New scholars appointed to IMPACT K12 program

The Implementation Science for Pulmonary and Cardiac Research Training (IMPACT) K12 career development program recently appointed two new scholars to begin July 1. Elaine Khoong and Sanket Dhruva join Maria Garcia and Priya Shete who were appointed last year. IMPACT trains junior faculty in the science of improving the delivery of interventions proven to improve heart and lung health.

The four scholars are:

Sanket Dhruva, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Sanket Dhruva is an assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He completed his medical school and internal medicine residency at UCSF, cardiology fellowship at UC Davis, and health services research training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale School of Medicine. He has studied the approval and coverage of novel drugs and devices. His current research focuses on evidence development to support post-market surveillance for novel technologies using digital real-world data (e.g. electronic health records, registries, patient-reported outcomes) in cardiovascular medicine. His IMPACT K12 will focus on improving the low adoption of remote monitoring among patients who have had pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators placed. Using both large datasets and qualitative methods, Dhruva will identify barriers and facilitators to implementation and develop sustainable strategies to increase enrollment and engagement in remote monitoring among veterans.

Elaine Khoong, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Elaine Khoong, IMPACT K12 scholar at UCSFElaine Khoong is a general internist and primary care research fellow based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She is interested in leveraging informatics and implementation science to operationalize research findings to reduce health inequities. Khoong is a mixed-methods researcher, with experience in qualitative methods and implementation science, and ultimately aims to develop, pilot and implement interventions that improve care for vulnerable populations. Khoong's research interests are driven by her experiences as a Cantonese-speaking clinician providing primary care to diverse patients within a safety-net setting.

Maria Garcia, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Maria Garcia, IMPACT K12 scholar at UCSFAs a clinician-investigator, Garcia focuses on co-morbid mental health and chronic diseases and their disproportionate impact on vulnerable and marginalized populations. As an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, she conducts research on mental health integration in primary care, with a focus on racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations. Garcia completed residency training in Internal Medicine at UCSF, in the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Program, and subsequently the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship. During her fellowship, she developed an interest in improving mental health service delivery for individuals with limited English proficiency. Garcia has researched the unique challenges that patients with co-morbid mental health and chronic diseases face and has focused on implementation work in mental health integration and improvement of service delivery for populations with language barriers.

Priya Shete, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Priya Shete, IMPACT K12 scholar at UCSFPriya B. Shete, MD MPH, is an assistant professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the UCSF and is based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). Shete's research interests include developing socioeconomic interventions to improve tuberculosis outcomes among vulnerable populations abroad (Uganda, Brazil, Liberia) and domestically among immigrant communities in California. Her portfolio leverages methods in social epidemiology, implementation science and economics. In addition to her research, Shete attends in the Pulmonary Consult Service, the Intensive Care Unit and the Tuberculosis Clinic at ZSFG. She is associate director of the UCSF Implementation Science Training Program and has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and as public health advisor at the US Agency for International Development.

About the IMPACT K12 Program

UCSF is one of 10 recipients of a five-year grant that aims to build and foster a workforce trained in implementation research. The grant is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

At UCSF the program is administered within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and is led by Adithya Cattamanchi, MD and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD. Inquiries may be directed to Madeline Mann, program manager.