Denise Davis, MD


VA Medicine Home, General Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine VA

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.

2017 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Faculty Development Training, 2010 - , American Academy on Communication in Healthcare
Residency, 1989 - Internal Medicine, Kaiser Foundation Hospital San Francisco
Internship, 1982 - internal medicine, Kansas University Medical Center
BA/MD, 1981 - School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City six year combined BA/MD program
Honors and Awards
  • Gold Headed Cane Society, UCSF, 2017
  • VA Superstar Award, San Francisco VA, 2014
  • Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF, 2013
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2013
  • Consumer Checkbook Top Doctor, 2008
  • Extraordinaire Award, African American Museum and Library, Oakland, CA, 2007
  • Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCSF, 2005
  1. Afolabi T, Borowsky HM, Cordero DM, Paul DW, Said JT, Sandoval RS, Davis D, Ölveczky D, Chatterjee A. Student-Led Efforts to Advance Anti-Racist Medical Education. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2021. PMID: 33711839

  2. Davis DLF, Tran-Taylor D, Imbert E, Wong JO, Chou CL. Start the Way You Want to Finish: An Intensive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Orientation Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical Education. Journal of medical education and curricular development 2021. PMID: 33796793

  3. Davis DL. Dare to Look. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2020. PMID: 32675792

  4. Cordero DM, Davis DL. Communication for Equity in the Service of Patient Experience: Health Justice and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Patient Experience 2020. PMID: 32821779

  5. Davis DLF, Chou CL. The Bearable Lightness of Uncertainty. Journal of general internal medicine 2019. PMID: 31512186

  6. Wheeler DJ, Zapata J, Davis D, Chou C. Twelve tips for responding to microaggressions and overt discrimination: When the patient offends the learner. Medical teacher 2018. PMID: 30277121

  7. Denise L. Davis. Communication Rx Culture and Diversity Chapter 14 2017. PMID:

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

  9. Bergstrom AR, Nur F, Davis DL. Consider the personhood of women who experienced genital cutting. Mayo Clinic proceedings 2013. PMID: 24079688

  10. Denise L. Davis. Simple But Not Always Easy: Improving Doctor -Patient Communication Journal of Communication In Healthcare 2010. PMID: