Louise Aronson


Author of Elderhood and other books

About me

Dr. Louise Aronson is a geriatrician and founder of the optimizing aging practice at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, where she cares for older adults.

Aronson's research interests include geriatrics education, reflective learning (which in medicine emphasizes learning from experience to improve care), health advocacy and medical writing for the public.

Aronson earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. At UCSF, she completed a residency in internal medicine as well as a clinician-educator fellowship and a geriatrics fellowship. She later earned a master of fine arts degree in fiction writing at Warren Wilson College.

Aronson teaches at UCSF and serves as director of UCSF's programs in health humanities and social advocacy She has received numerous accolades, including the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Professorship for Humanism in Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society's Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator of the Year Award. She is the author of Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life.

  • Education

    Harvard Medical School, 1992

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, 1995

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Geriatric Medicine, 1998

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I am excited to expand UCSF's care of older adults at the Osher Center, where we focus on well-being along with disease management.

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

1545 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

Selected research

My work

A doctor speaks out about ageism in medicine

Read on Kaiser Health News

I’m a geriatrician. There’s no clear age that is ‘too old’ to be president.

Read on the Washington Post