Leslie Kernisan, M.D., M.P.H., Geriatrician, Geriatrician


Dr. Leslie Kernisan was a senior medical editor at Caring.com from 2009 to 2013, and now maintains a popular blog and podcast at BetterHealthWhileAging.net.

She also is a clinical instructor in the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics. She trained in internal medicine and geriatrics at UCSF and is a graduate of Princeton University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kernisan has a master's in public health from U.C. Berkeley and has completed postgraduate work in healthcare quality improvement and online health education. Her research on a popular quality of care measure was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2009.


Recently Published on Caring.com

12 Advantages of Old Age — Sep 22, 2016
People are often surprised to hear that I've chosen to specialize in medical care for the elderly. "Why geriatrics? Isn't that depressing?" they often ask me. Well, we cer...
How do I help my mother eat better? — Nov 04, 2013
Although I share your concerns about your mother's diet--she's lucky to have you to help her--what's immediately more important is helping her recover her function and mobi...
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib) and Blood Thinners — Aug 14, 2013
Most people with atrial fibrillation (commonly called A-fib) end up taking some kind of blood-thinning medication on a regular basis. That's because A-fib can substantial...
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib): Rhythm Control or Rate Control? — Aug 13, 2013
Choosing rhythm control or rate control is one of two key decisions (the other is which blood-thinning medication to use to reduce the chance of A-fib-related stroke) that ...
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib): 5 Related Medical Problems — Aug 13, 2013
Atrial fibrillation, also known as A-fib, is a common irregular heart rhythm that affects an estimated 3 million Americans. The most common symptoms of new atrial fibrillat...
5 Signs Someone With Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) Should See a Doctor — Aug 13, 2013
Atrial fibrillation, also known as A-fib, is a common heart condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. When someone is first diagnosed with A-fib, doctors should check f...
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib) and Anticoagulants: 4 Ways to Reduce Your Chance of Bleeding — Aug 13, 2013
Anticoagulants, commonly referred to as "blood thinners," are medications that impair the body's ability to make clots. If you're living with a diagnosis of atrial fibrilla...
Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib) — Aug 13, 2013
Worried that you or your loved one may be suffering from symptoms of atrial fibrillation? It's a reasonable concern: An estimated 3 million Americans have this common hea...
Warfarin: 7 Ways to Keep Blood Levels in a Safe Range — Aug 13, 2013
Many Americans take warfarin (brand name Coumadin) every day to make their blood thinner. Some are on the medication for three to nine months, for treatment of a blood cl...
Household Safety Checklist — Mar 25, 2013
Most people want to ensure that an older loved one's home is safe and free of hazards, but how do you know what needs to be done? Home safety assessments conducted by highl...