Rebecca is a Clinical Professor at UCSF and a national leader in Housecall medicine. She completed her undergraduate work in Neurobiology at Harvard University in 1990 and came to UCSF for her medical school training. She stayed at UCSF for residency in the Primary Care Internal Medicine program and for fellowship in Geriatrics.
In 2001, Rebecca completed her geriatrics fellowship and became medical director for the UCSF Housecalls program and transformed it into the flagship geriatric teaching and clinical care program at UCSF. Her vision of providing primary care to frail homebound elders in San Francisco inspires students, residents, and faculty. UCSF Housecalls is known throughout the Bay Area for its compassionate and comprehensive care for frail elders. UCSF Housecalls operates as a nonprofit, and Rebecca’s vision has inspired local philanthropy to support this innovative program. Rebecca has received awards for her clinical care as well as her teaching. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Rebecca's primary clinical work is through the UCSF Housecalls program, which provides in-home primary care to frail homebound elders. Housecalls is a unique program that provides outstanding medical and palliative care to elders who otherwise would not be able to access care except through emergency services.
Housecalls is operated as a non-profit that does not charge any additional fees for providing care in the home. Patients come from all socioeconomic backgrounds and neighborhoods in San Francisco. Eighty percent of the patients are poverty level or low-income. Rebecca's leadership and passion has inspired local Bay Area Foundations and individual donors to support the Housecalls program.
Rebecca has taught geriatric medicine to learners at all levels and from many disciplines. Currently, she teaches the Geriatrics fellows for their month-long rotation in home care.
Rebecca has received a Geriatric Academic Career Award, and she recently was a co-author of an article on House call medicine in the Geriatric Medicine Clinics.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians and has been on the program committee for last two years. She has helped plan and lead the education sessions at the annual meeting.