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Barak Gaster, MD, FACP

Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)

Education & Training

MD, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1993
Internship, Residency, and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 1993-1997

Professional Interests

Management of diabetes
Physician-patient communication
Medical informatics


National Merit Scholar, 1985
Phi Beta Kappa, 1989
Student Marshal, 1989
DOM Fialkow Scholar Junior Faculty Award Nominee, 2001
UWMC Service Excellence Award, 2002
Invited Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2003
Clinician-Educator of the Year Award, 2011
Appointed Interim Medical Director, General Internal Medicine Center, 2013

Selected Publications

Gaster B, Hirsch IB. 1998. The effects of improved glycemic control on complications in type 2 diabetes.. Archives of internal medicine. 158(2):134-40.
Gaster B, Knight CL, DeWitt DE, Sheffield JVL, Assefi NP, Buchwald D. 2003. Physicians' use of and attitudes toward electronic mail for patient communication.. Journal of general internal medicine. 18(5):385-9.
Gaster B, Unterborn JN, Scott RB, Schneeweiss R. 2007. What should students learn about complementary and alternative medicine? Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 82(10):934-8.
Gaster B, Edwards K, Trinidad SB, Gallagher TH, Braddock CH. 2010. Patient-centered discussions about prostate cancer screening: a real-world approach.. Annals of internal medicine. 153(10):661-5.
Gaster B. Prostate cancer screening: a complicated puzzle, explanation required. J Gen Intern Med. 2013;28(12):1549-50.