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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
    103 Ratings
    About our process
    Oct 18, 2023
    I've had nothing but great interactions with Dr. Madeline Deutsch. She is direct and on-task which I think some people (based on online reviews) find brusque. I've found that when I respond with assertiveness she pauses and listens then clearly clarifies and repeats back what she hears She will adjust course as appropriate. I deeply appreciate and respect that she leads and is clear about her role and understanding me as her patient. She listens well and ultimately I come to her for her specifically for her expertise and experience as well as the university where she is a leader in her field. Dr. Deutsch delivers that well and professionally with compassion.
    Oct 14, 2023
    Showed real concern for the problems stated prior to arranging the appointment and came to a swift conclusion
    Oct 04, 2023
    Clearly I think very highly of Dr. Deutsch!
    Sep 14, 2023
    Dr. Deutsch is phenomenal! She is very present focused and seems very up-to-date in medical research.
    Jul 08, 2023
    Dr Deutsch is one of the top trans physicians in the country.
    Jun 24, 2023
    Dr. M. Deutsch is an incredibly smart competent and dedicated doctor. She identified side effects of some of my medications and I have been able to reduce the number of medications I'm taking - with carful monitoring through blood tests and blood pressure. For Gender Affirming Care she is the gold standard with an incredible wealth of knowledge.
    Jun 23, 2023
    I can tell Dr. Deutsch is very concerned about my health and I appreciate her listening to my needs and responding appropriately.
    May 19, 2023
    Dr. Deutsch provides excellent care
    May 18, 2023
    Will probably be cancelling my follow up. I found her to be condescending and kind of hostile.
    May 17, 2023
    I was so impressed with Dr. Deutsch's care and the time she spent with me. It was so very helpful.
    May 11, 2023
    Wonderful doctor
    Apr 02, 2023
    Dr. Deutsch does tend to generally seem a bit overbooked although she has always answers questions with patience and care even when she seems rushed.
    Mar 28, 2023
    Dr. Deutsch was attentive focused and explained things very clearly.
    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.