Hello, I'm Dr. Vanessa Grubbs


I'm a country girl from Spring Lake, North Carolina and the first physician in my family. I am an associate professor of medicine in the division of nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco. I've maintained a clinical practice and research program at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital since 2009. For the last decade, I have cared for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and those on dialysis. I have a special clinical and research interest in renal palliative care and have written and spoken in national forums on this topic. 

I received my undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University. After my internal medicine residency at Highland Hospital of Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, California, I completed the general medicine research fellowship and nephrology fellowship at UCSF. I among the 2017 cohort for the Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, an initiative designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders; and the 2018 California Health Care Foundation’s Health Care Leadership Program.

Though much of my time is dedicated to scientific writing, my passion is narrative nonfiction writing. I taught "Writing For Change," narrative writing from a health policy perspective to medical students and practicing clinicians from 2011-2017.

HUNDREDS OF INTERLACED FINGERS is my first book. I live with my husband, teenaged son, and three of cutest pit/lab mix rescue dogs in Oakland, California.