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Piali Basu


Family physician
Yoga devotee and lover of all dogs

Dr. Piali Basu is a family medicine doctor who provides comprehensive care to patients of all ages. She specializes in reproductive health, including family planning, contraception, pregnancy options counseling and gynecologic procedures. In her practice, she emphasizes preventive health measures and chronic disease management, and she believes in engaging patients to be active participants in their health outcomes.

Basu earned a master of public health degree from Columbia University, where she focused on the social determinants of health. She earned her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in family medicine at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center, a program that allowed her to care for patients with the highest psychosocial needs in one of Los Angeles County's largest hospital. She completed additional training under the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harbor–UCLA, where she gained skills in women's health and gynecologic procedures. She has also provided prenatal medical care in the LA County women's jail.

Basu is passionate about understanding how trauma and violence may impact her patients. She believes community-wide interventions and patient collaboration are needed to disrupt cycles of violence.

In providing health care, Basu focuses on the intersection of medicine, public health issues and patient advocacy. She views health care as a fundamental human right. Recently, she was selected to participate in an advocacy fellowship, representing Physicians for Reproductive Health.

  • Education

    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, 2014

    Columbia University, MPH, 2009

  • Residencies

    Harbor–UCLA Medical Center, Family Medicine, 2017

  • Board Certifications

    Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

I consider healthcare a fundamental human right, and feel all should have access to care in a way that instills humanism, dignity, love and respect.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    186 Ratings
    About our process
    Sep 09, 2023
    Dr. Basu is an exceptional physician. I feel very safe with her care and appreciate her thoroughness and warmth.
    Jul 20, 2023
    The interpreter was not very accurate in this particular case.
    Jul 11, 2023
    I like Dr.Basu's bedside manner during my visits but she has many times lapsed on following up with me about test results and I have reviewed them on my own via mychart. This approach works for someone with high health literacy and ability to navigate the UCSF patient portal but I would have concerns for patients like my parents who do not.
    Jun 24, 2023
    Jun 16, 2023
    Both doc and student acted clearly in my best interest
    Jun 09, 2023
    Very thorough and extremely professional.
    Jun 09, 2023
    Dr Basu is a person I trust. Brilliant listener. First rate in my book!
    May 29, 2023
    Crucial meds which I reported both to the intake nurse and provider for Lichen Schlerosus which is stressful as it is uncurable were not documented correctly in my file. My simple question/concern about low BP was documented in my file with an out of context quote which I don't appreciate nor is it relevant to have noted at all. My lesion under my left Breast was not documented correctly and marked On my left breast and the fact that the provider asked and received permission from me to take a photo of that lesion with her iphone during the visit was Not documented in the note file history of the visit. There are med list from over 12 years ago in my file I noted which are irrelevant and not documented correctly.
    May 02, 2023
    Thank GOD No Bad Experience
    May 01, 2023
    I came fasted because it was expected that I would need bloodwork at this appointment then was told they didn't have time to do it and would put in an order. Since I was seen late and had to wait so long I did not have time to go to all the way to the lab and this felt like a waste of my time (and fasting). Nothing worse than being hungry waiting around past a scheduled appointment time and then being told the clinic doesn't have time to do the test.
    May 01, 2023
    Dr. Basu's care is fantastic. I've been dealing with a challenging health situation in that we can't find the reason for some abnormal labs. Dr. Basu has been so diligent in collaborating with others including myself to find answers. I'm also in healthcare and am very reassured to have a provider like Dr. Basu.
    Apr 05, 2023
    Terrific doctor
    Mar 11, 2023
    Male nurses need to be less aggressive when removing bandages on a toddler
    Mar 11, 2023
    I have an enormous amount of respect for Dr. Basu who has an extraordinary bedside manner and is extremely thorough. I have happily referred her to my husband and our friends and everyone raves about her!
    Feb 26, 2023
    This is all limited by the very short time allowed for these visits. I came in person but was not able to address everything in one visit and may need to schedule another. This is NOT the provider's fault but a bit frustrating and counterproductive. It would be good to be able to lay out the fullPicture rather than do this in oirces maybe over 1 or 2 months (I work and can't take a fHalf days off each week for medical things.once a month is about it for me.
    Feb 17, 2023
    I was convinced I needed an increase dosage of a medicine I was already taking to calm my generalized anxiety disorder fear or starting a new job. I was recommended two alternative medication best suited for my success and my first week went great.
    Feb 16, 2023
    Dr. Basu is a very good listener and also provides me with very helpful advice and guidance! I'm extremely happy with Dr. Basu!!
    Feb 10, 2023
    Good experience.
    Feb 03, 2023
    Going to the doctor can be a scary experience. But going to Dr. Basu is something that I'm always looking forward because she makes the experience stellar. She always make me feel comfortable safe she carefully listens to me and lets me express myself and my concerns. Doctors like Dr. Basu make UCSF what medical care should be all about; effective; safe; people-centred; timely; equitable; integrated; and efficient. I trust her with my eyes closed. I am so happy and blessed to have UCSF care in my life and I can ever think getting treatment or care elsewhere. Thank you Dr. Basu for being such an amazing person!!!
    Feb 01, 2023
    Instead of listenting to my concerns and addressing my questions she focused in on symptoms that I have managed and were not my chief complaint - going so far as to prescribe medication that I told her I did not want/need and that I would not take. She also made referrals for providers that I have no interest in seeing and was reluctant to make a referral to the provider I asked of her. I have been seeing her for a few years now and this visit felt like she was learning everything about me all over again as if she had no background history. The visit also felt very rushed since I am only able to address 1-2 issues in these visits having her spend time on the issues that were my largest concern was very frustrating. Lastly she provided canned responses in regard to lifestyle (diet & exercise) that I had earlier in the appointment either addressed or mentioned as being difficult. I am planning to look for a new care provider moving forward.
    Jan 25, 2023
    My provider was warm present engaged and I knew I had been heard.
    Dec 28, 2022
    An excellent visit
    Dec 22, 2022
    Dr seemed rushed was impatient and I didn't feel like I received a thorough appointment or screening. She said she has 1700 patients and that rubbed me the wrong way. Seems like way too many no wonder she was rushing me out of there and cutting me off. I go to the doctor once a year and I expect a level of service that I did not receive on this visit. I was really disappointed.
    Dec 16, 2022
    My provider seems to be good. However I always feel like she evades the pain medicine issue. The spine center instructed me to refer to my primary care physician for pain management and she always refers me back to the spine center for pain management. Now that I've had the brain surgery she is referring me to another specialist for pain management. I cannot afford to pay the specialist price and the response I get from the specialist is to refer to my primary care physician. All I need is to know how to manage my pain without paying a lot of money to UCSF.
    Dec 15, 2022
    She was excellent.
    Dec 07, 2022
    Dec 07, 2022
    I don't think that Dr Basu read my files and previous history with enough time to address my health with the best approach. I had to clarify a few times my concerns and reasoning for specific treatments. She was very polite and caring.
    Dec 01, 2022
    Dr Basu is very professional and an attentive active listener.
    Nov 22, 2022
    Love Dr. Basu. Super sweet and caring.
    Nov 20, 2022
    THANK S BE TO GOD" no bad experience
    Nov 12, 2022
    Provider did not provide clear instructions on how Albuterol would be administered at home and prescribed the wrong equipment (an inhaler instead of a nebulizer). Still haven't received correct prescription after sending a message over 24 hr ago.
    Nov 07, 2022
    Dr. Basu is professional knowledgeable kind and very thorough during visit. I appreciated how she summarized next steps regarding my health concerns. Thank you!
    Nov 02, 2022
    I scheduled this appointment with a new care provider since my former PCP had left the practice. When I met with her she informed me that I had a new PCP assigned to me and that i'd have to follow up with them. It would have been helpful to be told in advance that I had a new PCP and just scheduled an appointment with them instead.
    Sep 30, 2022
    Dr Piali Basu is the best.
    Sep 11, 2022
    I had a very pleasant visit with the doctor very very pleasant
    Sep 08, 2022
    Dr. Basu is a treasure. She approached our appointment like an old fashioned primary care physician- listening to me throughout and exhibiting true compassion warmth and medical wisdom. She was organized and thorough. It may sound strange but I am thrilled to have met her and so excited that she will be my doctor. When doctor's like Dr. Basu are given the leadership and systemic support and the time to practice medicine we all benefit. I can't say enough about the success of this initial visit. If there is a significant way to honor her work please do.
    Sep 03, 2022
    Provider was friendly and l listened but I accomplished nothing in the visit. Everything required imaging and then another visit- even a piece of glass stuck in the bottom of my foot that I needed removed required an ultrasound - and a referral to podiatry. My previous doctor would have removed the splinter of glass instead of referring me to an ultrasound bc of bleeding risk on the bottom sole of the foot! What ?!??!. I explained I have a high deductible plan so doing multiple appointments will cost atleast /visit and more for imaging- probably totaling over - so I'll just go home and ask my family to remove the glass for me. I don't know why I need to see a primary care doctor. It was a huge waste of time and my co-pay.
    Sep 02, 2022
    She is excellent! I couldn't ask for a better doctor. Extremely knowledgeable and explains clearly.
    Aug 25, 2022
    This was the first visit by this provider. She demonstrated excellent capacity to and patience on listening to the patient and caregiver spouse. She was very thoughtful at helping patient co side some of her recommendations e.g Psychoyherapy
    Aug 24, 2022
    She's amazing and you are lucky to have her! Easily the best provider I have ever had
    Aug 17, 2022
    PRAISE THE LORD GOD" I dont have bad experience
    Aug 13, 2022
    Excellent physician! Really glad she's my new primary care provider!
    Aug 09, 2022
    Dr Basu was excellent! She listened and provided excellent feedback and recommendation about my health.
    Aug 07, 2022
    Aug 05, 2022
    I feel better now that we are getting to know each other
    Jul 20, 2022
    Jul 07, 2022
    15 minutes for a first time visit was insufficient. Follow up months later was scheduled. I'm grateful for county medical care but this is not good. There was just time for her to read my chart defer a couple concerns and leave me feeling pretty brushed off. I'm sure she's overbooked etc. And probably doesn't dislike me but I couldn't help wondering.
    May 19, 2022
    I had tested positive for COVID and my provider was very patient listening to my symptoms and concerns and she ensured that I was able to receive my medication on time with a pharmacy that could fill the order.
    Apr 03, 2022
    Great care - the duo team with resident and Dr. Basu was a new experience. Both excellent.
    Mar 30, 2022
    She talked to me about her thoughts on a diagnosis she listened to mine! She got everything scheduled and hopefully we'll figure out what's going on but this is the first time I truly feel like we're going to get answers and that I can hopefully soon be well. All my previous doctors need to come take a training class with Dr. Basu.
    Mar 21, 2022
    Dr.Basu is the absolute best I can not stress it enough! She always listens she is so helpful she thoroughly explains everything!
    Mar 19, 2022
    Mar 18, 2022
    In fact I recommended Dr. Basu to a close friend immediately after coming home.

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