Research Faculty

Research Leadership

Ken Covinsky

Ken Covinsky, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
Co-Director of Research
Edmund G. Brown Sr., Distinguished Professorship in Geriatrics
Staff Physician (SFVAMC)

Research Interests:

Disability following hospitalization
Psychosocial determinants of disabilty in older persons
Prognosis
Outcomes of Disability

 

Michael Steinman

Michael Steinman, MD

Professor of Medicine
Director of Research Training
Associate Director, UCSF Pepper Center
Visiting Research Scientist, San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living
Staff Physician, SFVAMC

Research Interests:

Medication use in older adults
Multimorbidity
Training in patient-oriented aging research

 

Louise Walter

Louise Walter, MD

Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Geriatrics
Staff Physician (SFVAMC)

Research Interests:

Cancer screening in older adults
Prognosis
Personalized Prevention

 

Research Faculty

John Boscardin

John Boscardin, PhD

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Research Interests:

Analysis of longitudinal and repeated measures data, treatment of missing data, Bayesian statistical modeling, and computational statistics
HIV/AIDS, brain injury, health disparities, diabetes, stroke, ageing and frailty, and scleroderma, with colleagues in a wide variety of disciplines, including geriatrics, psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, ophthalmology, immunology, virology, gastroenterology, epidemiology, neuroimaging, neurosurgery, neuroscience, cardiology, health services, and rheumatism.

 

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests:

Improving quality of life for vulnerable older adults
Care delivery models for vulnerable older adults
Social determinants of health

 

Krista Harrison

Krista Harrison, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests:


Palliative care for older adults living at home with severe dementia
Improving the quality of home-based primary care and palliative care
Improving access to quality care for vulnerable older adults with series illness

 

Sei Lee

Sei Lee, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Senior Scholar, San Francisco VA Quality Scholars Fellowship
Staff Physician (SFVAMC)

Research Interests:

Mortality Prediction and Lagtime to Benefit for Preventive Interventions
Geriatric Outcomes and Glycemic Control in Older Adults
Alzheimer’s Dementia Screening in Older Adults
Measuring and Improving Healthcare Quality for Frail Elders

 

John Newman

John Newman, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor (Buck Institute)
Staff Physician (SFVAMC)

Research Interests:

Molecular mechanisms of aging
Metabolic interventions to prolong healthspan and longevity in mice
Epigenetic gene regulation by metabolic signals
Mechanisms of dietary restriction and ketone bodies in health and longevity

 

Edgar Pierluissi

Edgar Pierluissi, MD

Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, SFGH

Research Interests:

Aging and Vulnerable Populations
Care of Hospitalized Older Adults
Quality Improvement

 

Christine Ritchie

Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH

Professor of Medicine
Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Translational Research in Aging

Research Interests:

Symptom Experience and Burden in Advanced Illness and Multimorbidity
Care Delivery Models and Quality Measures for Complex Serious Illness
Supportive Care in Cancer and Dementia
Emerging Technology in Chronic Serious Illness

 

Janice Schwartz

Janice B. Schwartz, MD

Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF
Visiting Research Scientist, Jewish Home of San Francisco

Research Interests:

Improving medication therapy in older patients
Dietary supplement and vitamin use
Adherence to medications

 

Alex Smith

Alex Smith, MD, MS, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine
Staff Physician (SFVAMC)

Research Interests:

Improving quality of life in late life disability
Communication about prognosis in the frail elderly
Health services use at the end of life

 

Rebecca Sudore

Rebecca Sudore, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Staff Physician (SFVAMC)

Research Interests:

Advance Care Planning
Health Literacy and Vulnerable Populations
Medical Decision Making

 

Vicky Tang

Victoria Tang, MD, MAS


Assistant Professor of Medicine
Staff Physician (SFVAMC)

Research Interests:

Geriatric Surgical Care
Clinical Epideminology
Medical Decision Making

 

Brie Williams

Brie Williams, MD


Associate Professor of Medicine
Staff Physician (SFVAMC)

Research Interests:

Vulnerable older adults
Older Adults in the Criminal Justice System
The Intersection of Medicine and the Law in Health Policy