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Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH

San Francisco Bay Area

I’m a practicing geriatrician, with a special interest in how digital health can help older adults and family caregivers. I blog at, and am a regular contributor to The Health Care Blog. I’m most interested in practical solutions that are usable and useful for older patients, their families, and their primary care clinicians. I can provide feedback & ideas on how your product might work under real-world conditions for older adults. I can also give you feedback on what clinicians might want to see when they visit your website.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Primary care of older adults

    I have practiced primary care for older adults since 2006, so I understand the practical problems that patients, families, and clinicians encounter as they try to provide optimal care to an older adult. I also used to be the medical director of my outpatient clinic, so I have experience in trying to influence clinician behavior.

    • Research and Clinical
    • Clinical operations
    • primary care
    • care coordination


  • JS
    I’ve worked with Leslie for the last four years as her editor at I’ve also often sought her advice about my own aging parents. In every interaction I’ve had with her, she’s shown herself to be incredibly knowledgeable about not just the healthcare needs of older adults and their caregivers (both family and professionals) but about how to balance often conflicting needs -- strict diet vs. quality of life and how to navigate the difficult decisions involved in end of life care, for example. In short, she has great insights, great judgment, and great practical advice. She’s also one of the first people I turn to when I have questions about the intersection of health and technology. She uses technology in her daily life and medical practice not for its cool factor but for its utility. And she applies that utilitarian measure to every technology she encounters: Is it truly useful? Is there a better way? Are there less expensive alternatives? What are the short- and long-term consequences of using this option vs. that option? What’s more, unlike a lot of physicians I’ve known, Leslie is a clear and effective writer and a great communicator, whether she’s giving a Powerpoint presentation, speaking on video, or writing a blog. At that heart of that communication is always a clear message about compelling ideas. She’s someone worth paying close attention to.
    Jim Scott

My Interests

Health Sectors
Digital Health


  • Founder & Primary Author | October 2012 - Current

    Founder and primary author, a blog by and for clinicians interested in how technology can be used to provide better healthcare to aging adults.

  • Housecalls and Geriatric Consultation

    Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH | September 2012 - Current

    Solo geriatric consultation practice based in San Francisco, providing housecalls and geriatric expertise to elders and caregivers

  • Clinical Instructor, Division of Geriatrics

    UCSF Department of Medicine | August 2010 - Current

    Provides supervised clinical experience and teaching to UCSF medical students, medical residents, geriatrics fellows, and other trainees in the health sciences.

  • Founder | May 2014 - Current

    Author and curator of practical health information for family caregivers helping aging adults.

  • Associate Medical Director

    Over 60 Health Center, Lifelong Medical Care | September 2011 - May 2012

    Practicing primary care geriatrician and site medical director. Worked on improving quality of geriatric care, and also implementation of new technologies in clinic.

  • Staff Geriatrician

    Over 60 Health Center, Lifelong Medical Care | August 2010 - September 2011

    Provided primary care to seniors and frail elders in a safety-net clinic setting.

  • Senior Medical Editor | September 2009 - March 2013

    Created geriatric education materials for caregivers of frail elders. Wrote original content and edited other content for medical accuracy. Drew on clinical experience and geriatrics public health background to help translate medical issues for the lay public. Helped bridge the information and culture gap between the medical establishment and those caring for frail elders.

  • Research Fellow

    UCSF Division of Geriatrics | July 2007 - June 2010

    Completed graduate work in healthcare quality improvement, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, qualitative content analysis, and user experience research. First-authored research papers published in JAMA and the Journal of Medical Internet Research.


  • University of California, Berkeley

    MPH | 2009 - 2010

  • UCSF

    VA Quality Scholars Fellowship | 2007 - 2009

  • UCSF

    Clinical Geriatrics Fellowship | 2006 - 2007

  • UCSF

    Internal Medicine | 2003 - 2005

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    MD | 1999 - 2003

  • Princeton University

    AB | Ecology & Evolutionary Biology | 1993 - 1997