Joel M. Palefsky


Director, Anal Neoplasia Clinic, Research and Education (ANCRE) Center
Infectious disease physician
Clinician, researcher, and fan of good literature and bagels

Dr. Joel Palefsky is an expert in infectious diseases and in cancers associated with these diseases. His expertise includes treating anal dysplasia, a precancerous condition that may lead to anal cancer and that is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Palefsky studies the biology of HPV and the Epstein-Barr virus, and is active in the development of new treatments.

Palefsky earned his medical degree at McGill University and completed a fellowship in infectious disease at Stanford University.

Palefsky is founder and president of the International Anal Neoplasia Society and president-elect of the International Papillomavirus Society.

  • Education

    McGill University, 1984

  • Residencies

    McGill University, Internal Medicine, 1984

  • Fellowships

    Stanford University, Infectious Disease, 1988

  • Board Certifications

    Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


  • Languages


A life helping others and contributing to our collective knowledge is a life well lived.

Clinics I work with

Anal Neoplasia Clinic, Research and Education (ANCRE) Center

1600 Divisadero St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

My reviews


Overall Experience
76 Reviews
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
76 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
76 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
68 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
76 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
75 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
76 Reviews