Mitchell D. Feldman, MD, MPhil, FACP


  • Professor of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Mentoring, UCSF
  • Interim Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine


  • MPhil, Cambridge University
  • MD, UCSF
  • Internship and residency in internal medicine, UCSF

Research focus

Dr. Feldman has devoted much of his career to increasing our understanding of, and attempting to impact the processes and outcomes of, care for patients with behavioral and psychiatric disorders in the general medicine setting (particularly depression). His research interests extend to the level of the doctor-patient interaction, especially in better understanding and ultimately designing an intervention that examines the influence of patient prompts on physician behavior. He was co-investigator of an NIMH-funded multicenter randomized trial of primary care physicians studying the impact of direct-to-consumer advertising and patient requests on physician’s evaluation and treatment of patients with depressive symptoms. The work was extended to develop targeted educational messages designed to reduce stigma and promote effective participation in care among adults at risk for depression.

Clinical focus

Dr. Feldman sees adult patients with medical and psychiatric/behavioral health disorders one half day per week in the Division of General Internal Medicine, General Medicine Practice and care for a panel of approximately 225 continuity patients. He also supervises and teaches internal medicine residents in the General Medical Practice approximately one half day per week.

Teaching focus

Dr. Feldman's teaching consists of precepting one half day per week with the primary care internal medicine residents in their continuity clinic and numerous ad-hoc lectures and workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, he conducts numerous lectures, seminars and workshops every year in a variety of settings ranging from medical student and resident teaching to CME and visiting professorships. In all of those contexts, he aims to be learner centered in his approach and encourage an environment of inquisitiveness and enthusiasm for learning.

As Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Mentoring at UCSF, Feldman is charged with leading the Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) for all UCSF faculty. An essential component of this responsibility is mentor and mentee training, as well as evaluation and dissemination of the program. Over the past several years, he has extensively surveyed the mentoring literature, created a “Mentoring Toolkit”, conducted numerous lectures and workshops locally at UCSF and nationally to enhance the understanding and skills of mentors and mentees, and has contributed to the scholarly literature on mentorship in medicine. As Director of the CTSI Comprehensive Mentoring Program, he assisted in the creation of and has helped lead the innovative mentor training course for clinical translational research ‘mentors in training’ called the CTSI Mentor Development Program.