Paul Aronowitz, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Dr. Aronowitz graduated from Oberlin College and subsequently from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and chief residency at UC San Francisco. He was director of the Emergency Room and Urgent Care Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center for 2 years. In 1995, he became one of the first hospitalists in the United States at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco. He was widely consulted, interviewed and quoted in publications ranging from New England Journal of Medicine to the Washington Post about his experiences helping to build one of the earliest and most successful hospitalist programs in the Western United States.
From 2001 until 2012, Dr. Aronowitz was the Internal Medicine Program Director at CPMC in San Francisco where he helped to shape it into a successful community hospital residency training program. He has been involved in various national organizations and has had a prominent role as a Council Member and subsequently President (2012-13) of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM).
He joined UC Davis Health in 2013 where he is currently Clerkship Director of Internal Medicine, advisor to the IM residency and a member of the UC Davis School of Medicine Academy of Master Clinical Educators. He currently holds the Golden 1 Credit Union Endowed Professorship for Physician Training. Since arriving at UC Davis in 2013, he has received the Internal Medicine Residency Inpatient Educator of the Year Award in 2013, 2015 and 2017, the 2014 Dean’s Inspirational Faculty Educator Award, the 2016 Dean's Award for Excellence in Education, the Outstanding Course Instructor for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from the graduating medical school classes of 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society by the Class of 2016. He received the 2016 Department of Internal Medicine Chair’s Recognition Award for “exceptional service to the Department of Internal Medicine" and in 2017 received the Kaiser Foundation Award for "excellence in the teaching of clinical sciences." In 2019, he received the Department of Internal Medicine’s “Outstanding Clinician Award.” He received the ACP Laureate Award for Northern California in 2016 and was elected as a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2018.
Dr. Aronowitz teaches regularly as a hospitalist on the inpatient wards at UC Davis Medical Center. His core educational philosophy is that that patient care and education should be fun and constantly driven by curiosity about patients, their lives, their stories and their physical findings. His academic passion is Clinical Images and his work has been published in numerous journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Journal of Hospital Medicine and Journal of General Internal Medicine. He is editor of a textbook of hospital-based clinical images called, “Hospital Images: A Clinical Atlas” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
In his spare time, Dr. Aronowitz enjoys reading, trail running, gardening and cooking for his friends and family.