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In his 25 years of practice, Dr. Yuan­-Da Fan has rarely missed delivering his patients’ babies — no matter what time of day or night they are born.

“It’s a privilege to take care of mothers and deliver their babies safely and comfortably. When they’re happy, I’m happy,” he says. Above all, he believes in providing individualized care for his patients because he knows from experience that no two people are the same.

Dr. Fan started his first career as a chef in Chicago. He owned a thriving restaurant near Northwestern University Hospital until 1978, but he always felt that he could be doing something that would be more beneficial for society. Eventually, he sold his restaurant and moved to New Orleans to attend Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He hasn’t looked back since.

With a childhood friend left disabled because of a birth injury, it seemed very natural to choose obstetrics and gynecology as his specialty. Dr. Fan says, “I wanted to be the best gynecologist, to take excellent care of mothers so that they could have healthy babies. By doing that I can help people, help families, and help my country.”

Dr. Fan moved his family to San Francisco and opened his private practice in 1989. He built his practice from the ground up through referrals from patients who love his kind and personalized approach to women’s health care. He now serves as the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at California Pacific Medical Center. As a tribute to his top­-of-­the­-line care, many of Dr. Fan’s colleagues refer patients to him after seeing his technical competence and commitment to his patients in action.

Dr. Yuan-Da Fan

I treat patients with my heart, with the wisdom of my life experience, and with the best evidence-­based medical knowledge.


Personal Interests

Every year, Dr. Fan travels as a volunteer to his native China to teach modern gynecology techniques to doctors in nearly 100 cities around the country. He estimates that over the years he has trained around 30,000 doctors in China, and he has brought around 300 to California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco for intensive training. He also still loves to cook and takes any chance to show off his cooking skills, including cooking for numerous charity events.


Education and Experience

Dr. Fan completed both medical school and his internship and residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He excelled in his studies, and in 1986 he was elected the Best Intern out of 400 others. In his final year of residency, he was chosen as the Assistant Medical Director, in charge of the entire hospital when the Medical Director was away. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has completed additional qualifications to qualify as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

  • 1985
    Medical School

    Louisiana State University School of Medicine


  • Residency

    Louisiana State University, New Orleans

Certifications and Memberships

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

California Pacific Medical Center - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department Chair