Faculty Profiles

Pei Chen, MD
Assistant Professor

3575 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

Dr. Pei Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and the Associate Medical Director at the UCSF Center for Geriatric Care.

Dr. Chen completed her residency in Internal Medicine, Primary Care Track, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She also completed a two-year geriatrics fellowship in the Clinician Educator Track, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, New York, where she also served as the Chief Fellow. She has been on the faculty of the Division of Geriatrics at UCSF since 2015.

She is dedicated to promote successful aging and to provide patient-centered care for community-dwelling older adults with complex medical conditions and geriatric syndromes, such as fall, frailty, delirium, dementia, etc. She cares for a diverse patient population and has expertise in coordination of care for her patients, including caring for patients who seek geriatric expertise from other states and abroad.

Education and Educational Research:
Dr. Chen has special interests in finding ways to improve the care to older adults through medical education, quality improvement initiatives, and community education. She has developed clinical skills session on function, fall, and cognition for early medical students. She is a coach for medical students in the UCSF School of Medicine, where she serves as a mentor to support the students and a faculty for their Clinical Microsystems Clerkship. Furthermore, she is developing and implementing an interprofessional geriatric fellow's clinic to include geriatric fellows, social work interns, pharmacy students and residents, and law students to provide comprehensive care to older adults. Her passion in education also extends to teaching geriatric concepts to community service providers (e.g. case managers, social workers), direct caregivers, and volunteers to improve the experiences of older adults as people age in place through her work in the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program and the Optimizing Aging Collaborative.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
Mount Sinai Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine Fellowship Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine 2015
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Internship/Residency Department of Medicine 2013
University of Vermont M.D. College of Medicine 2010


Dementia, community education, coordination of care, delirium, depression, fall and gait abnormality, frailty, medical education, quality improvement, transition of care

Related Web Sites

Recent Articles (4)

Chen P, Steinman MA. Perception of primary care physicians on the impact of comprehensive geriatric assessment: what is the next step? Isr J Health Policy Res. 2016; 5:46.

Chen P, Hung WW. Geriatric orthopedic co-management of older adults with hip fracture: an emerging standard. Ann Transl Med. 2015 Sep; 3(16):224.

Chen P, Dowal S, Schmitt E, Habtemariam D, Hshieh TT, Victor R, Boockvar KS, Inouye SK. Hospital Elder Life Program in the real world: the many uses of the Hospital Elder Life Program website. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Apr; 63(4):797-803.

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