"Life as a Doctor: Real and Imagined"

April 25, 2017

Trisha and Richard Gibbs spoke with students at a talk organized by Peter Ellis
After a 12-year career in professional ballet, Richard Gibbs, MD ’86, returned to school in his mid-30s, earning his undergraduate degree at Harvard and an MD from Yale. A family medicine physician in San Francisco, he is also the Supervising Physician for the San Francisco Ballet. Richard continues to teach ballet and frequently lectures on dance injuries. Tricia Hellman Gibbs, MD ’87, is a graduate of Williams College and Yale School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she was a member of the U.S. Ski Team and an All-American Athlete in Alpine Ski Racing. She recently earned a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. In addition to her work in family practice, she is a published fiction author and producer of the soon-to-be-released major motion picture The Rendezvous, based upon her novel, A New Song. The Gibbses met and married at Yale, and together they founded and run the San Francisco Free Clinic, an award-winning clinic for people without health insurance. Both doctors are Professors of Clinical Medicine at UCSF. They have 5 grown children and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

alumni grand rounds at Yale School of Medicine

Alumni Grand Rounds is a series of talks that brings YSM alumni and students together for career-focused discussions about medicine and biomedical science, sponsored by the YSM Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.

Listen to the presentation:

Listen to the presentation:

San Francisco Free Clinic founders Richard Gibbs, MD ’86, and Tricia Hellman Gibbs, MD ’87 speak about their lives in medicine and related pursuits in the arts. The Gibbses tell the story of their real-life experiences founding and running a free clinic for patients without health insurance over the past 24 years.