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The Department of Family and Community Medicine is internationally recognized for our pioneering research programs in primary care and community health. Many of our research activities are multidisciplinary involving faculty members from other departments in the UCSF School of Medicine as well as Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

We receive over $15 million annually in research grants funding a wide array of research programs, including:

  • Evaluations of innovative tools to improve the quality of care in primary care practice.
  • Studies to elucidate and reduce health disparities associated with race, ethnicity and social class.
  • Research on family dynamics and patient-physician communication in chronic illness.
  • Research on health workforce diversity and policies to address the maldistribution of physicians, nurses and other health professionals.

Students interested in research opportunities are encouraged to contact faculty directly about their research programs.

Centers and Programs

Behavioral Diabetes Research Group
Director: Lawrence Fisher, Ph.D., ABP; Asosociate Director: Danielle Hessler, PhD
Center for Excellence in Primary Care (CEPC)
Co-Directors: Thomas Bodenheimer, MD and Kevin Grumbach, MD; Associate Director: Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH
Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
PI: E. Michael Reyes, MD, MPH Director: JoAnne Keatley, MSW
Center on Social Disparities in Health (CSDH)
Director: Paula Braveman, MD, MPH  
Clinical Translational Science Institute Community Engagement Program (CTSI)
Co-Directors: Kevin Grumbach, MD and Joe Selby, MD, MPH
Collaborative Research Network (CRN)
Director: Michael Potter, MD
Community Partnership Resource Center (CPRC)
Director: Naomi Wortis, MD
Family Health Outcomes Project (FHOP)
Director: Geraldine Oliva, MD, MPH; Associate Director: Jennifer Reinks, PhD
Clinician Consultation Center (CCC)
Director: Ronald Goldschmidt, MD
Office of Developmental Primary Care (ODPC)
Director: Clarissa C Kripke, MD
Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC)
PI: E. Michael Reyes, MD, MPH

Updated: July 18, 2014
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