Michael B. Potter, MD

Michael B. Potter, MD

Professor, Clinical Family and Community Medicine, UCSF

Phone: (415) 353-9339 (appts)
Box 0628, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0628

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Cancer Control

Research Summary

I am director of the San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (SFBayCRN) and Associate Director for Practice-Based Research in the CTSI Community Engagement Program. SFBayCRN is UCSF's primary healthcare practice based research network, with participation from the UCSF Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry. SFBayCRN includes a network of over 1,000 clinicians working in over 100 clinical sites in the nine Bay Area counties, and has provided research design consultation and practice recruitment services for multiple federally funded studies in the five years. SFBayCRN has also contributed to the new and growing literature on strategies to increase research participation in PBRN’s. Most recently, SFBay CRN has been working with a subgroup of members to test the feasibility of using electronic health record data for regional collaborative quality improvement initiatives, to identify potentially eligible study participants, and conduct practice-based translational research. My own research has focused on practice-level interventions to increase access to cancer screening and to improve self-management of chronic health conditions. As director of SFBayCRN, my chief role has been to oversee development of our membership and consultation service, and this role will expand over the next five years with our new and evolving agenda in systems-based participatory research within diverse practice settings, and renewed emphasis on translation of evidence-based interventions into widespread clinical practice.


Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, A.B., 1980-84, Biochemical Sciences
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, M.D., 1986-90, Medicine
San Francisco General Hospital -UCSF, Resident, 1990-93, Family Practice

Professional Experience

  • 1984-1986
    Public Health Consultant, Management Sciences for Health, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • 1994-2002
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Family and Community Medicine, UCSF
  • 2002-2006
    Associate Clinical Professor, Family and Community Medicine, UCSF
  • 2006-2008
    Associate Professor, Clinical Family and Community Medicine, UCSF
  • 2008-present
    Professor, Clinical Family and Community Medicine, UCSF
  • 2000-2010
    Consultant, Consumer Health Interactive, San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 1984
    Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College
  • 1987
    Paul Dudley White Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
  • 1994
    Julius Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence as an Intern
  • 1995, 1996
    UCSF Student Homeless Clinic Certificates of Appreciation
  • 1998, 1999
    UCSF "MedTeach" Awards for Precepting Medical Students
  • 2001
    UCSF Kaiser Teaching Award Nominee
  • 2003-2013
    Listed in "Best Doctors"
  • 2007
    Genentech Best Poster Award, Bay Area Clinical Research Symposium
  • 2008
    Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators
  • 2013
    Annual Laurel for Innovative Programs from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Selected Publications

  1. Jamé S, Wittenberg E, Potter MB, Fleischmann KE. The New Lipid Guidelines: What Do Primary Care Clinicians Think? Am J Med. 2015 Aug; 128(8):914.e5-914.e10.
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  2. Doss EL, Potter MB, Chang DF. Awareness of intraoperative floppy-iris syndrome among primary care physicians. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2014 Apr; 40(4):679-80.
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  3. Potter MB. Strategies and resources to address colorectal cancer screening rates and disparities in the United States and globally. Annu Rev Public Health. 2013; 34:413-29.
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  4. Potter M. Seasonal flu vaccines advancing the delivery of colorectal cancer screening. S D Med. 2013; Spec no:133.
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  5. Arora M, Gerbert B, Potter MB, Gildengorin G, Walsh JM. PRE-VIEW: Development and Pilot Testing of An Interactive Video Doctor Plus Provider Alert to Increase Cancer Screening. ISRN Preventive Med. 2013; 2013.
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  6. Walsh JM, Gildengorin G, Green LW, Jenkins J, Potter MB. The FLU-FOBT Program in community clinics: durable benefits of a randomized controlled trial. Health Educ Res. 2012 Oct; 27(5):886-94.
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  7. Tasian GE, Cooperberg MR, Potter MB, Cowan JE, Greene KL, Carroll PR, Chan JM. PSA screening: determinants of primary-care physician practice patterns. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2012 Jun; 15(2):189-94.
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  8. Leverence RR, Williams RL, Potter M, Fernald D, Unverzagt M, Pace W, Parnes B, Daniels E, Skipper B, Volk RJ, Brown AE, Rhyne RL. Chronic non-cancer pain: a siren for primary care--a report from the PRImary Care MultiEthnic Network (PRIME Net). J Am Board Fam Med. 2011 Sep-Oct; 24(5):551-61.
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  9. Sifri R, Wender R, Lieberman D, Potter M, Peterson K, Weber TK, Smith R. Developing a quality screening colonoscopy referral system in primary care practice: a report from the national colorectal cancer roundtable. CA Cancer J Clin. 2010 Jan-Feb; 60(1):40-9.
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  10. Potter MB. Taylor's Manual of Family Practice, (editor, Paul Paulman). Prostate Cancer. 2007.
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  11. Potter MB, Johnson YM, Zevin BS. . Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients: Principles, Practices & Populations. Chronic pain management in vulnerable populations. 2006; 331-340.
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