University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Leah S. Karliner, MD, MCR

Leah S. Karliner, MD, MCR

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Breast Oncology

Research Summary

Dr. Karliner is Professor in Residence in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is Director of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC), an NIA funded Resource Center on Minority Aging Research. She is also Director of the Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center (MERC) in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and a member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is both a practicing general internist and a health services researcher, with expertise in practice-based and communication research. She completed her training – including her MD degree, a residency in primary care internal medicine, a general internal medicine research fellowship and a Master’s of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research all at UCSF. Dr. Karliner’s scholarly work centers on improving quality of care for limited English speaking patients, and the study of health disparities and communication at critical clinical junctures for older patients such as hospital transitions and breast cancer diagnosis, as well as in chronic care management in primary care. Ultimately, the goal of her research agenda is aimed at achieving health equity through improved communication and clinical outcomes.

Education

Columbia College, Columbia University, NY, BA, 1984-1988, History
University of California at San Francisco, MD, 1992-1996, Medicine
University of California at San Francisco, MCR, 2003-2005, Clinical Research


Professional Experience

  • 1997-2000
    Medical Residency, Primary Care, University of California Medical School
  • 2000-2002
    Fee Basis Physician, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  • 2000-2002
    Primary Care Physician, Bayspring Women's Medical Clinic, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002
    Fee Basis Physician, UCSF Screening and Acute Care Clinic, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002 - 2004
    Research Fellow, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 2004 -
    Assistant Professor, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 1988
    Magna Cum Laude, Columbia University
  • 1988
    Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University
  • 1988
    Boyer History of Science Prize
  • 2002-
    Recipient NIH Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program
  • 2003
    Best Abstract by a Junior Investigator, Bay Area Clinical Research Symposium

Selected Publications

  1. Garcia ME, Hinton L, Gregorich SE, Livaudais-Toman J, Kaplan C, Karliner L. Unmet Mental Health Need Among Chinese and Latino Primary Care Patients: Intersection of Ethnicity, Gender, and English Proficiency. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Oct 30.
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  2. Valente J, Johnson N, Edu U, Karliner LS. Importance of Communication and Relationships: Addressing Disparities in Hospitalizations for African-American Patients in Academic Primary Care. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Oct 22.
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  3. Sarita Pathak, Gregory Summerville, Celia P. Kaplan, Sarah S. Nouri, Leah S. Karliner. Patient-Reported Use of the After Visit Summary in a Primary Care Internal Medicine Practice. . 2019 Oct 4; 237437351987928.
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  4. Rosenwohl-Mack S, Rubinsky A, Karliner L, López L, Peralta CA. Association of Patient Language with Guideline-Concordant Care for Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Primary Care. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Aug 26.
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  5. Semere W, Nápoles AM, Gregorich S, Livaudais-Toman J, Karliner L. Caregiving for Older Adults with Limited English Proficiency: Transitioning from Hospital to Home. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Sep; 34(9):1744-1750.
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  6. Lee JS, Karliner LS, Julian KA, Linzer M, Feldman MD. Change in Faculty Perceptions of Burnout and Work Life in an Academic General Medicine Clinic: a Pre-Post Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Jun 10.
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  7. Khoong EC, Karliner L, Lo L, Stebbins M, Robinson A, Pathak S, Santoyo-Olsson J, Scherzer R, Peralta CA. A Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Trial of an Electronic Clinical Decision Support System to Improve Chronic Kidney Disease Management in Primary Care: Design, Rationale, and Implementation Experience. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Jun 07; 8(6):e14022.
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  8. Karliner L. Establishing the Necessary Conditions for Achieving Language Access and Equitable, Quality Care for Populations with Limited English Proficiency. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2019 Jun; 45(6):395-396.
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  9. Bui-Duy MK, Wong S, Lam R, Karliner LS. Development of a Multistep Hypertension Quality Improvement Program in an Academic General Medicine Practice. J Healthc Qual. 2019 May/Jun; 41(3):172-179.
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  10. Lowenstein M, Vijayaraghavan M, Burke NJ, Karliner L, Wang S, Peters M, Lozano A, Kaplan CP. Real-world lung cancer screening decision-making: Barriers and facilitators. Lung Cancer. 2019 Jul; 133:32-37.
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  11. Frigaard M, Rubinsky A, Lowell L, Malkina A, Karliner L, Kohn M, Peralta CA. Validating laboratory defined chronic kidney disease in the electronic health record for patients in primary care. BMC Nephrol. 2019 01 03; 20(1):3.
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  12. Karliner LS, Kaplan C, Livaudais-Toman J, Kerlikowske K. Mammography facilities serving vulnerable women have longer follow-up times. Health Serv Res. 2019 Feb; 54 Suppl 1:226-233.
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  13. 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. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018 Nov-Dec; 31(6):897-904.
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  14. E Xu, M Barrientos, F Nicosia, M Steinman, M Spar, L Karliner, R Brown. WHEN FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT DEVELOPS EARLY: PERSPECTIVES FROM MIDDLE-AGED ADULTS. . 2018 Nov 1; 2(suppl_1):522-522.
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  15. Bui-Duy MK, Wong S, Lam R, Karliner LS. Development of a Multistep Hypertension Quality Improvement Program in an Academic General Medicine Practice. J Healthc Qual. 2018 Oct 08.
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  16. Ozanne E, Karliner LS, Tice JA, Haas JS, Livaudais-Toman J, Pasick RJ, Kaplan CP. An Intervention Tool to Increase Patient-Physician Discussion of Lifestyle Risk Factors for Breast Cancer. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018 Sep 15.
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  17. Chan B, Lyles C, Kaplan C, Lam R, Karliner L. A Comparison of Electronic Patient-Portal Use Among Patients with Resident and Attending Primary Care Providers. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 12; 33(12):2085-2091.
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  18. Leah S. Karliner. 2.Three Critical Steps to Enhance Delivery of Language Services in Health Care. . 2017 Dec 31; 20-34.
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  19. Karliner L. Low Health Literacy and Transitional Care Needs: Beyond Screening. J Hosp Med. 2017 11; 12(11):941-942.
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  20. Lee JS, Nápoles A, Mutha S, Pérez-Stable EJ, Gregorich SE, Livaudais-Toman J, Karliner LS. Hospital discharge preparedness for patients with limited English proficiency: A mixed methods study of bedside interpreter-phones. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 Jan; 101(1):25-32.
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