Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: Stanford University Internal Medicine Residency (1991) CA
  • Residency: University of Washington Medical Center Dept of Medicine (1990) WA
  • Internship: Stanford University Internal Medicine Residency (1989) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1991)
  • Medical Education: University of Colorado Health Science Center (1988) CO
  • Residency, Stanford Univ School of Medicine, Internal Medicine (1991)
  • Residency, University of Washington, Internal Medicine (1990)
  • Internship, Stanford Univ School of Medicine, Internal Medicine (1989)
  • MD, Univ of Colorado School Medicine, Medicine (1988)
  • MS, Univ of Colorado School Medicine, Biometrics (1985)
  • BS, Chemistry, Colorado State University (1980)

Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Colorado School of Medicine (1988)
  • Hippocrates Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine (1988)
  • Recognition of Academic Achievement, University of Colorado School of Medicine (1985-1987)
  • Strother H. Walker Award for Excellence in Biometrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine (1985)

Administrative Appointments
  • Clinic Chief, Stanford Medical Group (1998 - 2006)
  • Core Physician and Internal Medicine Consultant, Stanford Sports Medicine Program (1992 - 2008)
  • Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Stanford University (1995 - 2008)


Practice Locations

Stanford Primary Care in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

211 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-9000

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(199 reviews)

Great doctor!
Thanks for the first review of blood pressure.
I will highly recommend Dr. Ford to others. Dr. Ford has always been very professional & he knows the solutions to all of my health issues & resolved well.
Dr. Ford is very thorough & dedicated to the patient's welfare. He listens attentively & follows up as needed. He is a pleasure to have as a doctor to a true professional.
Dr. Paul Ford is an outstanding physician. He cares about his patients, and gives outstanding care. Stanford, indeed, is fortunate to have such a doctor on their staff!
It is always a pleasure and privilege to be cared for by Dr. Ford and his staff.
I have been with him for many years and have good care and follow up.
Dr. Ford is excellent.
Paul Ford is a terrific doctor!
Staff is very good.
I would recommend Dr. Paul Ford to anyone & everyone.
Dr. Ford has been my primary care physician since 2003. He is the best physician you can ever have, He is very professional, courteous, and friendly. He gives me a lot of confidence. I consider myself lucky to have him as my physician.
Very likelihood to recommend Dr. Ford to my friends. He is very detailed & caring his patients' health.
Dr Ford takes the time to talk with me and offers to answer any questions I may have. He discusses rather than preaches.
Paul Ford, M.D. is an excellent physician. He is always thoughtful, kind and courteous. His medical assessment is always accurate, and I feel he is an asset to the Stanford Medical Team.
Dr. Paul Ford was friendly, professional, caring about my health. I'd highly recommend him to others. He always made efforts to include me in all the decisions about my healthcare.
Outstanding experience with Doctor Ford
Dr. Ford has been my and my son's primary care provider for many years. He responds to my inquiries promptly with a clear understanding of my needs and conditions!
Dr Ford always good at responding to my health care questions and concerns
Dr. Paul Ford. Went over the test results thoroughly. Answered all my questions professionally. I'll highly recommend him to my family, friends & others.
Dr. Ford was very attentive, as always, and changed my prescription based on my comments, concerns. i received a message from Express Scripts the same day that the order was being processed.
care providers need more time with each patient/fewer patients scheduled
Dr Ford is simply to best
Incredible Doc - lucky to have her!!
Dr. Paul Ford is an asset to Stanford Medical Center. I feel most fortunate to have him as my primary care physician.
I have been going to Dr.Ford since 2013. I find him to be an excellent doctor who understands your concern and needs and explains everything and does not over medicate.
Extremely helpful. Dr. Ford provided very valuable insights and information. He also walked me though what was going on and gave me examples to help ensure I understood everything
Care provider provided excellent care as always, posed & answered appropriate questions & moved quickly thru the appointment which was appreciated.
Doctor Ford is one of those rare Physicians who's bedside manner parallels his clinical expertise. PERFECT. I always feel as though I've known him forever.
Dr. Ford is an excellent physician, caring and very knowledgeable. Makes one very confident in the course of treatment recommended.
Dr. Ford was very detailed, explained, answered my questions. I have super confidence in Dr. Ford. He is very knowledgeable & caring. I am very blessed to have him as my primary physician.
Dr. Ford is excellent!
I've been going to Dr Ford for 10+ years and cant think of a bad experience.
Dr. Ford is OUTSTANDING. I came in with a bunch of issues and to request a referral for a Neurologist. He spent an efficient amount of time with each of the issues...what I needed, who and where I needed to see / be seen...and gave me the referrals. Dr. Ford is a great Doctor...but he is also a sweetheart who listens and gives great advice. He always shows respect for how you are feeling. Even under the most ill conditions it's a pleasure to see Dr. Ford. He's the GREATEST!!!
Dr. Ford is highly credible and a thorough care-provider who is very conversant with my conditions now having treated me for more that two decades.
The level of care, service the Dr. Ford is unmatched by only dr. I have been given.
Dr. Ford is always personable, friendly, and as accommodating as possible.
Dr.Ford is fantastic.
I felt rushed. I felt he wasn't interested in my health issue.
I received excellent care from Dr. Ford. He answered all my questions. I have full confidence in his care and will certainly highly recommend to others.
Dr Ford is accommodating and listens well to the concerns of his patients.
Dr Ford spends time during the visit to listen to my concerns and and answer my questions.
Dr. Ford is an excellent physician. He has been my doctor since 2004 and have complete confidence in him.
I consider Dr. Paul Ford an excellent physician. He is not only compassionate and caring, but he truly cares about each patient. Stanford is fortunate to have Dr. Paul Ford on their staff.
Sometimes Dr Ford seems to be in a hurry and glosses over explanations and issue descriptions. For example, a lab test result will come back with a value or two outside of the "normal" range, and there'll be no explanation or comment, instead, just "Labs are all good." I get the feeling his mind is somewhere else at times. Overall, seems very competent, but you have to reel him in once in a while...
Dr Ford and his team are great.
Dr Ford is excellent.
I'm always overwelmed by Dr. Ford's attention to my care since he addresses all my conditions one by one in detail. One can not ask for more!
Dr. Ford is a true professional....and excellent bedside manners. Always takes an interest not only in your medical well being but your personal life as well.
I needed an appointment at the last minute & was able to see Dr. Ford, who as always was professional and kind, while also being efficient. He answered all my questions and explained things I didn't understand.
A 20-minute appointment for an annual exam is too short. The doctor was rushed and, other than listening to me breathe, he spent all of his time typing into the computer.
Dr. Ford is an excellent physician. He cares greatly about his patients, both physical and emotional health.
Dr Ford and his staff were over-the-top great!
Paul Ford is the best!
Terrific physician.
I have always had excellent care.
very good
This care provider is the best!
Dr. Ford is very knowledgeable, professional and caring. I will absolutely recommend to others
he is good..please keep him.
Dr. Paul FOrd is the BEST! I trust him completely.
Dr. Ford always listens, is very friendly and offers excellent treatment options
Dr. Ford is excellent.
Good info.
There are 2 things I like most about Dr.Ford. First, he listens to you, which is more than valuable. It is NOT like talking to the blank wall. And second, if you need an explanation for how the system works or help pushing the system along, he will check to see what is blocking things and either move them along himself or tell you what you need to do.
my primary care provided was good at listening and took time since i had many things i wanted to speak with him about.
Dr. Paul Ford is a gem. Wonderful guy. Knowledgeable. Great manner. And great treatment recommendations.
I've had this doctor for many years, been driving the last 18 years from Modesto to the bay to see him, I wouldn't see any other but him.
he talks too fast
He was fast, but competent. My problem was minor, I think he spent -5 -10 mins. with me.
Always excellent
Dr. Ford spent a lot of time with me, not rushed at all.
Dr. Ford is super!
Dr. Ford is excellent. Courteous, caring, and professional
Dr. Ford is more than wonderful. Make good judgment. Prescribe right tests and medicine. The best part, keeping follow up every step, which I haven't have chance to see from other PCP doctors at Stanford hospital. BTW, he followed up my case twice over weekend. I am really grateful to his hard work.
Dr.Ford did an amazing job once again.
Very caring provider. Answered our concerns.
Dr. Ford is exceptional, now for more than 20 yrs.
Paul Ford has been doing a terrific job for me for 20 years.
Dr. Paul Ford, is a very caring and concerned physician. Stanford is fortunate to have such a fine doctor!
Dr. Ford was excellent.
Excellent. You could not find a better doctor than Dr. Ford.
Dr. Ford is amazing- thorough, compassionate, and brilliant in my estimation.
Everything went very well
I've been going to Dr. Ford for many years. He's very friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to spend the time to address my questions and concerns. He asked about a recent appointment I had with a specialist and showed concern in answering any follow-up questions. He also told me to follow-up if I have issues/concerns in the coming months regarding another matter.
The whole visit and work with Dr Ford was the whole good visit and I will return for more if needed.
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I understand what Dr. Ford wants me to do. I agree with it. He is a good PCP.
I love Dr. Ford's "bedside" manner! I always feel like he cares about me as a person, and takes my concerns seriously.
I have been seeing Dr. Ford since the day he started at Stanford & am very pleased.
Dr Ford is awesome!
My provider was kind, friendly and helpful,
Felt very nervous before this visit, as usual, and very relaxed and informed afterwards
This has always been a good experience. I am in good health and I credit Dr Ford for keeping it that way.
Dr. Ford is a wonderful physician! Very knowledgeable, kind, thoughtful and caring.
Appreciate Dr Ford taking care of my issue and being very supportive. excellent.
The doctor ordered tests and an ultrasound to monitor my many diseases and conditions without my ever having to offer any suggestions. So this puts my mind at ease as now I have a better understanding of what can be done to improve my situation.
Dr. Ford is an excellent listener. He makes you feel like you have a voice in treatment of Rx care.
I have had excellent care from Stanford doctors. Dr. Ford,Dr. David Lee and Dr. Sakamuri
Dr. Ford is great which is why I always get my check ups with him. He gave me a good explanation about the need and timing of the vaccines that I asked him about.
my doctor just so good to me
Dr. Ford is wonderful! Always listens to my concerns that I may have about my health. I like how he lets me have input on my medicine and well being.
He is the best
I admire Dr. Ford's compassionate care and diagnostic skills.
Dr. Paul Ford and Dr. Martin Bronk are the two best physicians I have worked with in my life. I am nearly 60. As one gets older and medical concerns become more serious and more frequent, it's a great comfort that I have these two guys with whom to consult.
excellent experience with Paul Ford.
Dr. Ford is golden.
Always a pleasure to see Dr. Ford.
Have already recommended Dr. Ford many times.
Excellent care. Sharp but never intrusive - Thoughtful and respectful -
The nurse in the OR, Sandy was outstanding. she was very kind and made me feel comfortable right away
Dr Ford was extremely helpful. Listened carefully and gave clear diagnosis and treatment recommendation. Definitely happy with him and would recommend him
If you had a category labeled "excellent," I'd be checking that - Dr. Ford always takes time to answer my questions & takes an interest in me.
The experience with Dr. Ford was exceptional. For one of the two issues discussed (a skin condition), Dr. Ford found a dermatologist on short notice to come to the exam room, evaluate the issue, and help suggest a medication which Dr. Ford prescribed. This level of efficiency and teamwork is fantastic!
I recommend them to all I talk to
I can't say enough good about Dr. Ford - I only see him about once a year, but each time he knows "me" - not just my health, but he engages with me about all aspects of my life. There should be one last column in this survey for "exceptionally, uncommonly, good" and even then he would exceed it.
This doctor even messed up my prescription and only put one of the 2 drugs he recommended through. I had to call back several times to get this fixed. He spent under one minute with me and I felt rushed out and not at all confident. I had very bad bronchitis and he didn't even look in my throat or feel my neck. He listened to my lungs for only 20 seconds.
Outstanding Doctor!
Paul Ford MD provided outstanding care!
Dr.Paul Ford has been my primary physician for many years, he is caring, very helpful and concerned of patients health issues, I would never consider leaving him for another
always outstanding experience with Paul Ford. I would not see a RNP if I had any concerns.
Dr. Ford is patient, caring, listens and is truly the best of the best!
Excellent! As always.
Dr. Ford makes it easy to discuss issues. He instills confidence that I am receiving the best care and does not make me question his abilities.
outstanding Doctor...the best
Dr. Ford is a good doctor but not a warm and fuzzy type. It's okay, but sometimes it feels like he's rushing through appointments. he says what he has to say but doesn't necessarily listen or respond very well to the patient's comments and replies.
If I could give higher grades, I would. Dr. Ford is excellent. He is smart, polite, informative and answers all my questions with a respectful attitude. Highly recommended by me.
I've been Dr. Ford's patient for many years. He continues surprise me by his thoroughness and attention to details. His ability to diagnose my conditions has been outstanding.
Dr. Ford is an excellent health care provider / giver that i trust.
Dr. Ford has been my primary care physician for 19 years.
Paul Ford is the best!
Very high level in delivering expert care.
I was very impressed with Dr Ford's thoroughness. I have visited the clinic for many years and seen quite a few of the doctors in the clinic, but this is the first time I remember seeing Dr Ford. i was favorably impressed.
Dr Ford is the best! We moved from the area but still drive 1.5-2.0 hours one way to see Dr Ford. He always gives you his full attention and is always available to answer questions.
Dr. Ford is laways thorough, friendly and takes great care of me!
Dr. Ford is very responsive and competent physician.
Great doctor
Dr. Ford is the best!!!
Paul Ford is fantastic. Great doctor. Pays wonderful attention. Converses in a friendly and understandable way. I recommend him highly. In fact, he just took my mother into his practice.
I consider Dr. Paul Ford an excellent physician.
I consider Dr. Paul Ford a superb physician.
Dr. Ford is the best of the best. He listens, takes his time and is always very thoughtful.
Dr. Ford has been my doctor for 28 years. I continue to appreciate him VERY MUCH.
Dr Ford was efficient, however was able to take enough time
Dr. Ford is the best Internist I have ever worked with. Fantastic person and physician.
I'm 72 yrs old and have been going to Dr. Paul Ford for many years. I have complete confidence in Dr. Ford and he has taken excellent care of me when I need to see him. I have to travel an hour for an appointment with him and he is the reason why I continue to use Stanford for my medical care.
Never had a bad experience. Am very satisfied with the courtesy and kindness shown me.
I was sent out of office in two minutes
Dr. Ford was EXCELLENT!! I was also stunned to see a physician offer appointments so early in the morning!
Outstanding physician
Dr. Ford is an excellent physician. He is great in allowing you to take control of your own medical situation after he tells you the facts. Always quick to respond to any questions I may present on MyHealth website.
It could not be better.
Dr. Ford is a great doctor. My only recommendation would be that he listens more; I didn't feel like I had a space to ask questions or that I could take direction of the conversation. He also answered his cell phone toward the end of our appointment, which abruptly ended our conversation.
I've been a patient of Dr Fords's for ~ 20 years - I appreciate his always listening and his clear communication. He's very easy to communicate with and relate to, and I trust his counsel
I highly regard Dr Ford.
I'm truly grateful that Dr. Ford is my doctor. He's absolutely great!
Paul Ford knows me well and takes very good care of me.
Dr. Ford has always given me excellent medical advice and service. Best dr. I've ever seen in my 70 years.
Dr. Paul Ford is a great doctor.
I have been going to the Stanford Medical Group for many years off and on. The group has made 180 degree improvement in their services.
Excellent care
I'm grateful to enjoy access to Dr. Ford's care.
Visits are always good.
Provider seemed to be rushed most the time or really did not want to spend time with the patient.
dr Ford responded to all concerns, and explained what to do about problems. ordered medications right away.
very good
outstanding physician &care
Dr. Ford is a knowledgable and compassionate man.
Paul Ford is all "class" very knowledgeable and informative.
Paul Ford MD was excellent, caring, informative. The best in every way. Thank you Dr. Ford. You went above and beyond answering every physical concern & medical concern -
He is the only doctor I have seen who keeps consistently punctual, on-time schedule.
2 questions I didn't answer did not apply to my visit.
Dr. Ford was very helpful and informative. Got the appointment done in a concise manner while still having time for me to ask any questions I had. He was also able to answer any questions that I had. Great Service
My provider explained a test that I needed to have done & when I needed to do it. He suggested that I do it at the same time as another test because it was in the same building so that it would be more efficient time wise.
Care providers are OK during sessions, but follow-up instructions are weak.
Very good
I felt very comforted.
Given it was my first visit with this doctor, I feel the exam could've been more thorough.
Everything was okay.
professional service
Visit was for a check up only - No problems.
Dr. Ford followed up promptly with email on the test results and follow up visits. Excellent!
I consider Dr. Ford a superb physician.
I always have a positive experience and results with this practice.
Dr. Ford is awesome, but clearly the entire staff is under the gun to get patients in and out as quickly as possible. With a minimum of interaction time. Better have a list of questions ready or else you may not get answers.
Dr. Ford is outstanding. I never feel rushed, he includes me in decisions, and I'm comfortable asking any question: Outstanding MD!
Excellent dr.
Prompt, helpful, friendly as always. I saw Dr. Ford only -
The provider is always in a hurry to leave. He seems to be interested in finishing a quota rather than giving a personal medical service.
Dr. Paul Ford is friendly and kind. Both my wife and I are proud of having him as our family doctor, but he seems to have so many patients in his care though he never neglect taking care of every patient on schedule.
Dr. Ford does an excellent job. I very much appreciate his compassion & caring.
Dr. Ford always spends the time I need during my visits.

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