Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF; Associate Chair for Faculty Experience, Department of Medicine, UCSF; Associate Director, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations

Cancer Center Program Membership

Cancer Control

Research Summary

Urmimala Sarkar MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine at UCSF in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Chair for Faculty Experience for the Department of Medicine, Associate Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and a primary care physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Richard H. Fine People's Clinic. Her work centers on innovating for health equity and improving safety and quality of outpatient care for everyone, especially low-income and diverse populations. Her research employs new tools like digital / mobile health and social media platforms to improve the safety and quality of outpatient care. Her expertise spans topics including medical errors and patient safety, diabetes, and cancer prevention and survivorship. Dr. Sarkar's research is collaborative and intersects with methods found in human centered design, human factors engineering, data science, health services research, and implementation science. As a leader and mentor, Dr. Sarkar is committed to training the next generation of health equity researchers and leaders. She is the director of UCSF's Primary Care Research Fellowship, co-directs the Learning Health Systems Early Career Acceleration Program (LEAP K12) for junior faculty, and serves as the curricular director for UCSF's Fellowship Advancement and Skills Training in Clinical Research (FASTCaR). Learn more at https://sarkarlab.ucsf.edu

Research Funding

  • June 10, 2019 - May 31, 2024 - Cancer Registry for Understanding and Improving Survivorship Experiences (CRUISE) , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA241128
  • September 30, 2018 - September 29, 2023 - UCSF Learning Health System K12 Career Development Program , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: K12HS026383
  • September 5, 2018 - August 31, 2022 - Creating Community Driven, Personalized Health Maps for Patients with Diabetes , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01LM013045
  • July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022 - Improving Survivorship Care for Diverse Cancer Patients Cared for in Safety-net Settings , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: K24CA212294

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

Honors & Awards

  • 2019
    UCSF ZSFG Department of Medicine Mentoring Award
  • 2016-2017
    Pathways to Discovery Mentor Award
  • 2010
    Hamolsky finalist for Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • 2007
    Lipkin Finalist for Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • 2005
    Lipkin Finalist for Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • 1998
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Scholarship
  • 1997
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Student Grant Award
  • 1997
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Student Grant Award
  • 1996
    Ruth Headley Memorial Humanities Award Stanford University
  • 1995
    Cap and Gown Honor Society Stanford University
  • 1992
    David Starr Jordan Scholar Stanford University

Selected Publications

  1. Dixit N, Rodriguez G, Sarkar U, Burke N, Trejo E, Devore DJ, Couey P, Nápoles AM. Identifying the Needs of Primary Care Providers Caring for Breast and Colon Cancer Survivors in the Safety-Net: a Qualitative Study. J Cancer Educ. 2022 Jul 13.  View on PubMed
  2. Lyles CR, Sharma AE, Fields JD, Getachew Y, Sarkar U, Zephyrin L. Centering Health Equity in Telemedicine. Ann Fam Med. 2022 Jul-Aug; 20(4):362-367.  View on PubMed
  3. Linos E, Lasky-Fink J, Halley M, Sarkar U, Mangurian C, Sabry H, Linos E, Jagsi R. Impact of Sexual Harassment and Social Support on Burnout in Physician Mothers. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2022 07; 31(7):932-940.  View on PubMed
  4. Olazo K, Wang K, Sierra M, Barr-Walker J, Sarkar U. Preferences and Perceptions of Medical Error Disclosure Among Marginalized Populations: A Narrative Review. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2022 Oct; 48(10):539-548.  View on PubMed
  5. Khoong EC, Rivadeneira NA, Pacca L, Schillinger D, Lown D, Babaria P, Gupta N, Pramanik R, Tran H, Whitezell T, Somsouk M, Sarkar U. Extent of Follow-Up on Abnormal Cancer Screening in Multiple California Public Hospital Systems: A Retrospective Review. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 May 31.  View on PubMed
  6. Gupta K, Szymonifka J, Rivadeneira NA, Khoong EC, Adler-Milstein J, Ross J, Sarkar U. Factors Associated with Malpractice Claim Payout: An Analysis of Closed Emergency Department Claims. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2022 Sep; 48(9):492-495.  View on PubMed
  7. Fontil V, Khoong EC, Lyles C, Rivadeneira NA, Olazo K, Hoskote M, Sarkar U. Diagnostic Trajectories in Primary Care at 12 Months: An Observational Cohort Study. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2022 08; 48(8):395-402.  View on PubMed
  8. Gupta K, Rivadeneira NA, Lisker S, Chahal K, Gross N, Sarkar U. Multispecialty Physician Online Survey Reveals That Burnout Related to Adverse Event Involvement May Be Mitigated by Peer Support. J Patient Saf. 2022 Sep 01; 18(6):531-538.  View on PubMed
  9. Julia Adler-Milstein, Urmimala Sarkar, Robert M Wachter. Opportunities to mine EHRs for malpractice risk management and patient safety. Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management. 2022 Apr 27; 27(4):160-162.  View on PubMed
  10. Chu JN, Nguyen TT, Rivadeneira NA, Hiatt RA, Sarkar U. Exploring factors associated with hepatitis B screening in a multilingual and diverse population. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Apr 11; 22(1):479.  View on PubMed
  11. Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Sierra M, Rivadeneira NA, Nijagal MA, Su G, Lyles CR, DeFries T, Tuot DS, Sarkar U. System-Level Factors Associated With Telephone and Video Visit Use: Survey of Safety-Net Clinicians During the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Mar 10; 6(3):e34088.  View on PubMed
  12. Nguyen MT, Garcia F, Juarez J, Zeng B, Khoong EC, Nijagal MA, Sarkar U, Su G, Lyles CR. Satisfaction can co-exist with hesitation: qualitative analysis of acceptability of telemedicine among multi-lingual patients in a safety-net healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Feb 14; 22(1):195.  View on PubMed
  13. Bardach NS, Stotts JR, Fiore DM, Sarkar U, Sharma AE, Boscardin WJ, Avina L, Peralta-Neel C, Rosenbluth G. Family Input for Quality and Safety (FIQS): Using mobile technology for in-hospital reporting from families and patients. J Hosp Med. 2022 06; 17(6):456-465.  View on PubMed
  14. Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Gupta K, Adler-Milstein J, Sarkar U. The Abrupt Expansion of Ambulatory Telemedicine: Implications for Patient Safety. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 04; 37(5):1270-1274.  View on PubMed
  15. Davis J, Olazo K, Sierra M, Tarver ME, Caldwell B, Saha A, Lisker S, Lyles C, Sarkar U. Do patient-reported outcome measures measure up? A qualitative study to examine perceptions and experiences with heart failure proms among diverse, low-income patients. J Patient Rep Outcomes. 2022 Jan 15; 6(1):6.  View on PubMed
  16. Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Rivadeneira N, Sierra M, Fang MC, Gupta N, Pramanik R, Tran H, Whitezell T, Fontil V, Lee SY, Sarkar U. Warfarin Monitoring in Safety-Net Health Systems: Analysis by Race/Ethnicity and Language Preference. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 08; 37(11):2703-2710.  View on PubMed
  17. Sharma AE, Lyson HC, Cherian R, Somsouk M, Schillinger D, Sarkar U. A Root Cause Analysis of Barriers to Timely Colonoscopy in California Safety-Net Health Systems. J Patient Saf. 2022 01 01; 18(1):e163-e171.  View on PubMed
  18. 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. 2021 12 01; 17(8):e773-e790.  View on PubMed
  19. Centola D, Guilbeault D, Sarkar U, Khoong E, Zhang J. The reduction of race and gender bias in clinical treatment recommendations using clinician peer networks in an experimental setting. Nat Commun. 2021 11 15; 12(1):6585.  View on PubMed
  20. Lyles CR, Wachter RM, Sarkar U. Focusing on Digital Health Equity. JAMA. 2021 Nov 09; 326(18):1795-1796.  View on PubMed

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