University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH

Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine in Residence, Division of General Internal Medicine and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine in Residence at UCSF in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. I am a general internist and primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital’s General Medicine Clinic. My research focuses on health information technology and social media to improve the safety and quality of outpatient care. I direct the San Francisco Ambulatory Safety Center for Innovation (ASCENT), an AHRQ-funded patient safety learning laboratory that focuses on missed and delayed diagnosis, monitoring of high-risk conditions, and medication safety. My prior studies on internet-based patient portals demonstrated digital disparities by race/ethnicity and health literacy, and I continue to research ways to increase engagement and use of health technology to improve health outcomes. I am currently the PI of an AHRQ-funded grant, which supports the statewide innovation network for safety-net health care systems, known as Public Healthcare system Evidence Network and Innovation eXchange (PHoENIX). I am also PI of an NCI-funded R01 grant that uses a mixed-methods approach to online social media and social networks for enhancing understanding of cervical cancer screening in order to optimize the spread of health messages and behaviors within online social networks. Given my deep expertise in health information technology among vulnerable patient populations, my future research will leverage existing networks within safety-net health care systems for investigating missed opportunities to reduce cancer disparities among underserved populations.

Education

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, B.S., 06/96, Biology
University of California, San Diego, M.D., 06/02
University of California, Berkeley, M.P.H., 06/00, Epidemiology
University of California, San Francisco, Intern, 06/03, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Resident, 06/05, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, 06/08, Medicine
 

Professional Experience

  • 2008-present
    Assistant Professor Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2009-present
    Core Faculty, Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2012-present
    Associate Director, Office of Student Research (OSR) and the Resource Allocation Program - trainees (RAPtr), University of California, San Francisco
  • 2012-present
    Safety and Quality Liaison, General Medicine Clinic, San Francisco General Hospital
  • 2012-present
    Co-curriculum director in Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, and Leadership (QIPSL), San Francisco General Primary Care Residency, San Francisco General Hospital
  • 2012-present
    Affiliate Faculty, Health Delivery Systems Center

Honors & Awards

  • 1992
    David Starr Jordan Scholar Stanford University
  • 1995
    Cap and Gown Honor Society Stanford University
  • 1996
    Ruth Headley Memorial Humanities Award Stanford University
  • 1997
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Student Grant Award
  • 1998
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Scholarship
  • 2005
    Lipkin Finalist for Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • 2007
    Lipkin Finalist for Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • 2010
    Hamolsky finalist for Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • 2017
    2016-2017 Pathways to Discovery Mentor Award

Selected Publications

  1. Zhang J, Le G, Larochelle D, Pasick R, Sawaya GF, Sarkar U, Centola D. Facts or stories? How to use social media for cervical cancer prevention: A multi-method study of the effects of sender type and content type on increased message sharing. Prev Med. 2019 Jun 18; 105751.
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  2. Tieu L, Hobbs A, Sarkar U, Nacev EC, Lyles CR. Adapting Patient Experience Data Collection Processes for Lower Literacy Patient Populations Using Tablets at the Point of Care. Med Care. 2019 Jun; 57 Suppl 6 Suppl 2:S140-S148.
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  3. Khoong EC, Le GM, Hoskote M, Rivadeneira NA, Hiatt RA, Sarkar U. Health Information-seeking Behaviors and Preferences of a Diverse, Multilingual Urban Cohort. Med Care. 2019 Jun; 57 Suppl 6 Suppl 2:S176-S183.
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  4. Chan B, Goldman LE, Sarkar U, Guzman D, Critchfield J, Saha S, Kushel M. High perceived social support and hospital readmissions in an older multi-ethnic, limited English proficiency, safety-net population. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 May 24; 19(1):334.
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  5. Rojek AE, Khanna R, Yim JWL, Gardner R, Lisker S, Hauer KE, Lucey C, Sarkar U. Differences in Narrative Language in Evaluations of Medical Students by Gender and Under-represented Minority Status. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 May; 34(5):684-691.
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  6. Lyson HC, Sharma AE, Cherian R, Patterson ES, McDonald KM, Lee SY, Sarkar U. A Qualitative Analysis of Outpatient Medication Use in Community Settings: Observed Safety Vulnerabilities and Recommendations for Improved Patient Safety. J Patient Saf. 2019 Mar 13.
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  7. Lyles CR, Tieu L, Sarkar U, Kiyoi S, Sadasivaiah S, Hoskote M, Ratanawongsa N, Schillinger D. A Randomized Trial to Train Vulnerable Primary Care Patients to Use a Patient Portal. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Mar-Apr; 32(2):248-258.
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  8. Le GM, Radcliffe K, Lyles C, Lyson HC, Wallace B, Sawaya G, Pasick R, Centola D, Sarkar U. Perceptions of cervical cancer prevention on Twitter uncovered by different sampling strategies. PLoS One. 2019; 14(2):e0211931.
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  9. Gupta K, Lisker S, Rivadeneira NA, Mangurian C, Linos E, Sarkar U. Decisions and repercussions of second victim experiences for mothers in medicine (SAVE DR MoM). BMJ Qual Saf. 2019 Feb 04.
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  10. 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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  11. Ramo DE, Meacham M, Thrul J, Belohlavek A, Sarkar U, Humfleet G. Exploring Identities and Preferences for Intervention Among LGBTQ+ Young Adult Smokers Through Online Focus Groups. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Mar; 64(3):390-397.
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  12. Schmajuk G, Jafri K, Evans M, Shiboski S, Gianfrancesco M, Izadi Z, Patterson SL, Aggarwal I, Sarkar U, Dudley RA, Yazdany J. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) prophylaxis patterns among patients with rheumatic diseases receiving high-risk immunosuppressant drugs. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2018 Nov 03.
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  13. Khoong EC, Cherian R, Rivadeneira NA, Gourley G, Yazdany J, Amarnath A, Schillinger D, Sarkar U. Accurate Measurement In California's Safety-Net Health Systems Has Gaps And Barriers. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 11; 37(11):1760-1769.
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  14. Giardina TD, Haskell H, Menon S, Hallisy J, Southwick FS, Sarkar U, Royse KE, Singh H. Learning From Patients' Experiences Related To Diagnostic Errors Is Essential For Progress In Patient Safety. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 11; 37(11):1821-1827.
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  15. Sharma AE, Rivadeneira NA, Barr-Walker J, Stern RJ, Johnson AK, Sarkar U. Patient Engagement In Health Care Safety: An Overview Of Mixed-Quality Evidence. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 11; 37(11):1813-1820.
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  16. 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. 2018 Sep 10; 1062860618798469.
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  17. 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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  18. Khoong EC, Cherian R, Smith DE, Schillinger D, Wolf MS, Sarkar U. Implementation of patient-centered prescription labeling in a safety-net ambulatory care network. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2018 Aug 15; 75(16):1227-1238.
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  19. Lyson HC, Le GM, Zhang J, Rivadeneira N, Lyles C, Radcliffe K, Pasick RJ, Sawaya G, Sarkar U, Centola D. Social Media as a Tool to Promote Health Awareness: Results from an Online Cervical Cancer Prevention Study. J Cancer Educ. 2018 Jun 11.
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  20. Sarkar U, Le GM, Lyles CR, Ramo D, Linos E, Bibbins-Domingo K. Using Social Media to Target Cancer Prevention in Young Adults: Viewpoint. J Med Internet Res. 2018 Jun 05; 20(6):e203.
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