Tracy Rydel

Family medicine doctor

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health

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Tracy Rydel is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine where she holds the positions of Assistant Dean for Clerkship Education, Director, Core Clerkship in Family and Community Medicine (since 2010), Associate Director of Medical Student Education in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health, and an Educator-4-CARE faculty. She is a family physician with a passion for medical education. She completed the Rathmann Family Foundation Fellowship in Patient-centered Care and Medical Education in 2012, is part of the Peer Coaching Program under the Stanford Teaching and Mentoring Academy, and was formerly the Director of the Practice of Medicine Year One Course at Stanford. She emphasizes patient-centered care in the pursuit of clinical and educational excellence. She is frequently an invited presenter at the national conferences of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), and the Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA) regional group of the AAMC; her scholarly work focuses on medical education endeavors, including in nutrition education and the teaching kitchen, working with medical scribes, Entrustable Professional Activities, primary care career recruitment and mentoring, procedures training, time management in ambulatory teaching, communication skills, virtual health and telehealth, and learning communities.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Fellowship, University of Arizona, Program in Integrative Medicine (2010)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, Family Medicine (2007)
  • Residency: UCSF-Graduate Medical Education (2007) CA
  • Medical Education: Temple University School of Medicine (2004) PA

Honors & Awards
  • Arthur L Bloomfield Award in Recognition of Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (2010)
  • Arthur L. Bloomfield Award in Recognition of Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (2014)
  • Award for the Excellence in Promotion of the Learning Environment and Student Wellness, Stanford University MD Program (2019)
  • Division of Primary Care and Population Health Teacher of the Year, Stanford Department of Medicine (2018)
  • Excellence in Mentoring Award, Stanford COMET (Clinical Observation and Medical Transcription) Scribe Fellowship (2020)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Stanford University Medical Student Education (2008)
  • General Internal Medicine Division Teaching Award, Family & Community Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2010)
  • Rathmann Family Foundation Fellowship, Rathmann Family Foundation Educators-4-CARE Medical Education Fellowship in Patient-Centered Care (2012-2013)

Administrative Appointments
  • Assistant Dean for Clerkship Education, Stanford School of Medicine (2020 - Present)
  • Associate Director, Medical Student Education, Division of Primary Care and Population Health, Department of Medicine (2020 - Present)
  • Director, Core Clerkship, Family and Community Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine (2010 - Present)


Specializing In

  • Integrative and Alternative Medicine

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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Dr. Rydel is an excellent doctor & always easy to talk to.
Dr. Rydel has been a care, and respectful doctor. I really like how she hold herself and treat her patient.
Dr. Rydel gives her full attention to my concerns and always have a favorable solution.
Doctor Tracy is excellent doctor, for me she always has the time and asks me about everything regarding my health.
Dr. Rydel is the best - very professional and friendly.
Excellent, appreciation for their attention.
Excellent visit! Great staff and doctor!
The doctor is an excellent as a person and as a professional.
Dr. Rydel has always been attentive. She listens and addresses every concern. She makes the visits very comfortable.
i was so satisfied with the time, the bedside manner, the listening skill, two doctors and a thorough examination and processing of my various symptoms that seemed random but were connected. i felt better leaving the clinic then when i walked in. we had a plan and i felt tremendously cared for.
I love Dr. Rydel
Dr. Rydel is an awesome provider. She is compassionate, engaged, smart and caring. She is an asset to Stanford.
Spends the time - Does not make you feel that she is rushing you out of the office.
Dr. Rydel is wonderful. I am glad she is my primary doctor.
My personal physician Dr. Tracy Rydel is the most passionate and caring doctor I ever have I am very blessed and fortunate that I found her. I am recommending her for her knowledge and understanding to all your medical needs. I always feel I am in good hands whenever I talk to her
Dr. Rydel is the best. She has been mine, my husbands, both of my daughters and my moms doctor. A REAL family practitioner.
I always have a great experience with Dr. Rydel.
I highly recommend Dr. Tracy Rydel! She is so kind, caring, and knowledgeable. Dr. Rydel listens and communicates understanding and care! Dr. Rydel teaches and explains with compassion and expertise. Our whole family sees Dr. Rydel!
Very concerned and emphatic
The doctor was great!
Dr. Rydel has always been a top-notch family doctor. She is thorough, very patient, and genuinely caring for her patients well-being. I feel "seen" every time I go to Dr. Rydel for my check-ups.
I am lucky to have a doctor as qualified and caring as Dr. Rydel. I am glad she teaches so her approach/intelligence/empathy can be shared with new doctors.
Dr. Rydel is an excellent listener, and very understanding.
Dr. Rydel is a stellar physician!! I never feel rushed during my appointment. She attentively listens and answers my questions in a way that I can easily understand.
Dr. Rydel, is an excellent Doctor and very knowlegable in her field. She doesnt base all her practice in what is called Technology- Oriented specialty. She shows a lot of emphaty for her patients thus focuses in their complete well-being, mental physical. People are carryn many burders which is impacting in our health.
Dr Rydel is the best PCP my husband ever have. She has such wonderful bed side manners. She is a great human being. thank you for having her.
I have complete confidence in Dr. Rydel; she is the best doctor I ever had and may well be the best doctor on your staff.
Dr. Rydel constantly provides exceptional service!
Dr. Tracy Rydel is an exceptional doctor that highly cares about my medical conditions.
Very good.
Professionally proficient and medically intelligent, great empathy; and most patient in attitude. Very conscientious in her medical duty. I am very appreciative and grateful for her concern and attention.
Excellent care. Dr. Rydel is all around wonderful! Thank you!!
Dr Rydel is one of your finest doctors you have, if not the best physician . I am 76 years old and in great health because Dr Rydel care . She cares Nout the whole person's well being . an spproch that not many doctors practice with patients . I can see the difference in that approach in my daughter's physician. my daughter is underweight and no doctor address that problem. it is beginning to affect her physical health . however , yeah Doctor is only trying to cure the medical side of the problem but not finding why her body is starting to break down on her late 40' if the knew her eating habits and much excersize they will find the root of the medical problem
she's the best doc I've had: personable, thorough, excellent explanations, thorough exams-I've referred her to others - they love her
Best doctor! Had other doctors in the past, but when I met her, never had the need to find another one. Been with her for many years! Luv her!
Professionally, medically, intelligent, sympathetic and with great empathy. I could not ask for more.
excellent doctor
I'm extremely happy having Dr. Rydel overseeing my health. Have total confidence in her in every respect.
Dr. Rydel is one of the best doctors I've encountered. I'm grateful that she is my PCP.
Dr. Rydel is the best! I want her for MY doctor too. (She is my autistic daughter's physician.
Dr.Rydell is THE BEST!
first time meeting dr rydel in person. she is even more amazing, kind, friendly in person than I could believe. she truely enjoys her job and cares about the well being of her patients. I used the think I had the best provider when I had kaiser but dr. rydel is by far the best!!!
Very good doctor she is concerned for her patients and very prepared with great knowledge in her area.
Very good.
Dr. Rydel was great! So happy to have her as my PCP.
the Dr is Awesome and I would recommend her to everyone I know ! she is very attentive and listened to all my concerns and was great to work with .
Dr. Rydel is very caring, honest and sensitive to my needs. I am very, very grateful that she is my doctor. She is always here for me to answer my questions and calm my worries. Dr. Rydel is a great doctor, compassionate and exemplary qualities.
Dr Rydel is a good listener. I am able to discuss my concerns with her and she pays attention to what I say. She answers my emails promptly and gives me excellent advice. She urges me to get fit without pushing too hard. She is a very pleasant person with a big smile. All that makes her a very very good physician.
Very friendly, knows our family personally.
I love Dr. Rydel - she is patient, kind, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. The chief scribe was also very nice.
All my care providers are excellent; I feel like a team of providers are taking care of me.
doctor went out of her way to spend extra time with me and cover many options of care!
Dr. Rydel is my dr. since April 2010 or perhaps before & I prefer her because of her human quality & she knows my health problems well.
Excellent. Excellent.
My pcp is Dr Raydel. She is the best. she has a very good bedside maneras. thanks to her I am able to deal with the hard times life is giving us. thank you so much Dr. Raydel for all your help.
Dr. Rydel & her staff are always welcoming & caring.
Excellent care. Dr. Rydel is the best!
Dr. Rydel is awesome - put me right at ease, mixes friendly manner with excellent and concise information.
Dr. Rydel is the BEST!
I've FINALLY FOUND my DOCTOR and she is just PERFECT!! Dr Rydel is not only PERFECT but AMAZING!! She put me at ease, personable, listened to my issues, gave feedback, and she is just PERFECT!! I'm not easily impressed, but I was more than impressed w/ Dr Rydel. There's not enough adjectives to describe her. It was lovely meeting her and was just perfect!
Dr. Rydel is the best!
Dr. Rydel is excellent.
EXCELLENT! Dr. Rydel is the best. I traveled two hours to continue to see her.
Dr. Rydel is fabulous. So happy to have formed her.
Dr. Rydel never makes me feel rushed. She is the best!!! Couldn't image seeing anyone else.
Dr Tracy Rydel is all around wonderful!
Dr. Rydel is excellent and feel very secure , informed in good hands with her as my Doctor.
Rydel is outstanding; I cannot think of a single thing to critique.
Tracy Rydel could not have been higher at meeting my hopes & expectations of finding an exceptionally skilled, caring & gracious clinician. Her student seemed knowledgeable & most pleasant as well-
Dr. Rydel is the VERY BEST doctor I have ever had.
Excellent manner, great attention and understanding.
Dr. Rydel is extremely compassionate and wonderful with whom to work.
Can not speak highly enough of Dr. Rydel. So caring, compassionate, just all around awesome. The type of person you would want to be friends with.
Very compassionate, understanding and considerate physician.
Another respectful positive interaction with Dr. Rydel.
Dr. Rydel is so wonderful. She actually spent time with me and cared to ask me questions and listened to me. I've never had that with my other Stanford doctor.
Dr. Rydel is AMAZING. I've never had a doctor listen to me like she did. I'd say he was worth the year and a half wait to book an appointment with.
I have recommended people to the Doctor
Both Dr. Rydel and the student physician were (are) excellent.
Dr. Rydel is an excellent doctor!
Dr. Rydel is fantastic. Also her student physician did a terrific job.
I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Rydel as my primary care physician. She has great empathy and warmth. Dr. Rydel is intelligent, listens with patience, and seems genuinely concerned with providing the best health care possible for my circumstances. I would absolutely recommend her to others!
Dr. Rydel is excellent, empathetic and completely relatable. I go out of my way to see her.
Very thorough!
Been going to Dr. Rydel for a few years now. She always makes me feel very comfortable and special. She's definitely an asset to Stanford Medical Staff!
Professionally compassionate, attentive, and caring always -
I love my new PCP. Dr. Rydel is patient, kind, and exudes warmth. She is so easy to talk to, and I feel like she truly cares.
Dr Rydel is an amazing caring and wonderful Dr
Professional demeanor, compassionate, and friendly.
Dr. Rydel is one the best doctors!
everyone was great. Excellent use of CI-Care by all.
Dr. Rydell is amazing. Not only did she ask how I was medically, but she also just asked how I was in general. I felt like a friend rather than a patient.
Dr. Rydel is an excellent doctor and I feel completely comfortable under her care. There was a period of a few years where I had to switch health coverage because of an employer's plan and I sign up with her again the first chance I could.
Was very pleased Dr. Rydel was able to spend some extra time with me and had no med students during my visit.
Dr. Rydel is amazing! She is so knowledgeable and competent and kind and caring!!! I have recommended Dr. Rydel to my best friend (who works in healthcare) and we both are so grateful and satisfied with Dr. Rydel as our doctor. Dr. Rydel is the best doctor!!!
Good job.
Dr Rydell is wonderful!
I totally trust and appreciate Dr. Rydel. I feel confident she has the utmost concern for my health and well being. I hope to have her as my Primary Care Physician for a very long time!!
Dr. Rydel is a professional joy. She is compassionate, understanding and patient. Stanford Medical/Family Group is lucky to have her.
excellent. very supportive of my problems and concerns.
Dr. Rydel is the best MD that I have had! She is caring & responsive!
I think Dr Rydal is a very good listener. Her thoughtful unhurried demeanor is very good for patients like me who feel anxious about going to see a doctor.
Dr Rydel is the best. I guess others have found that out because her schedule is always full.
Excellent over all!
Dr. Rydel was warm and caring. She's amazing, would recommend to friends.
She is fabulous! Listens well, offers suggestions, & always willing to discuss options.
Great experience. The doctor and intern were extremely professional, personable, and courteous. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!
very personable and attentive to needs
I am impressed with Dr. Rydel, always made to feel comfortable to talk to her about any problems. I never feel rushed although I'm pretty sure I'm one patient that can mess up her "on time" schedule most of the time!
Dr. Rydel is WONDERFUL!
I am a new patient of Dr Rydel's, I was formerly a patient of Dr. Jones and was heart broken that I had to change. I am very pleased with Dr. Rydel, seems an excellent match for me.
Very considerate and compassionate always.
Dr. Rydel is one of your best doctors. She is very concern about the patient.
Intelligent, considerate, attentive and compassionate.
I loved Dr. Rydell so much that I just switched to her as my Primary Physician! Great bedside manner, very informed, addressed all my questions at the level that I needed (I work in clinical medical field)
Tracy Rydel is by far the best practitioner I have had at SHC. And the Family Medicine Clinic is by far the best in terms of courtesy, accessibility on the phone etc. It is startling how different experiences are across the system and this one is well above any other service we have used at LPCH and SHC
Above and beyond. Even though I am an RN, she is patient with my husband and me when were are both asking multiple questions. Dr. Rydel is present and mindful and I always feel "heard". As a healthcare professional myself, feeling heard can make huge positive differences.
Dr. Rydel is a professional very nice, dedicated to your patients, dedicates time to arrive to the patients.
Dr Rydel is the best! She spent so much time with me. She really cares about her patients. I would highly recommend her.
All is always good.
I always find it a pleasure to see Dr. Rydel. She has excellent bed side manners and is very professional. She is personable, responsive, and is a good listener. Thank you Dr. Rydel!
Dr Rydel truly cares. Truly listens and is a care Partner. Perfectly balanced matter of fact with humor.
Dr Rydel is funny & caring - really put me at ease, even getting a pap smear.
Hands down, Dr. Rydel is the best physician I have ever worked with as a patient.
Great place for care!
Dr. Rydel is a very nice person who cares about me.
Professional and helpful.
I recommended Dr. Rydel to my best friend. Dr. Rydel is caring, competent, excellent! Dr. Rydel is the best doctor ever!
Dr. Rydel is the best doctor that I had ever seen. She is very friendly, patient and truly care about her patient.
She recommended other care providers to me to target specific issues; none of the people recommended are in-network at Stanford Healthcare Alliance and she couldn't recommend anyone who was, which was frustrating.
Dr. Rydel is exceptional; I have complete trust in her medical abilities.
She's awesome! I'm lucky to have her as my primary care doctor.
Dr. Rydel is excellent. I purposely pay for a more expensive health insurance plan so that my whole family can be cared for by her.
She reads up her notes before meeting. Dr. Rydel is great, caring and attentive, she is prepared.
Dr. Rydel is excellent!
Very good.
Dr. Rydel is a amazing physician who is thoughtful, warm and attend to my concerns. I feel that she is an ideal partner in ensuring that I receive excellent care.
Professional, interactive, good listener.
Dr. Rydel is an intelligent, empathetic and knowledgeable care provider.
Feel truly cared for as a person. Patient/dr. relationship excellent. Medical knowledge above peers.

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