Dr. Deborah DeMott has been practicing adult and adolescent primary care medicine in Berkeley for approximately 20 years. She is highly experienced and well-respected in the medical community. Over the course of time, she has developed detailed knowledge of and experience with the many medical specialists and services in the area. Although many, if not most, health issues can be handled in her office, she prides herself on helping her patients find the best specialist care available when the need arises. Dr. DeMott has special interests in preventive medicine, women’s health, aging issues, multicultural medicine, adoption/alternative family building, and disability rights.
As a child, Dr. DeMott witnessed the struggles of ill family members trying to find appropriate medical care in underserved areas of the rural Midwest. Her interest in medicine began at age 12 sparked by a fascination with the biological sciences combined with her family’s personal medical struggles. She attended a small-town high school where she designed her own independent study course in anatomy because no advanced biology courses were available. She graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a dual degree in Human Biology and Economics. After graduation, she worked for a short time in a basic research lab studying prions at the University of California, San Francisco. While there she co-authored a paper with Dr. Stanley Prusiner (Dr. Prusiner later won the Nobel Prize in Medicine).
Dr. DeMott decided to pursue clinical medicine rather than research and attended the University of California (Berkeley/San Francisco) Joint Medical Program. She received her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and an M.S. in Health and Medical Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Her Master’s Thesis was a study of On Lok Senior Health Services in San Francisco’s Chinatown, a unique community-based long-term care program. Her research was supported by the National Council on Aging. She was awarded the Traveler’s Geriatric Fellowship, and presented her research at a National Council on the Aging Annual Meeting.
Her postgraduate training was completed through the Primary Care Internal Medicine Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (a Stanford-affiliated hospital). She became Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1994.
Dr. DeMott settled in the East Bay in 1995 and started private practice. She served on the Board of Directors for the Alta Bates Medical Associates Medical Corporation from 1997-2007. She is married and lives in Albany with her spouse and their two utterly amazing adopted children. She feels blessed to be part of a multiethnic/multiracial family and grateful to live in a community that is accepting of difference and diversity.