Ariana Thompson-Lastad, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Francisco, in the Osher Center for Integrative Health and the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Thompson-Lastad is trained as a medical sociologist and conducts qualitative and community-engaged research focused on the role of integrative healthcare in advancing health equity.
Her work primarily examines innovative approaches to primary care, including integrative group medical visits implemented in US community health centers and the community midwifery model of postpartum care. Dr. Thompson-Lastad is currently a board member of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved and is an affiliated faculty member with the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and the UC Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. Prior to becoming a researcher, Dr. Thompson-Lastad worked in a community health center as a diabetes care coordinator and group medical visit facilitator.