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Denise Davis, MD

3333 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118


My clinical responsibilities include seeing patients at the San Francisco VA Medical Center ambulatory care clinic. I serve as an Associate Director of the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at the San Francisco VA where I teach workshops on topics ranging from basic communication skills to mentoring trainees across racial and ethnic differences. My local and national education practice includes teaching and coaching students, trainees and physicians in communication skills that increase quality, safety and improve patient experience. I also serve as Specialist for minority students at the UCSF School of Medicine and as a member of the Academy on Communication in Healthcare Diversity Committee.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Faculty Development Training 2010
Kaiser Foundation Hospital San Francisco Residency Internal Medicine 1989
Kansas University Medical Center Internship internal medicine 1982
University of Missouri-Kansas City six year combined BA/MD program BA/MD School of Medicine 1981


Clinician-patient communication, empathy in the clinical setting, faculty development, feedback, medical education, mentoring and coaching, partnering with resistant learners, patient centered care, professionalism, race and relationships in health care, remediation, skillful negotiation of cultural differences, team building and group facilitation

Awards and Honors
2017   Gold Headed Cane Society, UCSF, 2017
2014   VA Superstar Award, San Francisco VA, 2014
2013   Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF, 2013
2013   Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2013
2008   Consumer Checkbook Top Doctor, 2008
2007   Extraordinaire Award, African American Museum and Library, Oakland, CA, 2007
2005   Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCSF, 2005

Recent Articles (5)

Denise L. Davis. Communication Rx. Culture and Diversity Chapter 14. 2017; 149-158.

Calvin Chou, Adina Kalet. Remediation in Medical Education. Chapter 15 "Feedback in Remediation". 2013.

Bergstrom AR, Nur F, Davis DL. Consider the personhood of women who experienced genital cutting. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Oct; 88(10):1180.

Denise L. Davis. Simple But Not Always Easy: Improving Doctor -Patient Communication. Journal of Communication In Healthcare. 2010; 3(December):240-245.

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