About Aaron Neinstein and this blog

I am Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Director of Clinical Informatics in the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation. I am board-certified in Endocrinology, Clinical Informatics, and Internal Medicine. In my clinical practice, I take care of patients with diabetes as well as with disorders of the thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, ovaries, and testes, or other metabolic issues. (Note: If you are looking for a second opinion for an endocrine issue and are unable to come to UCSF, I can provide you a second opinion via UCSF’s online second opinion service.)

In addition to my UCSF clinical Endocrinology practice, I believe in empowering patients and physicians to access, share, understand, and use health information in day-to-day care, including outside of traditional healthcare settings. I have devoted my informatics career to creating tools that facilitate connected, collaborative care and ecosystems that enable innovators to develop and scale health software into care delivery workflows. I helped lead UCSF’s Epic EHR implementation and optimization and was on the founding team of the non-profit Tidepool, which creates open-source software to help empower people with diabetes to make better decisions. At the UCSF CDHI, I lead a multi-disciplinary team focused on digital transformation of care delivery at UCSF, development and commercialization of novel technologies, and enablement of the national digital health ecosystem.

This blog (as detailed in my first blog post in Feb 2012), was originally focused on innovations in diabetes and diabetes technology. Since 2000, when I first decided to become a physician, diabetes has been an integral part of my career. Though I now work on broader health system innovation, I see that all lessons learned in redesigning the way we care for diabetes as being very applicable to other aspects of healthcare.

In addition to this blog, I also write a regular column at Medscape.com, “Aaron Neinstein on Digital Health.”

Thanks for reading and for participating!

Aaron Neinstein, MD

(last updated Apr 2017)


UCSF Profile- Aaron Neinstein

LinkedIn Profile- Aaron Neinstein

Twitter- @AaronNeinstein

Selection of Invited Speeches and Panels

Mar 2017: UCSF Diabetes Update and Advances in Endocrinology, San Francisco, CA

Mar 2017: Digital Diabetes Congress, San Francisco, CA – “Integration into the Electronic Medical Record – It Has to Happen”

Jan 2016: Informed Health, San Francisco, CA

Jan 2015: Informed Health, San Francisco, CA — “Let’s all integrate with the EHR”

Nov 2014: Diabetes Technology Meeting, Bethesda, MD — “The last mile: mHealth and EHR integration”

Mar 2014: UCSF Diabetes Update and Advances in Endocrinology, San Francisco, CA

Mar 2013: UCSF Diabetes Update and Advances in Endocrinology, San Francisco, CA

Dec 2012: mHealth Summit, Washington DC

Sep 2012: Dreamforce 2012, San Francisco, CA

May 2012: Sanofi Data Design Diabetes Demo Day, New York, NY



Research Grant

Cisco Systems Inc (2016)
Commonwealth Fund (2018-2019)

Other Research Support


Speakers’ Bureau/Honoraria

Academy Health (2018)
Symposia Medicus (2017)

Ownership interest


Consultant / Advisory Board

Steady Health (2018-present)
Nokia Growth Partners (2017-2018)
WebMD/Medscape (2015-present)
Grand Rounds (2014)
GLG (2014-present)

Consultant / Advisory Board (No Financial Compensation)

Tidepool (2012-present)



8 thoughts on “About Aaron Neinstein and this blog”

  1. Hi Aaron,

    My name is Kevin and I work with Glooko, a mobile glucose monitor that connects with your smartphone. I was wondering if I could have your direct email to share some upcoming news with you.

    Hope to hear from you soon!



  2. Hello Aaron,

    I was wondering if we could chat one day about having you join us via the internet for some chat sessions in November for our Diabetic KID’Z 4 LIFE Month. Each and every Saturday during the month we will be holding live chat sessions and events for kids and parents and everyone all over the world. Last year we had over 250 thousand people join in the weekend and this year since we are going live each Saturday we expect more.

    Just let me know a good day and time. I am in Fresno California so we are on the same time zone.

    Mark Clifford


  3. Aaron,

    My sister Liz Witherspoon recently shared your blog post on TedMed as I consult to a number of healthcare organizations and professionals. I’m based in Chicago but would love to connect and hear more about your thoughts on population health and how physicians and organizations could better reach and engage patients. I’ve signed up to follow your blog and I can be reached at julia@perceptivestrategies.com.

    Best regards,

    Julia Brady


  4. Hello Dr. Neinstein,

    I was wondering if you may be able to help us. Our daughter was recently diagnosed with Type 1.
    We are having some problems finding a good endocrinologist in our area. We have to travel pretty far to get to the one we have, and my daughter really does not like her approach, also difficult with my job to take a full day off to drive an hour, then sit in office for 2 hours. I am a physical therapist. I was wondering if you or anyone you know might be able to monitor her levels/progress by telemedicine. We are located in upstate NY. My step-father, Peter Frishauf, founder of MEDSCAPE suggested I reach out to you after I found your blog.

    Thank you,

    Karin Rice


  5. Hello Dr. Neinstein,

    My daughter was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I found your blog, and my step-father, founder of MEDSCAPE suggested I reach out to you. We can not find a close endocrinologist to monitor my daughter’s levels. We have to travel one hour to an MD my daughter does not mesh with. I was wondering if you or someone you knew could monitor her by telemedicine.
    We are located in upstate NY.

    Thank you,

    Karin Rice


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