Faculty

Primary Faculty

Alexis Beatty, MD, MAS
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
    Implementation Science
Research Interests:
  • Cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation, health disparities, digital health, implementation science

Margaret Handley, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Global Health
    Implementation Science
    Lifecourse
    Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
    Research Methods in Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Intervention design, linking public health and primary care interventions to address health disparities, implementation and dissemination sciences, chronic disease prevention, safety net innovation, public health literacy, migration and health/trans-national health, and environmental pollution

Michelle Hsiang, MD, MSc
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Global Health
    Implementation Science
    Infectious Disease
Research Interests:
  • Malaria control and elimination, diagnostics, surveillance, mass drug administration, pediatric infectious diseases, clinical trials, operational research

James G. Kahn, professor emeritus at UCSF
James G. Kahn, MD, MPH
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Global Health
Research Interests:

Dan Kelly, MD
Assistant Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Global Health
    Infectious Disease
    Lifecourse
    Social Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Emerging infectious diseases; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Ebola virus; natural history studies of acute and post-acute infection; causal determinants; quasi-experimental studies; mathematical modeling of infectious disease; global health and research capacity building

Michael Kohn, professor in UCSF Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Michael A. Kohn, MD, MPP
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
    Machine Learning
    Research Methods in Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Diagnostic and prognostic testing for stroke, myocardial infarction, sepsis, and other emergency conditions; expert on database management for clinical research

Courtney Lyles, PhD
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Implementation Science
Research Interests:
  • Dr. Lyles’ research strives to design, evaluate, and disseminate digital health solutions that work for all patients, particularly the most vulnerable. Her work investigates the most effective ways to improve digital health design and increase digital access and skills by leveraging implementation science and population health approaches. She leads the DEB Digital Health Initiative and is a co-PI of the UCSF Population Health Data Initiative.

Jeffrey Martin, professor at UCSF Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Jeffrey N. Martin, MD, MPH
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Cancer Epidemiology
    Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Global Health
    Infectious Disease
    Research Methods in Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Kaposi's sarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, HIV infection, cervical cancer, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, International research, education in clinical and epidemiological research, mentoring junior faculty or trainees, public health, global health, Africa

Mark Pletcher, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Mark J. Pletcher, MD, MPH
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Epidemiology of Aging
    Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
Research Interests:
  • Early life causes of atherosclerosis, clinical decision-making regarding use of preventive medications (statins and anti-hypertensive medications), screening for subclinical cardiovascular disease, use of emerging technology and electronic health record systems to improve health, healthcare system embedded research, digital health, COVID-10

Vinayak Prasad, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:
  • Randomized trials, bias, health policy

Nooshin Razani, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Implementation Science
    Social Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Pediatric mental health, family and community health, access to greenspace, outdoor play, pediatric resilience

Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Cancer Epidemiology
    Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Understanding the impact of diagnostic testing on important patient outcomes and understanding the difference in access to different tests and variance in accuracy of these tests, the risk of cancer associated with incidental findings identified on ultrasound and CT imaging, and assessing patterns of radiation from diagnostic imaging

Secondary Faculty

Deborah Barnes, professor at UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Deborah Barnes, PhD
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Epidemiology of Aging
    Implementation Science
Research Interests:
  • Older adults, persons with physical disability, persons with mental illness, cognitive impairment/dementia, cognitive function

Stephen Bent, MD
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:
  • Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of herbal remedies and dietary supplements

Matthew Cooperberg, MD, MPH
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:
  • Prostate and renal cancer management

Valerie Flaherman, MD
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:

Hannah Glass, professor at UCSF
Hannah Glass, MD
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
    Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Epidemiology
Research Interests:
  • Neonatal seizures, neonatal neurocritical care, neuroprotection, environmental health, cerebral palsy, epilepsy

Ralph Gonzales, professor at University of California, San Francisco
Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of new ways to improve primary care-specialty care communication and care coordination, focusing on strategies that improve quality and outcomes and decrease costs.

Rebecca Jackson, MD
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Cancer Epidemiology
    Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:

Kirsten Johansen, professor at UCSF
Kirsten Johansen, MD
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

Karla Kerlikowski, professor at UCSF
Karla Kerlikowske, MD
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Cancer Epidemiology
    Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:
  • Breast cancer

David A. Kessler, MD
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:
  • Population Dynamics, Biodiversity, Biological Models, Genetic Selection, Drug Safety, Medical Product Safety, Obesity, Tobacco

Helen Kim, professor at UCSF
Helen Kim, PhD, MPH
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
    Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Neurological Disorders
Research Interests:
  • Risk factors that predispose younger individuals to stroke and cardiovascular disease

Kerstin Kolodzie, MD, PhD, MAS
Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:
  • perioperative outcomes research; kidney transplantation; abdominal transplantation; regional anesthesia; anesthesia; perioperative care

Elaine Ku, MD, MAS
Associate Professor
Research Area(s):
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Methods
Research Interests:
  • Cardiovascular health, disparities in access to care, kidney transplantation

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