Neil R. Powe, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Chief of Medicine
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Constance B. Wofsy Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine
University of California San Francisco

B.A. (1976) – Princeton University, New Jersey
M.D. (1981) – Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts
M.P.H. (1981) – Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts
Residency and Fellowship – Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
M.B.A. (1986) – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Neil R. Powe's, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., research involves clinical epidemiology, health services research, patient outcomes research and health equity research. In more than 500 manuscripts he has studied early referral for chronic kidney disease, patient-physician contact in dialysis care, cost-effectiveness of screening for proteinuria, racial differences in cardiovascular procedure use, outcomes of dialysis care by type of ownership, access to transplantation, and care for undocumented immigrants.  He recently was Co-Chair of the National Kidney Foundation – American Society of Nephrology Task Force on reassessing the use of race in diagnosing kidney disease that released national recommendations. In addition to his position at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), he serves as Chief Science Officer of the Commonwealth Fund.

Dr. Powe is a member of the Institute of Medicine, American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Epidemiology, a Master of the American College of Physicians, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among his honors are the John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine from the American College of Physicians, the Robert J. Glaser Award for Exceptional Contributions in Research, Education, Leadership and Mentoring and the John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Clinical Research Training, the Belding H. Scribner Award from the American Society of Nephrology, the Diversity Award from the Association of Professors of Medicine, the David M. Hume Award from the National Kidney Foundation and the Cato T. Laurencin Distinguished Research Career Award from the National Medical Association. 

Prior to his position at UCSF, Dr. Powe was the inaugural James F. Fries Professor of Medicine and University Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, where he directed the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research.