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Mimi Ogawa


Family physician

Dr. Mimi Ogawa is a family medicine doctor who cares for patients of all ages. She has particular interests in preventive medicine and managing substance use disorders. After earning a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, Ogawa completed the postbaccalaureate premedical program at Bennington College. She earned her medical degree at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Before joining UCSF, she worked for a community clinic in the East Bay that served all patients, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Ogawa is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Board of Family Medicine. She received an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, in which medical professionals complete a project involving sustainable community-based health care as well as embrace a lifelong commitment to serving vulnerable populations. She also received a grant from the Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program, which provides education debt relief in order to increase the number of doctors providing care in underserved parts of California.

A San Francisco native, Ogawa is pleased to be able to care for people where she grew up. Outside of work, she enjoys practicing martial arts, caring for her indoor plants and keeping her senior citizen cat happy.

  • Education

    University of Vermont, MD, 2012

  • Residencies

    University of Vermont Medical Center, Family Medicine, 2015

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    427 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 23, 2023
    No one compares to ucsf
    Nov 15, 2023
    Mimi Ogawa was attentive to my concerns and provided helpful options to address my concerns and alternatives. Mimi Ogawa also remembered to follow up with a previous concern that was addressed remotely.
    Nov 09, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa is a very patient doctor who understands what the patient is explaining to her and she gives her advice and any follow up meds or appointments if necessary.
    Nov 05, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa the care provider has many qualities: good listening and taking excellent notes. She made me feel very comfortable discussing health matters and showed genuine interest. She answered all my questions. After the visit she sent appointment referral requests. This first experience meeting her exceeded my expectations. I appreciate her taking good care of my health services.
    Oct 28, 2023
    Dr Ogawa and fantastic and I'm grateful to be a patient of hers and of the UCSF system.
    Oct 25, 2023
    Dr. Is a great listener. I truly feel she is concerned for my health.
    Oct 25, 2023
    My parter may want her as his pcp.
    Oct 11, 2023
    Disappointed that so many things need to be separate appointments: pap smear blood test etc
    Aug 26, 2023
    I liked Dr Ogawa very much and although I have only just met her I already feel confident in her care. Such a relief.
    Aug 24, 2023
    Dr Ogawa spent time addressing my concerns and provided easy to understand explanations and next steps
    Aug 20, 2023
    Dr Ogawa was amazing
    Aug 17, 2023
    I was expecting a more comprehensive physical exam similar the ones given to me by my previous doctor. I thought my exam today was very simple.
    Jul 24, 2023
    Maybe Its time for me To start looking for another provider that I feel line they care about my health my bp always high never stable
    Jul 22, 2023
    I felt that the severity of my problem was severely minimized
    Jul 18, 2023
    Dr Ogawa has a great bedside manner. She is professional but friendly as well. She listened to my concerns and went over several options. Throughout the visit I never felt rushed. As a new patient visit this has to rank as one of the better ones.
    Jul 14, 2023
    My favorite doctor I have had so far.
    Jul 12, 2023
    Doctor Ogawa has been top notch in all of my appointments with her. She is kind attentive and considerate. She is also sharp in her diagnoses and considers many more issues and factors than providers I have had previously.
    Jul 04, 2023
    Empathy and knowledge!
    Jun 09, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa was very patient caring and professional. She made me feel like my concerns were valid and she provided practical advice asked questions and made sure all of my concerns were addressed before the appointment was over.
    Jun 02, 2023
    Very thoughtful gave excellent explanations. Caring. Thank you!
    May 30, 2023
    She was great! Really liked her. Knowledgeable and competent.
    May 18, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa seems I'll equipped to deal with long Covid / fatigue patients. She was misinformed (specifically regarding POTS being a possible symptom of LC which she denied "I'd be very surprised if you had pots it would be a huge coincidence if you developed that at the same time as long covid") offered no further steps eg referrals to specialists until I insisted or even a follow up visit (suggested to wait 2 month or a year) and was patronizing and minimizing of my severe disability (she cooed at me several times "awwwww" as if I were a child with a bruise). Unprofessional and inappropriate
    May 16, 2023
    Very pleased to have this dr for primary care.
    May 11, 2023
    It's hard to make a clear assessment of a person over the Internet. Dr. Ogawa seem to have other things on her mind.
    May 05, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa has always kind and patient and compassionate and is one of the few medical professionals I've worked with lately who doesn't seem desperate to get me out the door as fast as they can. I was extremely upset at the start of my visit stressed about what was happening to me and she made me feel a lot better and helped me to access the care I needed. I really appreciate her.
    May 04, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa is as good a physician anyone could hope to find.
    May 04, 2023
    Dr. Mimi Ogawa is the BEST! She listened to me and took time to diagnose and explain things to me. She is super nice and accommodating. Knowledgeable and so helpful. Down to earth and caring. I'm glad I picked her!!! She deserves a raise in salary!!!
    May 03, 2023
    The care provider was very friendly. She listened to me patiently and provided useful advice in addressing my issues.
    Apr 27, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa really spent the time to listen to me and ask me questions that my previous doctors never spent the time asking. I really felt like she created a safe space for me to express my concerns about my life and my health.
    Apr 25, 2023
    I had a very great experience with the care provider!! This was the first time I met Dr. Mimi Ogawa and she was absolutely wonderful!! She made me feel at ease and comfortable talking to her and expressing My thoughts and concerns. I liked her Immediately from the first time I heard her voice because her first words were of concern caring and respect for me. It can't get better than that!! I appreciate her advice and help.
    Apr 20, 2023
    Outstanding and supportive
    Apr 14, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa is an excellent PCP she thoroughly listened to the reason for my visit. Although she probably had other patients to see she didn't rush my appointment so that we could discuss my medications.
    Apr 08, 2023
    I messaged Dr Ogawa concerning some issues with a referral and with obtaining lab work but have not heard back since (4 days ago)
    Apr 08, 2023
    Specialists are a little distant and make me feel small.
    Apr 07, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa is perhaps the most patient and attentive doctor I've ever seen. I'm very happy that I have her as my primary care provider.
    Apr 01, 2023
    Could not ask for a better treatment team! Everyone fantastic!
    Mar 29, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa was very thorough in addressing all the problems I wanted addressed and didn't feel rushed at all.
    Mar 28, 2023
    Unlike other UCSF providers She gave me no confidence in her diagnosis. She's timid doesn't show she has any expertise. I will need to find another provider.
    Mar 23, 2023
    Dr Ogawa is professional patient knowledgeable and caring. I feel safe in her care.
    Feb 20, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa was great. She helped me understand and suggest helpful things.
    Feb 19, 2023
    Very helpful!
    Feb 18, 2023
    I am a new Medicare patient and would have liked more information about the role of a general practitioner in my care
    Feb 18, 2023
    It was my mistake not to ask all my questions as fast as I could. I forgot to focus on my problem.
    Feb 09, 2023
    Dr Ogawa is outstanding. I feel lucky that she has taken me on as a patient.
    Feb 02, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa was very professional and nice. She explained to me everything about my health. She answered my questions and explained to me to make sure I understand.
    Jan 31, 2023
    Very fond of Dr. Ogawa
    Jan 27, 2023
    I liked her so much I would like to make her my primary instead of the one I have with whom I have communicated only once before several years ago
    Jan 26, 2023
    Knowledgeable with a heart! Oo
    Jan 23, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa is a very nice soft spoken doctor.
    Jan 14, 2023
    Professional knowledgeable and friendly. I felt at ease even with the medical student present.
    Jan 14, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa is incredibly intelligent & well trained plus she is personable kind easy to communicate with. She really is a very good doctor. She listened to my concerns intently and recommended different approaches some that were new to me.
    Jan 13, 2023
    Dr. Ogawa is exceptional! She's prepared listens shows empathy digs through my records for additional info and puts a plan in place.
    Jan 13, 2023
    Very kindpatient and caring doctor and staff
    Jan 11, 2023
    Dr Ogawa had a fantastic bedside manner - caring great listener professional and competent with warmth felt like she was on my team and looking after my long term wellness and care
    Jan 08, 2023
    Doctor Ogawa first listens patient well and gives detailed explanations.
    Dec 06, 2022
    As described prior she was great snd I'd live to see her again.
    Dec 06, 2022
    Dr Ogawa is an outstanding doctor!!!
    Dec 06, 2022
    She was a model care provider and not only does she deserve a huge raise but she should absolutely train others in her specialty to provide patient care at her level of excellence.
    Dec 04, 2022
    Dr was very receptive and quick
    Nov 30, 2022
    She cares she listens and she understands my concerns
    Nov 25, 2022
    I am extremely pleased with Dr. Ogawa. She is a very good listener good eye contact. Very easy to talk with about health issues and very patient.
    Oct 11, 2022
    Wonderful provider!
    Oct 09, 2022
    Provider strongly suggested to get a flu shot. My allergies weren't cross checked with the flu shot I was given
    Sep 29, 2022
    She involved me in decision making excellently
    Sep 27, 2022
    I already have recommended her. As an East Coast Faculty of Medicine Administrator I always had good providers-none better than Dr Ogawa
    Sep 24, 2022
    Would never recommend this doctor to anyone
    Sep 24, 2022
    Very good experience
    Sep 17, 2022
    This first meeting with Dr Ogawa was a very good experience. I realized great confidence in both clinic/UCSF Health and Dr Ogawa
    Sep 14, 2022
    Somehow the transferring may cause misunderstanding that I was trying to schedule an appointment for Pap smears but they didn't put the order. Doctor made a call to schedule and made it happen on the same day. I really appreciate what she did.
    Sep 10, 2022
    She was awesome and probably the best women's health professional that I've been to!
    Aug 31, 2022
    Aug 23, 2022
    One of my worst ever experiences with a doctor I've had. Just gave me a referral. No help.
    Aug 19, 2022
    Dr Ogawa listened to all my symptoms and clarified my answers before diagnosis. I liked that she welcomed my input from beginning to end of the visit.
    Aug 18, 2022
    I really like Dr. Ogawa she was listening and providing helpful solutions and explanations.
    Aug 12, 2022
    Dr Ogawa is OUTSTANDING!!!!!!
    Aug 04, 2022
    After surgery phone line advice nurse is not very helpful. Slow to respond my concerns. I left message to my chart and left VM on the phone line on weekend no one got back till 24 hrs to 36 hrs later
    Jul 25, 2022
    I would have made this proivder my new PCP since mine left but she is geographically too far. I really appreciated everything about her. Have had many PCPs and I knew immediately that she was one of the really special ones.
    Jul 12, 2022
    Mimi Ogawa is very caring and listens and attentive just forgot to ask how I got the white blister I don't remember if she explained it or not
    Jul 10, 2022
    Dr Ogawa is an amazingly empathic and helpful and knowledgeable doctor. I am so lucky she is my physician.
    Jul 06, 2022
    Dr Ogawa was wonderful she is always kind and attentive
    Jun 20, 2022
    I called to find out about my eligibility for Paxlovid. She explained that I was likely outside the time window for optimal efficacy which made sense. However she also said that I didn't have a recent liver function or kidney function test which made it tricky to prescribe. Given I have had no reason for those tests and so many people I know have received Paxlovid prescriptions without such tests I was a bit surprised and confused by that part of the conversation. Given that it didn't seem applicable I didn't push further. If I had I'm sure she would have explained it in more detail.
    Jun 11, 2022
    I have a chronic pain issue. She is testing me from the start despite the radiology Evaluations I've provided from a former provider from John's Hopkins. She is more interested that I have a general health test versus dealing with my acute situation. For now I am having to stay in bed until sn MRI is done in two weeks.
    Apr 26, 2022
    The provider did not explain why she ordered certain lab tests which I thought were unnecessary. I was scheduled by the front desk to do both annual physical and Pap smear at one appointment but she told me she only had time for Pap smear and that I had to come back for my physical when I arrived to my appointment.
    Apr 23, 2022
    It is too bad that Dr. Ogawa is to relocated to another clinic rather than staying at Lakeshore Family Medical Service in SF!
    Apr 11, 2022
    I was chocked that she did not do a breast exam or check for unusual spots on the body. Annual exams at other places are more thorough. Sometimes patients don't know what they don't know.
    Mar 27, 2022
    She basically referred me to a specialist. I am told someone will call me to schedule an appointment. It looks like the specialists are too busy and booked too far out. Meanwhile I continue to suffer without adequate care.
    Mar 02, 2022
    She was very friendly and explained things well. The only suggestion I have would be that she lacks experience in that I needed to be seen annually for a physical due to GI issues blood pressure and family history of abdominal cancers. She did not recommend that I return for a visit in a year rather in three to five years for a physical. However she was proactive in referring me for a colonoscopy and following up with her for my blood pressurein a few months.
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