Sarah Doernberg, MD

Infectious disease physician

Dr. Sarah Doernberg is an infectious disease specialist who sees patients at UCSF Medical Center.

She earned a medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency and an infectious disease fellowship at UCSF. She also earned a master's degree in advanced studies through the Training in Clinical Research Program at UCSF. In her research, she focuses on health care-acquired infections and preventing the development of drug-resistant microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. She is an assistant clinical professor of medicine in Infectious Diseases and Hospital Medicine.


Infectious Disease at Parnassus
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0327
Phone: (415) 353-2626
Fax: (415) 353-2568

Hours: Thursday
8:20 – 11:40 a.m.

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Center of Excellence
400 Parnassus Ave., B1 Plaza Level
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 514-2381

Hours: Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Board Certification

Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Sarah Doernberg


Yale University School of Medicine 2006


UCSF Medical Center 2009


UCSF Medical Center 2011

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Doernberg SB, Chambers HF. Antimicrobial Stewardship Approaches in the Intensive Care Unit. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2017 Sep; 31(3):513-534.
  2. Doernberg SB, Lodise TP, Thaden JT, Munita JM, Cosgrove SE, Arias CA, Boucher HW, Corey GR, Lowy FD, Murray B, Miller LG, Holland TL. Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections: Research Priorities, Accomplishments, and Future Directions of the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Mar 15; 64(suppl_1):S24-S29.
  3. Brondfield MN, Reid MJ, Rutishauser RL, Cope JR, Tang J, Ritter JM, Matanock A, Ali I, Doernberg SB, Hilts-Horeczko A, DeMarco T, Klein L, Babik JM. Disseminated Acanthamoeba infection in a heart transplant recipient treated successfully with a miltefosine-containing regimen: Case report and review of the literature. Transpl Infect Dis. 2017 Apr; 19(2).
  4. Baxi SM, Robinson ML, Grill MF, Schwartz BS, Doernberg SB, Liu C. Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes Among Individuals With Spinal Implant Infections: A Descriptive Study. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016 Sep; 3(3):ofw177.
  5. Doernberg SB, Dudas V, Trivedi KK. Implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship program targeting residents with urinary tract infections in three community long-term care facilities: a quasi-experimental study using time-series analysis. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2015; 4:54.
  6. Doernberg SB, Winston LG, Deck DH, Chambers HF. Does doxycycline protect against development of Clostridium difficile infection? Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Sep; 55(5):615-20.
  7. Doernberg SB, Winston LG. Risk factors for acquisition of extended-spectrum -lactamase-producing Escherichia coli in an urban county hospital. Am J Infect Control. 2012 Mar; 40(2):123-7.
  8. Doernberg S, Schaaf B, Dalhoff K, Leng L, Beitin A, Quagliarello V, Bucala R. Association of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) polymorphisms with risk of meningitis from Streptococcus pneumoniae. Cytokine. 2011 Mar; 53(3):292-4.
  9. Doernberg S, Bucala R . The Macrophage in Innate and Adaptive Immunity. In: Critical Care Nephrology, 2nd Ed. 2009; 784-788.
  10. Bucala R, Leng L, Doernberg S, Bukrinsky M, Donnelly S. MIF Agonists and Antagonists and Therapeutic Uses Thereof. World Patent WO 2006/116688. 2006.
  11. McNally, K, Davis, K, Doernberg, S, Zubal I, Spencer S, Blumenfeld H. Cerebral Blood Flow Changes During Secondarily Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures. Abstract and poster. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. 2004.
  12. McNally KA, Vanderhill SD, Paige AL, Doernberg SB, Chung R, Adamiak K, Novotny EJ, Zubal IG, Spencer SS, and Blumenfeld H. Excitatory and Inhibitory Network Interactions During Loss of Consciousness in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. The American Epilepsy Society, Boston, MA. 2003.
  13. McNally KA, Vanderhill S, Paige AL, Doernberg S, Chung R, Adamiak K, Novotny EJ, Zubal IG, Spencer SS, Blumenfeld H. Network Mechanisms for Loss of Consciousness in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 2003.

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