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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Paul Aronowitz, M.D.


Paul Aronowitz, M.D.Dr. Aronowitz graduated from Oberlin College and subsequently from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and chief residency at UC San Francisco. He was director of the Emergency Room and Urgent Care Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center for 2 years. In 1995 he became one of the first hospitalists in the United States at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco. He was widely consulted, interviewed and quoted in publications ranging from New England Journal of Medicine to the Washington Post about his experiences helping to build one of the earliest and most successful hospitalist programs in the Western United States.

From 2001 until 2012 Dr. Aronowitz was the Internal Medicine Program Director at CPMC in San Francisco where he successfully shaped the program into a much sought after community hospital residency training program. He has been involved in various national organizations and has had a prominent role as a Council Member and subsequently President (2012-13) of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM).

He was recruited to UC Davis in 2013 where he is currently Clerkship Director of Internal Medicine, senior advisor to the IM residency and residency program directors and a member of the UC Davis School of Medicine Academy of Master Clinical Educators. He currently holds the Golden 1 Credit Union Endowed Professorship for Physician Training. Since arriving at UC Davis in 2013 he has received the Internal Medicine Residency Inpatient Educator of the Year Award in 2013 and 2015, the 2014 Dean’s Inspirational Faculty Educator Award, the Outstanding Course Instructor for Excellence in Clinical Teaching by the graduating Class of 2015 and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society by the Class of 2016.

Dr. Aronowitz teaches regularly as a hospitalist on the inpatient wards at UC Davis Medical Center. His core educational philosophy is that that patient care and education should be fun and constantly driven by curiosity about patients, their lives, their stories and their physical findings. His academic passion is Clinical Images and his work has been published in numerous journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Journal of Hospital Medicine and Journal of General Internal Medicine. He is a former Deputy Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine as well as Journal of Hospital Medicine. He is also editor of a textbook of hospital-based clinical images called, “Hospital Images: A Clinical Atlas” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.)

Paul loves trail running anywhere he can find a trail—from the beautiful American River Trail in Sacramento to the lush, coastal redwood trails of Mt. Tamalpais in the Bay Area. He has run the Dipsea Race—the second oldest foot race in the United States after the Boston Marathon— and Double Dipsea multiple times. Like most other residents of Northern California, he also loves to eat good food including gummy bears, gummy worms and Swedish fish.