Kenneth Lam, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

I am a geriatrician, health services researcher, and Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at UCSF. My primary research and work interests are on institutionalization; as a geriatrician who regularly counsels persons as they encounter health crises and declining function and are debating whether it is safe to stay at home, I am interested in investigating the experience of disability in late life, how disability threatens independence, methods for objectively measuring the “need” for institutionalization, and what services and equipment can be provided to postpone institutionalization and help people “age in place” instead.
Education
MAS, 2021 - Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco
Fellowship, 2019 - Geriatric Medicine, University of Toronto
Residency, 2017 - Internal Medicine, University of Toronto
MD, 2014 - , Western University
BSc, 2009 - Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
Honors and Awards
  • MSTAR Best Clinical Mentor Award, UCSF, 2019
  • Hollenberg Research Award, Education/Quality Improvement Research, University of Toronto, 2017
  • Honours Society, Western University, 2014
Publications
  1. Lam K, Price EL, Garg M, Baskin N, Dunchak M, Hooper S, Fabiny A, Eng JA. How an Interdisciplinary Care Team Reduces Prolonged Admissions Among Older Patients with Complex Needs 2021. PMID:


  2. Savage RD, Hardacre K, Bashi AM, Bronskill SE, Faulkner C, Grieve J, Gruneir A, McCarthy LM, Chamberlain SA, Lam K, Stall NM, Zhu L, Rochon PA. Perspectives on ageing: a qualitative study of the expectations, priorities, needs and values of older people from two Canadian provinces. 2021. PMID: 34228777


  3. Lam K, Shi Y, Boscardin J, Covinsky KE. Unmet Need for Equipment to Help With Bathing and Toileting Among Older US Adults. 2021. PMID: 33749707


  4. Lam K, Lee SJ. Prediabetes-A Risk Factor Twice Removed. 2021. PMID: 33555307


  5. Mehta N, Zhu L, Lam K, Stall NM, Savage R, Read SH, Wu W, Pop P, Faulkner C, Bronskill SE, Rochon PA. Health Forums and Twitter for Dementia Research: Opportunities and Considerations. 2020. PMID: 32894780


  6. Savage RD, Visentin JD, Bronskill SE, Wang X, Gruneir A, Giannakeas V, Guan J, Lam K, Luke MJ, Read SH, Stall NM, Wu W, Zhu L, Rochon PA, McCarthy LM. Evaluation of a Common Prescribing Cascade of Calcium Channel Blockers and Diuretics in Older Adults With Hypertension. 2020. PMID: 32091538


  7. Lam K, Arnold CG, Savage RD, Stall NM, Zhu L, Wu W, Piggott K, Bronskill SE, Rochon PA. Does Physician Retirement Affect Patients? A Systematic Review. 2019. PMID: 31647590


  8. Lega IC, Bronskill SE, Campitelli MA, Guan J, Stall NM, Lam K, McCarthy LM, Gruneir A, Rochon PA. Sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors and risk of genital mycotic and urinary tract infection: A population-based study of older women and men with diabetes. 2019. PMID: 31264755


  9. Lam K, Gandell D. The Top Articles in Geriatrics 2016-2017. 2018. PMID: 30271509


  10. Okrainec K, Lau D, Abrams HB, Hahn-Goldberg S, Brahmbhatt R, Huynh T, Lam K, Bell CM. Impact of patient-centered discharge tools: A systematic review. 2017. PMID: 28182809


  11. Fralick M, Lam K, Himmel ME. Toxic Alcohol Calculations and Misinterpretation Of Laboratory Results-Reply. 2016. PMID: 27479670


  12. Lam K, Hwang SW, Dhalla IA, Hota S, Thorpe K, Palda VA, Brown A, Klein DJ. Creating the right evidence for system change. 2013. PMID: 24034773