Liza S. Buchbinder, MD, PhD, MS

Liza S. Buchbinder, MD, PhD, MS

  • Hospital Medicine


Liza Buchbinder is an anthropologist and internist within the field of social medicine, conducting research and providing care to under-resourced populations. During medical training, she completed her PhD in medical anthropology and returned to the Togolese village of her former Peace Corps service, traveling across West Africa to track the community’s diaspora of adolescent labor migrants. Her work is now the basis for a book manuscript on the limits of naming violence against adolescent domestic servants through the rights discourse on child trafficking.

Dr. Buchbinder’s other research projects focus on critical human rights & development. As a clinician and anthropologist working in a diverse array of settings, she is also working on an ethnography that explores physician-patient relations and physician burnout.   


English, French


Medical Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2018


Internal Medicine, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Internal Medicine GME, 2017


Internal Medicine, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Internal Medicine GME, 2015


MD, UCSF School of Medicine, 2014
PhD, University of California, San Francisco, 2011
MS, UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science, 2006

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



  • Physician burnout
  • Clinical ethography
  • Critical human rights
  • West Africa
  • COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Jail healthcare


Buchbinder, Liza and Holmes, S, “In a defunded health system, doctors and nurses suffer near-impossible conditions,”, March 29, 2020.  


Buchbinder, Liza, "How Doctors' Fears of Getting COVID19 Can Mean Losing the Healing Power of Touch," The Conversation, June 16, 2020. 

Schlesinger, William, Emily Virginia Jones, Liza Buchbinder, and Ippolytos Kalofonos. "Doing and Seeing: Cultivating a “Fractured Habitus” through Reflexive Clinician Ethnography." Somatophere, January 13, 2021.

Whitacre, Ryan, Buchbinder L, and Holmes S. "The pandemic present." Social Anthropology. 2020 May 19 : 10.1111/1469-8676.12829.  


Choi K, Saadi A, Takada S, Easterlin M, Buchbinder L, Johnson D, Zimmerman F . “Longitudinal Associations Between Healthcare Resources, Policy, and Firearm-Related Suicide and Homicide from 2012 to 2016.” J Gen Intern Med. 2020;35(7):2043-2049. doi:10.1007/s11606-019-05613-3. 


Takada, Sae, Kristen Choi, Shaw Natsui, Altaf Saadi, Liza Buchbinder, Molly Easterlin, and Frederick Zimmerman. "Network analysis of firearm movement among US states." (2020), 


Choi Kristen, Takada Sae, Saadi Altaf, Easterlin Molly, Buchbinder Liza, Natsui Shaw, Zimmerman Fred. “The relationship of nursing practice laws to suicide and homicide rates: a longitudinal analysis of US states from 2012 to 2016.” BMC Health Services Research. 2020 Mar 6;20(1):176. PMID: 32143696 


Buchbinder, Liza, “Who Do You Believe about Togo’s Uprising?” Africa Is A Country, Accessed May 15, 2018. 



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