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  • Richard Loftus

    Richard A Loftus, MD

    • Eisenhower Primary Care
    • 4791 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Suite 100
    • Palm Springs, CA 92264
    • (760) 834-7930
  • A cum laude graduate of Yale University, Dr. Loftus served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Herald. His work as an AIDS activist with ACT UP led him to clinical research and then medical school. At the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, he worked in Dr. Mike McCune’s laboratory on the first study showing thymus function in HIV-positive persons, and with Dr. Steven Deeks on the SCOPE cohort, which produced the first study of HIV treatment failures in the HAART era.

    Upon graduation from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine in 2001, he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (medical honor society) and won the Gold-Headed Cane, the school’s highest honor. That year, he also won the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for GLBT Leadership. He completed his residency in primary care medicine at UCSF, where he won both the Intern (2002) and Resident of the Year (2003) awards. In 2004, the students of UCSF School of Medicine recognized his devotion to medical education with a TEACH award, and UCSF Medical Center acknowledged his dedication to patient care with its Exceptional Physician award.

    Dr. Loftus completed a fellowship in HIV Clinical Care at San Francisco General Hospital in 2005. His survival guide for medical students, The Nerd’s Guide to Pre-Rounding, was released by Cambridge University Press in June 2006.

    “For me, becoming a doctor was an outgrowth of becoming an activist, and I have always felt the power of community in my work and practice. Medicine called to me as a spiritual vocation, and I still hear that call every day, every time I walk with a patient on their journey into healing.”

    • Professional Details
      • Internal Medicine
      • Traditional Primary Care
      • English
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    • Professional Education
      • University of California, San Francisco; School of Medicine
      • University of California-San Francisco
      • University of California-San Francisco
      • San Francisco General Hospital
    • Board Certification
      • American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Publication Date: October 31, 2014