In February, our Department of Emergency Medicine's very own Dr. Starr Knight was featured in the UCSF PSA on COVID-19 vaccines. This photo of Dr. Knight receiving a COVID vaccination has also received wide exposure in presentations to various forums addressing vaccine hesitancy, including one presented to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on March 3 by Dr. Mary Mercer.
  • Drs. Kayla Enriquez and Mimi Lu have accepted the position of Co-Chairs of the Faculty Development Committee in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UCSF/ZSFG effective February 15.
  • Dr. Jeremy Lacocque is the new Interim Medical Director of the San Francisco Fire Department effective March 1.
  • Dr. Rob Rodriguez was awarded the UnidosUS Excellence in Leadership Award at their annual Hispanicize event on March 12.
  • Dr. Carol Chen was appointed as co-branch lead for the Outbreak Management Group (OMG) at the SF Department of Public Health. Carol will be helping to oversee MD epidemiologists in that branch of COVID Command and leading it through transitions as the pandemic changes.
  • Dr. Raj Daftary will continue to serve as one of the MD epidemiologists for the OMG Schools team. His team reviews all positive cases in schools, daycares, after school programs, and summer camps and provides guidance on closures and reopening, quarantine/isolation, and cohorting, thereby ensuring that schools are safe for children to return.
  • Dr. Aaron Kornblith was awarded Tweetorial recognition as the Twitter Poster with the most retweets from the first annual UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) Health Services Research (HSR) Symposium with the abstract he co-authored entitled, "Deep learning classification of bedside ultrasound for children with blunt torso trauma," bringing social media attention to the research.
  • Dr. Vidya Eswaran (Research NCSP fellow), who was presenting author on the abstract, "Frequent utilization of the emergency department and incarceration: understanding the association" which was co-authored with Drs. Ralph Wang, Maria Raven, Hemal Kanzaria (pictured below in Grants and Funding), and research associate Caroline Cawley, was awarded Tweetorial recognition as the Twitter Poster with the most likes from the first annual UCSF IHPS HSR Symposium
  • Dr. Israel Green-Hopkins helped create the new Becoming Zero Harm Heroes training course, which is part of the Benioff Children's Hospitals' Quality and Safety Training Program. 
  • Dr. Kenshata Watkins (Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellow) was accepted into the Emergecny Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Fellows program within the Advocacy domain, a competitive national fellowship which is part of the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center.
  • Dr. Anita Vashi was selected as a Federal Liaison for the National Quality Forum (NQF) Attribution for Critical Illness and Injury Committee.
  • Dr. Sojung Yi (R3) was awarded the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Consenus Conference Resident Award 2021.
Grants and Funding

  • Drs. Toff Peabody and Malini Singh were awarded a UCSF Risk Management Loss Prevention Grant by the UC Professional Medical and Hospital Liability Program (PMHLP).
  • Dr. Nick Glomb received a $60K grant from the CARESTAR Foundation to support a critical pediatric behavioral health disparity study.
  • Dr. Renee Hsia was awarded the Pilot Project Award by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Center for Aging and Health Research (funded by the National Institutes of Health [NIH] National Institute on Aging [NIA]) in the amount of $50K for "Access Disparities in the Adoption of Stroke Treatment Technology" on which Dr. Hsia is Co-Project Lead.
  • Dr. Anita Vashi (pictured above in Achievements) was awarded a grant by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Office of Veterans Access to Care (OVAC) for her project "Pandemic's Effects on Non-COVID Health Outcomes" on which she is Principal Investigator.
  • Dr. Amelia Breyre (EMS and Disaster Medicine fellow) was awarded a private foundation grant from CARESTAR to pursue a research project titled, "Empowering Paramedics with Communication Tools for Patients with a Life-Limiting-Illness and Their Families in Alameda County."

  • After a highly-competitive search, Chancellor Sam Hawgood and Dean Talmadge King have appointed Dr. Hemal Kanzaria to the Terry A. Patinkin, MD, Endowed Professorship. Dr. Patinkin committed most of his career to caring for underserved populations, which is what inspired the focus of the professorship. This is our department’s first gift of an Endowed Professorship and it will support Dr. Kanzaria to continue the important work of advancing care for the underserved.

  • Drs. Jackie Grupp-Phelan and Kevan McCarten-Gibbs received a $450K philanthropic donation from the DiMarco family to support the clinical and research enterprise at the Children’s Hospital Oakland ED. The bulk of the funds will provide salary support for an additional psychiatric social worker on the Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT) in the Oakland ED. This is a huge benefit for our pediatric behavioral health patients. 
Invited Presentations
  • Dr. Steven Bin presented at the Benioff Children's Hospitals-wide CURES Act town hall meeting in March.
  • Drs. Judy Klein, Tomas Diaz, Rosny Daniel, Joe Graterol, Starr Knight (pictured above in UCSF PSA), Malini Singh (pictured above in Grants and Funding), Kavita Gandhi, Riham Alwan, Chris Colwell, Mayra Cruz (R3), JL Santamarina (R2) and other members of the UCSF COVID Vaccine Speakers Group have spoken with dozens of community-based organizations at 110 events in 11 different languages, attended by more than 40,000 individuals across the country about the COVID vaccines. Dr. Micki Gonzalez (R1) also co-presented with Dr. Diaz.
  • Dr. Jeanne Noble (pictured below in Media Coverage) was the invited speaker on February 10 for a six-county webinar for superintendents and educators on Best Practices for Safe School Reopening.
  • On February 19, Dr. Noble was an invited panelist at the UCSF COVID-19 Town Hall discussing school reopening safety data.
  • Dr. Rob Rodriguez (pictured above in Achievements) presented Grand Rounds at UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine on February 9 with a presentation entitled, "Battling the COVID-19 pandemic – Year One," which he also presented at the Harvard Club of San Francisco on February 10.
  • Dr. Rodriguez was a featured speaker on February 11 at an event for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hearts Foundation. He also gave Grand Rounds at UCSF Medicine on February 11 with a presentation entitled "The New Vaccines, Attitudes toward the Vaccine and the Biden COVID-19 Task Force."
  • On March 8, Dr. Rodriguez was an invited speaker on the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) webinar entitled, "This is our shot: how we empower patients to end the pandemic."
  • On March 18, Dr. Rodriguez gave Grand Rounds for the UCSF Fresno EM residency with his lecture entitled, "The COVID-19 pandemic – Year One."
  • Dr. Renee Hsia (pictured above in Grants and Funding) was an invited panelist and gave a presentation entitled, “Racial Disparities in the Regionalization of Care for Patients with ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction” on February 5 at the National Bureau of Economics (virtual) Conference: "The Rise in Cardiovascular Disease Mortality,” supported by the National Institute of Aging, Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging.
Media Coverage
  • Dr. Chris Colwell (pictured above in Invited Presentations) was interviewed on ABC7 news on February 21 on the topic of the third wave of the pandemic.

Dr. Ellen Weber, along with Kirk Reade, Lori Kohler, Rikita Merai and Mivic Hirose organized a Covid Vaccine Call Center in the SF Department of Health to assist San Francisco’s most vulnerable population and those having difficulty making appointments for vaccine on-line. The call center was organized in less than 3 weeks, and over the course of one month, beginning in late February, has reached out to or received calls from nearly 5000 citizens of San Francisco.
Dr. John Brown was presented a surprise cake by the EMS agency to commemorate 30 years of EM certification. Pictured is Dave Ebarle, an EMS specialist presenting Dr. Brown with the cake. Thank you Dr. Brown and to all those in our department who have also honored us with 30+ years in Emergency Medicine: Drs. Alan Gelb (who began moonlighting in Emergency Medicine 43 years ago, started full-time at ZSFG 40 years ago, and was certified in EM 34 years ago), Ellen Weber (pictured above, who has 35 years working EM and 27 years of EM certification) and Steve Polevoi (who is also reaching his 30th anniversary of EM certification this year).
Dr. Rob Rodriguez (pictured above in Invited Presentations) served on an expert panel in late February for a report for the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness & Response.
Dr. John Brown (pictured above) participated in the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean virtual meeting from Cairo, Egypt on March 1 & 2 as "Expert Consultation to Review the Proposed Framework for Pre-Hospital Care". He's looking forward to helping with the next steps as the document is finalized and pilot programs are initiated in the relevant countries (this region stretches from Tunisia through Pakistan).
On February 25, faculty participated in one of multiple virtual activity events organized by DEM to commemorate the holidays. On this occasion, participants were guided by The Garden Home in customizing a glass orb air plant terrarium.
Resident Activities
Some updates on the E*Drive, developed by the Acute Care Innovation Center, led by Drs. Nick Stark (R3) and Toff Peabody (faculty, pictured above in Grants and Funding), with incoming leadership from Drs. Jay Dhanoa (R2), Alyssa Nip (R1) and Maddy Grade (R2).

  • In March, Dr. Stark was awarded the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Award from the Patient Safety Movement, a global non-profit working toward zero preventable patient deaths by 2030, for his work related to E*Drive among other projects.
  • Drs. Stark, Peabody, Dhanoa, Grade and Malini Singh (faculty, pictured above in Grants and Funding) are in the semi-finals for the Urgent Matters EM Innovators of the Year for their work with E*Drive. They will present at CORD 2021 on April 13.
  • The E*Drive has a new feature called Social EMterventions, a discharge navigation tool which includes resources for Asian Violence Survivors, courtesy of Dr. Vincent Lee (R3). Check out a quick demo on Youtube starring Camille, one of our favorite DEM kiddos. As always, you can find E*Drive in the EPIC toolbar and online at
  • Drs. Stark and Peabody will be presenting at the SAEM Consensus Conference 2021 on May 11: "Social EMterventions: Using Technology to Bring Care Coordination to Scale."

Adding E*Drive to Homepage: IPHONE
Open the site in SAFARI, click the share icon (box with an arrow coming out of it), and tap “Add to Homescreen”
Adding E*Drive to Homepage: ANDROID
Open the site in CHROME, click the menu icon (3 dots in upper right corner), and tap “Add to Homescreen”

Baumann BM, Cooper RJ, Medak AJ, Lim S, Chinnock B, Frazier R, Roberts BW, Epel ES, Rodriguez RM. Emergency medicine physician stressors, concerns and behavioral changes during COVID‐19: a longitudinal study. Acad Emerg Med. 25 Jan 2021. 2021 Mar;28(3):314-324. Epub 2021 Feb 16. doi: 10.1111/acem.14219. PMID: 33492755. PMCID: PMC8014663.

Breyre A, Taigman M, Salvucci A, Sporer K. Effect of a mobile Integrated hospice healthcare program on emergency medical services transport to the emergency department. Prehosp Emerg Care. 30 Mar 2021;1-8. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2021.1900474. PMID: 33689535.

Cleveland Manchanda EC, Molina MF, Rodriguez RM. Racial equity in crisis standards of care – reassuring data or reason for concern? JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(3):e214527. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.4527. PMID: 33739428.

Diaz T, Huerto R, Weiss J. Making merit just in medical school admissions. AMA J Ethics. 2021;23(3):E223-228. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2021.223. PMID: 33818373.

Doran KM, Boyer AP, Raven MC. Health care for people experiencing homelessness - what outcomes matter? JAMA Netw Open. 1 Mar 2021;4(3):e213837. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.3837. PMID: 33764419.

Fuchs J, Carter HC, Evans J, Graham-Squire D, Imbert E, Bloome J, Fann C, Skotnes T, Sears J, Pfeifer-Rosenblum R, Moughamian A, Eveland J, Reed A, Borne D, Lee M, Rosenthal M, Jain V, Bobba N, Kushel M, Kanzaria HK. Assessment of a hotel-based COVID-19 isolation and quarantine strategy for persons experiencing homelessness. JAMA Netw Open. 1 Mar 2021;4(3):e210490. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.0490. PMID: 33651111. PMCID: PMC7926291.

Graglia SKornblith A. How to perform and interpret a first trimester transabdominal point-of-care ultrasound. Emerg Med J. 3 Mar 2021;emermed-2019-209421. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2019-209421. PMID: 33658269.

Hsia RY, Shen YC, Krumholz H. Association of cardiac care regionalization with access, treatment, and mortality among patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2021;CIRCOUTCOMES120007195. Online ahead of print. doi:1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.120.007195. PMID: 33641339.

Lee W, Straube S, Sincic R, Noble JA, Montoy JC, Kornblith AE, Prakash A, Wang R, Bainton RJ, Kurien PA. Clinical evaluation of a COVID-19 antibody lateral flow assay using point of care samples. J Clin Trials. 1 Feb 2021;S9:004. 

Madhok DY, Hsia RY, Manley GT. Letter to the Editor. Discrepancies in national databases for TBI estimates. J Neurosurg. 2021 Mar 19;1-2. doi: 10.3171/2020.12.JNS204327. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33740762.

Rodriguez RM, Montoy JCC, Hoth KF, et al, for the Project COVERED Emergency Department Network. COVID-19-related stress symptoms among emergency department personnel. Ann Emerg Med. 4 Feb 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2021.01.028. 

Rodriguez RM, Torres JR, Sun J, Anderson E. Fear of discovery as a deterrent to undocumented Latinx immigrants’ reporting of crimes and the effects of political rhetoric. Acad Emerg Med. 10 Jan 2021. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/acem.14206. PMID: 33423357.

Sambola A, Elola FJ, Buera I, Fernández C, Bernal JL, Ariza A, Brindis R, Bueno H, Rodríguez-Padial L, Marín F, Barrabés JA, Hsia R, Anguita M. Sex bias in admission to tertiary-care centres for acute myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shockEur J Clin Invest. 2021 Feb 23;e13526. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/eci.13526. PMID: 33621347.

Schrading WA, Trent SA, Paxton JH, Rodriguez RM, Swanson MB, Mohr NM, Talan DA, Project COVERED Emergency Department Network (Montoy JC, et al). Vaccination rates and acceptance of SARS‐CoV‐2 vaccination among US emergency department health care personnel. Acad Emerg Med. 19 Feb 2021;10.1111/acem.14236. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/acem.14236. PMID: 33608937. PMCID: PMC8013804.

Stey AM, Kanzaria HK, Dudley RA, Bilimoria KY, Knudson MM, Callcut RA. Emergency department length of stay and mortality in critically injured patients. J Intensive Care Med. 1 Mar 2021;885066621995426. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1177/0885066621995426. PMID: 33641512.

Tran LD, Rose L, Urech T, Dalton A, Wu S, Vashi AA. Short-term effects of cancelled elective procedures due to COVID-19: evidence from the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Ann Surg. 12 Feb 2021. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004809. PMID: 33630440.

Yusuf HM, Geier C, Staidle A, Montoy JC. Efficacy of topical capsaicin for the treatment of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome: A retrospective cohort study. Am J Emerg Med. 29 Jan 2021;43:142-8. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2021.01.073. PMID: 33561623.
Special Publications

Noble JA, et al. Editorial: Physician leaders call for school reopening. San Francisco Marin Medicine. January/February 2021;8-9.

Brown J, Mercer M. From the SFDPH: breaking down silos - the "innovation" necessary to beat the COVID epidemic. San Francisco Marin Medicine. January/February 2021;10-11.

Breyre A. The SFMMS 2021 Medical Trainee Essay Contest: Holding purple nitrile hands. San Francisco Marin Medicine. January/February 2021;18-19.

Staff Announcements
  • Virginia Chan was awarded a Wings grant in February for Introduction to Probability and Statistics for her MPH degree
  • Janice Limsic was recognized in the Campus 20 Year Service Milestone program by UCSF Leadership
  • Effective March 8, Rachael Azadehnia will serve as our PEM Operations Analyst. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, Rachael began her career at UC San Francisco in the Orthopedics Department. She received her Master’s degree from UCSF in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership. As a healthcare administrator, she has experience with ambulatory clinic operations, streamlining workflow processes, and facilitating new department initiatives. Outside of work, her hobbies include traveling, spending time in the outdoors, and exploring the Bay Area.
  • Effective April 5, Anna Harris will be joining our DEM Staff team and will serve as our NIOSH Project Manager. Anna is a graduate of Boston University's interdisciplinary University Professors Program and recently completed a Master of Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Chicago. She has worked in Social Services, providing case management and project management leadership, and has served in several clinical research assistant roles. Outside of work, she facilitates embodiment workshops and enjoys filming, choreographing, and art directing for a multimedia dance group, where she collaboratively fabricates bioelectric instruments to be worn for performance. Anna is a fan of experimental theater, eating tacos, gardening, wrapping gifts, and watching documentaries. One fun fact about Anna is that she enjoys observing earnestly sung karaoke.
  • Effective April 14, Lexy Mitchner will be joining our DEM Staff team and will serve as our NIOSH Study Clinical Research Coordinator. Lexy will be working with Drs. Maria Raven (pictured above in Achievements) and Ralph Wang (pictured above in Achievements) and will report to NIOSH Study Project Manager, Anna Harris. Lexy recently completed her Bachelor’s at Scripps College in psychology and anthropology. She has worked as a health educator for three years, with a focus on supporting mental health and substance use awareness. She is passionate about working with patients and healthcare professionals and is looking forward to gaining experience in research. In her free time, she practices dance and gymnastics and cuddles with her cat, Nala.
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