University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dean Schillinger, MD

Dean Schillinger, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Affiliate Member

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
  • 2017
    2017 Heroes & Hearts Award, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation

Selected Publications

  1. Joseph G, Pasick RJ, Schillinger D, Luce J, Guerra C, Cheng JKY. Erratum to: Information Mismatch: Cancer Risk Counseling with Diverse Underserved Patients. J Genet Couns. 2017 Oct; 26(5):1105.
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  2. 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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  3. Ratanawongsa N, Matta GY, Lyles CR, Koenig CJ, Barton JL, Yu K, Schillinger D. Multitasking and Silent Electronic Health Record Use in Ambulatory Visits. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Sep 01; 177(9):1382-1385.
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  4. Schillinger D, Ling PM, Fine S, Boyer CB, Rogers E, Vargas RA, Bibbins-Domingo K, Chou WS. Reducing Cancer and Cancer Disparities: Lessons From a Youth-Generated Diabetes Prevention Campaign. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Sep; 53(3S1):S103-S113.
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  5. Mangurian C, Niu G, Schillinger D, Newcomer JW, Gilmer T. Understanding the Cost of a New Integrated Care Model to Serve CMHC Patients Who Have Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Sep 01; appips201700199.
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  6. 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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  7. Lyles CR, Fruchterman J, Youdelman M, Schillinger D. Legal, Practical, and Ethical Considerations for Making Online Patient Portals Accessible for All. Am J Public Health. 2017 Oct; 107(10):1608-1611.
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  8. Schillinger D, Kearns C. Do Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Cause Obesity and Diabetes? Ann Intern Med. 2017 07 04; 167(1):72-73.
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  9. 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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  10. Schillinger D, Kahn JG. Mobilizing for a war on the home front against sugar-related morbidity and mortality. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2017; 6:32.
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  11. 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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  12. Schillinger D. The Living Donor: A Tale of Money, Mania, and Clinical Mastery. JAMA. 2017 Apr 18; 317(15):1531-1532.
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  13. James M, Thomas M, Frolov L, Riano NS, Vittinghoff E, Schillinger D, Newcomer JW, Mangurian C. Rates of Cervical Cancer Screening Among Women With Severe Mental Illness in the Public Health System. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Aug 01; 68(8):839-842.
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  14. Mangurian C, Keenan W, Newcomer JW, Vittinghoff E, Creasman JM, Schillinger D. Diabetes Prevalence Among Racial-Ethnic Minority Group Members With Severe Mental Illness Taking Antipsychotics: Double Jeopardy? Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Aug 01; 68(8):843-846.
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  15. 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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  16. Bauer AM, Parker MM, Moffet HH, Schillinger D, Adler NE, Adams AS, Schmittdiel JA, Katon WJ, Karter AJ. Depressive symptoms and adherence to cardiometabolic therapies across phases of treatment among adults with diabetes: the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Patient Prefer Adherence. 2017; 11:643-652.
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  17. Downing J, Laraia B, Rodriguez H, Dow WH, Adler N, Schillinger D, Warton EM, Karter AJ. Downing et al. Respond to "Foreclosures and Health in a Neighborhood Context". Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Mar 15; 185(6):440-441.
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  18. Downing J, Laraia B, Rodriguez H, Dow WH, Adler N, Schillinger D, Warton EM, Karter AJ. Beyond the Great Recession: Was the Foreclosure Crisis Harmful to the Health of Individuals With Diabetes? Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Mar 15; 185(6):429-435.
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  19. Joseph G, Pasick RJ, Schillinger D, Luce J, Guerra C, Cheng JKY. Information Mismatch: Cancer Risk Counseling with Diverse Underserved Patients. J Genet Couns. 2017 Mar 13.
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  20. Garcia ME, Schillinger D, Vittinghoff E, Creasman JM, Knapp P, Newcomer JW, Mangurian C. Nonpsychiatric Outpatient Care for Adults With Serious Mental Illness in California: Who Is Being Left Behind? Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Jul 01; 68(7):689-695.
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