Jenifer Matthews, MD

Faculty Scholar

“I have always been drawn to working with kids, especially adolescents. I love to hear people’s stories and develop long-lasting relationships with kids, teens and their families. I enjoy working with them to proactively take care of themselves, to holistically support their physical and mental development and ideally minimize their need for pharmaceutical interventions.”

Jen Matthews, MD is a Faculty Scholar in the clinical training program at the Osher Center to become an integrative pediatrician. She is also an attending physician in Adolescent Medicine and Primary Care at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she has worked for eight years. Dr. Matthews’ specialties include whole-body wellness and nutrition, reproductive health, and helping families navigate complex social and emotional issues.

Dr. Matthews received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, and went to medical school at the University of California, Davis, where she served as a Co-director of the Imani Clinic, a student-run health clinic. She did a Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, where she worked with Phat Beets Produce, a food justice organization, to create several nutritional programs. She started a community garden near the hospital for patients and neighbors to grow food and build community and learn about food justice, and established and ran a program for teens from the hospital to learn about growing food, cooking, and food justice. She also worked to create a hospital-based farmer’s market, and produce voucher system for patients to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

In addition to practicing medicine, you will find her biking around the East Bay Hills with her family, practicing yoga, or working in her backyard garden picking sungold tomatoes with her son and daughter.

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