CHCF Health Care Leadership Program

Susan Philip

Susan Philip

STD Prevention and Control Services


San Francisco Department of Public Health

Professional Bio

Susan S. Philip, M.D., M.P.H., is Director of the STD Prevention and Control Services Section of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and a Deputy Health Officer. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco.
Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee of the California STD Controllers Association and on the Board of the National Coalition of STD Directors.
As STD Controller for San Francisco, she is responsible for monitoring the epidemiology of STDs, overseeing clinical care at the municipal STD clinic – City Clinic, and developing local policy responses to STD rates in San Francisco residents. Increasingly, as diagnosis of STDs has shifted in recent years from the STD clinic and to community health centers, community based organizations and private providers, her work has focused on improving provider training and resources through SFDPH to ensure best practices.
Other areas of focus include utilizing clinical and epidemiological data to inform STD Section resource prioritization and utilization, and reducing health disparities associated with STD morbidity in San Francisco.
Dr. Philip completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University, followed by medical School at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and a M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her training also includes an internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago, and a fellowship in adult infectious diseases at the University of California, San Francisco.