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  Welcome Janice Rivera!
Jan 02, 2018 Please welcome Janice Rivera as the new Program Manager for UCSF Care At Home. Janice started on December 28th.

Janice comes to UCSF from Davita Dialysis as the Director of Home Modalities. While at Davita, Janice was responsible for overseeing 8 clinics rated four and five star facilities under CMS. Janice was responsible for ensuring that her team was able to minimize infection rates, provide quality clinical outcomes and worked with her team to achieve budgetary goals. Janice was also the lead through Davita for a new project in Northern California that provided bed side dialysis treatment to tracheostomy and vent patients in a Subacute setting. The Subacute project assisted with decreasing hospitalization and provided dialysis patients another option to have their clinical needs met in a Subacute setting.

In addition to Janice's experience with Davita, she has worked in the Long Term Care Industry overseeing RCFE communities and worked in Skilled Nursing.

Janice graduated from University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and received her Master’s in Health Care Administration specializing in Gerontology.

During Janice's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.

Janice will be stationed at Laurel Heights in Suite 380. She can be reached at or by phone at 415-514-0706.

  Welcome Andrea DeGuzman!
Jan 02, 2018 Please welcome Andrea De Guzman, our new Health Care Navigator with UCSF Care at Home Program.

Andrea earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education at San Francisco State University. While working towards receiving her degree, she worked as a Unit Assistant at Linda Mar Rehabilitation Center, where her passion for serving diverse communities and populations flourished. She also provided one-on-one home-based support and therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a Behavior Technician with Gateway Learning Group. Andrea recently had an internship with Kaiser Permanente, South San Francisco and Daly City, participating in numerous projects to raise awareness on intimate partner violence and preventive healthcare. Following her internship, she worked as a Worksite Wellness Administrator at Kaiser Permanente. Andrea is very excited to take on her new role as Health Care Navigator for Care at Home and looks forward to growing professionally with the department.

Andrea officially started with Care@Home on December 18th, and has been shadowing Office of Population Health's Health Care Navigator with Care Support for her first week. Andrea is stationed at Laurel Heights Suite 380 and can be reached at or 415-502-4061.

  Sei Lee and Louise Walter Quoted in New York Times Article
Jan 02, 2018 Sei Lee, MD, MAS and Louise Walter, MD were quoted in a New York Times article entitled, “Too Many Older Patients Get Cancer Screenings”, published on Dec 19, 2017. Drs. Lee and Walter noted for many frail, older adults, it makes more sense to focus on symptoms that are bothering patients right now, rather than looking for something that will take nearly a decade to affect older patients’ lives. In addition to Drs. Lee and Walter, other friends of the Division quoted in the article include Dr Eleni Linos (UCSF Dermatology) and Dr Mara Schonberg (Harvard BIDMC).

  Drs. Petrillo, Boscardin, Lee and Team Publish Manuscript in JAMA Internal Medicine
Jan 03, 2018 Laura Petrillo, MD (former UCSF Palliative care and VAQS fellow, now an Instructor at Harvard/MGH) and Siqi Gan, Bocheng Jing, Sean Lang-Brown, John Boscardin, PhD and Sei Lee, MD, MAS published an manuscript in JAMA Internal Medicine entitled, “Hypoglycemia in Hospice Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in a National Sample of Nursing Homes.” They found that despite that prioritize avoiding hypoglycemia in hospice patients, 1 in 9 nursing home patients on hospice experience hypoglycemia. Risks of hypoglycemia were highest among those patient receiving insulin.

  Dr. Hunt along with Drs. Lee, Smith, and Harrison Author Paper in Journal of Palliative Medicine
Jan 03, 2018 Lauren Hunt, RN, FNP-BC along with Sei Lee, MD, MAS , Alex Smith, MD, MPH, and Krista Lyn Harrison, PhD authored a paper entitled, "Secondary Analysis of Existing Datasets for Dementia and Palliative Care Research: High-Value Appliations and Key Considerations" in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. It is now available via epub ahead of print.

  Welcome Thomas Yu!
Jan 05, 2018 Please join us in welcoming Thomas Yu, Research Finance Analyst, who will be working with multiple faculty in our division to oversee their grant portfolios! Thomas started on 1/2/2018 and has been working with me (Karen Yuan) to get up to speed on grants management. Thomas graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Managerial Economics and most recently worked at the VA in the Medical Service department led by Dr. Ken McQuaid. As a Program Specialist for the Office of the Chief, Thomas led over 9 administrative staff members to provide training and guidance on administrative functions, onboarded medical service staff, acted as a Talent Management System administrator and managed the equipment inventory for the department of Medicine. In addition, Thomas has pre and post award experience where he helped to create budgets for grant proposals and oversaw the spending of a VA innovations grant. Prior to his promotion as a Program Specialist, he worked as Program Support Assistant for the Hospitalist and Emergency Department and Medical Support Assistant for Gastroenterology at the VA. With experience in project management, government contracting, financial management, database administrative and office management, we are very excited for Thomas to join our team! Thomas is located at Laurel Heights, Suite 380 (in the cubicle outside Dr. Louise Walter’s office), email:, phone # 415-514-0715. If you haven’t met Thomas, please swing by and welcome him to the team!

  Welcome Annette Rodriguez!
Jan 05, 2018 Please join us in welcoming Annette Rodriguez, NCIRE Staff Research Associate II, working with Dr. Alex Smith and Dr. Sei Lee! Annette started on 12/27/2017 and has been training with Sean Lang-Brown to assist Drs. Smith and Lee on their research. Annette graduated from CSU, Sacramento with an M.A. in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience as well as a B.A. in Psychology. Previously, Annette worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at her university, gaining experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods in a clinical lab setting, data cleaning and analyses, training junior lab members, as well as publishing and presenting the research. Annette also has experience working with the elderly population when she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain, where she recruited participants, autonomously led her own research project, and published a manuscript on her work. With over 5 years of research experience, we are completely thrilled to welcome Annette to our team! Her office is located at the VA (Bldg 1, 2nd floor, outside the fishbowl conference room), email:, phone # 415-221-4810x26597. If you have a chance to meet her, please make her feel welcome!

  Sei Lee, MD Quotes in a New York Times Article
Jan 08, 2018 Sei Lee, MD, MAS was quoted in a New York Times article entitled, “You’re over 75 and You’re Healthy. Why Are you Taking a Statin?” The article discusses the potential benefits and harms of cholesterol lowering statin medications in patients without known heart disease over age 75. Dr. Lee noted although there are these drugs may help decrease heart attacks and strokes, they often lead to muscle aches which can be debilitating in older adults.

  Rebecca Brown and Ken Covinsky Publish Editorial in Annals of Internal Medicine
Jan 09, 2018 Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH and Ken Covinsky, MD, MPH published an editorial in Annals of Internal Medicine entitled "Frailty as an Outcome in Geriatrics Research: Not Ready for Prime Time?" In the editorial they discuss why a secondary analysis of the LIFE physical activity randomized controlled trial showed that the LIFE intervention did not decrease the risk of developing frailty among older adults, even though it did decrease the risk of developing disability.

  Janice Schwartz Invited to Join Newly-Created Berkeley Bioengineering Medical Advisory Board
Jan 09, 2018 Janice Schwartz, MD was invited to join the newly-created Berkeley Bioengineering Medical Advisory Board. The goal of of this advisory board is to expand Bioengineering faculty's research with strong connections to UCSF's and Stanford's extensive clinical expertise. In the past 6 years, Berkeley Bioengineering graduates and faculty have launched more than 60 startup companies.

  Laura Byerly Published Article for Frontiers Newsletter
Jan 19, 2018 Laura Byerly, MD wrote a brief article for "Frontiers," the newsletter of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, about the design of the 2-day "Models of Residential Geriatric Care" curriculum session launched during the medical school's Geriatrics Week. The session was designed by Laura Byerly, MD, Jessica Eng, MD, MS, and Josette Rivera, MD.

  Rebecca Sudore, MD Quoted in a New York Times Article
Jan 19, 2018 Rebecca Sudore, MD was quoted in a New York Times article by Paula Span entitled, "One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You'll Have a Plan." The article discusses dementia-specific advance directives and the importance of sharing your wishes with family, friends and medical providers. Dr. Sudore developed PREPARE For Your Care, a free online advance care planning resource to help people understand and make decisions about their medical care, and share them with others. Through Gordon and Betty Moore funding, the PREPARE team has also created and is disseminating easy-to-read advance directives in English and Spanish that are legal in all 50 states.

  Meredith Greene is Keynote Speaker for Series of CME Dinner Workshops with the American Academy of HIV Medicine
Jan 19, 2018 With the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Meredith Greene, MD has been the keynote speaker for a series of CME dinner workshops entitled “Optimizing HIV Care for an Aging Population” across the country. Dr. Greene have already spoken at Milwaukee, New York, and New Haven, next, she will speak at Seattle, Phoenix, and Palm Springs.

  Daphne Lo Mentored MS4s to Give First of Five Inquiry Inspiration Sessions
Jan 19, 2018 Daphne Lo, MD, MAEd collaborated and mentored three MS4's (Shire Beach, Joshua Neff, and Simon Chu) to give the first in a series of five Inquiry Inspiration Sessions in the UCSF Bridges Inquiry Course. Dr. Lo and the MS4's delivered an interactive, engaging, and fun 90 minute session highlighting Education Science and Education Scholarship to a packed auditorium of MS1's.

  Brie Williams' Expert Testimony Helps End Indefinite Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons Across Canada
Jan 22, 2018 Expert testimony by Brie Williams, MD, MS contributed to a landmark ruling by the British Columbia Supreme Court which ends indefinite solitary confinement in federal prisons across Canada. As an expert witness, Dr. Williams described the physical health risks of the practice of solitary confinement on older adults and those with serious or chronic illness. A brief summary of Dr. Williams testimony can be found here.

  UCSF Geriatrics Faculty Mentored MS2s Win First Prize at the Regional SGIM Meeting at Stanford University
Jan 23, 2018 Second year medical students, Andrew Yousef, Elaine Hsiang and Talia Mahony's poster presentation at the Regional SGIM meeting at Stanford University received a First Prize for the Clinical Innovation category. Their Clinical Microsystem Curriculum (CMC) System Improvement project titled “Reducing Infectious Outbreak in Veterans Affairs Skilled Nursing Facility” was conducted at the Community Living Center of San Francisco VA Medical Center under the guidance of Judith Rosen and Michi Yukawa, MD, MPH. Andrew, Elaine and Talia’s CMC coach is Kathryn Eubank, MD and Daphne Lo, MD, MAEd is the CMC site director at the SFVAMC. The director of the CMC System Improvement is Edgar Pierluissi, MD and CMC director is Anna Chang, MD.


  Alex Smith on NPR Morning Edition
Jan 23, 2018 Alex Smith, MD, MPH was on NPR Morning Edition briefly this past Sunday talking about Do Not Resuscitate Tattoos. You can listen here.

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