Alicia Fernandez, MD

School of Medicine
1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
Alicia Fernandez
Education and Training

Yale College, New Haven, CT, BA - 06/84 Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, MD - 06/93 Medicine

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Residency - 1997 Internal Medicine Primary Care

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Fellowship - 1998 Health Services Research

University of California, San Francisco, CA 2017 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

Awards and Honors

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1993

Kaiser Award for Excellence in Housestaff and Medical Student Teaching, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, 2000

Significant Improvement in Medicine for Immigrant Populations and Urban Poor, Mayoral Achievement Award, City of San Francisco, 2000

Early Career Research Award, Hellman/UCSF, 2001

Latino Health Policy Leadership Fellow, National Hispanic Medical Association, 2003

Richard J. Haber, MD Excellence in Outpatient Teaching Award, University of California, San Francisco Department of Medicine, 2004

Outstanding Research Paper-of-the-Year Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2005

Arnold P. Gold Professorship Award for Humanism in Medicine, Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 2009-2012

Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2012

Board of Governors, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), 2014-now

Roundtable on Health Literacy, Institute of Medicine, 2014-now

Distinguished Professor of Health Equity, Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, 2020

Annual John Benson Professionalism Article Prize, ABIM Foundation, 2020

Thomas N. Burbridge Award for Public Service, University of California, San Francisco, 2021

Distinguished Citizen Award, Commonwealth Club, 2021

COVID Heroes Award, California Senate District 11, 2021
Alicia Fernandez, M.D. is Professor of Medicine at UCSF, a general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Associate Dean of Population Health and Health Equity for UCSF SOM. She is the founding Director of the UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence, a HRSA and UCSF funded initiative to increase academic diversity. Dr. Fernandez directs the Latinx and Immigrant Health Research Program at the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. which generates actionable research to increase health equity and reduce healthcare disparities.

Dr. Fernandez' research expertise includes language and literacy barriers in healthcare, health
care equity in chronic disease, particularly diabetes, and racism in medicine. Dr. Fernandez has served on the National Academy of Science Roundtable on Health Literacy since 2014. Dr. Fernandez is on the Board of Governors and Chair of the Science Oversight Committee at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Since 2020, she serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

At UCSF, Dr. Fernandez is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. Along with colleagues at UCSF, she edits the textbook, Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients (Lange,2nd edition)