Michael Cabana, M.D., M.P.H.

Chief of General Pediatrics

Dr. Michael D. Cabana is chief of General Pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and director of the General Pediatrics Fellowship Program at UCSF. Cabana treats patients in the Pediatric Acute Care Clinic and is particularly interested in asthma and the prevention of asthma in children. His research focuses on issues regarding quality of care as well as physician prescribing and practice patterns. He is a professor of pediatrics, epidemiology and biostatistics and a member of the core faculty at the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies.


Acute Care After Hours
2330 Post St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0374
Patients of Pediatrics at Mount Zion:
(415) 885-7478
Patients of Primary Care at Laurel Village: (415) 514-6200
Patients of Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore: (415) 353-9339
Patients of Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic: (415) 353-2002

More about Michael Cabana


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1994
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health 1999


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Pediatrics 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Van den Nieuwboer M, Brummer RJ, Guarner F, Morelli L, Cabana M, Claasen E. The administration of probiotics and synbiotics in immune compromised adults: is it safe? Benef Microbes. 2015 Mar 1; 6(1):3-17.
  2. Cheng LE, Cabana MD. Dishing it out to allergies. Pediatrics. 2015 Mar; 135(3):e707-8.
  3. Tran N, Bernstein HS, Cabana MD. Case 3: respiratory distress in a 3-month-old boy. Pediatr Rev. 2015 Feb; 36(2):79-81.
  4. Sung V, Cabana MD, D'Amico F, Deshpande G, Dupont C, Indrio F, Mentula S, Partty A, Savino F, Szajewska H, Tancredi D. Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 for managing infant colic: protocol for an individual participant data meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2014; 4(12):e006475.
  5. Nelson KE, Hersh AL, Nkoy FL, Maselli JH, Srivastava R, Cabana MD. Primary care physician smoking screening and counseling for patients with chronic disease. Prev Med. 2015 Feb; 71:77-82.
  6. Cabana MD, Bardach NS. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. J Pediatr. 2015 Jan; 166(1):10-1.
  7. Namazy J, Cabana MD, Scheuerle AE, Thorp JM, Chen H, Carrigan G, Wang Y, Veith J, Andrews EB. The Xolair Pregnancy Registry (EXPECT): The safety of omalizumab use during pregnancy. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Feb; 135(2):407-12.
  8. Cabana MD, Slish KK, Evans D, Mellins RB, Brown RW, Lin X, Kaciroti N, Clark NM. Impact of Physician Asthma Care Education on patient outcomes. Health Educ Behav. 2014 Oct; 41(5):509-17.
  9. Kiyoshi-Teo H, Cabana MD, Froelicher ES, Blegen MA. Adherence to institution-specific ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention guidelines. Am J Crit Care. 2014 May; 23(3):201-14; quiz 215.
  10. Castro M, King TS, Kunselman SJ, Cabana MD, Denlinger L, Holguin F, Kazani SD, Moore WC, Moy J, Sorkness CA, Avila P, Bacharier LB, Bleecker E, Boushey HA, Chmiel J, Fitzpatrick AM, Gentile D, Hundal M, Israel E, Kraft M, Krishnan JA, LaForce C, Lazarus SC, Lemanske R, Lugogo N, Martin RJ, Mauger DT, Naureckas E, Peters SP, Phipatanakul W, Que LG, Sheshadri A, Smith L, Solway J, Sullivan-Vedder L, Sumino K, Wechsler ME, Wenzel S, White SR, Sutherland ER. Effect of vitamin D3 on asthma treatment failures in adults with symptomatic asthma and lower vitamin D levels: the VIDA randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2014 May; 311(20):2083-91.
  11. Kaiser SV, Asteria-Penaloza R, Vittinghoff E, Rosenbluth G, Cabana MD, Bardach NS. National patterns of codeine prescriptions for children in the emergency department. Pediatrics. 2014 May; 133(5):e1139-47.
  12. Cabana MD. No consistent evidence to date that prenatal or postnatal probiotic supplementation prevents childhood asthma and wheeze. Evid Based Med. 2014 Aug; 19(4):144.
  13. Bousquet J, Gern JE, Martinez FD, Anto JM, Johnson CC, Holt PG, Lemanske RF, Le Souëf PN, Tepper RS, von Mutius ER, Arshad SH, Bacharier LB, Becker A, Belanger K, Bergström A, Bernstein DI, Cabana MD, Carroll KN, Castro M, Cooper PJ, Gillman MW, Gold DR, Henderson J, Heinrich J, Hong SJ, Jackson DJ, Keil T, Kozyrskyj AL, Lødrup Carlsen KC, Miller RL, Momas I, Morgan WJ, Noel P, Ownby DR, Pinart M, Ryan PH, Schwaninger JM, Sears MR, Simpson A, Smit HA, Stern DA, Subbarao P, Valenta R, Wang X, Weiss ST, Wood R, Wright AL, Wright RJ, Togias A, Gergen PJ. Birth cohorts in asthma and allergic diseases: report of a NIAID/NHLBI/MeDALL joint workshop. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Jun; 133(6):1535-46.
  14. Tran N, Coffman JM, Sumino K, Cabana MD. Patient reminder systems and asthma medication adherence: a systematic review. J Asthma. 2014 Jun; 51(5):536-43.
  15. Cabana MD, Kunselman SJ, Nyenhuis SM, Wechsler ME. Researching asthma across the ages: insights from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Asthma Network. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Jan; 133(1):27-33.
  16. Mon A, Meyerhoff D, Cabana M, Halpern-Felsher B. Rejoinder-response to: Human linear growth trajectory defined. Am J Hum Biol. 2014 Jan-Feb; 26(1):109-10.
  17. Bardach NS, Vittinghoff E, Asteria-Peñaloza R, Edwards JD, Yazdany J, Lee HC, Boscardin WJ, Cabana MD, Dudley RA. Measuring hospital quality using pediatric readmission and revisit rates. Pediatrics. 2013 Sep; 132(3):429-36.
  18. Mon A, Cabana M, Halpern-Felsher B, Meyerhoff DJ. Human linear growth trajectory defined. Am J Hum Biol. 2013 Sep-Oct; 25(5):666-72.
  19. Patel AI, Shapiro DJ, Wang YC, Cabana MD. Sociodemographic characteristics and beverage intake of children who drink tap water. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Jul; 45(1):75-82.
  20. Flaherman VJ, Aby J, Burgos AE, Lee KA, Cabana MD, Newman TB. Effect of early limited formula on duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding in at-risk infants: an RCT. Pediatrics. 2013 Jun; 131(6):1059-65.

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