University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH

Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH

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

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

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 Sep 01; 24(5):903-912.
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  2. Handley MA, Quan J, Chao MT, Ratanawongsa N, Sarkar U, Emmons-Bell S, Schillinger D. Use of Complementary Health Approaches Among Diverse Primary Care Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Association with Cardiometabolic Outcomes: From the SF Bay Collaborative Research Network (SF Bay CRN). J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 Sep-Oct; 30(5):624-631.
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  3. Luxenberg A, Chan B, Khanna R, Sarkar U. Efficiency and Interpretability of Text Paging Communication for Medical Inpatients: A Mixed-Methods Analysis. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Aug 01; 177(8):1218-1220.
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  4. McDonald KM, Su G, Lisker S, Patterson ES, Sarkar U. Implementation science for ambulatory care safety: a novel method to develop context-sensitive interventions to reduce quality gaps in monitoring high-risk patients. Implement Sci. 2017 Jun 24; 12(1):79.
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  5. 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 Jun; 32(6):697-705.
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  6. Hemmat S, Schillinger D, Lyles C, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Vittinghoff E, Handley M, Sarkar U. Performance Measurement and Target-Setting in California's Safety Net Health Systems. Am J Med Qual. 2017 May 01; 1062860617708393.
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  7. Lee SY, Cherian R, Ly I, Horton C, Salley AL, Sarkar U. Designing and Implementing an Electronic Patient Registry to Improve Warfarin Monitoring in the Ambulatory Setting. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2017 Jul; 43(7):353-360.
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  8. Tieu L, Schillinger D, Sarkar U, Hoskote M, Hahn KJ, Ratanawongsa N, Ralston JD, Lyles CR. Online patient websites for electronic health record access among vulnerable populations: portals to nowhere? J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Apr 01; 24(e1):e47-e54.
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  9. Schmajuk G, Tonner C, Trupin L, Li J, Sarkar U, Ludwig D, Shiboski S, Sirota M, Dudley RA, Murray S, Yazdany J. Using health-system-wide data to understand hepatitis B virus prophylaxis and reactivation outcomes in patients receiving rituximab. Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Mar; 96(13):e6528.
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  10. Schillinger D, McNamara D, Crossley S, Lyles C, Moffet HH, Sarkar U, Duran N, Allen J, Liu J, Oryn D, Ratanawongsa N, Karter AJ. The Next Frontier in Communication and the ECLIPPSE Study: Bridging the Linguistic Divide in Secure Messaging. J Diabetes Res. 2017; 2017:1348242.
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Gertler SA, Coralic Z, López A, Stein JC, Sarkar U. Root Cause Analysis of Ambulatory Adverse Drug Events That Present to the Emergency Department. J Patient Saf. 2016 Sep; 12(3):119-24.
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  16. 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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  17. 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 Dec; 31(12):1417-1426.
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  18. Patterson ES, Militello LG, Su G, Sarkar U. Characterizing a Naturalistic Decision Making Phenomenon: Loss of System Resilience Associated with Implementation of New Technology. J Cogn Eng Decis Mak. 2016 Sep; 10(3):229-243.
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  19. 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 Jun 10; 2(1):e21.
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  20. 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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