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Dean-David Schillinger, MD

About the Author

Dean-David Schillinger MD is a primary care physician, scientist, author, and public health advocate. He is an internationally recognized expert in health communication and has been widely recognized for his work related to improving the health of marginalized populations. He is credited with a number of discoveries in primary care and health communication and is considered a pioneer of the field of health literacy. He is the inaugural recipient of the Andrew B. Bindman Professorship in Primary Care and Health Policy at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Schillinger has served as chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, and chief of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for the California Department of Public Health. In 2006, he co-founded the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, a leading research center committed to addressing the social, environmental and commercial determinants of health through research, education, policy, and practice. He currently directs the UCSF Health Communications Research Program.

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July 2024

  • Dean-David Schillinger and Daniel Handler [online event]

    Dean-David Schillinger is joined by Daniel Handler for a conversation about his new book, Telltale Hearts: A Public Health Doctor, His Patients, and the Power of Story.

    Virtual - Zoom

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  • Dr. Dean-David Schillinger with José Vadi

    Celebrate the release of TELLTALE HEARTS with Dean-David Schillinger, MD, in conversation with José Vadi!

    Greenapple Books | San Francisco

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August 2024

  • Dean-David Schillinger, MD with Ashley M. McMullen, MD - Telltale Hearts (Ferry Building Event)

    Dean-David Schillinger, MD is in conversation with Ashley M. McMullen, MD

    Book Passage | San Fransisco

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