Soraya Azari, MD

Associate Professor

Endocrinology and Metabolism, General Internal Medicine UCSF Health

I was born in southern California but completed my undergraduate and medical school training on the East coast. I returned to California for residency at UCSF in the San Francisco General Primary Care (SFPC) program. I then completed a Chief Residency year at San Francisco General Hospital. I am a current Clinician Educator based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. I have worked in resident education, serving as an Associate Program Director, and then Interim Program Director for the SFPC Track. I have recently transitioned to serving as the Associate Program Director for the Primary Care Addiction Fellowship program at San Francisco General Hospital. I am board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. I do clinical work in hospital medicine, primary care (Richard Fine People’s Clinic), HIV medicine, and addiction specialty services. I am interested in improving the quality and safety of care for people with substance use disorders and complex chronic pain. I am also interested in creating novel ways to deliver treatment to highly vulnerable groups.

Education
2020 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Residency, 2010 - Internal Medicine, Primary Care, University of California, San Francisco
MD, 06/2007 - , University of Pennsylvania
Honors and Awards
  • Halie T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015
  • Richard Haber Award, 2013
Publications
  1. What Should I Know About Opioids and Living With Chronic Pain?
  2. Disagreement and Uncertainty Among Experts About how to Respond to Marijuana Use in Patients on Long-term Opioids for Chronic Pain: Results of a Delphi Study.
  3. Common and Challenging Behaviors Among Individuals on Long-term Opioid Therapy.
  4. Stigmatizing Language About Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
  5. Consensus-Based Treatment Approaches for Managing Concerning Behaviors in Patients on Long-term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain: Case-Based Applications.
  6. Managing Concerning Behaviors in Patients Prescribed Opioids for Chronic Pain: A Delphi Study.
  7. Management of problematic behaviours among individuals on long-term opioid therapy: protocol for a Delphi study.
  8. Heme oxygenase-2 modulates early pathogenesis after traumatic injury to the immature brain.
  9. Cocaine experience establishes control of midbrain glutamate and dopamine by corticotropin-releasing factor: a role in stress-induced relapse to drug seeking.
  10. Guidelines for Physicians Working in California Opioid Treatment Programs