Sarah Patterson, MD

School of Medicine
+1 415 502-2279

Dr. Patterson received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her MD from UCSF. She joined the faculty after completing internal medicine residency and fellowship in rheumatology at UCSF. As a rheumatologist specializing in systemic lupus and complementary and integrative treatment approaches for managing systemic rheumatic conditions, she practices in the UCSF Health Lupus Clinic and UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Patterson’s scholarship focuses on defining how lifestyle behaviors and non-pharmacologic interventions impact disease outcomes among people with chronic rheumatic diseases.


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

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

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