
    Dr Brickman is an excellent Provider
    May 07, 2023
    So glad we have Dr Brickman!
    Apr 29, 2023
    All the staff at the UCSF Anal Neoplasia Clinic are amazing however contacting them by phone or MyChart is a frustrating experience.
    Apr 14, 2023
    Dr Cristina Brickman is a fabulous doctor! Personable caring listens well answers questions thoroughly. Obviously very proficient. I'm lucky to have her as my doctor!
    Apr 14, 2023
    This doctor was awesome. First time seeing her and she had already reviewed my case before she came into the room. She was reassuring and I felt I was in good hands.
    Mar 10, 2023
    All professional
    Mar 03, 2023
    Feb 26, 2023
    100%. Excelent.
    Feb 12, 2023
    No follow up care was necessary assuming test results are OK.
    Feb 02, 2023
    Dr. Brickman is great about sharing information on the procedure possible outcomes and treatment options and background on anal cancer in general.
    Jan 20, 2023
    Dr. Brickman is the best provider I've ever had.
    Jan 06, 2023
    Dr.Brickman is one of a kind. She explains everything that's going on with me in language I can understand and is extremely thorough in both the exam and explanation. She is also very kind and goes out of her way to make me comfortable.
    Dec 09, 2022
    Dr. Brickner is in the top 1% in ethic of care. She truly listens explains and goes way out her way to make something scary more comfortable. She Carrie's a high level of empathy and relatability that I wish most physicians had
    Dec 02, 2022
    Was not given hard copy post visit instructions cuz receptionist gone but I accessed in my chart.
    Dec 01, 2022
    My provider is the best expert I've been working with.
    Dec 01, 2022
    Dr. Brickman is a wonderful person she puts me at ease. But maybe thats the Alprazolam talking...just kidding she is the greatest!
    Nov 29, 2022
    Superb explanation s and extraordinary care provided.
    Oct 29, 2022
    Dr Brickman is a terrific care giver / provider. I'd giver her a 10 if I could.
    Oct 15, 2022
    I have been in pain for 2 months no treatment recommendation. "See another doctor
    Oct 14, 2022
    Dr. Brickman always listens to me makes me feel comfortable and answers all my questions. She is very knowledgeable on this subject.
    Sep 30, 2022
    My experience.was excellentThank you so much for being so kind and accommodating!
    Sep 29, 2022
    This is a difficult exam for me but knowing that Dr. Brickman will be doing it provides relief.
    Aug 04, 2022
    Very pleased with the care Dr Brickman provides. Very thorough and informative and helpful. Overall a wonderful caring person.
    Jul 22, 2022
    Dr brickman is literally the best
    Jun 06, 2022
    This was my first visit with Dr Brickman and she was great!
    May 18, 2022
    Thank you so very much for all your help
    Apr 29, 2022
    Best experience ever at the Anal Neoplasia Clinic. Exams are always uncomfortable at best and being a shy gay male I was nervous seeing dr Brickman for the first time. I shouldn't have been. Dr Brickman was THE best. Fantastic comforting personality. Great at conversation and even better at listening. Incredible visit. I'm so thrilled I saw her. I immediately asked if I could be her patient.She said YES!
    Mar 20, 2022
    Going into see a Dr for rectal dysplasia is harrowing as it is! But Dr. Brickman and her staff make me feel so comfortable. I love the opportunity to see what she is doing with the screen. She explains everything in understandable detail. She is very good with conversation making the appointment go with ease!
    Mar 11, 2022
    She was fantastic!
    Mar 05, 2022
    She was very caring and thorough with possible scenarios