Faculty ProfilesEric Widera
4150 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
Eric Widera is a clinician-educator in the Division of Geriatrics. His main goal is to improve the care provided to elderly patients with severe chronic and/or terminal conditions through program development and educational innovations. Eric accomplishes this through various leadership roles, including Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Program Director for the Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF. Eric received his medical school training at UCSF and his internal medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital. He returned to UCSF to complete a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. He joined the faculty at UCSF in August of 2006. Since then, Eric has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA), the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award, AAHPM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40 award, and the AAHPM PDIA Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award. He is also a co-founder of GeriPal, a Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog, as well as ePrognosis, an online set of prognostic calculators for the elderly.
Dr. Widera's clinical activities are primarily based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He attends on and is the Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the VA. This is a busy and growing service that performs inpatient palliative care consults in the acute hospital setting and the VA Community Living Center (CLC). The Hospice and Palliative Care Service also provides primary care for a 10-bed hospice unit located within the CLC, as well as serves veterans living in the community through a half-day a week outpatient Palliative and Symptom Management Clinic. Eric's other clinical responsibilities include attending on the internal medicine inpatient ward service at the San Francisco VA and supervising geriatrics fellows in caring for veterans residing in the Community Living Center.
Dr. Widera's academic focus is on improving the care we give to elderly patients with severe chronic and/or terminal conditions through program development and educational innovations. He oversees a host of interdisciplinary learners who rotate on the Hospice and Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA, including internal medicine residents, social work interns, and nursing students. Eric is also the Program Director for the Geriatrics fellowship at UCSF. His other interests include how the use of social media sites, like GeriPal.org, can influence medical education and clinical practice.
Awards and Honors
AAHPM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40, AAHPM, 2015
UCSF GME Excellence and Innovation Award, UCSF, 2015
PDIA Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award, AAHPM, 2014
School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award for Clinical Faculty, UCSF, 2013
Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award, Hastings Center , 2011
Center of Excellence Faculty Scholar, Hartford Foundation, 2010-2011
Teacher of the Year, Division of Geriatrics, UCSF, 2009
Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF, 2009
Geriatrics Academic Career Award, HRSA, 2007-2010
Recent Articles (23)
Hauer KE, Soni K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Ten Cate O, Widera E, Calton B, O'Sullivan PS. Developing entrustable professional activities as the basis for assessment of competence in an internal medicine residency: a feasibility study. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Aug; 28(8):1110-4.
Widera E. What's to blame for falls and fractures? Poor sleep or the sleeping medication?: Comment on "Nonbenzodiazepine sleep medication use and hip fractures in nursing home residents". JAMA Intern Med. 2013 May 13; 173(9):761-2.
Fischberg D, Bull J, Casarett D, Hanson LC, Klein SM, Rotella J, Smith T, Storey CP, Teno JM, Widera E. Five things physicians and patients should question in hospice and palliative medicine. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Mar; 45(3):595-605.
Widera E, Covinsky KE. Fulfilling our obligation to the caregiver: it's time for action: comment on "Translation of a dementia caregiver support program in a health care system--REACH VA". Arch Intern Med. 2011 Feb 28; 171(4):359-60.
Widera, E, Smith, AK. . Geriatrics and Aging. Pain Management in Moderate and Advanced Dementias. 2009; 7(12):353-356.