Faculty ProfilesLouise Aronson, MD
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Louise Aronson MD, MFA is Professor of Geriatrics at UCSF where her interests include optimizing healthcare for older adults, medical education, reflective learning, integrative geriatrics, and public medical writing. A graduate of Brown University, Harvard Medical School and the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, Dr. Aronson has served as director of the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center, UCSF's Pathways to Discovery (scholarly concentration) program, and UCSF Medical Humanities. She has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, the AOA Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award, as well as numerous awards for her teaching, educational research and writing. Her articles, essays and stories appear regularly in newspapers, literary and medical journals including the New York Times, Washington Post, New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and Lancet. As an educator, she has developed innovative programs for geriatrics training for non-geriatricians, interprofessional education, reflection in medical education, and use of writing to harness the expertise and unique experiences of clinicians and medical scientists in service of health and health care.
Education and Training
|Location||Degree or Training||Specialty||Date|
|UCSF||Fellowship||Primary Care/Medical Education||1996|
|Harvard University||M.D.||School of Medicine||1992|
|University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)||Residency||School of Medicine - Internal Medicine|
aging, clinician/trainee attitudes towards the elderly, end of life care, ethnogeriatrics, geriatrics, home care, medical education, medical humanities, narrative medicine, preparing non-specialists for care of elderly patients, primary care., professionalism, public medical writing, reflective learning, scholarship, wound careAwards and Honors
Fellowship Award, MacDowell Colony, 2017
Jordan J Cohen lecture, Association of American Medical Colleges, 2016
Outstanding Mid-Career Clinical Teacher, American Geriatrics Society, 2014
National Honor Medical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, 2014
Gold Professorship for Humanism in Medicine, Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 2013
Lieberman Scholar Award, UCSF Division of Geriatrics, 2012-2014
Cooke Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, 2010-2011
Writer's Award, Hedgebrook Foundation, 2010-2011
Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2010-2011
Writer's Award, Ragdale Foundation, 2009-2010
Membership, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, 2009-2010
Teaching Award, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, 2009-2010
Poster Award, Western Group on Educational Affairs, 2009-2010
Mentor Award, UCSF Pathways to Discovery, 2009-2010
Medical Education Research Fellowship, UCSF, 2008-2010
Story Prize, Sonora Review, 2007-2008
Teaching Scholar, UCSF, 2007-2008
Geriatric Academic Career Award, Bureau of Health Professions, 2007-2010
Writer's Award, UCross Foundation, 2006-2007
Short Fiction Award, New Millennium Writings, 2006-2007
Geriatrics Faculty Scholar, Northern California Geriatrics Education Center, 2005-2006
Physician of the Year Award, California Association for Health Services at Home, 1997-1998
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In the News
- A Prescription for Frustration
- Writing about Illness and Aging
- Medical Work Inspires Aronson's Stories
- Writing for Change
- Physician Uses Fiction to Capture Experience
Recent Articles (42)
Aronson L. The Human Lifecycle's Neglected Stepchild. Lancet. 2014; (385):500-501.
Aronson L.. New Buildings for Older People. New York Times. 2014; Nov 1.
Aronson L. The future of robot caregivers. New York Times. 2014; July 20.
Aronson L.. Lancet. Examining empathy. 2014; 385(9937):16-17.
Rivera J, Reeves S, Aronson L. Current Geriatric Diagnosis and Treatment. Interprofessional Teams in Geriatrics. 2014.
Aronson, L. Weighing the end of life. New York Times. 2013.
Aronson, L. A History of the Present Illness. 2013.
Williams B, Ahalt C and Aronson L. . Bruinsma G and Weisburd D (Eds). Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Aging in Correctional Populations: Through the Geriatrician's Lens. 2013.
Rivera J, Mackin L, Aronson L. . J Am Geriatr Soc. The UCSF Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care Elective. 2012; 4(60).
Aronson L, Kruidering M, O'Sullivan P. . The UCSF Faculty Development Workshop on Critical Reflection in Medical Education: Training Educators to Teach and Provide Feedback on Learners’ Reflections. MedEdPORTAL/9086. 2012.
Aronson L, Niehaus B, Kruidering M, O’Sullivan P. . The UCSF LEaP: A Guide for Reflective Learning in Medical Education. MedEdPORTAL/9073. 2012.
Aronson L, Niehaus B, DeVries CD, Siegel JR, O'Sullivan PS. Do writing and storytelling skill influence assessment of reflective ability in medical students' written reflections? Acad Med. 2010 Oct; 85(10 Suppl):S29-32.
OSullivan P; Aronson L; Chittenden E; Niehaus B; Learman L . MedEdPORTAL. Reflective Ability Rubric and User Guide. 2010; (8133).
Aronson L. Osler’s Bedside Library: Great Literature from a Great Physician. LaCombe M (Ed.). Osler, Plutarch and the Intimate Observation of Human Behavior. 2009.
Aronson L. Journal of Aging, Humanities and the Arts. The Ethics of Everyday Life. 2009; 2(3):150.
Aronson L. BARK. A New Breed of Magic: Canine Assistance in Alzheimer’s Care. 2000.
Aronson L. San Francisco Chronicle. A City Full of the Hidden Homebound. 1999.
Aronson L. San Francisco Chronicle. The Fear of Losing Who We Are. 1999.
Aronson L. Traditional Cambodian health beliefs and practices. Rhode Island Medical Journal. 1987; 70(2):73-8.
Aronson L. Refugee intermediaries and the delivery of health care to Cambodian refugees. Practicing Anthropology. 1987; (November).