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Stuart Menaker


Family physician
Medical examiner for the FAA

Dr. Stuart Menaker is a family physician with a special interest in caring for families that include children and adolescents and for patients with men's health concerns. He also enjoys performing minor office procedures, such as removal of skin lesions, insertion or removal of intrauterine devices, vasectomies, and joint injections to relieve inflammation as well as other types of injections.

Menaker believes in the value of taking a team approach to keeping patients healthy, with the individual patient serving as captain of the team. In addition to caring for patients at UCSF, he is a senior medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Menaker earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. After working for 10 years in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, he moved to California to practice at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

For Menaker, moving to San Francisco and joining UCSF has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

  • Education

    Baylor College of Medicine, 1987

  • Residencies

    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Family Medicine, 1990

  • Board Certifications

    Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine

As a family doctor, I should be able to assist you with nearly all of your medical concerns and help you find the proper assistance with all the rest.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    285 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 29, 2023
    Dr. Menaker is absolutely amazing and I couldn't feel more grateful and lucky to have him as my doctor.
    Jun 14, 2023
    Dr. Menaker has a good "bedside" manner if that's the term to use. He includes his own experiences with some of his personal medical issues to give me a better perspective on diagnoses treatments and future items of concern for my overall well-being.
    May 24, 2023
    Apr 27, 2023
    It was a pleasure. Wonderful.
    Apr 09, 2023
    Dr Menaker has my health and wellbeing as first priority. I feel like I'm a partner in my own healthcare with him as my PCP. My overall experience with Dr Menaker and with UCSF in general has been outstanding. I consider the last 2 years I've been with UCSF as the best healthcare I've had in my life.
    Mar 30, 2023
    The care provider ignored my request to be on a smaller dose of my prescription. The way they explained my depression to me felt unintentionally patronizing. The care providers reasoning for keeping my at my current prescription dosage was that I'm depressed and said that he couldn't take me off of the medication despite that I never asked to be taken off just for the dose to be lowered so that I could address my anxiety (which is a symptom of the prescription)
    Mar 30, 2023
    Dr. Menaker is a masterclass in medical care. I have never been so satisfied? Delighted? Blown away? Platitudes fail. I could not be more grateful for the care I get from him and his team.
    Mar 29, 2023
    My first time seeing Dr Menaker. I found him very personable easy to talk to very thorough in his examination and comprehensive in is explanation of my issue and home exercises. For me it was a very positive experience and I left feeling relieved.
    Mar 14, 2023
    Listened intently provided all possible scenarios of what my pain could be. Examined me!
    Feb 27, 2023
    Truly the best primary care doctor I've ever had. Dr. Menaker goes above and beyond to not only develop a comprehensive understanding of me as a patient but also provide stat driven recommendations. I've been very impressed with my interactions with the doctor and am thankful for his feedback and his efforts to consult with his peers to discover the best options if he doesn't have it already. I know I am in great care and trust this doctor whole heartedly.
    Feb 11, 2023
    Dr. Menaker is an excellent doctor and a terrific representative of and ambassador for UCSF. I wholeheartedly trust and respect him and feel very fortunate to have him as my primary care doctor
    Feb 09, 2023
    He is very good doctor
    Feb 04, 2023
    Dr. Menaker is an excellent doctor.
    Feb 04, 2023
    This is the best team ever. They are extremely courteous caring and professional. When I left from the office I felt like I have a great doctor!
    Feb 01, 2023
    Dr Menaker is an outstanding PCP. I greatly appreciate his communication skills including listening to me explaining things fully and including me in decision making
    Jan 05, 2023
    Dr Menaker is also my Dad & sisters primary.
    Dec 22, 2022
    Dr. Menaker is hands-down the best PCP my family has had. We've recommended him to several others because he listens covers the tough topics and makes it easy to have an open conversation about gay health issues.
    Dec 10, 2022
    Always caring and attentive with choices for treatment
    Nov 17, 2022
    Dr. Menaker is the best
    Nov 15, 2022
    I preferred the experience at China Basin to this on at Parnassus. Both were good but China Basin was better.
    Nov 06, 2022
    I am establishing care with Dr. Menaker and he listened to all of my concerns took his time and established a strong therapeutic alliance with me. I feel very comfortable with him as my PCP.
    Oct 21, 2022
    We follow him wherever he goes. He is the very best
    Oct 15, 2022
    Dr. Menaker is very thoughtful and transparent. Answered all my Qs thank you!
    Oct 13, 2022
    Dr. Menaker is the most wonderful doctor I've ever had and I've had a lot of great doctors. He deserves a 10 out of 5 rating.
    Oct 07, 2022
    Sep 13, 2022
    Grateful to be connected with a competent and compassionate doctor after my PCP's departure.
    Aug 12, 2022
    Dr Menaker has excellent bedside manner. Very professional and he made sure that I am well informed and part of the decision making about my health
    Aug 11, 2022
    Dr. Menaker is extremely professional helpful and affable! He carefully explained options and consequences and assured a mutually agreed path forward. UCSF is fortunate to have him!!
    Aug 05, 2022
    Everything was fantastic.
    Aug 05, 2022
    He's very professional in his performance and that is good.
    Aug 02, 2022
    Dr Menaker was very empathetic & comforted me not to worry about out of trend test results.
    Jul 21, 2022
    Dr Menaker made me feel very comfortable/confident in the change to him being my General Practitioner.
    Jul 16, 2022
    Dr. Menaker is a wonderful physician and gives great advise and encouragement.
    Jul 12, 2022
    Dr. Menaker is an ideal Dr. from the little things like rolling the Epic workstation closer to the chair where I sat to create a comfortable and connected conversation to his overall bedside manner and knowledge. (I liked his joke about reaching goals noting how he did not go to medical school to get all B's. LOL!) He's also a great listener.
    May 27, 2022
    Easy to talk with. Nice sense of humor.
    Apr 23, 2022
    He's fantastic. Very thoughtful but firm. Makes me want to make good changes
    Apr 22, 2022
    Apr 12, 2022
    Superb in all respects. Proactive knowledgeable and thorough.
    Feb 13, 2022
    Limitation is that surgeon I saw--like almost all surgeons I've ever seen--cannot engage intellectually with non-surgical aspects of my case. It's obvious that surgery depts. In Medical schools and teaching hospitals place very little value on this (even if they have learned to demonstrate lip service to it).
    Feb 08, 2022
    Like I said before Dr Menaker is the best.
    Jan 08, 2022
    Very thorough knowledgeable doctor.
    Jan 07, 2022
    Good experience
    Dec 16, 2021
    One of my best experiences ever with health care providers
    Dec 15, 2021
    Dr. Menaker is the epitome of an excellent professional and caring primary care doctor. I am very fortunate to have him as my primary care doctor.
    Dec 14, 2021
    I would definitely recommend to others. My concern would be that he might not have timely appointments available.
    Nov 26, 2021
    Dr Menaker is excellent. He has a very friendly caring professional manner that puts me at ease. He explains things very thoroughly. I am particularly impressed that he gives excellent nutritional and dietary advice something that is not usually provided when I speak to other medical staff at UCSF. I am always impressed when meeting with him. He listens carefully and his positive supportive attitude to a patient with cancer is very welcome.
    Nov 15, 2021
    Dr. Menaker is a very good listener. A few years ago he suggested that I change my cholesterol medication that I have been taking for several years (prescribed by a different physician) and that appeared to be effective. I am glad he pushed me to learn more about the medication he recommended and I am glad I switched.
    Oct 27, 2021
    I left my former primary care center that I was part of for 35yrs to go to the China Basin Primary Care Clinic and be a patient of Dr Menaker's. It was a very good decision and I know I won't regret it

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