Faculty Profiles

Sandra Moody, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Sandra Y. Moody, MD, BSN, AGSF is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) and Professor-in-Residence at Kameda Medical Center in Kamogawa City, Chiba, Japan.

Dr. Moody received her MD from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1991. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Geriatrics Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Moody joined the faculty at UCSF in August 2001. She has developed a national reputation in diversity and health disparities.

Dr. Moody was founder of the Division of Geriatrics Hospice and Palliative Care Service (2001-2004), which is now one of the leading programs in Veterans Affairs nationally. Her work was recognized by a nomination for the Marshall Goodwin-Beck Interdisciplinary Award for Excellence in Clinical Delivery (2005), an award that “recognizes an individual practitioner demonstrating excellence in ‘hands on’ direct geriatric patient care.” She is currently living in Japan teaching at the Kameda Medical Center, which is one of the top residency-training programs in Japan. She participates in activities in Japan advancing the care of older adults.

Dr. Moody is passionate about leading and developing clinical programs. In addition to building the hospice and palliative care program, she was the Medical Director of the Home Based Primary Care program at SFVAMC (2007-2011) where she led a large interdisciplinary team encompassing nursing, psychiatry/psychology, pharmacy, social work, and dietary, advancing the care of homebound, frail elderly veterans. She currently attends on the SFVAMC/UCSF Division of Geriatrics Hospice and Palliative Care Service annually where she not only teaches UCSF trainees, but also invited Japanese medical residents from Kameda Medical Center.

Dr. Moody's teaching activities involve teaching fellows, residents, and students at both UCSF/SFVAMC and Kameda Medical Center. She has been recognized with teaching awards for her teaching efforts. She has completed the prestigious California Health Care Foundation Healthcare Leadership Program as a fellow in September 2011. Dr. Moody received research training in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University School of Medicine and has collaborated on research projects focusing on health disparities among racial and ethnic groups. Through her research, she strives to address the issue of inequality through topics pertaining to perceived racism and lifecourse socioeconomic status.

Dr. Moody’s academic focus is to improve the care of diverse frail elderly patients with multiple chronic and life-threatening conditions through teaching and program development. She has developed clinical programs in the arena of hospice and palliative care as well as home-based care. Her interests have expanded to include an international focus. Currently living and teaching in Japan at one of the top residency training programs, she teaches clinical reasoning and western approaches to clinical medicine. She has developed core curriculum in geriatrics to address the gap in geriatrics education in Japan. She gives invited lectures in both end-of-life care and geriatrics.


  • Plenary speaker, “Geriatrics Medical Education: Implications for Japan,” 54th Annual Meeting of Japan Geriatrics Society [theme: Geriatric Medicine in Super-aged Society], Tokyo, Japan, 2012
  • Lecturer, “Demonstration of a Brief Geriatric Assessment,” Kameda Medical Center, Chiba, Japan, 2012
  • Lecturer, “Care of the Hospitalized Elderly,” Kameda Medical Center, Chiba, Japan, 2011


  • 2003 Teacher of the Year, Division of Geriatrics, UCSF
  • 2005 Nominee, Marshall Goodwin-Beck Interdisciplinary Award for Excellence in Clinical Delivery [recognizes an individual practitioner in any health care setting who has demonstrated excellence in “hands on” direct geriatric patient care], SFVAMC/Division of Geriatrics
  • 2005 Excellence in Direct Teaching, Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF
  • 2006 Certificate of Appreciation, In recognition of valuable contributions as a volunteer to Society of General Internal Medicine, Annual Meeting Program Committee, Co-Chair, Clinical Vignettes Review and Selection. SGIM 26th Annual Meeting.
  • 2007 Selected for the VISN 21 Physician Leadership Academy, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2009 Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Service on the Ethnogeriatrics Committee, American Geriatrics Society National Meeting, Chicago, IL, May
  • 2009 Champion of Diversity Award, Honors Champions of Diversity, UCSF, June
  • 2011 Certificate of Completion, CHCF Health Care Leadership Program, The California HealthCare Foundation and The Center for the Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2012 Fellow, American Geriatrics Society, Seattle, Washington, May