Meet our Fellows: Frances Tao, MD, MPH, UCSF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow


In the world of sports medicine, unwavering commitment and specialized expertise elevate the standard of patient care. Meet Frances Tao, MD, MPH, our Fellow in Primary Care Sports Medicine for the current year at the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Tao boasts a comprehensive medical background, including a residency in family medicine at UCLA, a master's in public health from Harvard University, and a fellowship in Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry from UC Irvine. Driven by a commitment to injury prevention, delivering exceptional care, and guiding patients through the journey to restored mobility, Dr. Tao consistently makes a positive impact, one patient at a time.

"I was drawn to UCSF primary care sports medicine fellowship program for many reasons. The program cultivates a collegial and supportive environment, fostering an atmosphere where I can inquire and learn without the fear of judgment. This creates a secure space for open discussions and seeking clarification, thereby nurturing an optimal learning environment. The faculty within the program is truly remarkable. They provide mentorship not only for my professional growth but also in my personal and career endeavors. Their diverse backgrounds, training, and expertise contribute a wealth of knowledge and perspectives, enriching my learning experience. Finally, I value the opportunities afforded by my primary care sports medicine fellowship program to pursue and explore my individual interests. Whether it involves research, teaching, or engaging in policy work, the program actively encourages and supports my unique pursuits. This flexibility enables me to tailor my fellowship experience to align with my passions and objectives, contributing to my comprehensive growth as a sports medicine professional."

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