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Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine in Residence, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California at San Francisco

Urmimala Sarkar

Dr Sarkar is also a primary care physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Richard H. Fine People's Clinic and is the director of the Health Information Technology program, University of California at San Francisco, Center for Vulnerable Populations. She is a general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and is committed to ameliorating health disparities in vulnerable populations through health-literacy-sensitive, patient-centered approaches. Her research focuses on ambulatory patient safety, including diagnostic error and health information technology to improve the safety and quality of outpatient care. She has methodologic expertise in classical epidemiology, randomized trials, qualitative analysis, and implementation science.

Dr. Sarkar directs the San Francisco Ambulatory Safety Center for Innovation, an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality–funded patient safety learning laboratory, an implementation project to foster population-based health care management at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Her prior studies on internet-based patient portals demonstrate digital disparities by race/ethnicity and health literacy. She is currently the principal investigator of the AHRQ-funded grant that supported the formation and ongoing activities for the statewide innovation network for safety-net health care systems, known as Public Healthcare system Evidence Network and Innovation eXchange. She leads the university team in collaborating with the California Association of Public Hospital’s Safety Net Institute group to support and evaluate performance measurement and improvement activities.

Dr. Sarkar also serves as the co-director for the UCSF San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Residency’s Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, and Leadership Curriculum and mentors trainees in both research and quality improvement projects. Dr. Sarkar also serves as co-director for the School of Medicine’s Office of Student Research and Research Allocation Program- trainees.