Carla Kuon, MD

Carla Kuon
Integrative Physician, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Hospital Medicine

Clinical Specialties at the Osher Center

  • Integrative oncology consultations


Dr. Carla Kuon is an internist and faculty member at UCSF with over 12 years of experience, including co-managing UCSF’s hematology oncology inpatient service for seven years. She is interested in integrative oncology, nutrition, and mind-body medicine. 

She started a massage therapy consultation service for cancer patients at UCSF, which she funded via a crowdfunding campaign (NBC news story). The service, which launched in May of 2017 in collaboration with the Osher Center, is providing much needed relief for patients undergoing chemotherapy for hematologic malignancies.

Dr. Kuon has worked at the St. Helena Recovery Center and is interested in addiction medicine, particularly exploring non-opioid mechanisms for pain relief. She is board certified in addiction medicine and is currently involved in the creation of an addiction medicine service at UCSF, exploring integrative methods in the treatment of addiction. 

Education and Training

  • MD, University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
  • BA, Linguistics and Medical Sciences, UCLA

Personal Statement and Approach

I was born in Lima, Peru, and moved to the United States when I was 12 years old. I come from a family of public health physicians with a history of service to the underserved.


Guided Imagery Meditations for 1) Recovery from alcohol and other drugs, 2) Healthful sleep, and 3) Help with anxiety and panic.

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