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Guest Name
Leslie Kernisan
Guest Occupation
Geriatrician, Clinical Instructor and Teacher at UCSF, Owns a Consultive Practice, Geriatric-Health Writer
Guest Biography

Dr. Leslie Kernisan has been practicing geriatrics since 2006, and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Geriatric Medicine. She’s always particularly enjoyed caring for elders living at home. She also has a deep interest in educating and supporting family caregivers, and collaborated with a leading website for family caregivers,, from 2008-2013.

Along with her consultative practice and geriatric-health writing, she’s a clinical instructor in the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, and regularly teaches UCSF students.

Dr. Kernisan is a graduate of Princeton University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and completed her Internal Medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at UCSF. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Keen to improve the health care system for elders and their caregivers, Dr. Kernisan has additionally pursued three years of geriatrics research fellowship at UCSF, studying epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, and quality improvement. 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 Dr. Kernisan was a geriatrician at the Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley. During her last nine months there, she also served as its medical director, overseeing clinical care.

When not thinking about better medical care for America’s elderly, Dr. Kernisan enjoys music, reading, and exploring the Bay Area with her spouse and two young children.

Read Dr. Kernisan’s articles on various geriatric and medical topics. Dr. Kernisan also blogs for other clinicians about geriatrics and technology