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.

Research Funding

  • August 5, 2016 - June 30, 2022 - SC-Links - Linking the Sickle Cell Community, Providers and Systems to Improve Sickle Cell Disease Care, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NHLBI, Sponsor Award ID: U01HL134007
  • July 18, 2016 - May 31, 2021 - Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCATS, Sponsor Award ID: UL1TR001872
  • September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2020 - Enhancing Self-Management Support in Diabetes through Patient Engagement, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIDDK, Sponsor Award ID: R18DK108039
  • September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2017 - PRIME Net Center in Practice-based Research and Learning, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: P30HS021641


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

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. Remes-Troche JM, Hinojosa-Garza G, Espinosa-Tamez P, Meixueiro-Daza A, Grube-Pagola P, Van Loon K, Potter MB, Lajous M Faecal immunochemical test-based colorectal cancer screening in Mexico: an initial experience.  View on PubMed
  2. Manzano-Robleda MDC, Espinosa-Tamez P, Potter MB, Lajous M, Van Loon K, Zhang L, Jimenez-Peña A, Sánchez Del Monte J, Mohar A, Hernández-Guerrero A Fecal Immunologic Test Results and Diagnostic Colonoscopy in a Mexican Population at Average Risk for Colorectal Cancer.  View on PubMed
  3. Unger-Saldaña K, Saldaña-Tellez M, Potter MB, Van Loon K, Allen-Leigh B, Lajous M Barriers and facilitators for colorectal cancer screening in a low-income urban community in Mexico City.  View on PubMed
  4. Towfighi A, Orechwa AZ, Aragón TJ, Atkins M, Brown AF, Brown J, Carrasquillo O, Carson S, Fleisher P, Gustafson E, Herman DK, Inkelas M, Liu W, Meeker D, Mehta T, Miller DC, Paul-Brutus R, Potter MB, Rittner SS, Rodriguez B, Rusch D, Skinner A, Yee HF Erratum: Bridging the gap between research, policy, and practice: Lessons learned from academic-public partnerships in the CTSA network - CORRIGENDUM.  View on PubMed
  5. Karla Unger-Saldaña, Minerva Saldaña-Tellez, Anabelle Bonvecchio, Michael B. Potter, Martin Lajous Assessing Barriers to and Facilitators of Designing a Feasible Colorectal Cancer Screening Program in Mexico City.  View on PubMed
  6. PERNILLE H. KJAER, MANSI DEDHIA, JOSÉ PARRA, LAWRENCE FISHER, MICHAEL B. POTTER, NIELS EJSKJAER, SOREN E. SKOVLUND, DANIELLE M. HESSLER 824-P: Quality of Behavior Change Action Plans Created in Primary Care Settings as a Tool for Patient Involvement in Type 2 Diabetes Care.  View on PubMed
  7. Towfighi A, Orechwa AZ, Aragón TJ, Atkins M, Brown AF, Brown J, Carrasquillo O, Carson S, Fleisher P, Gustafson E, Herman DK, Inkelas M, Liu W, Meeker D, Mehta T, Miller DC, Paul-Brutus R, Potter MB, Ritner SS, Rodriguez B, Rusch D, Skinner A, Yee HF Bridging the gap between research, policy, and practice: Lessons learned from academic-public partnerships in the CTSA network.  View on PubMed
  8. Walsh J, Potter M, Salazar R, Ozer E, Gildengorin G, Dass N, Green L PreView: a Randomized Trial of a Multi-site Intervention in Diverse Primary Care to Increase Rates of Age-Appropriate Cancer Screening.  View on PubMed
  9. Sharma AE, Huang B, Knox M, Willard-Grace R, Potter MB Patient Engagement in Community Health Center Leadership: How Does it Happen?  View on PubMed
  10. Selby K, Michel M, Gildengorin G, Karliner L, Pramanik R, Fontil V, Potter MB Disparities in Hypertension Control Across and Within Three Health Systems Participating in a Data-Sharing Collaborative.  View on PubMed
  11. Sharma AE, Knox M, Peterson LE, Willard-Grace R, Grumbach K, Potter MB How Is Family Medicine Engaging Patients at the Practice-Level?: A National Sample of Family Physicians.  View on PubMed
  12. Hessler DM, Fisher L, Polonsky WH, Bowyer V, Potter M Motivation and attitudes toward changing health (MATCH): A new patient-reported measure to inform clinical conversations.  View on PubMed
  13. Hiatt RA, Sibley A, Fejerman L, Glantz S, Nguyen T, Pasick R, Palmer N, Perkins A, Potter MB, Somsouk M, Vargas RA, van 't Veer LJ, Ashworth A The San Francisco Cancer Initiative: A Community Effort To Reduce The Population Burden Of Cancer.  View on PubMed
  14. Fisher L, Polonsky WH, Hessler D, Potter MB A practical framework for encouraging and supporting positive behaviour change in diabetes.  View on PubMed
  15. Bacon O, Gonzalez R, Andrew E, Potter MB, Iñiguez JR, Cohen SE, Liu AY, Fuchs JD Brief Report: Informing Strategies to Build PrEP Capacity Among San Francisco Bay Area Clinicians.  View on PubMed
  16. Sharma AE, Willard-Grace R, Willis A, Zieve O, Dubé K, Parker C, Potter MB "How Can We Talk about Patient-centered Care without Patients at the Table?" Lessons Learned from Patient Advisory Councils.  View on PubMed
  17. Dooley D, Moultrie NM, Heckman B, Gansky SA, Potter MB, Walsh MM Oral Health Prevention and Toddler Well-Child Care: Routine Integration in a Safety Net System.  View on PubMed
  18. Jamé S, Wittenberg E, Potter MB, Fleischmann KE The new lipid guidelines: what do primary care clinicians think?  View on PubMed
  19. Spears W, Tsoh JY, Potter MB, Weller N, Brown AE, Campbell-Voytal K, Getrich CM, Sussman AL, Pascoe J, Neale AV Use of community engagement strategies to increase research participation in practice-based research networks (PBRNs).  View on PubMed
  20. Walsh JM, Potter MB, Arora M, Gildegorin G, Terdiman J A workplace colorectal cancer screening program in firefighters: lessons learned.  View on PubMed

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