Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH

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Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine in Residence, Division of General Internal Medicine and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, UCSF

Urmimala.Sarkar@ucsf.edu

Phone: (415) 353-2318 (appts)
Box 1364, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-1364

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Research Summary

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine in Residence at UCSF in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. I am a general internist and primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital’s General Medicine Clinic. My research focuses on health information technology and social media to improve the safety and quality of outpatient care. I direct the San Francisco Ambulatory Safety Center for Innovation (ASCENT), an AHRQ-funded patient safety learning laboratory that focuses on missed and delayed diagnosis, monitoring of high-risk conditions, and medication safety. My prior studies on internet-based patient portals demonstrated digital disparities by race/ethnicity and health literacy, and I continue to research ways to increase engagement and use of health technology to improve health outcomes. I am currently the PI of an AHRQ-funded grant, which supports the statewide innovation network for safety-net health care systems, known as Public Healthcare system Evidence Network and Innovation eXchange (PHoENIX). I am also PI of an NCI-funded R01 grant that uses a mixed-methods approach to online social media and social networks for enhancing understanding of cervical cancer screening in order to optimize the spread of health messages and behaviors within online social networks. Given my deep expertise in health information technology among vulnerable patient populations, my future research will leverage existing networks within safety-net health care systems for investigating missed opportunities to reduce cancer disparities among underserved populations.

Education

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, B.S., 06/96, Biology
University of California, San Diego, M.D., 06/02
University of California, Berkeley, M.P.H., 06/00, Epidemiology
University of California, San Francisco, Intern, 06/03, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Resident, 06/05, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, 06/08, Medicine
 

Professional Experience

  • 2008-present
    Assistant Professor Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2009-present
    Core Faculty, Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2012-present
    Associate Director, Office of Student Research (OSR) and the Resource Allocation Program - trainees (RAPtr), University of California, San Francisco
  • 2012-present
    Safety and Quality Liaison, General Medicine Clinic, San Francisco General Hospital
  • 2012-present
    Co-curriculum director in Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, and Leadership (QIPSL), San Francisco General Primary Care Residency, San Francisco General Hospital
  • 2012-present
    Affiliate Faculty, Health Delivery Systems Center

Honors & Awards

  • 1992
    David Starr Jordan Scholar Stanford University
  • 1995
    Cap and Gown Honor Society Stanford University
  • 1996
    Ruth Headley Memorial Humanities Award Stanford University
  • 1997
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Student Grant Award
  • 1998
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Scholarship
  • 2005
    Lipkin Finalist for Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • 2007
    Lipkin Finalist for Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • 2010
    Hamolsky finalist for Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • 2017
    2016-2017 Pathways to Discovery Mentor Award

Selected Publications

  1. Ackerman SL, Sarkar U, Tieu L, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Hahn K, Hoskote M, Gourley G, Lyles C. Meaningful use in the safety net: a rapid ethnography of patient portal implementation at five community health centers in California. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Mar 15.
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  2. Clarity C, Gourley G, Lyles C, Ackerman S, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Sarkar U, Conigliaro J. Implementation Science Workshop: Barriers and Facilitators to Increasing Mammography Screening Rates in California's Public Hospitals. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Feb 10.
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  3. Issaka RB, Singh MH, Oshima SM, Laleau VJ, Rachocki CD, Chen EH, Day LW, Sarkar U, Somsouk, M.. Inadequate Utilization of Diagnostic Colonoscopy Following Abnormal FIT Results in an Integrated Safety-Net System. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2016; advance online publication.
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  4. Issaka RB, Singh MH, Oshima SM, Laleau VJ, Rachocki CD, Chen EH, Day LW, Sarkar U, Somsouk M. Inadequate Utilization of Diagnostic Colonoscopy Following Abnormal FIT Results in an Integrated Safety-Net System. Am J Gastroenterol. 2017 Feb; 112(2):375-382.
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  5. Rajan JV, Moura J, Gourley G, Kiso K, Sizilio A, Cortez AM, Riley LW, Veras MA, Sarkar U. Understanding the barriers to successful adoption and use of a mobile health information system in a community health center in São Paulo, Brazil: a cohort study. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2016 Nov 17; 16(1):146.
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  6. Sarkar U, Lyles C, Steinman M, Huang ES, Moffet HH, Whitmer RA, Warton EM, Karter AJ. Changes in Medication Use After Dementia Diagnosis in an Observational Cohort of Individuals with Diabetes Mellitus. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jan; 65(1):77-82.
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  7. Price EL, Sewell JL, Hm Chen A, Sarkar U. Minding the Gaps: Assessing Communication Outcomes of Electronic Preconsultation Exchange. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2016 Aug; 42(8):341-54.
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  8. Sarkar U, Gourley GI, Lyles CR, Tieu L, Clarity C, Newmark L, Singh K, Bates DW. Usability of Commercially Available Mobile Applications for Diverse Patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Jul 14.
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  9. Lyles CR, Godbehere A, Le G, El Ghaoui L, Sarkar U. Applying Sparse Machine Learning Methods to Twitter: Analysis of the 2012 Change in Pap Smear Guidelines. A Sequential Mixed-Methods Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2016; 2(1):e21.
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  10. Giardina TD, Sarkar U, Gourley G, Modi V, Meyer AN, Singh H. Online public reactions to frequency of diagnostic errors in US outpatient care. Diagnosis (Berl). 2016 Mar; 3(1):17-22.
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  11. Garg SK, Lyles CR, Ackerman S, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Gourley G, Aulakh V, Sarkar U. Qualitative analysis of programmatic initiatives to text patients with mobile devices in resource-limited health systems. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2016; 16(1):16.
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  12. Sarkar U, Bates DW. Re: A systematic review of patients' experiences of adverse events in health care. Int J Qual Health Care. 2016 Apr; 28(2):264.
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  13. Keller D, Sarkar U, Schillinger D. Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients: Principles, Practice, and Populations. Improving the Communication Exchange: A Focus on Limited Health Literacy. 2016; 159-167.
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  14. Horton C, Sarkar U, Fernandez A. Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patient: Principles, Practice, and Populations. Applying Principles and Practices of Quality Improvement for Better Care of the Underserved. 2016; 193-203.
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  15. Tuot DS, Leeds K, Murphy EJ, Sarkar U, Lyles CR, Mekonnen T, Chen AH. Facilitators and barriers to implementing electronic referral and/or consultation systems: a qualitative study of 16 health organizations. BMC Health Serv Res. 2015; 15(1):568.
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  16. Sarkar U. Tip of the iceberg: patient safety incidents in primary care. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 Jul; 25(7):477-9.
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  17. Tieu L, Sarkar U, Schillinger D, Ralston JD, Ratanawongsa N, Pasick R, Lyles CR. Barriers and Facilitators to Online Portal Use Among Patients and Caregivers in a Safety Net Health Care System: A Qualitative Study. J Med Internet Res. 2015; 17(12):e275.
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  18. Chodos AH, Kushel MB, Greysen SR, Guzman D, Kessell ER, Sarkar U, Goldman LE, Critchfield JM, Pierluissi E. Hospitalization-Associated Disability in Adults Admitted to a Safety-Net Hospital. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Dec; 30(12):1765-72.
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  19. Chan B, Goldman LE, Sarkar U, Schneidermann M, Kessell E, Guzman D, Critchfield J, Kushel M. The Effect of a Care Transition Intervention on the Patient Experience of Older Multi-Lingual Adults in the Safety Net: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Dec; 30(12):1788-94.
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  20. Lyles CR, Sarkar U, Schillinger D, Ralston JD, Allen JY, Nguyen R, Karter AJ. Refilling medications through an online patient portal: consistent improvements in adherence across racial/ethnic groups. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 Apr; 23(e1):e28-33.
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