Dr. Jerome Jew
Dr. Jerome Jew is a second generation San Franciscan and second
generation physician. His father, Dr Larry Jew, was also born in San
Francisco and practiced medicine until the age of 89. Dr. Jew hopes to
retire before that age.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Jew pursued a Masters in Biochemistry
and received a Pharmacy degree from Creighton University where he stayed
for medical school. Consequently, he has served on several Pharmacy and
Therapeutic/ Formulary committees, which he actually enjoyed immensely.
Dr. Jew has spent his entire career in San Francisco Chinatown
practicing internal medicine. He is also a former chief of medicine at
Chinese Hospital and is a well-known trouble maker.
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Why are you a SFMS member?
As SFMS does so many different things to support local physicians and community
health policies, I feel it is important to support the society.
Which SFMS member resource is most helpful to you?
Of the many things the SFMS does, I value their advocacy for us physicians the
most. Really, there are not many people who are on "our side."
What do you like to do when you're not at work?
I am a geek. I love to sit in front of my computer and play strategy games or
role playing games.
What is the most important thing you learned in medical school or residency?
I think that other than the technical knowledge of medicine, the most important
thing I learned in school and residency is the respect for people who come from
all walks of life.
What are some of the biggest opportunities or challenges you see in health
care within the next five years?
I worry that private practice will eventually become extinct. It is becoming
more difficult to be a solo practitioner as time goes on.
What do you love most about practicing Internal Medicine?
The best thing about internal medicine is just interacting with patients. Any
job can become routine, but people are always interesting.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given throughout your
career so far?
Before I began, fellow SFMS member, Dr. Gordon Fung, was still doing Internal
Medicine, and he told me that it is very important to get the things that need to
be done today, done today.
Who’s your favorite music artist/band?
I love R&B and blue-eyed soul. So, groups like Earth Wind & Fire, Temptations,
What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?
Espetus - a Brazilian style steak house or churrascaria - is a lot of fun.