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Carlin H. Senter


Primary care sports medicine specialist
Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine
Co-director, Sports Concussion Program
Lifelong athlete and Oakland A's fan

Dr. Carlin Senter is a primary care sports medicine doctor who focuses on helping patients of all ages stay active, reduce injury risk and achieve peak performance. She has particular interests in exercise counseling and exercise prescription as well as in treating sports concussions. She serves as the director of Primary Care Sports Medicine Service within UCSF Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery and is co-director of the UCSF Sports Concussion Program.

Senter's research focuses on enhancing musculoskeletal education for primary care clinicians. She designs programs to increase knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and improve diagnostic skills among medical students, residents and practicing clinicians. She also co-chairs two annual continuing education courses in sports medicine.

Senter earned her medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She then completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at UCLA.

Senter belongs to the American College of Physicians, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine and Society of General Internal Medicine. She has received numerous awards for teaching and service.

Senter grew up in the East Bay, where she was a three-sport high school athlete. As an undergraduate at Harvard College, she rowed for Radcliffe Crew. She is currently team physician for University of San Francisco, Academy of Art University and Washington High School.

In her free time, Senter enjoys running at Lands End, hiking in Marin County, eating It's-It ice cream sandwiches and cheering for the Oakland Athletics.

  • Education

    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 2004

  • Residencies

    University of Washington Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2008

  • Fellowships

    UCLA Health System, Primary Care Sports Medicine, 2009

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Sports Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Whether my patients run, bike, swim or walk, I'm dedicated to helping them reap all the health benefits of physical activity.

Where I see patients (1)

    Smell the roses

    Wander outside into our Butterfly Garden in Oakland and our healing gardens at Mission Bay.