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Vivek K. Murthy


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Dr. Vivek K. Murthy is a rheumatologist who cares for patients with disorders affecting the joints, muscles and ligaments, including autoimmune conditions. He has a special interest in connective tissue diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease that causes joint inflammation and pain), systemic lupus erythematosus (an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in tissues and organs), systemic vasculitis (narrowed blood vessels resulting from inflammation) and IgG4-related disease (an autoimmune disorder that can damage organs). He also provides general care for hospitalized patients at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

With the goal of improving patient care, Murthy's research focuses on understanding how expert providers learn, practice and problem-solve and then looks to apply these principles and techniques in medical education and patient care. In his role as an educator, he hopes to inspire medical trainees to use effective diagnostic techniques to ensure the best possible care.

Murthy earned his master of science degree in pharmacology at the University of Oxford and his medical degree at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in rheumatology at UCSF. Before joining the UCSF faculty, he was a hospitalist, clinician educator and assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

  • Education

    New York University School of Medicine, MD, 2013

  • Residencies

    UCSF, 2016

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, 2022

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

My primary role is to serve as a counselor and advocate for my patients by providing them with detail-oriented and evidence-based care.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    66 Ratings
    About our process
    Oct 29, 2023
    Dr. Murthy was interested in my health GCA and a brilliant medical professional..
    Jul 23, 2023
    Dr. Murthy does his homework and always listens!!!
    Jul 17, 2023
    Excellent communication with high humanistic interaction
    Jun 14, 2023
    Excellent care from a very empathetic provider
    Apr 29, 2023
    Dr. Murthy is a brilliant physician! He is well versed on my medical history!I received thrilling news that day!!!
    Feb 13, 2023
    Dr. Murthy is wonderful in every way.
    Jan 26, 2023
    The best doctor I've ever seen. Outstanding in every way!
    Oct 27, 2022
    Dr Vivek Murthy was incredibly kind courteous knowledgeable about my previous history and was patient listener. He had taken the time prior to my visit to review my chart and my recent medical history. He was thorough in his explanations and listened to my concerns and questions with genuine interest. Excellent.
    Oct 15, 2022
    Extremely knowledgeable and an outstanding positive attitude and manner
    Sep 26, 2022
    Dr. Murthy is an excellent doctor.He is caring smart and enthusiastic.Excellent ambassador for UCSF.
    Sep 23, 2022
    Dr Murthy wants to get booster for the latest omicronI said ok I will
    Sep 09, 2022
    I was thinking in awe of Dr. Murthy!
    Aug 11, 2022
    Jul 24, 2022
    Dr. Murthy was kind thoughtful considerate very professional and extremely knowledgeable. I very much appreciate the time and attention he paid to me and my issues.
    Jul 18, 2022
    Dr. Murthy was fantastic. Knew my case from having read the chart in advance. Listened carefully. Examined me thoroughly. Arrived at a clear diagnosis that I have high confidence in. He was great.