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Robert B. Baron M.D., M.S., is Professor of Medicine, Vice Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Medical Education, and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). A graduate of Princeton University (1971), Dr. Baron received a Masters Degree in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1974) and his M.D. Degree from UCSF (1978). He did his residency training in UCSF's Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program (1978 – 1981).

A member of the UCSF faculty since 1981, Dr. Baron directed the UCSF Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency from 1989 until 2006, training over 200 residents for primary care and general internal medicine careers. The program is widely believed to be one of the nation's top Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Programs. Dr. Baron is currently (and has been since 1999) Principal Investigator of UCSF’s HRSA training grant “Residency Training in General Internal Medicine.” In this role, he has designed and implemented nationally-recognized innovations in residency education and in resident and program evaluation and outcome assessment. Dr. Baron was also Principal Investigator of the Robert Wood Johnson-funded “Take Care to Learn/Partnerships in Quality Education” project. In this role, Dr. Baron designed, implemented and evaluated an innovative educational intervention to teach system-based care, quality improvement and interdisciplinary care to medical residents, adult nurse practitioner students, and pharmacy students to improve outcomes in patients with diabetes. Dr. Baron also created and directed the UCSF General Internal Medicine Clinician Educator Fellowship Program until 2006.

In 2000, he became Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education at UCSF and now leads UCSF's extensive CME program. This includes more than 100 live courses attended by more than 15,000 health professionals, 50 accredited regularly scheduled conferences and grand rounds, all on-line CME activities, and all accredited enduring materials. UCSF's CME Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for CME (ACCME), with exemplary citations. Dr. Baron also currently serves as President of the University of California CME Consortium. In 2006, Dr. Baron also assumed the role of Associate Dean for GME and Designated Institutional Official for UCSF. In this position he oversees UCSF’s 71 accredited residency and fellowship training programs, 60 non-ACGME programs and over 1250 trainees. The UCSF GME program has recently received a five year continued accreditation with recognition for it work in evaluation of clinical competencies.

A practicing internist, Dr. Baron has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in San Francisco,” one of "America's Top Doctors," and as one of the “Outstanding Primary Care Physicians in the U.S.” He also directs the UCSF Weight Management Program. He has received numerous teaching awards including UCSF’s Academic Senate "Distinguished Teacher Award" and the California Society of General Internal Medicine's "Clinician Teacher of the Year Award". He focuses his scholarship on issues in graduate and continuing medical education and on obesity and related topics in nutrition and chronic disease.



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3333 California Street, Room 450
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: 415-476-4251
Fax: 415-476-0318
Registration: 415-476-5808
Registration Fax: 415-502-1795

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