Robert B. Baron, MD, MS

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Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Medical Education
Vice Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Director, UCSF Weight Management Program

Robert B. Baron, M.D., M.S., is a Professor of Medicine, Vice Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Medical Education, and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). A graduate of Princeton University (1971), Dr. Baron received a Masters Degree in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1974) and his M.D. Degree from UCSF (1978). He did his residency training in UCSF's Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program (1978-1981).

A member of the UCSF faculty since 1981, Dr. Baron directed the UCSF Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency from 1989 until 2006, training over 200 residents for primary care and general internal medicine careers. In this role, he designed and implemented innovations in residency education including curricula to teach system-based care, quality improvement, and interprofessional care.

In 2000, he became Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education (CME) at UCSF and leads UCSF's extensive CME program, teaching over 25,000 health professionals each year. He personally develops and chairs six CME courses each year focused on updating skills in primary care practice. Each course features topics in nutrition, obesity, and preventive medicine. Dr. Baron also currently serves as Chair of the University of California CME Consortium and as Vice Chair of the Accreditation Council for CME (ACCME) and Accreditation Review Committee (ARC). In 2006, Dr. Baron also assumed the role of Associate Dean for GME and DIO for UCSF. In this position he oversees UCSF's 80 accredited residency and fellowship training programs, 50 non-ACGME fellowship programs and over 1300 trainees. The UCSF GME program is widely recognized for its efforts in integrating graduate medical education and the quality of patient care.

Dr. Baron also founded and directs the UCSF Weight Management Program for Adults. Founded in 1985, the program offers customized weight management plans including multidisciplinary group treatments, very low calorie diets, and individual consultations. Dr. Baron also directs the UCSF Mini Medical School, a comprehensive community-based education program on health and health care, emphasizing wellness programs. The UCSF Mini-Med web site includes archived presentations, including many on obesity and weight management.

A practicing internist, Dr. Baron has been recognized as one of "America's Top Doctors," and as one of the "Outstanding Primary Care Physicians in the U.S." He has received numerous teaching and mentorship awards, including UCSF's Academic Senate "Distinguished Teacher Award" and "Champion of Diversity" award and the California/Hawaii Society of General Internal Medicine's "Clinician Teacher of the Year Award" and "Senior Clinician-Educator Mentorship Award." He focuses his scholarship on issues in graduate and continuing medical education and on obesity and related topics in nutrition, preventive medicine, and management of chronic disease.

Contact Information

University of California, San Francisco
500 Parnassus Avenue, Suite MUE 250
Campus Box 0474
San Francisco, CA 94143-0474

Ph: 415-476-3414
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