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Elisabeth Askin


Mom and author

Dr. Elisabeth Askin is a specialist in internal medicine who is particularly interested in managing chronic disease and the medications prescribed for them. Her favorite question to ask new patients is what brings them joy, which she believes should never get lost among questions about symptoms, habits and health history. She enjoys learning about hobbies, travels and other pleasures through these conversations.

Askin grew up in Texas, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and then held a variety of jobs – including magazine intern, coffee shop barista and contraception researcher – before going to medical school. She earned her medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completed a residency in internal medicine at UCSF. While in school, she co-wrote a reference book for medical professionals, students and patients called The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System.

Askin belongs to the Society of General Internal Medicine.

When she isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her two children, reading novels and cycling.

  • Education

    Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 2014

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 2017

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

My goal is to support my patients individually in the clinic as well as collectively with advocacy in our community and the health care system.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    157 Ratings
    About our process
    Jul 06, 2023
    Dr Askin is amazing and so thorough . SHe thoughtful kind and caring! She is the best.
    Jun 30, 2023
    Dr Elizabeth Askin was terrific! She was available when my usual internist was busy. She was outstanding! Thank you
    Jun 06, 2023
    I am consistently impressed by Dr. Askin care and knowledge. I'm grateful she's my doctor
    May 26, 2023
    Professional and caring
    May 24, 2023
    I absolutely love my doctor I feel she always does what's best for me. She listen to me and takes in consideration everything I tell her.
    May 19, 2023
    Dr. Askin is very efficient and a very good Doctor. She cares for her patients.
    May 19, 2023
    May 19, 2023
    Dr. Askin Is friendly professional and listens attentively before evaluating my health. --She always gives me time to talk about my health & feelings. She gives instructions that help and calls medicine prescription(s) into my pharmacy only if needed. --I appreciate the time she spends with me during my appointment and I am glad to be her patient.
    Mar 07, 2023
    Dr Askin is exceedingly smart insightful and expert at explaining what I need to know
    Mar 07, 2023
    Feb 28, 2023
    Her knowledge and expertise is clear and her care and concern as well. She listens carefully to my concerns does the needed exam and when she feels I would be best served by a specialist makes a referral and follows up to make sure it happened and provides help if I had any trouble doing so. She is rare in that she understands and does not treat the psychic pain from my depression and anxiety as any less real or important as all other physical discomfort and pain and has consulted a trusted psychiatrist on my behalf for information and refers to newer treatments available tracks my attempts to lessen one of them that gives research proven concerning side effects and recommendations for titration plan when my first attempt was unsuccessful and continues to advocate for me to find a psychiatrist for ongoing care emphasizing that I would receive needed care from a specialist.
    Feb 04, 2023
    Dr. Askin is very thorough with her decisions and advice. She researches everything related to the problem before advising a patient. I feel comfortable in her presence & follow her advice.
    Feb 02, 2023
    Dr. Askin was great so much so that I wouldn't mind having her as my primary doctor.
    Jan 15, 2023
    I love Dr. Askin. Very happy with her. She is generous with her time and she listens.
    Jan 06, 2023
    Dec 17, 2022
    Dr. Askin was thoughful comprehensive in exam and in discussion on follow up.
    Dec 11, 2022
    I have a pleasant experience with my Dr.
    Oct 28, 2022
    Dr Askin was very caring and was extremely prepared for the visit! I am very happy to have her as my pcp.
    Oct 25, 2022
    I think Dr. Askin is an excellent PCP.
    Oct 20, 2022
    Dr. Askin was outstanding. She took the time to listen to my concerns was informed from her medical training and gave me an appropriate treatment plan. I was very happy to be connected with her.
    Oct 13, 2022
    I was included in the diagnosis prognosis & methods of treatment from beginning to end of appointment. Great for care practitioner to get my feedback periodically through entire visit.
    Sep 23, 2022
    Great experience
    Sep 18, 2022
    Dr. Askin only discussed the COVID vaccines and her unsolicited opinions and recommendations.
    Sep 13, 2022
    Very good
    Aug 30, 2022
    Dr. Askin continually provides excellent care and engages patients to be involved in their own care. A real gem.
    Aug 22, 2022
    Dr Askin really listens to me and she tells me what she is thinking or doing. She and her team are very responsive. I feel good about the care I am getting.
    Aug 12, 2022
    She was very professional-I was very pleased
    Jul 25, 2022
    Always very good service
    Jul 17, 2022
    She is GREAT
    Jul 14, 2022
    Dr Askin was excellent. My usual internist is Dr Guy but if she were not available I would be happy with Dr Askin.
    Apr 22, 2022
    Knowledgeable caring professional. Great listener. Inspires trust.
    Mar 09, 2022
    Dr askin is always very kind and truly cares about her patients.
    Jan 06, 2022
    PCP had marvelous advice of BRAT diet to respond to my acid reflux; plus TUMS; plus EXERCISE EXERCISE vs new medsreminder of BP check next week; my reading notes of PCP notes say tht a combo bp med may be recommended in future; PCP referred to my three items of concern fr my emailsomehow I was fixed on the idea of replacing my seroquel was a topic tht came up two years ago; PCP had me stay on point to include 30/day walkingso to get movingI agreed! We were on the same page!
    Dec 17, 2021
    Initial appointment with Dr Askin. She was professional and thorough and reviewed my file before our appt.
    Dec 10, 2021
    I left after 35 minutes because I was not seen and the receptionist did not check on any delay " you will be seen soon"
    Nov 25, 2021
    Dr Askin is Knowledgable and friendly. She's really concerned about my health. And how I feel about my own health. Its always a pleasure to see her. She knows so much about me it's like visiting a child hood friend .
    Nov 23, 2021
    Dr. Askin was GREAT.
    Sep 27, 2021
    Frustrated with prolonged illnessbut I'm sure Dr. Askin & UCSF are trying their best.
    Sep 15, 2021
    Dr. Askin is very thorough with her explanations abt my healthcare.