Rachel Gilgoff, MD
Rachel Gilgoff, MD grew up in Southern California. She received her bachelor’s degrees in molecular and Cell Biology and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, and her medical degree at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She completed her pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and then received extra training in Child Abuse and Neglect (UCSF/UC Davis joint fellowship) and Integrative Medicine (Stanford School of Medicine and the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine).
As a pediatrician, Dr. Gilgoff brings a multidisciplinary approach to stress, trauma, healing, and well-being. In 2012, she learned about the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study which found that ACEs are extremely common and that they are associated with increased risk for heart disease, asthma, cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and suicide. Knowing that childhood trauma and chronic stress could have lasting impacts on our health and well-being, she has made it her personal and professional mission to help her family and patients prevent and heal traumatic stress. She is currently an advisor with the California Aces Aware Initiative, an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and a co-Principal Investigator on Systems-based, Multidisciplinary Assessment of Adversity and Toxic Stress for Individualized Care (The SYSTEMAATIC Project), an ACEs and Precision Medicine research project through the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM).
Rachel Gilgoff is board certified in General Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics, and Integrative Medicine. She enjoys being an advisor, researcher, science writer, and mother of two amazing kiddos. She is passionate about improving care for stress-related health issues and promoting lifelong health and wellness.