Diane Sliwka is a hospitalist, a specialist in the care of hospitalized patients. She serves as medical director of the UCSF Patient and Provider Experience program. In this role, she aims to improve the health care experience at UCSF by working with physicians to improve their communication skills with patients.
After graduating from Dartmouth College with a bachelor's degree in biology, Sliwka earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center. She then worked as a clinician-educator and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she completed the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, with an academic focus on simulation education.
In 2008, Sliwka founded the UCSF Hospitalist Procedure Service and established an educational procedures curriculum for house staff. She has completed leadership training through the UCSF Institute for Physician Leadership, and she serves as an adviser in the IPC-UCSF Fellowship for Hospitalist Leaders through the UCSF Center for the Health Professions. She continues to serve in clinical, teaching, administrative and quality assurance roles.