Gurpreet Dhaliwal

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Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal is a clinician-educator and professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He studies, writes, and speaks about how doctors think, how they develop expertise, and what motivates them to improve their practice and the systems in which they work.

Dr. Dhaliwal is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and the UCSF Department of Medicine Council of Master Clinicians. He has published over 150 articles and has been a visiting professor at multiple universities across the U.S. and in China, Japan, and Switzerland. He has received multiple teaching awards, including the 2019 UCSF Osler Distinguished Teacher Award and the 2015 national Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. In 2012 he was profiled in the New York Times in the article "Could a Computer Outthink This Doctor?" From 2013-2018 he was a writer for The Wall Street Journal's “The Experts: Health Care” report. He has been a podcast guest on multiple shows, including Freakonomics, M.D. and The Wall Street Journal Report.

Dr. Dhaliwal specializes in general internal medicine. He practices full time in the hospital, emergency department, and outpatient clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He has been in practice for over 20 years.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Transformation


  • Healthcare

Professional Associations

  • Board of Directors, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
  • Member, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Member, The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine/Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine
  • Member, American Medical Association

Education & Certifications

  • UCSF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
  • UCSF Teaching Scholars Program
  • Chief Resident, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of California San Francisco
  • M.D., Northwestern University Medical School

Speaking Topics List

  • Alignment and Accountability
  • Change Management and Leadership
  • Communication
  • Employee Attraction and Engagement
  • Executive Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Culture
  • Resilience and Well-Being
  • Patient and Consumer Experience
  • High-Reliability Organization (HRO)
  • Physician Alignment and Engagement
  • Quality and Safety
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