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Joshua S. Adler


Executive Vice President, Physician Services, UCSF Health
Bay Area sports fan and hobbyist guitar player

Dr. Joshua Adler is a practicing internist and executive vice president for physician services at UCSF Health.

In his role as executive vice president, Adler's responsibilities include overseeing the quality, safety and coordination of patient care across the entire UCSF Health system as well as overseeing the management of its physicians. He also oversees population health, clinical resource management, regulatory compliance, medical staff affairs, clinical innovation and risk management.

Previously, Adler served as chief medical officer at UCSF Medical Center for six years and as medical director of UCSF ambulatory care for seven years.

After earning his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Adler completed a residency in internal medicine at UCSF. Following a year as chief resident at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System, he continued to serve in the VA's Sierra Pacific Network as assistant chief of medicine, assistant chief of staff and chief medical officer.

Adler is vice dean for clinical affairs at UCSF School of Medicine. In that role, he works with the clinical department chairs to align UCSF's missions of patient care, research and education. He also works to ensure that physicians remain involved in decision making at the operational level.

  • Education

    UC San Diego School of Medicine, 1990

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 1993

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

At UCSF Health, we share the same core values, which drive our pursuit of excellence and common goal to help others.

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    Overall Experience
    43 Ratings
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    Jun 26, 2023
    Dr. Adler is the best PCP I have ever had. Super great care of the patient. A good listener with great patience! Always gives prompt responses to my emails .
    May 17, 2023
    Dr. Adler is always caring and kind.
    Feb 15, 2023
    Dr. Adler is kind and caring.
    Nov 13, 2022
    Dr. Adler is a true physician. He was kind thoughtful and listened to me and he explained my challenges in a very clear way. He suggested specific ways I could Improve my situation. I have already implemented them..and they have worked. I am now feeling happy and optimistic.
    May 28, 2022
    I say this every time. Josh is simply the best. I'm lucky to have him as my primary doc