For over 50 years, the Divisions of Endocrinology – at UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus, the San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center – have been international leaders in both clinical endocrinology and basic endocrine research.

Our goals remain simple. We bring the questions and unknowns from our patient's bedside to the research laboratory, to not only help improve our understanding of disease process, but to bring about new therapeutic modalities. We then bring the advances of the laboratory back to our patients.

Members of our divisions are world recognized and distinguished in their research and treatment of diabetes, osteoporosis, adrenal disease, thyroid disease and pituitary disease.


Endocrinology is the study of hormones and the treatment of hormone based diseases. The endocrine glands produce chemicals called hormones. These hormones are released into the blood stream and then have their action by stimulating other organs in the body. The major endocrine glands are the thyroid, pancreas, adrenal and pituitary. The hormones from these glands regulate growth, metabolism, blood pressure, reproduction as well as many other necessary functions.

Learn more about the Division of Endocrinology by visiting their website.