Faculty Profiles

Michael Harper, MD

4150 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
415-221-4810 ext. 2967

Michael Harper is a Professor of Medicine and the Associate Director for Strategy for Tideswell at UCSF. Dr. Harper is Clinician-Educator and a member of the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. As one of one of 4 UCSF School of Medicine Advisory College Mentors Dr. Harper provides academic, career and personal advising to medical students. He is the past Chair of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) Fellowship Directors Group, past Co-Chair of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Junior and Mid-Career Faculty Task Force, and is a member of the AGS Board of Directors.

Throughout his career, Dr. Harper has worked in various settings across the geriatrics continuum of care including ambulatory and home-based primary care, long-term care, PACE, and acute and post-acute care. His current clinical activities occur primarily at the SFVAMC where he attends on the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit and the inpatient medical service, and he supervises fellows in the Community Living Center and geriatrics clinic.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
Johns Hopkins University Geriatrics Fellowship Department of Medicine 1997
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Department of Medicine 1994
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson M.D. School of Medicine 1991

Awards and Honors

2013   Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2013
2013   Fellow, American Geriatrics Society, 2013
2007   Member, Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF School of Medicine, 2007
2006   Teacher of the Year, Division of Geriatrics, UCSF School of Medicine, 2006
2005   Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Direct Teaching Award, UCSF School of Medicine, 2005
1999   Geriatric Academic Career Award, Health Resources and Services Administration, 1999-2004
1992   Howard K. Rathbun Award for Clinical Excellence during internship, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 1992

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Recent Articles (25)

Gillespie SM, Brandt LE, Chang A, Chao SH, Corcoran AM, Miller R, Harper GM, Levine SA, Medina-Walpole A. Staying in the game: the 10-step approach to sustaining geriatrics education in hospitalists and subspecialty providers. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Aug; 62(8):1575-82.

Leipzig RM, Sauvigné K, Granville LJ, Harper GM, Kirk LM, Levine SA, Mosqueda L, Parks SM, Fernandez HM, Busby-Whitehead J. What is a geriatrician? American Geriatrics Society and Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs end-of-training entrustable professional activities for geriatric medicine. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 May; 62(5):924-9.

Parks SM, Harper GM, Fernandez H, Sauvigne K, Leipzig RM. American Geriatrics Society/Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs curricular milestones for graduating geriatric fellows. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 May; 62(5):930-5.

Berger TG, Shive M, Harper GM. Pruritus in the older patient: a clinical review. JAMA. 2013 Dec 11; 310(22):2443-50.

Higashi RT, Tillack A, Steinman MA, Johnston CB, Harper GM. The 'worthy' patient: rethinking the 'hidden curriculum' in medical education. Anthropol Med. 2013 Apr; 20(1):13-23.

Rivera JA, O'Hare AM, Harper GM. Update on the management of chronic kidney disease. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Oct 15; 86(8):749-54.

Higashi RT, Tillack AA, Steinman M, Harper M, Johnston CB. Elder care as "frustrating" and "boring": understanding the persistence of negative attitudes toward older patients among physicians-in-training. J Aging Stud. 2012 Dec; 26(4):476-83.

Mazotti L, Moylan A, Murphy E, Harper GM, Johnston CB, Hauer KE. Advancing geriatrics education: an efficient faculty development program for academic hospitalists increases geriatric teaching. J Hosp Med. 2010 Nov-Dec; 5(9):541-6.

Lyss-Lerman P, Teherani A, Aagaard E, Loeser H, Cooke M, Harper GM. What training is needed in the fourth year of medical school? Views of residency program directors. Acad Med. 2009 Jul; 84(7):823-9.

Steinman MA, Harper GM, Chren MM, Landefeld CS, Bero LA. Characteristics and impact of drug detailing for gabapentin. PLoS Med. 2007 Apr; 4(4):e134.

Samus QM, Rosenblatt A, Onyike C, Steele C, Baker A, Harper M, Brandt J, Mayer L, Rabins PV, Lyketsos CG. Correlates of caregiver-rated quality of life in assisted living: the Maryland Assisted Living study. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2006 Sep; 61(5):P311-4.

Leff B, Harper GM. The reading habits of medicine clerks at one medical school: frequency, usefulness, and difficulties. Acad Med. 2006 May; 81(5):489-94.

Rao V, Spiro JR, Samus QM, Rosenblatt A, Steele C, Baker A, Harper M, Brandt J, Mayer L, Rabins PV, Lyketsos CG. Sleep disturbances in the elderly residing in assisted living: findings from the Maryland Assisted Living Study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2005 Oct; 20(10):956-66.

Samus QM, Rosenblatt A, Steele C, Baker A, Harper M, Brandt J, Mayer L, Rabins PV, Lyketsos CG. The association of neuropsychiatric symptoms and environment with quality of life in assisted living residents with dementia. Gerontologist. 2005 Oct; 45 Spec No 1(1):19-26.

Knight AM, Kravet SJ, Harper GM, Leff B. The effect of computerized provider order entry on medical student clerkship experiences. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2005 Sep-Oct; 12(5):554-60.

Burdick DJ, Rosenblatt A, Samus QM, Steele C, Baker A, Harper M, Mayer L, Brandt J, Rabins P, Lyketsos CG. Predictors of functional impairment in residents of assisted-living facilities: the Maryland Assisted Living study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2005 Feb; 60(2):258-64.

Rosenblatt A, Samus QM, Steele CD, Baker AS, Harper MG, Brandt J, Rabins PV, Lyketsos CG. The Maryland Assisted Living Study: prevalence, recognition, and treatment of dementia and other psychiatric disorders in the assisted living population of central Maryland. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2004 Oct; 52(10):1618-25.

Harper GM, Leff B, Thomas P, Burton J. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Acad Med. 2004 Jul; 79(7 Suppl):S70-1.

Finucane TE, Harper GM. Attempting resuscitation in nursing homes: policy considerations. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1999 Oct; 47(10):1261-4.

De Jonge KE, Sulmasy DP, Gold KG, Epstein A, Harper MG, Eisenberg JM, Schulman KA. The timing of do-not-resuscitate orders and hospital costs. J Gen Intern Med. 1999 Mar; 14(3):190-2.

Walder K, Norman RA, Hanson RL, Schrauwen P, Neverova M, Jenkinson CP, Easlick J, Warden CH, Pecqueur C, Raimbault S, Ricquier D, Silver MH, Shuldiner AR, Solanes G, Lowell BB, Chung WK, Leibel RL, Pratley R, Ravussin E. Association between uncoupling protein polymorphisms (UCP2-UCP3) and energy metabolism/obesity in Pima indians. Hum Mol Genet. 1998 Sep; 7(9):1431-5.

Burton LC, Leff B, Harper M, Ghoshtagore I, Steinwachs DA, Greenough WB, Burton JR. Acceptability to patients of a home hospital. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1998 May; 46(5):605-9.

Leff B, Burton L, Bynum JW, Harper M, Greenough WB, Steinwachs D, Burton JR. Prospective evaluation of clinical criteria to select older persons with acute medical illness for care in a hypothetical home hospital. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1997 Sep; 45(9):1066-73.

Finucane TE, Harper M. Ethical decision-making near the end of life. Clin Geriatr Med. 1996 May; 12(2):369-77.

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