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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

  • Academic Title


  • Languages


Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    302 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 01, 2023
    Excellent experience
    Nov 17, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is always an excellent listener and very responsive. I am so fortunate to get my care from her at UCSF. She's an outstanding role model for all physicians.
    Nov 15, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is a very good PCP.
    Nov 02, 2023
    We love Dr. Hill-Sakurai
    Nov 01, 2023
    My PCP is top of the line in knowledge communication and hands on care.
    Oct 13, 2023
    Need an option for excellent. My PCP is the best.
    Oct 10, 2023
    Amazing care and comfort. I appreciate her always going above and beyond expectation.
    Sep 30, 2023
    Awesome doctor love Dr. Laura
    Sep 29, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is very passionate and also compassionate with me and I'm sure with all her patients. I have been seeing by her for several years and I'm very glad she is still at Lakeshore clinic.
    Sep 16, 2023
    Care provider was very friendly and thorough in providing me with the help and care I needed concerning my condition and my response to it.
    Sep 12, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai showed extreme amount of kindness and compassion in performing the biopsy. Her explanations were thorough and clear and she always showed concerns about me as a patient. I trust her treatment and feel that she's my ally in managing my health issues. I also appreciate her reaching out to my oncologist NP so in consultation they can provide me the best care.
    Sep 01, 2023
    I did not know the appointment was set with only a 20 minute duration. I would have prioritized topics differently had I known. These sessions should maybe start with "what do you want to be sure we cover today?" to be sure the important stuff gets covered.
    Aug 29, 2023
    Dr. Laura Hill is an excellent doctor she truly listens to how I am feeling and gives me all the care I need.
    Aug 17, 2023
    Dr Sakurai's prompt response to my questions through messages is above and beyond my expectations.
    Aug 15, 2023
    Dr Laura Hill-Sakurai is among the best physicians I have encountered in the UCSF system. Do whatever you need to ease her lot!
    Aug 14, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is the best! She is attentive thoughtful experienced and offers clear and helpful explanations. I always feel that she has my best interest in her practice.
    Aug 02, 2023
    Care provider is really great and I believe that she really cares about her patients.
    Jul 27, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is the best.
    Jul 27, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is a rare doc. I never feel rushed by her she is always present ie listens responds is respectful and inclusive.
    Jul 18, 2023
    First time with her and fully satisfied..
    Jul 08, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai Is the best! She explained things to me clearly and facilitated tests or treatments for my issues. She is knowledgeable and experienced and with the kindest heart as a doctor
    Jun 24, 2023
    I have been seeing Dr. Laura Hill-Sakurai for many years. She is amazing! I have seen many doctors and she is the best. She is thoughtful shows genuine concern for the patient and is a great partner in your health. She does not treat her patients like a number or a box that needs to be checked before moving to something/someone else.
    Jun 23, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is a very caring doctor. She is attentive and considers her patients concerns when it comes to the treatment plan.
    Jun 15, 2023
    My PCP is beyond excellent: stellar communication skills tremendous knowledge base and ideal patient relations skills. I am very grateful.
    Jun 02, 2023
    There was a flow to my visit and hardly any waiting. Everyone was efficient. The doctor and medical assistant were especially kind too their time listened and it felt like they genuinely cared.
    May 31, 2023
    The LakeShore Staff as well as my primary (Dr. Sakurai) are always professional courteous and have made me feel like family. Over the years I have gotten to know many of the staff and seeing many have and raise their children. They take the time to know me and my family. I'm very grateful to all the team and would highly recommend LakeShore!
    May 24, 2023
    I always feel I am in good care with Dr. Hill-Sakurai. She treats the "whole body" & I really trust her to bring together all my disparate maladies & meds and makes sense of it.
    May 06, 2023
    Very good
    May 02, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai is outstanding. Excellent and caring communicator.
    Apr 29, 2023
    Very care and very nice l love my Dr
    Apr 28, 2023
    Dr. Hill-Sakurai enters the room greeting me making me feel so special. We talk about my challenges with weight gain and she reassures me that there are options Sets out a plan asks for permission to talk with another depart about me it was so incredibly hard to keep up with her ! I knew that Dr. Hill was not going to let me go home without tools that I can implement right away. She is a gem. Frankly sometimes she makes my husband and I feel like we are so special! Her NP are the same way!
    Apr 12, 2023
    The care Dr. Hill-Sakurai gave was excellent. She listened to my questions & concerns in a very caring manner. I was very happy with my visit.
    Mar 30, 2023
    Dr Laura Hill-Sakurai is great!
    Mar 28, 2023
    I am grateful that I have had Dr. Sakurai as my primary physician for over 12 years. She helped to create my oncology team and always listens to my needs and or concerns. I can openly share my concerns and actions as it pertains to my on-going mental and physical health. I can only pray that there are many more physicians like Dr. Sakurai who exude empathy kindness and overall understanding of the patient.
    Mar 26, 2023
    Dr Laura Hill Sakurai is the best!
    Mar 24, 2023
    Dr. Laura E Hill-Sakurai Is AMAZING!! She's personable and caring. She's truly a gem.
    Mar 06, 2023
    Love my provider always kind considerate consistent and patient considering she has a full panel!!
    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

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