Dean Schillinger, MD

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Dean Schillinger, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF

dschillinger@medsfgh.ucsf.edu

Phone: (415) 206-8940 (voice)
Box 1364, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-1364

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Associate Member » Cancer Control

Research Summary

Dean Schillinger, M.D. is Professor of Medicine in Residence at the University of California San Francisco, and Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). He is a practicing primary care physician at SFGH, an urban public hospital, where he sees patients, teaches in the primary care residency program, and conducts research. Dr. Schillinger served as Chief of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for the California Department of Public Health from 2008-2013. Dr. Schillinger carries out research related to healthcare for vulnerable populations, and is an internationally recognized expert in health communication science. His work focuses on literacy, health communication, and chronic disease prevention and management. He has been honored with the 2003 Institute for Healthcare Advancement Research Award; the 2008 Research Award in Safety and Quality from the National Patient Safety Foundation; the 2009 Engel Award in Health Communication Research; the 2010 Outstanding Bay Area Clinical Research Mentor; and authored a 2012 commissioned IOM paper on the attributes of Health Literate Healthcare Organizations. Dr. Schillinger is the founding director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, whose mission is to carry out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often conspire to both promote chronic disease and make its management more challenging. Dr. Schillinger currently directs the CVP Health Communications Program. He is the co-founder of TheBiggerPicture.org, a social marketing diabetes prevention campaign to empower minority youth to change the conversation about diabetes and become agents of positive social change. In 2013 he received the Everett M Rogers Award from the American Public Health Association in recognition of his lifelong contributions to advancing the study and practice of public health communication.

Education

Brown University, BA, 1986, Russian Language and Literature
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, MD, 1991, Medicine
UC San Francisco, SF General Hospital, SF, CA, Resident, 1991-94, Internal Medicine
UC San Francisco, SF General Hospital, SF, CA, Chief Resident, 1994-95, Internal Medicine
UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 2002-3, Advanced Clinical Research Scholar


Professional Experience

  • 1995-2002
    Assistant Professor, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 1995-1998
    Medical Director, General Medical Clinic, SF General Hospital
  • 2003-2004
    Scientific Advisory Board, ACP Health Communication Initiative
  • 1995-present
    Faculty, UCSF Primary Care Research Center, Medical Effectiveness Research Center
  • 2002-present
    Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 2006
    Visiting Scholar (1 semester), University of Chile School of Public Health, Santiago, Chile
  • 2007-present
    Director, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, SF General Hospital
  • 2008-present
    Professor of Medicine in Residence, UCSF Department of Medicine
  • 2008-present
    Faculty, RWJ Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program; UCSF Global Health Sciences
  • 2008-present
    Chief, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, California Dept of Public Health
  • 2009-present
    Acting Chief, UCSF/SFGH Division of General Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 2001
    Reviewer, Institute of Medicine Report on Insurance, Access, and Health
  • 2003
    Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award, Institute for Health Care Advancement
  • 2004
    Contributing Author, Institute of Medicine Report on Health Literacy
  • 2005
    Outstanding Research Paper of the Year Award, Society Teachers of Family Medicine
  • 2005-2006
    JCAHO Policy Roundtable on Literacy and Patient Safety
  • 2006
    Contributor, Surgeon General Workshop on Improving Health Literacy
  • 2008
    Advancing Patient Safety Research Award in Health Literacy, Nat Patient Safety Foundation
  • 2009
    George Engel Career Research Award, Am. Assn Communication in Healthcare

Selected Publications

  1. 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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  2. Diabetes Screening Among Underserved Adults With Severe Mental Illness Who Take Antipsychotic Medications. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Dec 1; 175(12):1977-9.
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  3. Association Between Clinician Computer Use and Communication With Patients in Safety-Net Clinics. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Nov 30; 1-3.
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  4. The Kidney Awareness Registry and Education (KARE) study: protocol of a randomized controlled trial to enhance provider and patient engagement with chronic kidney disease. BMC Nephrol. 2015; 16(1):166.
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  5. Reach and Validity of an Objective Medication Adherence Measure Among Safety Net Health Plan Members with Diabetes: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2015 Aug; 21(8):688-98.
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  6. Connecting the Dots: Health Information Technology Expansion and Health Disparities. PLoS Med. 2015 Jul; 12(7):e1001852.
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  7. Disclosure of complementary health approaches among low income and racially diverse safety net patients with diabetes. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Jun 25.
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  8. Automated Telephone Self-Management Support for Diabetes in a Low-Income Health Plan: A Health Care Utilization and Cost Analysis. Popul Health Manag. 2015 Dec; 18(6):412-20.
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  9. Does Food Vendor Density Mediate the Association Between Neighborhood Deprivation and BMI?: A G-computation Mediation Analysis. Epidemiology. 2015 May; 26(3):344-52.
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  10. Ethnic Differences in Geriatric Conditions and Diabetes Complications Among Older, Insured Adults With Diabetes: The Diabetes and Aging Study. J Aging Health. 2015 Aug; 27(5):894-918.
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  11. Spatial pattern of body mass index among adults in the diabetes study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Int J Health Geogr. 2014; 13(1):48.
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  12. Social Support and Lifestyle vs. Medical Diabetes Self-Management in the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Ann Behav Med. 2014 Dec; 48(3):438-47.
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  13. The design of a low literacy decision aid about rheumatoid arthritis medications developed in three languages for use during the clinical encounter. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2014; 14(1):104.
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  14. An automated telephone nutrition support system for spanish-speaking patients with diabetes. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2014 Nov; 8(6):1115-20.
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  15. Impact of a Pharmacy Benefit Change on New Use of Mail Order Pharmacy among Diabetes Patients: The Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Health Serv Res. 2015 Apr; 50(2):537-59.
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  16. Associations between antidepressant adherence and shared decision-making, patient-provider trust, and communication among adults with diabetes: diabetes study of Northern California (DISTANCE). J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Aug; 29(8):1139-47.
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  17. English language proficiency, health literacy, and trust in physician are associated with shared decision making in rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatol. 2014 Jul; 41(7):1290-7.
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  18. Update on health literacy and diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Sep-Oct; 40(5):581-604.
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  19. Low socioeconomic status is associated with increased risk for hypoglycemia in diabetes patients: the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 May; 25(2):478-90.
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  20. Diabetes health information technology innovation to improve quality of life for health plan members in urban safety net. J Ambul Care Manage. 2014 Apr-Jun; 37(2):127-37.
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