Biography


Dr. Kurt Hafer is a board-certified physician and Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) practicing Primary Care Internal Medicine exclusively at Stanford Concierge Medicine.

Dr. Hafer grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and attended Pomona College, where he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology. After completing post-baccalaureate pre-medical coursework at the University of Michigan (UM) in Ann Arbor, he worked as a neuro-endocrine peptide researcher at UM.

In 1999, Dr. Hafer graduated from The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose in 2002. Between 2002 to 2012 he was a Teaching Attending Physician at SCVMC as well as an adjunct Stanford physician, training medical students and residents in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Hafer joined Stanford in 2012 as the founding Medical Director of the Stanford Primary Care, Portola Valley Clinic -- Stanford's first new primary care clinic in many years. His five years of leadership at the Portola clinic included incorporating the latest technologies into primary care, adopting active population health panel management, LEAN management practices, embedded specialists and evidence-based, best-care practices as a viable model for the future of Stanford Primary Care.

In January 2017, Dr. Hafer joined Stanford Concierge Medicine as Medical Director. In addition to caring for his patients, his duties include directing the clinic and expanding clinic offerings in mental health, wellness, and piloting Primary Care Genetics and Pharmacogenomics screening programs as a test bed for Stanford Primary Care.

While at Stanford, Dr. Hafer has served as a lecturer for the American College of Physician's Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification Course held in San Francisco, and has been a Reviewer for the American College of Physicians on multiple projects. He has served on numerous Stanford Healthcare committees and worked with teams on numerous projects, including Stanford's Primary Care 2.0 Redesign, Hypertension Center of Excellence Clinical Integration Team, The Virtual Hypertension Monitoring Project, and Stanford's Primary Care Precision Health program design team. He has directed pilots of TeleHealth phone and video visits, integration of specialty care MDs into our primary care clinics. He led a successful Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training (CELT) project using clinical pharmacists embedded in primary care clinics to more effectively manage diabetes and high blood pressure between MD visits. He has also served as the Physician Leader for Stanford's Realizing Improvement through Team Empowerment (RITE) Quality Improvement Program.

He currently serves as a Physician Member on the Global Executive Services (GES) Network Steering Committee, part of the Vizient University Health System Consortium. Dr. Hafer also serves on Stanford's CELT/RITE Quality Improvement Program Advisory Committee.

When not caring for patients, Dr. Hafer enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends. He is married to a Stanford University History Professor, has a daughter who graduated from Stanford and is now a medical student at UCLA as well as a son who is studying engineering at Stanford. He is an avid lifelong cyclist (road and MTB, logging over 5k miles annually), hiker, has a passion for tinkering with vintage Datsuns and enjoys wearing vintage watches.

Dr. Hafer believes that a combination of truly knowing his patients as individuals, excellent patient-physician communication, and comprehensive preventive care allows him to provide exceptional care for his patients.

Professional Summary


Professional Education
  • Residency: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (2002) CA
  • Medical Education: Pritzker School of Medicine University of Chicago Registrar (1999) IL
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2004)
  • B.A., Pomona College, Claremont, CA, Psychology (1988)

Honors & Awards
  • FACP, Fellow of the American College of Physicians (2018)

Administrative Appointments
  • Medical Director, Stanford Primary Care, Portola Valley (2012 - 2017)
  • Medical Director, Stanford Concierge and Executive Medicine (2017 - Present)

Practice Locations


Concierge Medicine Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, 2nd Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 736-5370

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Dr. Hafer is great. He exemplifies each of the actions.
Doctor Hafer was very detailed, showed amazing care for my physical and emotional well-being. He was relatable, took plenty of time and helped decide next steps.
I was pleasantly surprised at how long Dr. Hafer spent with me.
First experience with Concierge Medicine program, felt very comfortable with Dr. Kurt Hafer's professionalism, active listening and concern for my well-being.
Dr. Hafer is excellent!
The very best!
Dr. Hafer has been very generous with his time, extremely responsive with messaging on My Health, and acted as my advocate always. I very much appreciate being in his care.
Dr. Hafer spent a lot of time with me and made great efforts to put me at ease.
He spent lots of time with me. He answered all my questions. He explained things very well. He is great.
Kurt Hafer is simply an extraordinary physician.
Good listener.
Dr. Hafer is very patient, information, and considerate. Always putting the patients needs first. Dr. Hafer put in a request for an ultrasound for me because I wanted peace of mind, though he said it wasn't necessary.
care provider was fantastic
Uncommon time and information was given. Not only very helpful and good care, but in the end this approach saves Dr. time by eliminating a lot of follow up questions and/or visits, which happen when appt's are cut short & patient left without full needed info
I tremendously appreciate my doctor, and the team he works with.
Love Dr. Hafer. His personal attentiveness and sincere concern comes through at every visit.
dr hafer spent a lot of time with me to make sure my concerns were all properly addressed.
Dr. Hafer is an excellent doctor who really cares about his patients. He advised me on a number of issues and I felt much better after talking with him.
Dr. Hafer was outstanding, and my only disappointment is that he is going to a different position and will not become my primary care physician.
Dr. Hafer is the best physician I have worked with in my life. I am VERY lucky to have him as my doctor.
Dr. Hafer was great as he took time to explain my condition & provided several papers of documentation explaining my condition more thoroughly.
Dr. Hafer was outstanding. I felt like he spent a lot of time with me, was very thorough in addressing all my medical concerns and even spent time asking if I had any other concerns. He was also inclusive of my child, who I brought with me to the appointment. He included me as a part of the decision making process, which I appreciated.
Very good experience. Dr. Hafer is the best. I like him very much.
Dr. Hafer is the best - reminds us of our GP in Atlanta for 17 yrs.
excellent visit - started on time & was allowed time to cover concerns; not rushed at all
really impressed by interpersonal skills of all staff!
Dr Hafer is the best
This was the first visit. I will know better with time but overall first impression is very good of Dr. Hafer. It does seem that primary care doctors take less responsibility than in former times. A doctor in the past often was basically the only one necessary for most care.
Dr. Hafer is the most personable Doc I have worked with, period.
Lucky to have Dr. Hafer as my doctor!
Dr Hafer is great.
I also really like Dr. Hafer and recommend him to others.
I have already recommended your office to one of my family member.
Dr Hafer is the best! very responsive and non judgmental. he takes time to understand the situation and works with the patient so that he and the patient are satisfied.
very good, Dr Hafner made me feel very comfortable and was assuring
Dr Hafer is a great doctor and he always takes the time to make sure he understands my concerns and provides excellent help when needed.
Dr. Hafer was very attentive and made sure my medical records were up to date.
Dr. Hafer continues to display excellent cognitive and communication skills in properly diagnosing and treating complex multifaceted issues.
Dr Hafer spent over an hour with me. He explained everything he was doing in detail and showed me pictures/drawings relevant to the situation. He discussed options with me and e-mailed a specialist while I was in the room. Extraordinarily attentive and professional.
Dr. Hafer is outstanding. He took the time to evaluate my concerns and my history to determine his recommendations, which he explained in detail.
Very caring person. I have much confidence in him.
Dr. Hofer is candid & sincere, professional.
Dr. Hafer can't be substituted. He is above everyone as far as caring is concerned.
Dr. Hafer is great. Friendly, interested, caring, not rushed, listens well, answers all questions fully, respectful. Promotes a comfortable professional relationship. Accessible.
Dr. Hafer is great about explaining everything in a way that I could understand, often with pictures.
All good experiences
Dr Hafer is a great doctor and he is very thorough
Dr Hafer is absolutely wonderful. I am so pleased I am his patient.
Dr. Hafer went far and beyond all my expectations and any prior experiences with a PCP. It was my first visit with him. He looked at me when speaking, took the time to ask questions, hear my answers, I didn't feel rushed. I felt very comforted.
dr Hafer always takes the time to listen and explain everything in detail to me.makes visits enjoyable.
Easily the best doctor I have ever encountered. While I have had some very good doctors Dr. Hafer is in a class of his own and my wife feels the same way.
Dr. Hafer is very attentive, takes his time, listens well, and is thorough. He answers questions carefully and responds to questions on MyHealth promptly. He makes referrals as needed. He's an excellent doctor.
Again I could not imagine having a better experience.
Dr Hafer sends me email replies day and night...he appears to work 24 hours a day. couldn't be more responsive if he tried.
Excellent provider and willingness to understand his patients concerns for health issues.
I trust Dr Hafer
the best o consider him as a friend
Dr. Hafer is the finest doctor I have ever had.
Without doubt, I was impressed with the service and courtesy extended by Dr. Haffer
great doctor, understands me and genuinely cares about me and my health.
This was easily the best Doctor I have probably ever seen. He went so far above and beyond the minimum service levels that I feel very confident in the treatment plan he and I set up. Truly amazing.
Dr. Hafer instills confidence and is a very dedicated doctor.
no bad experience at all.
Dr. Hafer and his staff are a gift to us!!!
had my husband sign up as a new patient.
Dr. Hafer is absolutely first class.
Excellent all around
My whole visit was a most positive experience!
Dr. Haefer has been great. I've only been with him a year, but so far, so good!
Best dr. I've ever met.
The most attentive and caring.
Already recommended Dr. Hafer to my roommate.
Dr. Hafer went the extra mile to spend the necessary time. Had relevant experience with a difficult problem. Offered options and sound recommendations. Outstanding doctor.
He was the most thorough & patient doctor I have seen in some time. Excellent!
Care provider - excellent.
Again, I am impressed by the doctor and his staff in patient care.
Dr. Hafer was outstanding. He knows what he is doing & saying. He inspires & uplifts you.
I've never been so happy with a GP of doctors office! Excellent service & the are very friendly.
I'm not very comfortable with the new "hey, we're friends... let's chat approach. prefer more professional approach.
Most amazing doctor I would highly recommend.
Dr. Hafer is exceptional - always there for us and very competent & caring.
Dr. Hafer was good enough to get me to take the time to fill this out! Usually don't do surveys.
Wasted time - No physical exam - If something is wrong, he certainly won't find it.
Dr. Hafer provides the kind of primary care that should be a model for others. HE ROCKS!!
I am a Stanford professor and I have never been SO SATISFIED with a primary care provider as I am with Dr. Hafer.
Dr. Hafer is a caring, compassionate doctor. He seeks mutually agreeable solutions to problems and he quickly earned my father's & my trust.
My fiance comes with me and was so impressed that he wants to come to my dr.
Still getting to know him. Not the best doctor I've had but far, far from the worst. It's VERY hard to be a great generalist.
Very satisfied.

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