Michael Rabow MD, FAAHPM
Michael Rabow MD, FAAHPM
Michael W. Rabow, MD, FAAHPM, is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Urology in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the inaugural recipient of the Helen Diller Family Chair in Palliative Care. Board-certified in internal medicine and hospice & palliative care, Dr. Rabow is founding director of a leading outpatient palliative care consultation program-- the Symptom Management Service-- at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also the founding director of the UCSF/Mount Zion Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Service.
After receiving her undergraduate degree with summa cum laude honors from Harvard College, Dr. Rabow attended UCSF for medical school and general internal medicine residency training. He completed fellowships at UCSF in general medicine, as well as in medical education research.
Dr. Rabow is the Associate Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center (PCLC) and a member of the curriculum development committee for the PCLC Initiative nationally. The PCLC Initiative has trained more than 1000 hospital-based palliative care programs in the United States. Previously, Dr. Rabow helped direct the California Hospital Initiative in Palliative Services, the first program to support the development of hospital-based palliative care services in California. In additional, Dr. Rabow served as a technical advisor and member of the leadership team for the Archstone Foundation’s Hospital-Based Palliative Care Service Innovations project.
Dr. Rabow is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. He was Assistant Editor for the bimonthly section in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled “Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life.” This series now appears as a palliative care textbook, Care at the Close of Life. He serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of the Healer’s Art at the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal in California. Dr. Rabow is the Assistant Editor of the world’s best-selling annually-updated general medicine textbook, Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dr. Rabow is the executive producer of “The Caregivers” documentary film and accompanying family caregiver handbook. He has written and taught widely about family caregiving and communication with patients and families around serious news and existential issues at the end-of-life.
Dr. Rabow served as a Soros Foundation Project on Death in America Faculty Scholar and has been recognized for his work in palliative care as a 2012 recipient of the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation Physicians Award from the Hastings Center.
Dr. Rabow is a national expert in outpatient palliative care research and service delivery. He conducted one of the few controlled trials to date of outpatient palliative care consultation, as well as multiple surveys of current outpatient palliative care consultation practices nationally. Dr. Rabow serves as a consultant to U.S. hospitals and hospital systems working to develop or expand their palliative care services. Dr. Rabow serves as a consultant to numerous prominent professional or philanthropic organizations dedicated to expanding outpatient palliative care access and quality. He serves as the lead of the project advisory board for the “Improving Palliative Care in the Outpatient Setting” (IPAL-OP) initiative at the Center to Advance Palliative Care. He is one of the core members of the “Palliative Care Action Community” (PCAC) of the California Healthcare Foundation and a core advisor to the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s “Palliative Care Access Project” (PCAP). Currently, he directs the outpatient palliative care service assessment team for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. His widely-published research work is in palliative care, family caregiving, and end-of-life care education.
In addition to his clinical palliative care work, Dr. Rabow has an active outpatient primary care medicine practice.
Symptom Management Service
2320 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 95114
Primary Care Practice
1545 Divisadero St, 2nd floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0320
Division of General Internal Medicine
1545 Divisadero St. #313
San Francisco, A 94143-0320