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.

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

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