DEM Gives 16 Presentations at SAEM24, Receives 2024 Outstanding Department Award for Excellence and Innovation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

By Rachel Narozniak, MA on
May 23, 2024

The Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) was well-represented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Annual Meeting, held in Phoenix, Arizona, from May 14-17.

Just Ask: Patients in the ER Are Willing to Get a Flu Shot

By Elizabeth Fernandez on
March 26, 2024

A study led by Robert M. Rodriguez, MD, finds a systematic approach and positive messaging can help reduce health disparities.


Two UCSF Health Hospitals Among Nation’s Best in Quality, Safety

By Jess Berthold on
December 26, 2023

Leapfrog recognizes UCSF medical centers at Parnassus Heights, Mount Zion for quality of care as top teaching hospitals.

Long COVID Symptoms Can Emerge Months After Infection

By Elizabeth Fernandez on
August 10, 2023

A year-long study led by Juan Carlos Montoy, MD, PhD, in partnership with the CDC finds long COVID symptoms wax and wane, and 16% of adults have them for at least one year.

Why Wait Times in the Emergency Room Are So Long in California

By Elizabeth Fernandez on
June 22, 2023

Over the last decade, the number of emergency departments fell while demand for acute care, especially from the sickest patients, went up, according to new research authored by Renee Y. Hsia, MD, and colleagues.


How to Improve COVID Vaccination Rates With Emergency Room Messaging

By Elizabeth Fernandez on
February 22, 2023

Distributing pro-COVID-19 vaccination information in English and Spanish in emergency departments (EDs) increases the likelihood that patients will choose to be vaccinated, according to research led by Robert M. Rodriguez, MD.



People in Shelter-in-Place Hotels Used Less Acute Health Services

By Laura Kurtzman on
July 27, 2022

Research from UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley and the SF Department of Public Health co-authored by Maria Raven, MD, MPH, and Hemal Kanzaria, MD, MSc, finds that noncongregate shelter with supportive services in SIP hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with reduced use of acute health services among people with prior high use. 

Local Stroke Center May Be Off Limits to Patients in Black Neighborhoods

By Suzanne Leigh on
June 27, 2022

Researchers led by corresponding author Renee Hsia, MD, MSc, show race, income, and location play a role in who gets optimal treatment. 

Homeless Deaths Doubled in San Francisco During the Pandemic’s First Year, Mostly from Drug Overdoses

By Laura Kurtzman on
March 10, 2022

COVID-19 caused no deaths among people experiencing homelessness, but the pandemic reduced contact with substance use services, according to a study co-authored by Maria Raven, MD, MPH, and Hemal Kanzaria, MD, MSc.

Renee Hsia, MD, MSc, Among 4 UCSF Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Medicine for 2021

By Nina Bai on
October 21, 2021

Renee Hsia, MD, MSc, professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy, and associate chair of Health Services Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine  receives one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.