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

  • July 18, 2016 - June 30, 2026 - Clinical and Translational Science Institute , Co-Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: UL1TR001872
  • 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, Sponsor Award ID: U01HL134007
  • September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2021 - Enhancing Self-Management Support in Diabetes through Patient Engagement , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, 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. Hankins JS, Brambilla D, Potter MB, Kutlar A, Gibson RW, King AA, Baumann AA, Melvin CL, Gordeuk VR, Hsu LL, Nwosu C, Porter JS, Alberts NM, Badawy SM, Simon J, Glassberg J, Lottenberg R, DiMartino L, Jacobs S, Fernandez ME, Bosworth H, Klesges LM, Shah N. A multilevel mHealth intervention boosts adherence to hydroxyurea in individuals with sickle cell disease. Blood Adv. 2023 Sep 22.  View on PubMed
  2. Sean McClellan, Karla Unger-Saldaña, Priscilla Espinoza-Tamez, Erick Suazo-Zepeda, Michael B. Potter, Salim Abraham Barquet-Muñoz, Leticia Torres-Ibarra, Hector Lamadrid-Figueroa, Martín Lajous. Abstract 77: The Cervical Cancer Treatment Gap Among Mexican Women Without Social Security From 2006-2016 After the Introduction of Public Financing for Treatment. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 2023 Jun 1; 32(6_Supplement):77-77.  View on PubMed
  3. Santiago-Rodríguez EJ, Hoeft KS, Lugtu K, McGowen M, Ofman D, Adler J, Somsouk M, Potter MB. Implementation of a novel program to support colorectal cancer screening in a community health center consortium before and after the onset of COVID-19: a qualitative study of stakeholders' perspectives. Implement Sci Commun. 2023 May 22; 4(1):54.  View on PubMed
  4. McClellan SP, Unger-Saldaña K, Neuhaus JM, Potter MB, García-Peña C, Torres JM. Mammography prevalence in Mexico from 2001-2018: Results from the Mexican Health and Aging study. Prev Med Rep. 2023 Apr; 32:102150.  View on PubMed
  5. Hankins JS, Potter MB, Fernandez ME, Melvin C, DiMartino L, Jacobs SR, Bosworth HB, King AA, Simon J, Glassberg JA, Kutlar A, Gordeuk VR, Shah N, Baumann AA, Klesges LM, Sickle Cell Disease Implementation Consortium. Evaluating the implementation of a multi-level mHealth study to improve hydroxyurea utilization in sickle cell disease. Front Health Serv. 2022; 2:1024541.  View on PubMed
  6. Ma Somsouk, Briton Lee, Michael B. Potter. Opportunity and Promise of Stool-based Organized Colorectal Cancer Screening Programs. Techniques and Innovations in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2023 Jan 1; 25(3):259-268.  View on PubMed
  7. McClellan SP, Canchola AJ, Potter MB, Gomez SL, Somsouk M. Neighborhood socioeconomic status and the effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening outreach with mailed fecal immunochemical tests within a safety net healthcare system in San Francisco, CA: A subgroup analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Prev Med. 2023 02; 167:107388.  View on PubMed
  8. Hessler D, Fisher L, Dickinson M, Dickinson P, Parra J, Potter MB. The impact of enhancing self-management support for diabetes in Community Health Centers through patient engagement and relationship building: a primary care pragmatic cluster-randomized trial. Transl Behav Med. 2022 10 07; 12(9):909-918.  View on PubMed
  9. Fraze TK, Beidler LB, De Marchis EH, Gottlieb LM, Potter MB. "Beyond Just a Supplement": Administrators' Visions for the Future of Virtual Primary Care Services. J Am Board Fam Med. 2022 May-Jun; 35(3):527-536.  View on PubMed
  10. Xu E, Nicosia FM, Zamora K, Barrientos M, Spar MJ, Reyes-Farias D, Karliner LS, Potter MB, Brown RT. When Functional Impairment Develops Early: Perspectives from Middle-Aged Adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 01; 38(1):90-97.  View on PubMed
  11. Hiatt RA, Sibley A, Venkatesh B, Cheng J, Dixit N, Fox R, Ling P, Nguyen T, Oh D, Palmer NR, Pasick RJ, Potter MB, Somsouk M, Vargas RA, Vijayaraghavan M, Ashworth A. From Cancer Epidemiology to Policy and Practice: the Role of a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Curr Epidemiol Rep. 2022; 9(1):10-21.  View on PubMed
  12. Manzano-Robleda MDC, Espinosa-Tamez P, Potter MB, Hernández-Guerrero A, Van Loon K, Unger-Saldaña K. Salud Publica Mex. 2022 Feb 25; 64(1):106-108.  View on PubMed
  13. Van Loon K, Mohar A, Unger-Saldaña K, Potter MB, Sweet-Cordero EA, Breithaupt L, Espinosa-Tamez P, Sepúlveda-Amor J, Lajous M. Salud Publica Mex. 2022 Feb 25; 64(1):100-104.  View on PubMed
  14. Flores-Torres MH, Huerta-Gutierrez R, Potter MB. mHealth: experiences and opportunities for cancer research in Mexico. Salud Publica Mex. 2022 Feb 25; 64(1):111-114.  View on PubMed
  15. Holt HK, Gildengorin G, Karliner L, Fontil V, Pramanik R, Potter MB. Differences in Hypertension Medication Prescribing for Black Americans and Their Association with Hypertension Outcomes. J Am Board Fam Med. 2022 Jan-Feb; 35(1):26-34.  View on PubMed
  16. Tsoh JY, Hessler D, Parra JR, Bowyer V, Lugtu K, Potter MB. Addressing tobacco use in the context of complex social needs: A new conceptual framework and approach to address smoking cessation in community health centers. PEC Innov. 2022 Dec; 1:100011.  View on PubMed
  17. Judith Walsh, Michael Potter, Elizabeth Ozer, Ginny Gildengorin, Natasha Dass, Lawrence Green. Evaluating the Sustainability of a Cancer Screening Intervention through a PRISM: The PreView Experience. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2021 Sep 1; 23:101443.  View on PubMed
  18. Priscilla Espinosa-Tamez, Erick Suazo-Zepeda, Hugo Sánchez-Blas, Mónica Meneses-Medina, Fidel David Huitzil-Meléndez, Katherine Van Loon, Michael Potter, Martín Lajous. National and state-level colorectal cancer mortality trends in Mexico, 1998-2018. Salud Pública de México. 2021 Aug 2; 1-9.  View on PubMed
  19. Kjaer PH, Fisher L, Potter MB, Dedhia M, Parra J, Ejskjaer N, Skovlund S, Hessler D. Examining Variations in Action Plan Quality Among Adults With Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Care. J Am Board Fam Med. 2021 May-Jun; 34(3):608-617.  View on PubMed
  20. Luo L, King AA, Carroll Y, Baumann AA, Brambilla D, Carpenter CR, Colla J, Gibson RW, Gollan S, Hall G, Klesges L, Kutlar A, Lyon M, Melvin CL, Norell S, Mueller M, Potter MB, Richesson R, Richardson LD, Ryan G, Siewny L, Treadwell M, Zun L, Armstrong-Brown J, Cox L, Tanabe P. Electronic Health Record-Embedded Individualized Pain Plans for Emergency Department Treatment of Vaso-occlusive Episodes in Adults With Sickle Cell Disease: Protocol for a Preimplementation and Postimplementation Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2021 Apr 16; 10(4):e24818.  View on PubMed

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