Mary Margaretten, MD


Dr. Margaretten is the Clinical Chief of Rheumatology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) and responsible for all aspects of rheumatology clinical activities there. She received her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and her Masters in Advanced Studies of Clinical Research from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed medical residency and a rheumatology fellowship at UCSF. She joined the faculty in the Division of Rheumatology in 2009. As a rheumatologist specializing in providing care to individuals with chronic rheumatic diseases, she practices at ZSFG, Laguna Honda Hospital, and the San Francisco VA Hospital.

Dr. Margaretten is committed to serving vulnerable patients while supporting the three traditional domains of academic medicine – clinical care, research, and education. Her scholarship focuses on improving clinical reasoning skills to enhance physician problem-solving, quality improvement research, and examining predictors of depression in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. She has served as PI of grants from the Arthritis Foundation, the American College of Rheumatology, and UCSF and was the recipient of a NIH KL2 award.

Dr. Margaretten has numerous achievements in medical education and teaching. She received the Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award, the Goldstein Award for Outstanding Teaching in Rheumatology, and the UCSF School of Medicine Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2016 she was selected as an inaugural h Coach for the UCSF School of Medicine Bridges Curriculum.
M.A.S. in Clinical Research, 2009 - Graduate Division (Advance Training in Clinical Research), University of California, San Francisco
M.D., 2003 - School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, - School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Honors and Awards
  • Ira M. Goldstein Award for Outstanding Teaching in Rheumatology, UCSF Division of Rheumatology, 2017
  • Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCSF School of Medicine, 2017
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, 2015
  • Engleman Award for Excellence in Arthritis Research, UCSF Division of Rheumatology, 2013
  • Research Workshop Outstanding Abstract, American College of Rheumatology, 2010
  • Distinguished Fellow Award, American College of Rheumatology, 2009
  1. Using process improvement and systems redesign to improve rheumatology care quality in a safety net clinic.
  2. A 21-Year-Old Woman with Joint Pain and Skin Ulceration.
  3. A 36-Year-Old Man with Renal Failure, Fevers, and Hypocomplementemia.
  4. Tuberculosis of the Finger.
  5. A Young Woman With Sudden Urinary Retention and Sensory Deficits.
  6. Physical Activity to Reduce Fatigue in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
  7. Neurologic Manifestations of Primary Sjögren Syndrome.
  8. Reply.
  9. Role of Sleep Disturbance, Depression, Obesity, and Physical Inactivity in Fatigue in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  10. Efficiency Gains for Rheumatology Consultation Using a Novel Electronic Referral System in a Safety-Net Health Setting.
  11. Muscle Strength and Changes in Physical Function in Women With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
  12. A population-based study of infection-related hospital mortality in patients with dermatomyositis/polymyositis.
  13. Muscle strength, muscle mass, and physical disability in women with systemic lupus erythematosus.
  14. Elevated risk for autoimmune disorders in iraq and afghanistan veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.
  15. Missed opportunities for depression screening in patients with arthritis in the United States.
  16. Choosing wisely: the American College of Rheumatology's Top 5 list of things physicians and patients should question.
  17. Sex differences in assessment of obesity in rheumatoid arthritis.
  18. Association of posttraumatic stress disorder with increased prevalence of autoimmune disorders in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
  19. Impact of obesity on functioning among women with systemic lupus erythematosus.
  20. Racial and ethnic disparities in disease activity and function among persons with rheumatoid arthritis from university-affiliated clinics.
  21. Socioeconomic determinants of disability and depression in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
  22. Depression in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: description, causes and mechanisms.
  23. Massive acetaminophen ingestion with early metabolic acidosis and coma: treatment with IV NAC and continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration.
  24. Predictors of depression in a multiethnic cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
  25. Clinical problem-solving. A hard diagnosis.
  26. Systemic sulfa-induced Sweet's syndrome.
  27. Synovial Lactic Acid and Septic Arthritis—Reply.
  28. Does this adult patient have septic arthritis?