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2014 Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to DGIM faculty members who have recently been promoted. Thank you for your hard work and dedication that helps our Division maintain a consistent level of excellence.

Christy Boscardin, PhD - Associate Adjunct Professor

Dr. Christy Boscardin is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and education faculty in the Office of Medical Education. Her research interests include issues of reliability and validity of performance assessments, applications of latent variable modeling to complex data, continuing medical education, health disparity and access to quality health care. She has served on local and regional committees as expert consultant on clinical performance assessment. Currently, she is involved in several initiatives from the Center for Healthcare Value (CHV) at UCSF and also the lead evaluator on the NIH funded grant to support development of alternative career paths for basic science trainees.

Alice Huan-mei Chen, MD, MPH - Professor of Clinical Medicine

Alice Huan-mei Chen, M.D., M.P.H., is the Chief Integration Officer, Director of the Center for Innovation in Access and Quality, and Director of the eReferral Program at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Chen’s work focuses on creating policies and programs to improve access and quality of care for underserved communities. At San Francisco General Hospital, Dr. Chen cares for a panel of primary care patients, attends on the inpatient medical service, and serves as faculty for the San Francisco General Primary Care Residency Program. As Chief Integration Officer she has the dual charge of providing physician oversight for SFGH’s ambulatory services as well as providing institutional leadership for creating an integrated delivery system for the Department of Public Health, with a focus on improving care between primary and specialty care, ambulatory and inpatient care, and between SFGH and other organizations in the San Francisco safety net. She is Director of the hospital’s eReferral Program, a web-based referral and consultation system that has transformed the primary-specialty care interface in the San Francisco safety net. She is also Director of the Center for Innovation in Access and Quality (CIAQ) whose goal is to promote the creation and implementation of innovative approaches to providing accessible, high quality, cost-effective care at San Francisco General Hospital and other safety net systems.

Dr. Chen is a graduate of Yale University, Stanford University Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Her training includes a primary care internal medicine residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. She is an alumna of the California HealthCare Foundation Leadership Fellowship.

Alison Huang, MD, MPhil, MAS - Associate Professor in Residence

Dr. Huang came to UCSF as a medical student and went on to complete her internal medicine residency training and research fellowship before accepting a faculty position in 2007. In addition to her clinical work as a primary care physician in the UCSF General Internal Medicine Practice, she is a women's health researcher dedicated to advancing scientific understanding and improving clinical management of menopause- and aging-related health conditions in women. Her research program is currently focused on two widely prevalent but relatively understudied manifestations of menopause and aging: 1) genitourinary dysfunction, including conditions such as urinary incontinence, urogenital atrophy, and sexual dysfunction; and 2) menopausal symptoms, including vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and nightsweats. She is currently leading an NCCAM-funded clinical trial of slow-paced respiration to treat menopausal vasomotor symptoms in women, and an NIA-funded clinical trial of a behavioral slow-breathing exercise program for female overactive bladder syndrome.

Pamela Ling, MD - Professor in Residence

Pam Ling is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, where she conducts research on tobacco, media, and social marketing to young people. Her work focuses on understanding how tobacco marketing encourages youth and young adults to initiate tobacco use, and counter-engineering these strategies to improve tobacco control programs for young people. This work includes analyses of thousands of previously secret tobacco industry documents detailing marketing strategies targeting young adults. She also leads an NIH funded multicenter trial of counter-marketing interventions to decrease tobacco use among young adults in bars and nightclubs. Dr. Ling has special interest in young adult smoking, understanding tobacco marketing, the global proliferation of U.S. tobacco marketing strategies, marketing to women, smokeless and novel tobacco product marketing, and using market research to guide clinical and public health interventions. Dr. Ling's clinical work is in general internal medicine as a primary care physician.

Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH - Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH, is Chief Medical Informatics Officer for CarelinkSF Ambulatory Electronic Health Record at San Francisco Health Network. Dr. Ratanawongsa focuses her research, teaching, administrative, and clinical work on enhancing communication and therapeutic alliances between patients and providers in safety net health care settings. Her work focuses on using health information technology to enhance communication and shared decision-making in the treatment and prevention of chronic medical conditions, particularly with electronic health record implementation in safety net clinics. Dr. Ratanawongsa is a mixed methods researcher, with expertise in survey research, qualitative research, and conversational analysis. She has developed, implemented, and evaluated curricula at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education levels. Nationally, she has served on committees with the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) and chaired the 2014 SGIM Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Dr. Ratanawongsa received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard, then came to UCSF for residency and chief residency in internal medicine. She completed a Masters in Public Health and General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Residency Program Director. She joined as UCSF General Internal Medicine and Center for Vulnerable Populations faculty in 2008.

Urmimala Sarkar, MD - Associate Professor in Residence

Urmimala Sarkar MD, MPH came to UCSF as a categorical internal medicine resident in 2002. She completed residency and general internal medicine research fellowship at UCSF prior to joining the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine in 2008. She is a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital's General Medicine Clinic, where she maintains the patient panel she established during her residency. Dr. Sarkar’s research focuses on (1) patient safety in outpatient settings, including adverse drug events, missed and delayed diagnosis, and failures of treatment monitoring, (2) health information technology and social media to improve the safety and quality of outpatient care, and (3) implementation of evidence-based innovations in real-world, safety-net care settings.

Dr. Sarkar has conducted studies which explore the impact of health communication (health literacy, English proficiency) and health information technology on patient safety. Her prior studies on internet-based patient portals demonstrate digital disparities by race/ethnicity and health literacy. Her social media studies use mixed-methods approaches to understand patient perspectives about physician quality and about cancer screening behaviors. Her ongoing work employs varied health information technologies to detect and ameliorate adverse events among outpatient chronic disease populations

Hilary Seligman, MD - Associate Professor in Residence

Dr. Hilary Seligman came to UCSF as an intern in 2000. After completing her primary care internal medicine residency, she began a General Internal Medicine fellowship at San Francisco General Hospital. Since 2006 she has been on the faculty in SFGH's Division of General Internal Medicine, with a clinical practice in the General Medicine Clinic. She also serves as a clinical preceptor for the outpatient and inpatient services.

Dr. Seligman's work focuses on the intersection between food insecurity in the US and health, particularly the prevention and management of chronic disease. Food insecurity refers to going hungry, or being at risk of going hungry, because of the inability to afford food. As an expert on the health implications of food insecurity, she uses community-based, clinic-based, and epidemiologic studies to understand the tight connections between food insecurity and ill health, and to develop and test interventions designed to improve health by increasing food access and affordability.


2013 Faculty Promotions

Miranda Dunlop, MD - Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Miranda Dunlop is an Internist and Primary Care physician in the Department of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Dunlop is actively involved in medical student and resident education in outpatient general medicine and serves as the co-Educational Site Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Zion. She has received awards for excellence in both clinical care and teaching. She is currently an Associate Medical Director at the Mount Zion General Medicine clinic.

Rena Fox, MD - Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Rena Fox came to UCSF as a clinician-educator fellow in 2000 and has been on the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine since 2001. She practices primary care internal medicine in the UCSF General Medicine Practice at 1545 Divisadero St. and is a Team Leader of the practice. She teaches outpatient medicine and supervises Internal Medicine residents. She also serves as a year-round attending for 3rd year UCSF medical students.

Within general internal medicine, Dr. Fox's area of expertise is chronic liver disease and particularly hepatitis C virus infection. As an educator, she focuses on hepatitis C education for primary care physicians. She is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Medical Editor of the National Viral Hepatitis Website - a live textbook of hepatitis B and C educational materials for patients and for physicians, used worldwide. She is on the CDC national advisory board for hepatitis C online education and is an author and editor of a new CDC web based curriculum for the Department of Health and Human Services. Her current research is on the long terms outcomes of chronic hepatitis C infection, such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma and particularly on the utility of hepatocellular carcinoma screening. Dr. Fox also practices as a specialist in the UCSF Liver Clinic since 2000.

Alka Kanaya, MD - Professor in Residence

Dr. Alka Kanaya's research is focused on prevention and outcomes of type 2 diabetes especially in racial/ethnic minority groups. She has received NIH funding to develop a unique cohort of South Asians called the MASALA study to determine the causes of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in this high-risk ethnic group. She has completed a trial testing restorative yoga vs. stretching for treatment of the metabolic syndrome.

Margot Kushel, MD - Professor in Residence

Margot Kushel, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Margot's research interests include the health and health care utilization patterns of homeless adults and other vulnerable populations; her research includes descriptive epidemiology of the population and the development and evaluation of novel interventions designed to improve outcomes. She is the PI of a NIA funded R01 to study the causes and consequences of geriatric conditions in older homeless adults. She was the PI of an R01 grant funded by NIDA that examined the rates of pain and use and misuse of prescription opioid analgesics in a cohort of HIV-infected homeless and marginally housed adults. Dr. Kushel is the co-Director of the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship (for which she is the site director of SFGH-based DGIM fellows), and is the SFGH site director for the new K12 PARTNERS program to fund young investigators in implementation research. She is the Medical Director of the Tenderloin Clinical Research Center (part of the UCSF CTSI Clinical Research Services program). She is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She maintains an active clinical practice in SFGH General Medical Clinic and attends on the inpatient medicine service at SFGH.

Anna Maria Nápoles, PhD, MPH - Adjunct Professor

Anna Nápoles, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor and behavioral epidemiologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is affiliated with the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities where she leads the Community Liaison Core and Co-leads the Measurement and Methods Core, and with Redes en Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network. Her research focuses on patient-clinician communication, cancer disparities among underserved adults, and community-based models of research and service delivery in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse groups. She has built community-academic research partnerships to implement evidence-based behavioral interventions for ethnically diverse older adults in community-based settings.

Currently, she is involved in two community-based randomized controlled trials, one testing a cognitive-behavioral stress management intervention for Latinas with breast cancer and another examining the effects of community choirs on the health and well-being of older adults.

Elaz Ziv, MD - Professor in Residence

Dr. Ziv is a clinician-researcher with whose research focuses on understanding genetic factors that affect disease susceptibility, progression and response to treatment. His studies combine concepts from epidemiology and population genetics. He is currently studying genetics of breast cancer in Latina women, genetics of mammographic density and genetics of multiple myeloma susceptibility and progression.