Maria Chao, PhD

University of California San Francisco


Maria Chao is an Associate Professor at the University of California San Francisco at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. She also serves as the Associate Director for Health Equity and Diversity and the Associate Director of Research at the UCSF Osher Center. Dr. Chao’s overarching goal is to investigate how complementary and integrative health approaches can advance health equity and improve quality of life among underserved populations. Dr. Maria Chao’s recent studies aim to: (1) rigorously test integrative approaches to address the under-treatment of pain in diverse patient populations; and (2) apply implementation science research to broaden access to evidence-based integrative medicine. Her work has received funding support through the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, numerous foundations, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.