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Laura E. Hill-Sakurai


Family physician

Dr. Laura Hill-Sakurai is a family physician who has special interests in doctor-patient communication and menopause.

Hill-Sakurai's research focuses on menopause. In particular, she studies the varied understandings of menopause based on women's experiences, as well as patients' decisions about hormone replacement therapy, and complementary and alternative medical therapies during menopause.

As an educator in family and community medicine at UCSF, Hill-Sakurai focuses on culture in medicine, human sexuality and LGBTQI issues, and professionalism in the predoctoral curriculum.

After graduating from Carleton College, Hill-Sakurai earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa. She completed the Ramsey Family and Community Medicine residency.

  • Education

    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 1997

  • Residencies

    Health Partners Institute of Medical Education, Family Practice, 2000

  • Board Certifications

    Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine

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Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    253 Ratings
    About our process
    Feb 27, 2023
    Dr H-S is patient personable and friendly. She is thorough and explains things well.
    Feb 23, 2023
    I like the way she explained about alternatives if current prescribed medication doesn't work.
    Feb 23, 2023
    Our family is so fortunate to have Dr. Sakurai as our care provider. We love her and her team. She always gets the ball rolling whenever a medical issue happens. We truly appreciate being a part of the UCSF family!!
    Feb 21, 2023
    Dr. Laura Hill-Sakurai is the best!
    Feb 19, 2023
    It's always a pleasure speaking with Dr. Hill-Sakurai.
    Feb 06, 2023
    Dr. Laura Hill-Sakurai is a superb physician. She makes me feel valued and respected. She addresses my medical concerns effectively. She is always pragmatic and I find I come back to her for advice about acting on the care prescribed by specialists. I think of her as a friend she has guided me so well and compassionately over the years. I hope there is an award that UCSF can bestow upon her. I would be happy to contribute a patient testimonial!
    Feb 04, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is always nice & I feel she can take care of me !
    Jan 29, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is excellent!
    Jan 28, 2023
    We are working to reduce my need for opioids. She is understanding and compassionate in helping me handle pain and as well as consider non opioid means to address the severity of chronic pancreatitis
    Dec 22, 2022
    Best doctor ever
    Nov 18, 2022
    Doctor Hill-Sakurai is the best person that I have ever encounter; make me feel heal just with her greeting Number one in my book
    Oct 30, 2022
    What more can I say other than awesome and professional
    Oct 29, 2022
    Outstanding service. Passionate caring knowledgeable excellent "bedside manner". Such a great comforting experience. Thank you so much.
    Oct 26, 2022
    Didn't even receive an after visit summary and my prescriptions weren't called in.
    Oct 23, 2022
    Dr. Laura Hill-Sakurai is the best Period!
    Oct 20, 2022
    Consider an option for excellent because that Is what my PCP Is: L. Hill-Sakurai
    Oct 10, 2022
    Dr Hill Sakurai is our family's doctor and I always feel listened to and taken care of. We love her!!
    Oct 01, 2022
    Good experience
    Sep 29, 2022
    Very satisfied with UCSF's responsiveness to my request for a same day urgent appointment. The physician was very helpful and immediately addressed my medical situation.
    Aug 30, 2022
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is the BEST
    Aug 25, 2022
    Thank you Dr Sakurai-Hill for your thorough assessment of my health & listening to my health concerns attentively.
    Aug 12, 2022
    Dr Hiil-Sakurai is really terrific. I really appreciate that she integrates all aspects of my healthcare. I really trust her
    Jul 26, 2022
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is the best kind knowledgeable caring and thorough.I feel so fortunate to have her as my primary physician.
    Jul 21, 2022
    Very good
    Jul 21, 2022
    Dr Hill-Sakurai is wonderful. She has been my primary care provider for many many years. If I didn't think she was the right doctor for me I would have switched long ago but that is not the case.
    Jul 18, 2022
    Family Is Distant
    Jul 11, 2022
    Amazing doctor and very friendly staff.
    Apr 06, 2022
    I know that my wellness is tied to the excellent care of Dr. Hill-Sakurai my PCP. It is my privilege to have her as my PCP.Please add a box for excellent because that is the actual caliber of my PCP.
    Mar 29, 2022
    I completely appreciate Dr. Hill Sakurai she really makes me feel comfortable and respected. I know how fortunate I am to have such a caring physician.
    Mar 18, 2022
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai gave me all the information I needed to follow up this condition. She was very patient and thorough.
    Mar 04, 2022
    I am still waiting on the change of hours and disability paperwork to be filled. It has been 2 days.
    Mar 04, 2022
    Good experience
    Feb 10, 2022
    Dr was excellent as always
    Dec 07, 2021
    Dr Laura Hill-Sakurai is THE BEST!!!!!
    Dec 05, 2021
    Dr. Hill is an excellent doctor. I couldn't ask for a better provider!!
    Oct 14, 2021
    Dr Hill is the best Dr I've had
    Aug 11, 2021
    No bad experience
    Jul 08, 2021
    I LOVE Dr. H-S. She is excellent. However my After Visit Summary from her is terrible. It never has a print out of the decisions that we jointly make on it. Half the time I can't remember what we decide on and I figure I can get it on the AVS NO not going to happen. I try to make notes during our visit but they're never correct then I have to call her office and leave a message and of course I can't get through unless I wait on hold for at least 10minutes.
    Jul 06, 2021
    I had a very good experience at this visit.
    Jun 20, 2021
    Easy to talk to good listener
    May 30, 2021
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai always listens to me asks pertinent follow-up questions and is friendly and approachable. I feel like I get excellent care from her and I actually look forward to my annual check-ups to catch up with her!
    May 22, 2021
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is the best. I'm so fortunate to have had her as my primary physician for so many years. She is kind patient caring professional knowledgeable experienced and compassionate.

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