Sarah Patterson, MD

Sarah Patterson
Faculty Scholar, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF Division of Rheumatology

Clinical Specialties at the Osher Center

  • Integrative Rheumatology
  • Nutrition
  • Mind-body Medicine
  • Lifestyle counseling


Dr. Sarah Patterson completed her medical training at UCSF, including Internal Medicicine residency and a three-year subspecialty fellowship in rheumatology. She subsequently completed an additional post-doctoral fellowship through the Training in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM) program at the UCSF Osher Center. Her research addresses the effects of both self-report and physiologic stress on clinical, serologic, and patient-reported outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Dr. Patterson is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She has studied therapeutic nutrition, yoga, and meditation, and is currently in the OCIM Faculty Scholars Program. Her clinical practice integrates tools from biomedicine, mind-body medicine, nutrition, and botanicals.

Education and Training

  • Post-doctoral Training in Research in Integrative Medicine, UCSF
  • Rheumatology Fellowship, UCSF
  • Internal Medicine Residency, UCSF
  • MD, UCSF
  • BA, UC Berkeley

Personal Statement and Approach

As a rheumatologist, I have been reminded in almost every clinical encounter of the need for personalized medical care that addresses each patient’s individual goals and challenges to living with chronic disease. This understanding has led me to develop an integrative rheumatology practice that combines biomedicine with treatment approaches from other healing traditions to achieve more optimal health for people with autoimmune conditions.


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