University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sara Ackerman, MPH, PhD

Sara Ackerman, MPH, PhD

Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Education

Smith College, BA, 06/1987, Psychology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, MPH, 06/2000, Health Behavior and Health Education
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, PhD, 06/2009, Medical Anthropology


Professional Experience

  • 2000-2001
    Lecturer, Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2001-2005
    Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology & Department of International Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2007-2008
    Research Associate, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2010-2012
    Academic Specialist, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF
  • 2012-2014
    Assistant Professional Researcher, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, UCSF
  • 2014-present
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2014
    Department of Medicine's Quality and Safety Innovation Challenge Award, UCSF
  • 2013
    Diana Forsythe Award, American Medical Informatics Association
  • 2000
    Kathryn J. Kerr Memorial Award for Community Activism, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
  • 1999
    Lucy S. Morgan Award for Leadership, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Selected Publications

  1. Deeds SA, Dowdell KJ, Chew LD, Ackerman SL. Implementing an Opt-in eConsult Program at Seven Academic Medical Centers: a Qualitative Analysis of Primary Care Provider Experiences. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Jun 13.
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  2. Lyson HC, Ackerman S, Lyles C, Schillinger D, Williams P, Gourley G, Gupta R, Handley M, Sarkar U. Redesigning primary care in the safety net: A qualitative analysis of team-based care implementation. Healthc (Amst). 2019 Mar; 7(1):22-29.
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  3. Ackerman SL, Gleason N. Transitioning Patients From Specialty Care to Primary Care: What We Know and What We Can Do. J Ambul Care Manage. 2018 Oct/Dec; 41(4):314-322.
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  4. Lyles CR, Handley MA, Ackerman SL, Schillinger D, Williams P, Westbrook M, Gourley G, Sarkar U. Innovative Implementation Studies Conducted in US Safety Net Health Care Settings: A Systematic Review. Am J Med Qual. 2019 May/Jun; 34(3):293-306.
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  5. Fontil V, Lyles CR, Schillinger D, Handley MA, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Bibbins-Domingo K, Sarkar U. Safety-net institutions in the US grapple with new cholesterol treatment guidelines: a qualitative analysis from the PHoENIX Network. Risk Manag Healthc Policy. 2018; 11:99-108.
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  6. Gleason N, Ackerman S, Shipman SA. eConsult-Transforming Primary Care or Exacerbating Clinician Burnout? JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Jun 01; 178(6):790-791.
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  7. Ackerman SL, Gourley G, Le G, Williams P, Yazdany J, Sarkar U. Improving Patient Safety in Public Hospitals: Developing Standard Measures to Track Medical Errors and Process Breakdowns. J Patient Saf. 2018 Mar 14.
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  8. Ackerman SL, Koenig BA. Understanding variations in secondary findings reporting practices across U.S. genome sequencing laboratories. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2018 Jan-Mar; 9(1):48-57.
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  9. 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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  10. Sara L. Ackerman, Katherine Weatherford Darling, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Robert A. Hiatt, Janet K. Shim. The Ethics of Translational Science: Imagining Public Benefit in Gene-Environment Interaction Research. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society . 2017; 3:351-374.
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  11. 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 06; 32(6):697-705.
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  12. 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. 2018 Mar/Apr; 33(2):132-139.
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  13. Ayakaka I, Ackerman S, Ggita JM, Kajubi P, Dowdy D, Haberer JE, Fair E, Hopewell P, Handley MA, Cattamanchi A, Katamba A, Davis JL. Identifying barriers to and facilitators of tuberculosis contact investigation in Kampala, Uganda: a behavioral approach. Implement Sci. 2017 03 09; 12(1):33.
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  14. Gottlieb L, Ackerman S, Wing H, Manchanda R. Understanding Medicaid Managed Care Investments in Members' Social Determinants of Health. Popul Health Manag. 2017 08; 20(4):302-308.
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  15. Gottlieb LM, Quiñones-Rivera A, Manchanda R, Wing H, Ackerman S. States' Influences on Medicaid Investments to Address Patients' Social Needs. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Jan; 52(1):31-37.
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  16. Gleason N, Prasad PA, Ackerman S, Ho C, Monacelli J, Wang M, Collado D, Gonzales R. Adoption and impact of an eConsult system in a fee-for-service setting. Healthc (Amst). 2017 Mar; 5(1-2):40-45.
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  17. Ackerman SL, Darling KW, Lee SS, Hiatt RA, Shim JK. . Accounting for complexity: Gene-environment interaction research and the politics of quantification. Science, Technology, & Human Values. 2016; 41(2):194-218.
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  18. Darling KW, Ackerman SL, Hiatt RH, Lee SS, Shim JK. Enacting the molecular imperative: How gene-environment interaction research links bodies and environments in the post-genomic age. Soc Sci Med. 2016 Apr; 155:51-60.
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  19. Garg SK, Lyles CR, Ackerman S, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Gourley G, Aulakh V, Sarkar U. Qualitative analysis of programmatic initiatives to text patients with mobile devices in resource-limited health systems. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2016 Feb 06; 16:16.
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  20. Ackerman SL, Boscardin C, Karliner L, Handley MA, Cheng S, Gaither TW, Hagey J, Hennein L, Malik F, Shaw B, Trinidad N, Zahner G, Gonzales R. The Action Research Program: Experiential Learning in Systems-Based Practice for First-Year Medical Students. Teach Learn Med. 2016; 28(2):183-91.
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