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Madeline Deutsch


Director, UCSF Gender Affirming Health Program
Primary care specialist
Player of many instruments, motorcycle traveler and mom

About me

Accepting new patients

Lesbian | Queer | Transgender woman

Pronouns: She | Her | Hers

Dr. Madeline Deutsch specializes in providing primary care for gender and sexual minorities, including individuals from the transgender, nonbinary gender, gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer communities. She is the director of UCSF Gender Affirming Health Program and specializes in managing gender-affirming hormone therapy. Other areas of interest include contraception management and working with patients who have more than one mental health condition.

In addition, Deutsch has special interests in disease prevention, dietary and lifestyle approaches to improving health, and integrative medicine. She believes in collaborating with her patients, involving them in all aspects of their care, and individualizing both preventive measures and treatments.

In her research, Deutsch studies topics including HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (medications to reduce the risk of becoming infected), the use of electronic medical records to capture gender identity and sexual orientation data, and screening for cancer and sexual health risks in transgender populations.

Deutsch earned her medical degree at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. She completed a residency at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center. She also has a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Deutsch has published more than 25 works on gender and sexual minority health topics. She is an associate editor for the journal LGBT Health.

Deutsch is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and serves on the board of directors for the local chapter of the U.S. Professional Association for Transgender Health.

  • Education

    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, 2001

  • Board Certifications

    Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

  • Languages



My mission is to reduce barriers to care for people who might otherwise avoid seeing a doctor.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    56 Ratings
    About our process
    Feb 01, 2023
    Care provider seemed to fixate on passing concerns as signs of treatment adjacent issues which were valid concerns but ones I already was addressing. The time spent stuck on that point left additional medical questions frustratingly unanswered.
    Jan 21, 2023
    Much more comfortable than last time
    Dec 17, 2022
    She was very short and very insensitive about my concerns
    Nov 17, 2022
    I feel fortunate to have her. One of the best in the County.
    Nov 16, 2022
    The provider's information on estradiol hormone therapy contradicts the advice found on the UCSF website.
    Oct 27, 2022
    Dr. Deutsch is the first medical professional that I feel actually cares about my health.She has been able to make me feel comfortable and safe in an environment that has never been before. I am eternally grateful for her help.
    Oct 24, 2022
    Dismissive unhelpful and left me generally unhappy with the visit. She rushed me through. Im unhaply with how the visit weny.
    Oct 20, 2022
    This was such a great experience. I wasn't sure what to expect and was anxious but Dr. Deutsch was very relatable and answered all my questions and was very open and encouraging.
    Sep 21, 2022
    Provider was rude. Provider cut me off failed to explain treatment options adequately and refused to hear the details of my concerns. Provider appears not to trust me to take proper care of myself or to follow instructions. Provider appears to believe I am unable to describe my symptoms.
    Jun 24, 2021
    In the visit the doctor asked me if I had read the surgery materials she sent me after our first appointment. I had read all the materials she sent me but I didn't remember she sent me surgery materials so I said I haven't. Then she got very angry because she believed I didn't pay respect to her instructions and soon left the meeting. I doubled check the materials after our appointment and still couldn't the surgery materials she mentioned. This was my second appointment with her and my first time to read materials after visit. I tried to call her office afterwards for instructions on reading materials but no one had called me back yet. The doctor wanted to reschedule an appointment with me one year later and I was extremely shocked. We didn't even have a chance to address my concerns - the biggest one is my prescription. And no one from her office seems to care if I get my prescription or not - the doctor only told me to see her in 1 year but didn't say if I can get my prescription from her now. In my opinion she shows no empathy for me when I made mistakes or give me a chance to explain my behavior when she's angry.