Michael Zwerdling, MD

  • Michael A Zwerdling
  • “I take a focused approach to alleviating illness.”

When I started medical school, my plan was to go into research. Then I had two babies in medical school, and I discovered I enjoyed pediatrics. I take a focused approach to alleviating illness. For general care, I use a comprehensive evaluation of data and physical examination to help advise the patient and family on measures to maintain and improve well-being.

I remember once a frantic mother called to tell me her 2-year-old daughter had developed a breast tumor after the mother had left for work that morning. Reassuring her over the phone that breast tumors don't arise that quickly was futile, so I met the family in the emergency room, where I observed that the healthy-appearing child did indeed have a growth on her chest. As I examined her, the unmistakable odor of bubble gum was evident. A little acetone, and I had cured the breast tumor. Pediatrics is filled with memorable moments like these, and it's a pleasure to be able to help children through health, illness and even bubble-gum incidents.



Work and Education

Professional Education

University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, 1962


Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1963


Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1964

Moffitt Hospital UCSF, San Francisco, CA, 1967

Board Certifications

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics