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Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
3333 California Street
Suite 335
San Francisco, CA 94118
United States of America

Office (415) 514-8662
Fax (415) 514-8666

  • Medicine
Research Keywords
  • Latino health care
  • Health care disparities
  • Minority health
  • Tobacco
  • Smoking cessation
  • Cancer screening
  • Minority aging
  • Language access
  • Patient-physician communication
  • Latin America
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2002


Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D.

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D.


M.D., University of Miami, Miami, Florida
B.S., University of Miami, Miami, Florida

About Me

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D. is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. He is a native of Cuba and with degrees from the University of Miami (B.A. and M.D.). He trained in primary care general internal medicine at UCSF, and completed a research fellowship in general internal medicine before being appointed Assistant Professor at UCSF in July 1983. He practices continuity general internal medicine and teaches residents and students in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Pérez-Stable's research has focused on health and health care disparities by race and ethnicity in the areas of tobacco use and cessation, cancer prevention and minority aging. He has special expertise in development of risk factor reduction interventions for Latinos and has collaborated with social scientists and epidemiologists throughout his career. He is the Director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations (MERC), Director of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, which is funded through a NIH/National Institute of Aging grant through 2017, and Assistant Director for Health Care Disparities of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center.. Dr. Pérez-Stable is a member of the National Advisory Council, National Institute on Aging, NIH (2011-2015) and was elected to the Institute of medicine in 2001.

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Recent Publications


King J, Yourney L, Ahalt C, Eng C, Knight S, Pérez-Stable EJ, Smith A. Quality of Life in Late-Life Disability: “I don't feel bitter because I am in a wheelchair.” Journal of American Geriatrics Society 2012 Mar;60(3):569-76 DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03844.x.

Ahlt C, Walter LC, Yourman L, Eng C, Pérez-Stable EJ, Smith AK. Knowing is better: Preferences of Diverse Older Adults for Discussing Prognosis. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2011 Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print].

Leykin Y, Torres L, Pérez-Stable EJ, Muñoz RF. Interpreting the outcome of automated Internet-based trials: Example of an international smoking cessation study, Journal of Medical Internet Research 2012 Feb;14(1):e5.

Wong ST, Pérez-Stable EJ, Kim SE, Gregorich S, Sawaya GF, Walsh JME, Washington AE, Kaplan CP. Using Visual Displays to Communicate Risk of Cancer to Diverse Women. Patient Education and Counseling 2012 Jan 11 [Epub ahead of print].

Karliner LS, Auerbach A, Napoles AM, Schillinger D, Nickleach D, Pérez-Stable EJ Language Barriers, and Understanding of Hospital Discharge Instructions, Medical Care 2012 April;50(4):283-289.

Fejerman L, Chen GK, Eng C, Huntsman S, Hu D, Williams A, Pasaniuc B, John EM, Via M, Gignoux C, Ingles S, Monroe KR, Kolonel LN, Torres Mejia G, Pérez-Stable EJ, González Burchard E, Henderson BE, Haiman CA, Ziv E. Admixture mapping identifies regions on 6q25 and 11p15 associated with breast cancer in US Latinas. Human Molecular Genetics 2012 Jan 19 [Epub ahead of print].

Alderete E, Monteban M, Gregorich SE, Kaplan CP, Mejia R, Pérez-Stable EJ. Smoking and exposure to racial insults among multiethnic youth in Jujuy, Argentina. Cancer Causes and Control 2012 Mar; 23 Suppl 1:37-44.

Kaplan CP, Kim SE, Wong ST, Sawaya GF, Walsh JME, Pérez-Stable EJ. Willingness to use tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer among diverse women. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 2012 Feb 7. [Epub ahead of print].

Avena S, Via M, Ziv E, Pérez-Stable EJ, C Gignoux C, Dejean C, Huntsman S, Torres-Mejía G, Dutil J, Beckman K, Gonzalez Burchard E, Parolin ML, Acreche N, Boquet M, Rios Part MC, Fernández V, Rey J, Stern MC, Carnese FR, Fejerman L. Heterogeneity in genetic admixture across different regions of Argentina 2012; PLoS ONE; 2012;7(4):e34695. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0034695. Epub 2012 Apr 10.

Afable-Munsuz A, Mayeda ER, Pérez-Stable EJ, Haan MN. Immigrant generation and diabetes risk among Mexican Americans: Evidence from SALSA (Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging); American Journal of Public Health 2012; in press.

Walsh JME, Kim SE, Sawaya GF, Kaplan CP, Wong ST, Gregorich SE, Pérez-Stable EJ. Colorectal cancer screening: What do women from diverse ethnic groups want? Journal of General Internal Medicine 2012 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Schueller SM, Leykin Y, Pérez-Stable EJ, Muñoz RF., Selection of Intervention Components in an Internet Stop Smoking Participant Preference Trial: Beyond Randomized Controlled Trials. Psychiatry Research 2012;