Igor Mitrovic, MD

Associate Dean of Integrated Core Curriculum
Phone: +1 415 476-8465
Fax: +1 415 476-2322
513 Parnassus Ave, MSB, Rm 955A
UCSF Box 0150
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

Educational programs

What I do

As associate dean of integrated core curriculum in the Education Unit, I am responsible for the teaching mission of our department and the organization and oversight of the preclinical​/​didactic curriculum in our School, holding this responsibility in partnership with the associate dean of experiential education and professional development. I also direct the Renal Theme which is one of the integrated courses administered through the Department of Clinical Pharmacy.


Dr. Igor Mitrovic holds Jack D. and DeLoris Lange Endowed Chair in Systems Physiology I. He is Professor of Physiology and Director of Professional School Education at Department of Physiology, University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Mitrovic received his M.D. at University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia (at the time) in 1991. However, majority of his studies were completed at University of Zagreb (up to 1991). After conducting neurobiology of addiction research at Loyola University Medical School in Chicago and research in neurobiology of pain at UCSF, Dr. Mitrovic joined Department of Physiology, UCSF in 2001 as a teaching faculty. Dr. Mitrovic is responsible for the physiology curriculum across the professional schools at UCSF (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Program in Physical Therapy) and serves as the Physiology Theme Director for the School of Medicine. In addition to his service on number of UCSF committees he is also a member of Admissions Committee at the UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Mitrovic has also done international work in curricular and faculty development.

Over the years, he has received numerous teaching awards as a teacher in the School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine and School of Dentistry including Long Awards in the School of Pharmacy, Excellence of Teaching Awards in the School of Dentistry, Kaiser Teaching Award in the School of Medicine as well as Distinction in Teaching Award from the UCSF Academic Senate. Also Dr. Mitrovic has received an honorary Doctorate from University of Kragujevac Republic of Serbia.

Dr. Mitrovic has made significant contributions to development of Emotional Brain Training, a new neuroscience-based psychotherapeutic method designed to increase stress resilience and promote well-being.

Dr. Mitrovic has mentored many UCSF students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and junior faculty. Dr. Mitrovic believes teaching to be his calling and he deeply values the importance of proper guidance and mentorship in the development of an aspiring healthcare professional and/or biomedical scientist.

Research keywords

  • Clonidine
  • Narcotics
  • Analgesics
  • Receptors, Opioid, kappa
  • Globus Pallidus
  • Iontophoresis
  • Substance P
  • Potassium Channels, Inwardly Rectifying
  • Adrenergic alpha-Agonists
  • Potassium Channels
  • Ventral Tegmental Area
  • Enkephalins
  • morphine
  • Enkephalin, Ala(2)-MePhe(4)-Gly(5)-
  • Receptors, Opioid, mu