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Department of Internal Medicine

Faith T. Fitzgerald, M.D. View profile as PDF

Faith T. Fitzgerald

Philosophy of Care

I decided to become an internist because of the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges of complex disease. I also enjoy having the opportunity to talk with and listen to men and women from all different walks of life. My philosophy of care centers on applying rigorous thought and the knowledge of both medicine and the human experience to making people both feel better and fulfill their full potential. Frankly, a lot of "good health" is good luck—economic, social and genetic. I like helping the unlucky.

Clinical Interests

Faith T. Fitzgerald is recognized for her superb diagnostic, patient care and teaching skills. In 1991, the American College of Physicians conferred upon her the prestigious title of "Master Physician." In 1992, she was honored by the California Medical Association with a Golden Apple lifetime academic achievement award.




Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine
Office of the Dean, School of Medicine


General Medicine


M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, 1969
B.A., UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, 1965


University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1972


San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California, 1973

Board Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1973

Professional Memberships:

American College of Physicians

Select Recent Publications:

Fitzgerald FT. Forgetting. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Aug;26(8):943-5.

Matharu, K. S., Howell, J. and Fitzgerald, F. (2011), Drama and Empathy in Medical Education. Literature Compass, 8: 443–454. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-4113.2011.00778.x

Matharu KS, Howell J, Fitzgerald FT. Fearlessly exploring the other: the role of drama in medical training. Med Humanit. 2010 Jun;36(1):58-9. Epub 2010 Jun 7.

Fitzgerald F. Experiment Perilous: Human Experimentation. Society of Clinical Research Associates SOURCE, 60:10-15, 2009

Fitzgerald, F. I Can’t Be Bothered. Annals of Internal Medicine, February Vol 148(4)317-318, 2008.

TE Baudendistel, AK Haase, FT Fitzgerald. The Leading Diagnosis. New England Journal of Medicine. Vol 357(23)2389-2393, 2007.

Fitzgerald, F. An Academic Clinician’s Perspective on the Care of the Geriatric Patient. Health Care Analysis, Vol 13(2)95-100, 2005.

Fitzgerald FT. The workup, or: where is Champollion when we need him? Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Med Soc. 2004 Fall;67(4):35-6.

Fizgerald, FT. A Tale of Two Patients. Annals of Internal Medicine, June Vol 140(11)929-930, 2004.

Fitzgerald, FT Advance directive in an academic setting: What should residents be taught? Wiener Klilnische Wochenschrift, 2004:116/13:434-438, 2004.

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