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Carla Perissinotto, MD
Associate Professor

3333 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Dr. Carla Perissinotto is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine. Carla is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Carla is dedicated to working in both community and academic settings; she cares for older adults at the Over60 Health Center in Berkeley and in UCSF Care at Home--which provides medical care to home bound older adults.
Carla joined the faculty in August 2010 as a clinician-educator and has received multiple awards for her excellence in teaching. Carla is passionate about working with diverse communities and improving the training of internal medicine residents and all learners in the care of elderly patients. Carla also has a special interest in teaching primary care doctors how to more effectively recognize cognitive impairment in the outpatient primary care setting. Carla was also a recipient of the highly-competitive HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award 2010-2015, with which she developed curricula to teach a wide range of learners on the care of elderly patients in diverse settings. Carla also recently gained national and international recognition for her research on the effects of loneliness on the health of older adults.

Clinically, Carla spends half of her clinical time at the Over 60 Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, serving adults over age 55 in Alameda County. At Over 60, Carla directs the educational programs for UCSF learners and she has been focusing on practice change by establishing a team-based model for community-based Geriatrics seeing adults across a continuum of care. At UCSF, she attends on the inpatient Internal Medicine Service, providers Geriatrics consultation in Women's Health Primary Care and provides primary care to homebound older adults through UCSF Care at Home in San Francisco. Carla is passionate about the care of vulnerable elders and truly believes in sharing this excitement with residents, and other learners via lectures, bedside teaching, small group teaching, home visits, and visits to community senior centers.

Carla has also had the privilege to work in clinical settings internationally, most notably, El Salvador, Kenya and Mexico. Most recently, she traveled to Chiapas, Mexico to volunteer in at the Hospital San Carlos (http://www.hospitalsancarlos.org/index.html) which serves the indigenous people of Chiapas. Carla wrote about these experiences on GeriPal, and hopes that this is the beginning of a long relationship, where she can work on improving the care of older patients in low resource settings across the globe. She is developing an opportunity for trainees to volunteer in Chiapas in the future.

Academic Focus:
Carla published a paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine on loneliness in Older Adults in 2012 which gained worldwide recognition and has sparked more conversation in the medical community about the health effects of loneliness. Because of the wide prevalence of loneliness in older adults, there has been significant interest from multiple organizations hoping to explore ways to better identify, and intervene on loneliness. Carla is currently exploring potential future research and policy endeavors focused on loneliness.
As a Clinician-educator, Carla is dedicated to improving the Geriatrics training of Internal Medicine residnts. Carla is currently investigating ways to improve and integrate Geriatrics curriculum into general medicine practices. Her current focus is on providing community Geriatrics electives to residents, creating a housecalls program for residents, and embedding Geriatrics into General Medicine and specialty clinics.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
University of California, San Franciscp Fellowship Geriatrics 2010
University of California, San Francisco Residency Internal Medicine 2009
Tufts University M.D. School of Medicine 2006
Johns Hopkins University MHS School of Public Health 2003
Barnard College, Columbia University BA Anthropology 2000

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Perissinotto CM, Walter LC. Capsule Commentary on Wolff, et al., A Look at Person- and Family-Centered Care Among Older Adults: Results from a National Survey. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Oct; 30(10):1536.

Rogers SE, Klein L, Perissinotto CM. The importance of cognitive assessment before ventricular device placement: a teachable moment. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jun; 175(6):890.

Perissinotto CM, Covinsky KE. Living alone, socially isolated or lonely--what are we measuring? J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Nov; 29(11):1429-31.

Perissinotto C, Covinsky KE. Health status in elderly persons living alone--reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):323-4.

Perissinotto CM, Stijacic Cenzer I, Covinsky KE. Loneliness in older persons: a predictor of functional decline and death. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Jul 23; 172(14):1078-83.

Perissinotto CM, Valcour V. Preventing dementia: is there hope for progress? Am Fam Physician. 2011 May 1; 83(9):1034-5.

Lerner D, Adler DA, Chang H, Lapitsky L, Hood MY, Perissinotto C, Reed J, McLaughlin TJ, Berndt ER, Rogers WH. Unemployment, job retention, and productivity loss among employees with depression. Psychiatr Serv. 2004 Dec; 55(12):1371-8.

Adler DA, Irish J, McLaughlin TJ, Perissinotto C, Chang H, Hood M, Lapitsky L, Rogers WH, Lerner D. The work impact of dysthymia in a primary care population. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2004 Jul-Aug; 26(4):269-76.

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