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David M. Claman


Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Enthusiastic partner of our superb doctors and researchers

Dr. David M. Claman is director of the UCSF Sleep Disorders Center. He has a particular interest in treating patients with asthma and tuberculosis using noninvasive ventilation therapy to assist breathing.

Claman earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. After completing a residency in internal medicine, he completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at UCSF, followed by a fellowship in sleep medicine at Stanford.

Claman has published extensively on his research, which focuses on sleep apnea and noninvasive therapy for breathing difficulties.

  • Education

    University of Texas-Southwestern, 1987

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 1990

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pulmonary/Critical Care, 1994

  • Board Certifications

    Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Sleep Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


I have been with UCSF since 1994, and strive to incorporate my experience and knowledge into care that benefits every patient.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    219 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 03, 2023
    Dr. Claman is wonderful! Listens well thorough thoughtful and insightful.
    Dec 01, 2023
    Dr. Claman is a very kind compassionate caring physician. He is fully aware of my neurological and physical issues regarding my sleep apnea and tailors my treatment accordingly.
    Nov 05, 2023
    Great doctor however none of the two CBT- clinics worked out. One CBT -I clinic zero openings for 1 year the other cash only does not accept Medicare or any insurance.
    Nov 03, 2023
    Very happy with everything
    Oct 29, 2023
    Oct 17, 2023
    Dr. Claman is an exceptional physician. I know I'm in the best of care. He was thorough with my doctor appt and truly cares about his patients.
    Sep 02, 2023
    This was the initial consultation with Dr. Claman and I am very happy with his expertise as my sleep specialist.
    Aug 15, 2023
    Dr. Claman David is the best care taker.
    Aug 15, 2023
    Simply put Dr Claman is the BEST!
    Jul 28, 2023
    Love Dr. D. Claman!!
    Jul 25, 2023
    Dr Claman was very focused knowledgeable related friendly and skilled in helping me.
    Jul 23, 2023
    Dr.Claman has impeccable bed side manner exhibiting both brilliance in his field of medicine and an amazing amount of empathy for his patients and their concerns.
    Jul 21, 2023
    I really like Dr. Claman.
    Jul 21, 2023
    Excellent Doctor with lots of empathy and professionalism. He explains everything very clearly includes the patient in his plans about treatment.
    Jul 18, 2023
    Jun 30, 2023
    All around excellent.
    Jun 16, 2023
    Dr. Claman is caring sensitive and kind.
    Jun 08, 2023
    Excellent physician great listener and superb bedside manners!
    Jun 02, 2023
    Helpful and informative
    Jun 02, 2023
    Excellent and caring provider. Explained all results with charts of data very easy to understand why treatment was absolutely necessary.
    May 18, 2023
    Dr. Claman is a great communicator.
    Apr 27, 2023
    Apr 07, 2023
    The visit was very helpful; Dr. Claman was so understanding about my problem and offered outstanding advice which I began to apply that very night.
    Apr 06, 2023
    Dr Claman is the absolute best!
    Apr 02, 2023
    Best doctor visit I have had in years. I felt like I had been heard and I felt that the Doctor was concerned and proficient.
    Mar 28, 2023
    Dr. Claman is a very knowledgeable respectful and thorough physician. Basically he's great!
    Mar 21, 2023
    I can't say enough about how informative and nice the doctor was to me. He spent so much time talking to me and showing concern for my situation.
    Mar 15, 2023
    I have the feeling "I'm in good hands!
    Mar 10, 2023
    Dr. Claman really listened to me and my partner. He has very welcoming presence that makes a patient feel at ease and important.
    Mar 08, 2023
    The sleep physician was excellent. So great full for his input and clarity with answering my question. I wish every physician had his skills. So great full.
    Mar 06, 2023
    The doctor was excellent knowledgable and polite and explained things in a manner that was easy to understand. Additionally even though it was a short notice appointment the doctor had reviewed my file.
    Feb 24, 2023
    Very happy with Dr. Dave Claman he explained everything I needed to know.
    Feb 10, 2023
    He was very patient and informative. Super friendly
    Feb 07, 2023
    Dr Claman is the best!
    Feb 03, 2023
    Dr. Claman was patient generous with his time a great listener and genuinely interested in helping to resolve my problems.
    Jan 13, 2023
    The doctor was very thorough and took his time with our interview.
    Jan 06, 2023
    Looking forward to my next appointment.
    Dec 19, 2022
    Excellent experience very thorough and helpful. Great communication and compassion.
    Sep 07, 2022
    Dr. Claman is an exceptional physician and I would highly recommend him to family friends and associates. He attentively listens to my concerns and has my best interest concerning physical/mental health. He has an amazing staff and I was thoroughly impressed with their operations when I came in for my doctor appointment.
    Aug 12, 2022
    Excellent experience!
    Jul 25, 2022
    If there was an "Excellent" rating of 6+ I would give it. Dr. Claman was wonderful on every metric above.
    Jul 18, 2022
    Dr Claman was well prepared for my visit. I had sent in the detailed questionaire and sleep study which he had reviewed.
    Jul 18, 2022
    Never had a doctor spend so much time and listen so thoroughly!
    Jun 17, 2022
    Should explain litte more details & give you time to diside yes more info. & makining sure we know what to expect on that date. I alweys keep a note book ready. Thank you all my team is the Best Lungs Transplant
    Jun 14, 2022
    Dr Claman took the time to understand my concerns and referred me to appropriate resources to help me with my issues.
    May 08, 2022
    DR. Claman is a very congenial polite doctor. He invites discussion.
    Apr 20, 2022
    He is the first sleep specialist to want to ensure I receive treatments after the test.
    Apr 15, 2022
    Dr. Claman was entirely on top of things having reviewed my record and remembering elements of my initial diagnosis several years ago and my care since then. He was patient and very reassuring in his responses to my questions. He was very clear in describing what future data from my CPAP device might be cause for concern and steps I should take if my apnea numbers started to climb above where they have been over recent months.Much more important I should note that prior to this appointment when I was having more urgent questions he responded very quickly using the messaging system to give me some advice about changing my CPAP mask which was timely and right on target in terms of bringing my average nightly apnea numbers back down to a reasonable range.
    Apr 14, 2022
    It was clear to me the provider made a concerted effort to connect with me and relate to me as an individual. It was a refreshing level of care.
    Mar 23, 2022
    I had a very good experience. No problems at all.
    Mar 10, 2022
    Dr. Claman was very professional prepared well for our appointment listened to my concerns and explained clearly the next steps and possible avenues to help resolve the issues.
    Feb 09, 2022
    Dr.Claman has been my sleep disorder caregiver for over 20 years. I maintained the relationship because I respect and trust his judgment.
    Feb 08, 2022
    The doctor was Polite professional and well organized. He was thorough and well prepared.

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