Faculty Profiles

Leslie Kernisan

Leslie Kernisan, MD, MPH
Clinical Instructor
PO Box 170376
San Francisco, CA 94117-0376
P: (415) 574-0545
F: (415) 634-0204


Dr. Leslie Kernisan is a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Geriatrics, where as a volunteer clinical faculty member, she regularly teaches core clinical geriatric skills to UCSF students.

A graduate of Princeton University, Leslie completed both her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Geriatrics at UCSF. 

Keen to improve the health care system for elders and their caregivers, Leslie additionally pursued two year VA Quality Scholar fellowship at UCSF, studying epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, and quality improvement. She then completed a Masters in Public Health at Berkeley, and studied the intersection between caregiving and the Internet, while collaborating with Caring.com, a website providing information and support to caregivers. Her research on health care quality was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2009; another paper on caregiver information-seeking was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research in 2010.


From 2010-2012 Leslie practiced primary care geriatrics at the Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley, where she was instrumental in planning a transition to electronic health records. During her last nine months there, she also served as the clinic’s medical director, overseeing clinical care, overhauling the housecalls program, and working on quality improvement.  

Leslie now sees Bay Area patients at home through her own solo housecalls and geriatric consultation practice. She also blogs about geriatrics and technology at GeriTech.org, and is a Senior Medical Editor at Caring.com.




Information-seeking at a caregiving website: a qualitative analysis.
Kernisan LP, Sudore RL, Knight SJ.
J Med Internet Res. 2010 Jul 28;12(3):e31.
PMID: 20675292

Association between hospital-reported Leapfrog Safe Practices Scores and inpatient mortality.
Kernisan LP, Lee SJ, Boscardin WJ, Landefeld CS, Dudley RA.
JAMA. 2009 Apr 1;301(13):1341-8.
PMID: 19336709