Lance Montauk


Journeyman practitioner of several mechanical trades

Dr. Lance Montauk is an internal medicine specialist who provides both primary and urgent care to adults. He has a special interest in treating patients with complicated or pressing health concerns.

He is also interested in the motivations that underlie physician decision making, and how best to help patients choose among diagnostic and therapeutic options.

After earning a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Montauk moved to Poland, where he met his wife. After his family relocated to Brussels, he received his medical degree from the Free University of Brussels, where he researched sudden infant death syndrome. He completed his residency in internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center, where he was chief resident.

Montauk's international experiences inform his academic writing, which focuses on medical ethics and processes around the world. He and his family live part of the year in Poland.

He is a member of the State Bar of California and Jewish Community Centre of Krakow.

Growing up in Missouri and Kansas, Montauk tinkered with electronics and machinery, while learning woodworking and boat construction from his father. He spends much of his free time on construction projects and working on all manner of things in his shop, from industrial sewing machines to the BMW motorcycle he rides to UCSF.

  • Education

    Free University of Brussels School of Medicine, 1986

  • Residencies

    California Pacific Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1991

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine