Sarah Patterson, MD

School of Medicine
+1 415 353-2530

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 her 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 the Osher Center for Integrative Health (OCIH). As a rheumatologist she specializes in the treatment of systemic lupus and in the application of lifestyle medicine alongside biomedical treatments to manage systemic rheumatic conditions. Dr. Patterson’s research program seeks to understand the impact of psychological stress and lifestyle behaviors such as physical activity in people with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus to inform nonpharmacologic interventions that improve patient outcomes.


The association of trauma with self-reported flares and disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Rheumatology (Oxford, England)

Katz P, Patterson SL, DeQuattro K, Lanata CM, Barbour KE, Greenlund KJ, Gordon C, Criswell LA, Dall'Era M, Yazdany J

Clinical and biological heterogeneity of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults following SARS-CoV-2 infection: a case series.

Frontiers in medicine

Barth KE, Spottiswoode N, Hurabielle C, Subbaraj L, COMET Consortium, Calfee CS, Matthay MA, French S, Connolly A, Hewitt SM, Vannella KM, Barnett C, Langelier CR, Patterson S

2022 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for Exercise, Rehabilitation, Diet, and Additional Integrative Interventions for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Arthritis care & research

England BR, Smith BJ, Baker NA, Barton JL, Oatis CA, Guyatt G, Anandarajah A, Carandang K, Chan KK, Constien D, Davidson E, Dodge CV, Bemis-Dougherty A, Everett S, Fisher N, Fraenkel L, Goodman SM, Lewis J, Menzies V, Moreland LW, Navarro-Millan I, Patterson S, Phillips LR, Shah N, Singh N, White D, AlHeresh R, Barbour KE, Bye T, Guglielmo D, Haberman R, Johnson T, Kleiner A, Lane CY, Li LC, Master H, Pinto D, Poole JL, Steinbarger K, Sztubinski D, Thoma L, Tsaltskan V, Turgunbaev M, Wells C, Turner AS, Treadwell JR

Perceived Stress and Prediction of Worse Disease Activity and Symptoms in a Multiracial, Multiethnic Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Cohort.

Arthritis care & research

Patterson S, Trupin L, Hartogensis W, DeQuattro K, Lanata C, Gordon C, Barbour KE, Greenlund KJ, Dall'Era M, Yazdany J, Katz P

Physical Activity Associates with Lower Systemic Inflammatory Gene Expression in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The Journal of rheumatology

Patterson SL, Sun S, Rychkov D, Katz P, Tsitsiklis A, Nakamura MC, Serpa PH, Langelier CR, Sirota M

Physical Inactivity Independently Predicts Incident Depression in a Multi-Racial/Ethnic Systemic Lupus Cohort.

Arthritis care & research

Patterson SL, Trupin L, Yazdany J, Dall'Era M, Lanata C, Dequattro K, Hartogensis W, Katz P

Increased rates of secondary bacterial infections, including Enterococcus bacteremia, in patients hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Infection control and hospital epidemiology

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

Measures of Psychosocial Stress and Stressful Exposures.

Arthritis care & research

Patterson SL, Sagui-Henson S, Prather AA

Gaps in Ambulatory Patient Safety for Immunosuppressive Specialty Medications.

Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety

Patterson S, Schmajuk G, Evans M, Aggarwal I, Izadi Z, Gianfrancesco M, Yazdany J

Obesity Independently Associates with Worse Patient-Reported Outcomes in Women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Arthritis care & research

Patterson SL, Schmajuk G, Jafri K, Yazdany J, Katz P

Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) prophylaxis patterns among patients with rheumatic diseases receiving high-risk immunosuppressant drugs.

Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism

Schmajuk G, Jafri K, Evans M, Shiboski S, Gianfrancesco M, Izadi Z, Patterson SL, Aggarwal I, Sarkar U, Dudley RA, Yazdany J

A Young Woman With Sudden Urinary Retention and Sensory Deficits.

Arthritis care & research

Patterson SL, Jafri K, Narvid JA, Margaretten M

Neuromyelitis Optica.

Rheumatic diseases clinics of North America

Patterson SL, Goglin SE

Central Nervous System Manifestations of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Rheumatic diseases clinics of North America

Jafri K, Patterson SL, Lanata C

Antimalarial myopathy in a systemic lupus erythematosus patient with quadriparesis and seizures: a case-based review.

Clinical rheumatology

Jafri K, Zahed H, Wysham KD, Patterson S, Nolan AL, Bucknor MD, Chaganti RK

Cortisol patterns are associated with T cell activation in HIV.

PloS one

Patterson S, Moran P, Epel E, Sinclair E, Kemeny ME, Deeks SG, Bacchetti P, Acree M, Epling L, Kirschbaum C, Hecht FM