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Jessica (Jesse) Ristau


Internist and addiction medicine specialist
Amateur gardener and running enthusiast

Dr. Jessica Ristau, who goes by Jesse, is a specialist in general internal medicine and provides specialty care in addiction medicine. She uses a whole-person approach guided by findings from the latest medical research to provide health care, and aims to empower patients to meet their health goals. She cares for patients with substance use disorders, including opioid, stimulant and alcohol use disorders, with a particular focus on buprenorphine therapy as part of care for opioid addiction. She practices trauma-informed care, an approach of being mindful that people's past experiences often impact their responses to receiving medical care. She integrates addiction medicine with general internal medicine, both as a doctor and as a teacher. She is also working to expand access to care for patients with substance use disorders, and provides educational support in addiction medicine for UCSF faculty and trainees. In addition to caring for patients, Ristau works as a consultant for the Substance Use Warmline of the National Clinician Consultation Center.

Ristau earned her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine. At UCSF, she completed a residency in internal medicine, followed by a fellowship in addiction medicine based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

  • Education

    Boston University School of Medicine, MD, 2012

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 2019

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Primary Care and Addiction Medicine, 2020

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

I love my job, especially caring for patients and getting to know what moves them and how I can support them in their health goals.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    97 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 01, 2023
    I am confident in the medical care received.
    Nov 20, 2023
    Dr. Ristau understood complexities of my recent in-patient stay for pneumonia and my underlying health issues.She focused on next steps including labs CT chest and possible 24-hour Holter monitor test (deferred at my request for now).Pleasant unrushed efficient as always.
    Nov 08, 2023
    Very professional
    Nov 23, 2022
    Dr Ristau is just great!
    Nov 20, 2022
    I have been with UCSF since 1972 I love my care there and always recommend to family and friends. Love UCSF
    Nov 19, 2022
    Dr. Ristau excellent provider
    Oct 30, 2022
    Jessica Ristau M.D. Is EXCELLENT! She listens gives advice and assists me in an understandable manner.
    Oct 12, 2022
    She didn't smile once. Quick to prescribe medication but not drill down into the root issue.
    Oct 06, 2022
    Knew their job and showed respect for each other.
    Aug 06, 2022
    Jessica Tyler Ristau MD is an excellent physician. She listened to my concerns prescribed medication and explained the usage and follow up testing. I feel quite comfortable with Dr. Ristau's medical care and am grateful that she accepted me as a patient.
    Aug 05, 2022
    Excellent provider

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