Sarah Patterson, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Patterson received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her MD from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed her post-doctoral training at UCSF, including internal medicine residency, rheumatology fellowship, and a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded post-doctoral fellowship in integrative medicine research. She currently holds a joint faculty position in the Division of Rheumatology and Osher Center for Integrative Health (OCIH). As a rheumatologist she specializes in integrative treatment approaches for managing systemic rheumatic conditions, and she practices in the UCSF Health Rheumatology and Osher Center clinics. Dr. Patterson’s scholarship is funded by the NIH and focuses on defining how lifestyle behaviors and non-pharmacologic interventions impact disease outcomes among people with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus.
06/2019 - Integrative Medicine Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
06/2018 - Rheumatology Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
06/2014 - Internal Medicine Residency, University of California, San Francisco
M.D., 5/2011 - Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
B.A, 12/2003 - Biology, University of California, Berkeley
  1. Patterson SL, Sun S, Rychkov D, Katz P, Tsitsiklis A, Nakamura MC, Serpa PH, Langelier CR, Sirota M. Physical Activity Associates with Lower Systemic Inflammatory Gene Expression in Rheumatoid Arthritis. 2022. PMID: 35777820

  2. Patterson SL, Trupin L, Yazdany J, Dall'Era M, Lanata C, Dequattro K, Hartogensis W, Katz P. Physical Inactivity Independently Predicts Incident Depression in a Multi-Racial/Ethnic Systemic Lupus Cohort. 2021. PMID: 33421358

  3. DeVoe C, Segal MR, Wang L, Stanley K, Madera S, Fan J, Schouest J, Graham-Ojo R, Nichols A, Prasad PA, Ghale R, Love C, Abe-Jones Y, Kangelaris KN, Patterson SL, Yokoe DS, Langelier CR. Increased rates of secondary bacterial infections, including Enterococcus bacteremia, in patients hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 2021. PMID: 34486503

  4. Patterson SL, Sagui-Henson S, Prather AA. Measures of Psychosocial Stress and Stressful Exposures. 2020. PMID: 33091267

  5. Patterson S, Schmajuk G, Evans M, Aggarwal I, Izadi Z, Gianfrancesco M, Yazdany J. Gaps in Ambulatory Patient Safety for Immunosuppressive Specialty Medications. 2019. PMID: 30686706

  6. Patterson SL, Schmajuk G, Jafri K, Yazdany J, Katz P. Obesity Independently Associates with Worse Patient-Reported Outcomes in Women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. 2018. PMID: 29740985

  7. Schmajuk G, Jafri K, Evans M, Shiboski S, Gianfrancesco M, Izadi Z, Patterson SL, Aggarwal I, Sarkar U, Dudley RA, Yazdany J. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) prophylaxis patterns among patients with rheumatic diseases receiving high-risk immunosuppressant drugs. 2018. PMID: 30449650

  8. Patterson SL, Jafri K, Narvid JA, Margaretten M. A Young Woman With Sudden Urinary Retention and Sensory Deficits. Volume 70 of Issue 4. 2018. PMID: 29125903

  9. Jafri K, Ogdie A, Qasim A, Patterson SL, Gianfrancesco M, Izadi Z, Katz P, Yazdany J, Schmajuk G. Discordance of the Framingham cardiovascular risk score and the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association risk score in systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. Volume 37 of Issue 2. 2017. PMID: 28993952

  10. Patterson SL, Goglin SE. Neuromyelitis Optica. Volume 43 of Issue 4. 2017. PMID: 29061244

  11. Jafri K, Patterson SL, Lanata C. Central Nervous System Manifestations of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Volume 43 of Issue 4. 2017. PMID: 29061240

  12. Jafri K, Zahed H, Wysham KD, Patterson S, Nolan AL, Bucknor MD, Chaganti RK. Antimalarial myopathy in a systemic lupus erythematosus patient with quadriparesis and seizures: a case-based review. Volume 36 of Issue 6. 2017. PMID: 28236156

  13. Patterson S, Moran P, Epel E, Sinclair E, Kemeny ME, Deeks SG, Bacchetti P, Acree M, Epling L, Kirschbaum C, Hecht FM. Cortisol patterns are associated with T cell activation in HIV. Volume 8 of Issue 7. 2013. PMID: 23922644