Dr. Leslie Kernisan has been practicing geriatrics since 2006, and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Geriatric Medicine. She’s always particularly enjoyed caring for aging adults living at home.
During her health quality research fellowship, Dr. Kernisan developed a deep interest in educating, coaching, and supporting family caregivers. She collaborated with a leading website for family caregivers from 2008-2013, and now spends most of her time creating practical geriatrics information for the public.
You can find all of Dr. Kernisan’s most recent geriatrics health information for the public at BetterHealthWhileAging.net. She also maintains a geriatrics technology and health innovations blog for clinicians and entrepreneurs.
Along with her innovative online geriatrics education work and consultative practice, she’s a clinical instructor in the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, and regularly teaches UCSF students.
Dr. Kernisan is a graduate of Princeton University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and completed her Internal Medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at UCSF. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Keen to improve the health care system for elders and their caregivers, Dr. Kernisan has additionally pursued three years of geriatrics research fellowship at UCSF, studying epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, and quality improvement. Her research on health care quality was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2009; another paper on caregiver information-seeking was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research in 2010.
From 2010-2012 Dr. Kernisan was a geriatrician at the Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley. During her last nine months there, she also served as its medical director, overseeing clinical care.
When not thinking about better health for aging adults, Dr. Kernisan enjoys music, reading, and exploring the Bay Area with her spouse and two young children.
For more practical information about aging health and family caregiving, visit her main site at Better Health While Aging.