Henry Kahn

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Dr. Kahn is Board-Certified physician in Internal Medicine, and has been on the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) clinical faculty since 1980.  He reached the level of Clinical Professor of Medicine Step 5, the highest level for a non-research clinician.  As a lecturer, educator, and personal development coach, he is focused on effective stress management and resiliency tools and techniques. The goal of this work is to diminish stress-related symptoms, improve health outcomes, and optimize performance in work, school, and overall life functioning. His audiences have included the UCSF faculty, staff, and students, various groups of San Francisco City and County employees, and individual coaching clients.


Dr. Kahn has given many presentations on “How to Sleep,” “De-stress Now in a Heartbeat,” “Optimal Performance,” “Happiness,” “Test Anxiety,” and “Resilience.” His programs are based on positive emotion refocusing techniques, and include heart rate variability biofeedback. In addition, Dr. Kahn piloted the combination of positive emotion refocusing, biofeedback, and strength and solution-focused patient coaching in a rapidly effective (1 to 5 visit) intervention for a sample of individual students in severe distress from anxiety or depression.

Work History:

2011-Present: Preceptor for UCSF Interprofessional Education Program

2000-Present: Medical Consultant for IPCOM, a UCSF Nurse Practitioner practice 

2015-Present: Certified High Performance Coaching (CHPC)

2018-Present: Henry J Kahn Resiliency Services: Coaching, Speaking, Teaching

1997-2011      Director, UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services

2000-2006      Director, UCSF Communicable Disease Prevention Program

1987-1996      Clinician Educator in UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine (Primary Care)

1979-1987      Internal Medicine Primary Care Private Practice, Berkeley California

Awards and Honors:

2011 Nominee, Exceptional Physician Award (UCSF Medical Center)

1997 Best Bay Area Doctors, San Francisco Focus Magazine

1993 Recipient, Robert Crede Award for Excellence in Clinical Care

1993 Nominee, Robert Crede Award for Excellence in Teaching

1978-1979 UCSF Chief Medical Residency, Moffitt Hospital

1974 Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society

Education and Training

2009           Leadership Academy Training (Enlightened Leadership Program)

2007-2008 Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback “Resilient Educator” and “Interventions”    

                  (Certification Trainings through HeartMath.com)

1978-1979: UCSF Chief Medical Resident 

1976-1978: UCSF Internal Medicine Residency

1971-1975: UCSF School of Medicine, M.D.

1967-1971: Pomona College, BA Zoology, Cum Laude