Claire Brindis, Dr. P.H.

Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy,
Caldwell B. Esselystyn Chair in Health Policy, and
Director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
University of California, San Francisco

B.A (1972) – University of California, Los Angeles - Sociology, Cum Laude
M.P.H. (1973) – University of California, Los Angeles - Public Health
Dr. P.H. (1982) – University of California, Berkeley - Public Health/Behavioral Sciences


Claire Brindis, DrPH, is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences and Director of the Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Brindis holds the Caldwell B. Esselystyn Chair in Health Policy and is also the Co-Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center. She is also on the faculty of the UC Hastings School of Law and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Dr. Brindis' research focuses on ameliorating the impact social, health, and economic disparities among ethnic/racial populations, with a particular focus on women and adolescents. Her research analyzes how disparities impact health outcomes, access to quality care and health insurance coverage, and the impact of migration and acculturation on Latinx health. As a bi-lingual, bi-cultural researcher, Dr. Brindis' research also includes consumer engagement in health care system re-design, effective substance abuse treatment strategies, and closing the gap between evidence-based innovation and its application to policy and programs. She is the Principal Investigator of the NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) K12 program. 

Dr. Brindis has been recognized for her skills as a mentor and researcher, receiving the California Department of Health Services, Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health, the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau Director's Award, the APHA Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement, and was selected as one of UC Berkeley's Most Influential Alumni in 2018. 

Dr. Brindis is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), serves on the NAM Council, on the Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy, and on the Advisory Committee, NAM Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Health and Medicine. Previously, Dr. Brindis served on the Institute of Medicine's (now NAM) Committee on Preventive Health Services for Women, which developed recommendations for preventive services for women without co-payments and were adopted as part of health care reform. 

In the interface between research and public policy, Dr. Brindis is called upon to help community groups, local, state, and the federal government, and international entities in helping to translate research findings for purposes of policy planning and development of new program interventions. These experiences led Dr. Brindis to also co-author, Advocacy and Policy Change Evaluation: Theory and Practice (Stanford Press, 2017).