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Gary M. Abrams


Focused on rehabilitation medicine

Dr. Gary Abrams is an expert in neurology and director of the Neurorehabilitation Program at UCSF Medical Center. He specializes in treating conditions associated with chronic disorders or injuries of the nervous system. He is especially interested in the late effects of stroke and traumatic brain injury, and conducts research on novel methods of cognitive rehabilitation.

Abrams received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his training in neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University. He was a member of the neurology faculty at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and served as medical director of the Helen Hayes Hospital prior to joining UCSF in 1995. He also serves as rehabilitation section chief at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

  • Education

    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1974

  • Residencies

    Columbia University Hospital, Neurology, 1978

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    35 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 18, 2023
    Dr. Abrams was superb in every way.
    Sep 06, 2023
    Jun 28, 2023
    Very good
    Jun 03, 2023
    I don't have to return to UCSF unless my condition progresses.
    Apr 14, 2023
    Great experience at UCSF/Dr Abrams office. Everyone was efficient and thorough with each step of Intake evaluation consultation recommendations etc. But more appreciated was the respectful approach shown throughout process . Thank you.
    Jan 25, 2023
    I can only give Dr. Abrams the highest possible rating. He is not only extremely knowledgable about his field but he's a very kind and compassioanate person.
    Oct 04, 2022
    I am a UCSF faculty member and patient. I am very concerned about the care provided by this provider. They did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of my presenting concern nor did they provide adequate treatment recommendations. I have now had to spend money and time seeking care from another institution and provider who has diagnosed me correctly and provided treatment options. Examples of what was said to me: "You don't look like you have anxiety and you're not reporting it but you must have it because people that continue to have problems with TBIs have behavioral health issues" (he later endorsed anxiety in my record); "There are no biomarkers for TBI" (this Is not true per the most recent literature). He recommended a physical therapy referral stating "You don't have any balance issues but maybe they can help you with maneuvers." I have no need for PT. He ultimately told me to take "three to six months off of work" (also not consistent with recent guidelines) and thought aloud "You don't need me to write a note for work or anything do you?" (as if 3-6 months off of work would not require medical documentation). I have grave concerns about his ability to practice.
    Jul 21, 2022
    I had to get confrontational and upset discussing options to be transferred to a different doctor before he would explain anything to me. I felt I had to fight to get this doctor to do his job properly. If he can't understand why I need to keep working to keep money flowing in to pay rent and bills with elevated medical costs as a single single-income older female of color in the tech industry I would like to ask him why he hasn't retired yet. If it would be inappropriate to ask him that his I was treated was very inappropriate and dismissive of not only my condition but also of me as a person