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. Lin SC, Lyles CR, Sarkar U, Adler-Milstein J. Are Patients Electronically Accessing Their Medical Records? Evidence From National Hospital Data. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 Nov; 38(11):1850-1857.
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  2. Patterson ES, Su G, Sarkar U. Reducing delays to diagnosis in ambulatory care settings: A macrocognition perspective. Appl Ergon. 2019 Oct 09; 82:102965.
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  3. Nouri SS, Avila-Garcia P, Cemballi AG, Sarkar U, Aguilera A, Lyles CR. Assessing Mobile Phone Digital Literacy and Engagement in User-Centered Design in a Diverse, Safety-Net Population: Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 Aug 29; 7(8):e14250.
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  4. Betjemann J, Hemphill JC, Sarkar U. Time for Neurologists to Drop the Reflex Hammer on Hypertension. JAMA Neurol. 2019 Aug 19.
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  5. Cedars B, Lisker S, Borno HT, Kamal P, Breyer B, Sarkar U. An electronic registry to improve adherence to active surveillance monitoring among men with prostate cancer at a safety-net hospital: protocol for a pilot study. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2019; 5:101.
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  6. Radcliffe K, Lyson HC, Barr-Walker J, Sarkar U. Collective intelligence in medical decision-making: a systematic scoping review. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2019 Aug 09; 19(1):158.
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  7. Fontil V, Khoong EC, Hoskote M, Radcliffe K, Ratanawongsa N, Lyles CR, Sarkar U. Evaluation of a Health Information Technology-Enabled Collective Intelligence Platform to Improve Diagnosis in Primary Care and Urgent Care Settings: Protocol for a Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Aug 06; 8(8):e13151.
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  8. 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. 2019 Aug; 34(4):819-822.
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  9. Hemmat S, Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Sarkar U. Sharing Stories, Searching for Solutions: Sexual Harassment of Physicians by Patients. Am J Med. 2019 Jul 09.
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  10. Kith G, Lisker S, Sarkar U, Barr-Walker J, Breyer BN, Palmer NR. Defining and Measuring Adherence in Observational Studies Assessing Outcomes of Real-world Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer: A Systematic Review. Eur Urol Oncol. 2019 Jul 06.
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  11. 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 Sep; 126:105751.
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Lee JS, Lisker S, Vittinghoff E, Cherian R, McCoy DB, Rybkin A, Su G, Sarkar U. Follow-up of incidental pulmonary nodules and association with mortality in a safety-net cohort. Diagnosis (Berl). 2019 May 09.
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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Cherian R, Sarkar U, Khoong EC, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Schillinger D. Standardization in Diverse Populations: Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in a Safety-Net Setting. Health Lit Res Pract. 2019 Jan; 3(1):e43-e46.
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