David Sears, MD

Associate Professor

Infectious Diseases

Dr. Sears completed an internal medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and an infectious diseases fellowship at UCSF. Following fellowship, he joined the Division of HIV Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he served as the Associate Program Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship. Dr. Sears now provides primary care for people with HIV at the 360 Positive Care Center at UCSF, infectious diseases consultations at UCSF, and inpatient care on the internal medicine wards at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Sears is the Director of Healthcare Quality for Amend at UCSF, where he focuses on evaluations of healthcare quality in California state prisons, with the aim of improving healthcare outcomes for residents of correctional facilities. Dr. Sears also runs educational programs and leads quality improvement efforts in the 360 Positive Care Center at UCSF and serves as the Director of 4th Year Medical Student Electives for the Department of Medicine. Additionally, he supports the development of HIV medical education curricula in partnership with health professions schools across sub-Saharan Africa and Jamaica.

2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Fellowship, 2013 - Infectious Diseases, University of California San Francisco
Residency, 2010 - Internal Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia
M.D., 2007 - , Alpert Medical School at Brown University
Honors and Awards
  • Vince G. Pons Award in Clinical Teaching, UCSF Infectious Diseases Fellowship, 2022
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, 2019
  1. Sklar R, Noth E, Kwan A, Sear D, Bertozzi S. Ventilation conditions during COVID-19 outbreaks in six California state carceral institutions. PloS one 2023. PMID: 37934737

  2. Kiguli-Malwadde E, Forster M, Eliaz A, Celentano J, Chilembe E, Couper ID, Dassah ET, De Villiers MR, Gachuno O, Haruzivishe C, Khanyola J, Martin S, Motlhatlhedi K, Mubuuke R, Mteta KA, Moabi P, Rodrigues A, Sears D, Semitala F, von Zinkernagel D, Reid MJA, Suleman F. Comparing in-person, blended and virtual training interventions; a real-world evaluation of HIV capacity building programs in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. PLOS Global Public Health 2023. PMID: 37486898

  3. Tan ST, Kwan AT, Rodríguez-Barraquer I, Singer BJ, Park HJ, Lewnard JA, Sears D, Lo NC. Infectiousness of SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infections and reinfections during the Omicron wave. Nature medicine 2023. PMID: 36593393

  4. Kwan A, Garcia-Grossman I, Sears D, Bertozzi SM, Williams BA. The Impact Of COVID-19 On The Health Of Incarcerated Older Adults In California State Prisons. Health affairs (Project Hope) 2022. PMID: 35914202

  5. Kiguli-Malwadde E, Forster M, Martin S, Chilemba E, Couper I, Motlhatlhedi K, Celentano J, Haruzivishe C, Sears D, Budak JZ, Khanyola JN, Von Zinkernagel D, Molwantwa M, Semitala F, de Villiers M, Reid M, Kazembe A. Evaluating the impact of a multicountry interprofessional training programme to improve HIV knowledge and clinical confidence among healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa: a cohort study. BMJ open 2022. PMID: 35858724

  6. Blumberg S, Lu P, Kwan AT, Hoover CM, Lloyd-Smith JO, Sears D, Bertozzi SM, Worden L. Modeling scenarios for mitigating outbreaks in congregate settings. PLoS computational biology 2022. PMID: 35857774

  7. Kwan A, Sklar R, Cameron DB, Schell RC, Bertozzi SM, McCoy SI, Williams B, Sears DA. Respiratory pandemic preparedness learnings from the June 2020 COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin California State Prison. 2022. PMID: 35678718

  8. Budak JZ, Sears DA, Wood BR, Spach DH, Armstrong WS, Dhanireddy S, Teherani A, Schwartz BS. HIV Training Pathways in Residency: A National Survey of Curricula and Outcomes. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2020. PMID: 32211781

  9. Schnittman SR, Zepf R, Cocohoba J, Sears D. Heplisav-B Seroprotection in People with HIV: A Single-Center Experience. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2020. PMID: 33196553

  10. Sears D, Ahalt C, Augustine D, Williams B. Occupational Health: A Key to the Control of COVID-19 in Correctional Facilities. Annals of internal medicine 2020. PMID: 32716628

  11. Cloud DH, Ahalt C, Augustine D, Sears D, Williams B. Medical Isolation and Solitary Confinement: Balancing Health and Humanity in US Jails and Prisons During COVID-19. Journal of general internal medicine 2020. PMID: 32632787

  12. Williams B, Ahalt C, Cloud D, Augustine D, Rorvig L, Sears D.. Health Affairs Blog Correctional Facilities In The Shadow Of COVID-19: Unique Challenges And Proposed Solutions 2020. PMID:

  13. Sears D, Schwartz BS. Candida auris: An emerging multidrug-resistant pathogen. International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases 2017. PMID: 28888662

  14. Spier AB, Kurtz J, Sears D. A novel case of lymphangiomatosis in HIV. Experimental and molecular pathology 2017. PMID: 28189546

  15. Sserwanga A, Sears D, Kapella BK, Kigozi R, Rubahika D, Staedke SG, Kamya M, Yoon SS, Chang MA, Dorsey G, Mpimbaza A. Anti-malarial prescription practices among children admitted to six public hospitals in Uganda from 2011 to 2013. Malaria journal 2015. PMID: 26306395

  16. Mpimbaza A, Sears D, Sserwanga A, Kigozi R, Rubahika D, Nadler A, Yeka A, Dorsey G. Admission Risk Score to Predict Inpatient Pediatric Mortality at Four Public Hospitals in Uganda. PloS one 2015. PMID: 26218274

  17. Sears D, Mpimbaza A, Kigozi R, Sserwanga A, Chang MA, Kapella BK, Yoon S, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Ruel T. Quality of inpatient pediatric case management for four leading causes of child mortality at six government-run Ugandan hospitals. Volume 10 of Issue 5. PloS one 2015. PMID: 25992620

  18. Sears D, Kigozi R, Mpimbaza A, Kakeeto S, Sserwanga A, Staedke SG, Chang M, Kapella BK, Rubahika D, Kamya MR, Dorsey G. Anti-malarial prescription practices among outpatients with laboratory-confirmed malaria in the setting of a health facility-based sentinel site surveillance system in Uganda. Volume 12. Malaria journal 2013. PMID: 23870515

  19. Neuberg GW, Stephenson KE, Sears DA, McConnell RJ. Internet-enabled thyroid hormone abuse. Annals of internal medicine 2009. PMID: 19124828

  20. Sears D, Cabrera-Rodriguez C, Ortiz-Mejia F, Anderson B, Stein M. Sexual risk behaviour among HIV-positive patients at an urban clinic in Santiago, Dominican Republic. AIDS care 2008. PMID: 18293128