Nima Afshar, MD

Clinical Professor

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Note: This is NOT the former postdoctoral fellow by the same name who left UCSF after findings of research misconduct. This Nima Afshar is a clinician educator, not a basic science researcher.

Dr. Afshar is a physician educator at UCSF and emergency physician/internist based at the San Francisco VA (SFVA). His education interests are point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and acute care medicine. Dr. Afshar founded and directs the Medicine Residency POCUS curriculum, one of the earliest comprehensive POCUS curricula among large academic medicine residency programs. He is Director of Education at the SFVA ED and VA Site Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency.

10/2006 - Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan
06/2004 - Internal Medicine, UCSF
06/2001 - Emergency Medicine, Stanford University
M.D., 06/2000 - Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School
Honors and Awards
  • Federal Employee of the Year, nominee, Dep of Veterans Affairs, 2021
  • Academy of Medical Educators, inductee, UCSF, 2017
  • Academy of Medical Educators Teaching Award, UCSF, 2013
  • Phi Beta Kappa/Summa Cum Laude, UCLA, 1995-1996
  1. Chawla SP, VAN Tine B, Federman N, Schwab J, Jones R, Subbiah V, Chawla NS, Afshar N, Hoos W, Feldman N, Spencer HT, Swaney W, Gordon EM. Proceedings of the Think Tank for Osteosarcoma Medical Advisory Board. Anticancer research 2024. PMID: 38925853

  2. Afshar N, Safaei S, Nickerson DP, Hunter PJ, Suresh V. Computational Modelling of Glucose Uptake by SGLT1 and Apical GLUT2 in the Enterocyte. Frontiers in physiology 2021. PMID: 34950044

  3. Carpenter W, Afshar N, Mihara K. Spinal epidural abscess with discitis and vertebral osteomyelitis. Volume 27 of Issue 11. Journal of general internal medicine 2012. PMID: 22570107

  4. Afshar N, Tabas J, Afshar K, Silbergleit R. Blood cultures for community-acquired pneumonia: are they worthy of two quality measures? A systematic review. Journal of hospital medicine 2009. PMID: 19219920

  5. Baudendistel TE, Afshar N, Tierney LM. One hundred years later. Journal of hospital medicine 2008. PMID: 19084898