Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH

Professor in Res-HCOMP

Center for Vulnerable Populations, General Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine ZSFG

Urmimala Sarkar MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine at UCSF in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Chair for Faculty Experience for the Department of Medicine, Associate Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and a primary care physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Richard H. Fine People's Clinic. Dr. Sarkar’s work centers on innovating for health equity and improving the safety and quality of outpatient care for everyone, especially low-income and diverse populations. Her expertise spans topics including medical errors and patient safety, diabetes, and cancer prevention and survivorship. Dr. Sarkar’s research is collaborative and intersects with methods found in human-centered design, human factors engineering, data science, health services research, and implementation science. Dr. Sarkar believes that mentoring and training with a commitment to diversity and inclusion are critical to achieving health equity. She advances health equity scholarship by mentoring students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty at UCSF and beyond.

Education
03/2021 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Fellow, 2008 - Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, 2005 - Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Intern, 2003 - Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
M.D., 2002 - , University of California, San Diego
M.P.H., 2000 - Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
B.S. Biology, 1996 - , Stanford University
Websites
Publications
  1. Figueroa CA, Aguilera A, Chakraborty B, Modiri A, Aggarwal J, Deliu N, Sarkar U, Jay Williams J, Lyles CR. Adaptive learning algorithms to optimize mobile applications for behavioral health: guidelines for design decisions. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2021. PMID: 33657217


  2. Linos E, Halley MC, Sarkar U, Mangurian C, Sabry H, Olazo K, Mathews KS, Diamond L, Goyal MK, Linos E, Jagsi R. Anxiety Levels Among Physician Mothers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The American journal of psychiatry 2021. PMID: 33517747


  3. Khoong EC, Fontil V, Rivadeneira NA, Hoskote M, Nundy S, Lyles CR, Sarkar U. Impact of digitally acquired peer diagnostic input on diagnostic confidence in outpatient cases: A pragmatic randomized trial. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2020. PMID: 33260212


  4. Lyles CR, Sarkar U, Patel U, Lisker S, Stark A, Guzman V, Patel A. Real-world insights from launching remote peer-to-peer mentoring in a safety net healthcare delivery setting. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2020. PMID: 33180917


  5. Zakaras JM, Sarkar U, Bibbins-Domingo K, Mangurian CV. Not Just Surviving, But Thriving: Overcoming Barriers to Career Advancement for Women Junior Faculty Clinician-Researchers. Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry 2020. PMID: 33174107


  6. Sharma AE, Mann Z, Cherian R, Del Rosario JB, Yang J, Sarkar U. Correction: Recommendations From the Twitter Hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads: Qualitative Analysis. Journal of medical Internet research 2020. PMID: 33166260


  7. Santiago-Rodríguez EJ, Rivadeneira NA, Torres JM, Sarkar U, Hiatt RA. Socioeconomic status and colorectal cancer screening behaviors in a vulnerable multiethnic population. Ethnicity & health 2020. PMID: 33121258


  8. Sharma AE, Mann Z, Cherian R, Del Rosario JB, Yang J, Sarkar U. Recommendations From the Twitter Hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads: Qualitative Analysis. Journal of medical Internet research 2020. PMID: 33112246


  9. Sarkar U, Samal L. How effective are clinical decision support systems? BMJ (Clinical research ed.) 2020. PMID: 32943393


  10. Hoskote M, Le G, Cherian R, Zeiger R, Sarkar U. Cancer patient perspectives on survivorship goals from the Smart Patients online community. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 2020. PMID: 32918605


  11. Chittamuru D, Daniels R, Sarkar U, Schillinger D. Evaluating values-based message frames for type 2 diabetes prevention among Facebook audiences: Divergent values or common ground? Patient education and counseling 2020. PMID: 32938563


  12. Sarkar U, Hemmat S, Linos E. Sexual harassment and suicide. BMJ (Clinical research ed.) 2020. PMID: 32878861


  13. Sharma AE, Yang J, Del Rosario JB, Hoskote M, Rivadeneira NA. What Safety Events Are Reported For Ambulatory Care? Analysis of Incident Reports from a Patient Safety Organization. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety 2020. PMID: 32980254


  14. Aguilera A, Figueroa CA, Hernandez-Ramos R, Sarkar U, Cemballi A, Gomez-Pathak L, Miramontes J, Yom-Tov E, Chakraborty B, Yan X, Xu J, Modiri A, Aggarwal J, Jay Williams J, Lyles CR. mHealth app using machine learning to increase physical activity in diabetes and depression: clinical trial protocol for the DIAMANTE Study. BMJ open 2020. PMID: 32819981


  15. Lyles CR, Nelson EC, Frampton S, Dykes PC, Cemballi AG, Sarkar U. Using Electronic Health Record Portals to Improve Patient Engagement: Research Priorities and Best Practices. Annals of internal medicine 2020. PMID: 32479176


  16. Sharma AE, Lyson HC, Cherian R, Somsouk M, Schillinger D, Sarkar U. A Root Cause Analysis of Barriers to Timely Colonoscopy in California Safety-Net Health Systems. Journal of patient safety 2020. PMID: 32467445


  17. Nouri SS, Adler-Milstein J, Thao C, Acharya P, Barr-Walker J, Sarkar U, Lyles C. Patient characteristics associated with objective measures of digital health tool use in the United States: A literature review. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2020. PMID: 32364238


  18. Khoong EC, Rivadeneira NA, Hiatt RA, Sarkar U. The Use of Technology for Communicating With Clinicians or Seeking Health Information in a Multilingual Urban Cohort: Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of medical Internet research 2020. PMID: 32250280


  19. Betjemann J, Hemphill JC, Sarkar U. We Dropped the Reflex Hammer on Hypertension 20 Years Ago-Reply. JAMA neurology 2020. PMID: 32119033


  20. Lyson HC, Haggstrom D, Bentz M, Obeng-Gyasi S, Dixit N, Sarkar U. Communicating Critical Information to Cancer Survivors: an Assessment of Survivorship Care Plans in Use in Diverse Healthcare Settings. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education 2020. PMID: 32128714


  21. Hickey MD, Lisker S, Brodie S, Vittinghoff E, Russell MD, Sarkar U. Customized registry tool for tracking adherence to clinical guidelines for head and neck cancers: protocol for a pilot study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2020. PMID: 32047648


  22. Yu K, Westbrook M, Brodie S, Lisker S, Vittinghoff E, Hua V, Russell M, Sarkar U. Gaps in Treatment and Surveillance: Head and Neck Cancer Care in a Safety-Net Hospital. OTO open 2020. PMID: 32083239


  23. Jonassaint CR, Kang C, Prussien KV, Yarboi J, Sanger MS, Wilson JD, De Castro L, Shah N, Sarkar U. Feasibility of implementing mobile technology-delivered mental health treatment in routine adult sickle cell disease care. Translational behavioral medicine 2018. PMID: 30508141


  24. Dixit N, Burke N, Rodriguez G, Sarkar U, Cicerelli B, DeVore JD, Nápoles AM. Knowledge and self-efficacy for caring for breast and colon cancer survivors among safety net primary care providers. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 2020. PMID: 32016600


  25. Cherian R, Le G, Whall J, Gomez S, Sarkar U. Content shared on social media for national cancer survivors day 2018. PloS one 2020. PMID: 31940384


  26. Barrett NJ, Rodriguez EM, Iachan R, Hyslop T, Ingraham KL, Le GM, Martin K, Haring RC, Rivadeneira NA, Erwin DO, Fish LJ, Middleton D, Hiatt RA, Patierno SR, Sarkar U, Gage-Bouchard EA. Factors associated with biomedical research participation within community-based samples across 3 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. Cancer 2020. PMID: 31909824


  27. Rivadeneira NA, Hoskote M, Le GM, Nguyen TT, Nápoles AM, Pasick RJ, Sarkar U, Hiatt RA. Advancing Cancer Control in San Francisco: Cancer Screening in Under-Represented Populations. American journal of preventive medicine 2020. PMID: 31862104


  28. Lee JS, Lisker S, Vittinghoff E, Cherian R, McCoy DB, Rybkin A, Su G, Sarkar U. Follow-up of incidental pulmonary nodules and association with mortality in a safety-net cohort. Diagnosis (Berlin, Germany) 2019. PMID: 31373897


  29. Lin SC, Lyles CR, Sarkar U, Adler-Milstein J. Are Patients Electronically Accessing Their Medical Records? Evidence From National Hospital Data. Health affairs (Project Hope) 2019. PMID: 31682494


  30. Avila-Garcia P, Hernandez-Ramos R, Nouri SS, Cemballi A, Sarkar U, Lyles CR, Aguilera A. Engaging users in the design of an mHealth, text message-based intervention to increase physical activity at a safety-net health care system. JAMIA Open 2019. PMID: 32025646


  31. Patterson ES, Su G, Sarkar U. Reducing delays to diagnosis in ambulatory care settings: A macrocognition perspective. Applied ergonomics 2019. PMID: 31605828


  32. Nouri SS, Avila-Garcia P, Cemballi AG, Sarkar U, Aguilera A, Lyles CR. Assessing Mobile Phone Digital Literacy and Engagement in User-Centered Design in a Diverse, Safety-Net Population: Mixed Methods Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth 2019. PMID: 31469083


  33. Betjemann J, Hemphill JC, Sarkar U. Time for Neurologists to Drop the Reflex Hammer on Hypertension. JAMA neurology 2019. PMID: 31424488


  34. Cedars B, Lisker S, Borno HT, Kamal P, Breyer B, Sarkar U. An electronic registry to improve adherence to active surveillance monitoring among men with prostate cancer at a safety-net hospital: protocol for a pilot study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2019. PMID: 31428442


  35. Radcliffe K, Lyson HC, Barr-Walker J, Sarkar U. Collective intelligence in medical decision-making: a systematic scoping review. BMC medical informatics and decision making 2019. PMID: 31399099


  36. Lyson HC, Le GM, Zhang J, Rivadeneira N, Lyles C, Radcliffe K, Pasick RJ, Sawaya G, Sarkar U, Centola D. Social Media as a Tool to Promote Health Awareness: Results from an Online Cervical Cancer Prevention Study. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education 2018. PMID: 29948924


  37. Hemmat S, Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Sarkar U. Sharing Stories, Searching for Solutions: Sexual Harassment of Physicians by Patients. The American journal of medicine 2019. PMID: 31300215


  38. Kith G, Lisker S, Sarkar U, Barr-Walker J, Breyer BN, Palmer NR. Defining and Measuring Adherence in Observational Studies Assessing Outcomes of Real-world Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer: A Systematic Review. European urology oncology 2019. PMID: 31288992


  39. Zhang J, Le G, Larochelle D, Pasick R, Sawaya GF, Sarkar U, Centola D. Facts or stories? How to use social media for cervical cancer prevention: A multi-method study of the effects of sender type and content type on increased message sharing. Preventive medicine 2019. PMID: 31226342


  40. Khoong EC, Le GM, Hoskote M, Rivadeneira NA, Hiatt RA, Sarkar U. Health Information-seeking Behaviors and Preferences of a Diverse, Multilingual Urban Cohort. Medical care 2019. PMID: 31095058


  41. Chan B, Goldman LE, Sarkar U, Guzman D, Critchfield J, Saha S, Kushel M. High perceived social support and hospital readmissions in an older multi-ethnic, limited English proficiency, safety-net population. BMC health services research 2019. PMID: 31126336


  42. Rojek AE, Khanna R, Yim JWL, Gardner R, Lisker S, Hauer KE, Lucey C, Sarkar U. Differences in Narrative Language in Evaluations of Medical Students by Gender and Under-represented Minority Status. Journal of general internal medicine 2019. PMID: 30993609


  43. Urmimala Sarkar. Locating Draupadi in The Poetics and Politics of Performance in Contemporary India. The Journal of Dance Society for Documentation & History 2019. PMID:


  44. Lyson HC, Sharma AE, Cherian R, Patterson ES, McDonald KM, Lee SY, Sarkar U. A Qualitative Analysis of Outpatient Medication Use in Community Settings: Observed Safety Vulnerabilities and Recommendations for Improved Patient Safety. Journal of patient safety 2019. PMID: 30882615


  45. Lyles CR, Tieu L, Sarkar U, Kiyoi S, Sadasivaiah S, Hoskote M, Ratanawongsa N, Schillinger D. A Randomized Trial to Train Vulnerable Primary Care Patients to Use a Patient Portal. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM 2019. PMID: 30850461


  46. Le GM, Radcliffe K, Lyles C, Lyson HC, Wallace B, Sawaya G, Pasick R, Centola D, Sarkar U. Perceptions of cervical cancer prevention on Twitter uncovered by different sampling strategies. PloS one 2019. PMID: 30742683


  47. Cherian R, Sarkar U, Khoong EC, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Schillinger D. Standardization in Diverse Populations: Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in a Safety-Net Setting. Health literacy research and practice 2019. PMID: 31294306


  48. Gupta K, Lisker S, Rivadeneira NA, Mangurian C, Linos E, Sarkar U. Decisions and repercussions of second victim experiences for mothers in medicine (SAVE DR MoM). BMJ quality & safety 2019. PMID: 30718333


  49. Fontil V, Radcliffe K, Lyson HC, Ratanawongsa N, Lyles C, Tuot D, Yuen K, Sarkar U. Testing and improving the acceptability of a web-based platform for collective intelligence to improve diagnostic accuracy in primary care clinics. JAMIA Open 2019. PMID: 31984344


  50. Lyson HC, Ackerman S, Lyles C, Schillinger D, Williams P, Gourley G, Gupta R, Handley M, Sarkar U. Redesigning primary care in the safety net: A qualitative analysis of team-based care implementation. Healthcare (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2018. PMID: 30552044


  51. Valy Fontil, Elaine Khoong, Mekhala Hoskote, Kate Radcliffe, Neda Ratanawongsa, Courtney Rees Lyles, Urmimala Sarkar. Evaluation of an health-IT-enabled collective intelligence platform to improve diagnosis in primary care and urgent care settings: Study Design (Preprint). 2018. PMID:


  52. Ramo DE, Meacham M, Thrul J, Belohlavek A, Sarkar U, Humfleet G. Exploring Identities and Preferences for Intervention Among LGBTQ+ Young Adult Smokers Through Online Focus Groups. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 2018. PMID: 30509769


  53. Schmajuk G, Jafri K, Evans M, Shiboski S, Gianfrancesco M, Izadi Z, Patterson SL, Aggarwal I, Sarkar U, Dudley RA, Yazdany J. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) prophylaxis patterns among patients with rheumatic diseases receiving high-risk immunosuppressant drugs. Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism 2018. PMID: 30449650


  54. Khoong EC, Cherian R, Rivadeneira NA, Gourley G, Yazdany J, Amarnath A, Schillinger D, Sarkar U. Accurate Measurement In California's Safety-Net Health Systems Has Gaps And Barriers. Health affairs (Project Hope) 2018. PMID: 30395496


  55. Giardina TD, Haskell H, Menon S, Hallisy J, Southwick FS, Sarkar U, Royse KE, Singh H. Learning From Patients' Experiences Related To Diagnostic Errors Is Essential For Progress In Patient Safety. Health affairs (Project Hope) 2018. PMID: 30395513


  56. Sharma AE, Rivadeneira NA, Barr-Walker J, Stern RJ, Johnson AK, Sarkar U. Patient Engagement In Health Care Safety: An Overview Of Mixed-Quality Evidence. Health affairs (Project Hope) 2018. PMID: 30395509


  57. Lyles CR, Handley MA, Ackerman SL, Schillinger D, Williams P, Westbrook M, Gourley G, Sarkar U. Innovative Implementation Studies Conducted in US Safety Net Health Care Settings: A Systematic Review. American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality 2018. PMID: 30198304


  58. Fontil V, Lyles CR, Schillinger D, Handley MA, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Bibbins-Domingo K, Sarkar U. Safety-net institutions in the US grapple with new cholesterol treatment guidelines: a qualitative analysis from the PHoENIX Network. Risk management and healthcare policy 2018. PMID: 30034258


  59. Cherian R, Sarkar U, Khoong EC, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Schillinger D. Efficiency, Efficacy, and Power in the Implementation of a Medication Adherence Aid. Health literacy research and practice 2018. PMID: 31294287


  60. Khoong EC, Cherian R, Smith DE, Schillinger D, Wolf MS, Sarkar U. Implementation of patient-centered prescription labeling in a safety-net ambulatory care network. American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2018. PMID: 29950392


  61. Sarkar U, Le GM, Lyles CR, Ramo D, Linos E, Bibbins-Domingo K. Using Social Media to Target Cancer Prevention in Young Adults: Viewpoint. Volume 20 of Issue 6. Journal of medical Internet research 2018. PMID: 29871850


  62. Ratanawongsa N, Quan J, Handley MA, Sarkar U, Schillinger D. Language-concordant automated telephone queries to assess medication adherence in a diverse population: a cross-sectional analysis of convergent validity with pharmacy claims. Volume 18 of Issue 1. BMC health services research 2018. PMID: 29625571


  63. Cherian R, Westbrook M, Ramo D, Sarkar U. Representations of Codeine Misuse on Instagram: Content Analysis. Volume 4 of Issue 1. JMIR public health and surveillance 2018. PMID: 29559422


  64. Ackerman SL, Gourley G, Le G, Williams P, Yazdany J, Sarkar U. Improving Patient Safety in Public Hospitals: Developing Standard Measures to Track Medical Errors and Process Breakdowns. Journal of patient safety 2018. PMID: 29543667


  65. Sarkar U, McDonald K, Motala A, Smith P, Zipperer L, Wachter RM, Shanman R, Shekelle PG. Pragmatic Insights on Patient Safety Priorities and Intervention Strategies in Ambulatory Settings. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety 2017. PMID: 29173287


  66. Clarity C, Sarkar U, Lee J, Handley MA, Goldman LE. Clinician Perspectives on the Management of Abnormal Subcritical Tests in an Urban Academic Safety-Net Health Care System. Volume 43 of Issue 10. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety 2017. PMID: 28942776


  67. Ackerman SL, Sarkar U, Tieu L, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Hahn K, Hoskote M, Gourley G, Lyles C. Meaningful use in the safety net: a rapid ethnography of patient portal implementation at five community health centers in California. Volume 24 of Issue 5. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2017. PMID: 28340229


  68. Handley MA, Quan J, Chao MT, Ratanawongsa N, Sarkar U, Emmons-Bell S, Schillinger D. Use of Complementary Health Approaches Among Diverse Primary Care Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Association with Cardiometabolic Outcomes: From the SF Bay Collaborative Research Network (SF Bay CRN). Volume 30 of Issue 5. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM 2017. PMID: 28923815


  69. Luxenberg A, Chan B, Khanna R, Sarkar U. Efficiency and Interpretability of Text Paging Communication for Medical Inpatients: A Mixed-Methods Analysis. Volume 177 of Issue 8. JAMA internal medicine 2017. PMID: 28628695


  70. McDonald KM, Su G, Lisker S, Patterson ES, Sarkar U. Implementation science for ambulatory care safety: a novel method to develop context-sensitive interventions to reduce quality gaps in monitoring high-risk patients. Volume 12 of Issue 1. Implementation science : IS 2017. PMID: 28646886


  71. Clarity C, Gourley G, Lyles C, Ackerman S, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Sarkar U, Conigliaro J. Implementation Science Workshop: Barriers and Facilitators to Increasing Mammography Screening Rates in California's Public Hospitals. Volume 32 of Issue 6. Journal of general internal medicine 2017. PMID: 28188571


  72. Hemmat S, Schillinger D, Lyles C, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Vittinghoff E, Handley M, Sarkar U. Performance Measurement and Target-Setting in California's Safety Net Health Systems. Volume 33 of Issue 2. American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality 2017. PMID: 28555507


  73. Lyles C, Sarkar U. Seeing the Effect of Health Care Delivery Innovation in the Safety Net. Volume 177 of Issue 5. JAMA internal medicine 2017. PMID: 28346579


  74. Lee SY, Cherian R, Ly I, Horton C, Salley AL, Sarkar U. Designing and Implementing an Electronic Patient Registry to Improve Warfarin Monitoring in the Ambulatory Setting. Volume 43 of Issue 7. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety 2017. PMID: 28648221


  75. Tieu L, Schillinger D, Sarkar U, Hoskote M, Hahn KJ, Ratanawongsa N, Ralston JD, Lyles CR. Online patient websites for electronic health record access among vulnerable populations: portals to nowhere? Volume 24 of Issue e1. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2017. PMID: 27402138


  76. Schmajuk G, Tonner C, Trupin L, Li J, Sarkar U, Ludwig D, Shiboski S, Sirota M, Dudley RA, Murray S, Yazdany J. Using health-system-wide data to understand hepatitis B virus prophylaxis and reactivation outcomes in patients receiving rituximab. Volume 96 of Issue 13. Medicine 2017. PMID: 28353614


  77. Schillinger D, McNamara D, Crossley S, Lyles C, Moffet HH, Sarkar U, Duran N, Allen J, Liu J, Oryn D, Ratanawongsa N, Karter AJ. The Next Frontier in Communication and the ECLIPPSE Study: Bridging the Linguistic Divide in Secure Messaging. Volume 2017. Journal of diabetes research 2017. PMID: 28265579


  78. Issaka RB, Singh MH, Oshima SM, Laleau VJ, Rachocki CD, Chen EH, Day LW, Sarkar U, Somsouk M. Inadequate Utilization of Diagnostic Colonoscopy Following Abnormal FIT Results in an Integrated Safety-Net System. Volume 112 of Issue 2. The American journal of gastroenterology 2016. PMID: 28154400


  79. Rajan JV, Moura J, Gourley G, Kiso K, Sizilio A, Cortez AM, Riley LW, Veras MA, Sarkar U. Understanding the barriers to successful adoption and use of a mobile health information system in a community health center in São Paulo, Brazil: a cohort study. Volume 16 of Issue 1. BMC medical informatics and decision making 2016. PMID: 27855685


  80. Sarkar U, Lyles C, Steinman M, Huang ES, Moffet HH, Whitmer RA, Warton EM, Karter AJ. Changes in Medication Use After Dementia Diagnosis in an Observational Cohort of Individuals with Diabetes Mellitus. Volume 65 of Issue 1. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2016. PMID: 27642180


  81. Gertler SA, Coralic Z, López A, Stein JC, Sarkar U. Root Cause Analysis of Ambulatory Adverse Drug Events That Present to the Emergency Department. Volume 12 of Issue 3. Journal of patient safety 2016. PMID: 24583958


  82. Price EL, Sewell JL, Chen AH, Sarkar U. Minding the Gaps: Assessing Communication Outcomes of Electronic Preconsultation Exchange. Volume 42 of Issue 8. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety 2016. PMID: 27456415


  83. Sarkar U, Gourley GI, Lyles CR, Tieu L, Clarity C, Newmark L, Singh K, Bates DW. Usability of Commercially Available Mobile Applications for Diverse Patients. Volume 31 of Issue 12. Journal of general internal medicine 2016. PMID: 27418347


  84. Patterson ES, Militello LG, Su G, Sarkar U. Characterizing a Naturalistic Decision Making Phenomenon: Loss of System Resilience Associated with Implementation of New Technology. Volume 10 of Issue 3. Journal of cognitive engineering and decision making 2016. PMID: 28138316


  85. Lyles CR, Godbehere A, Le G, El Ghaoui L, Sarkar U. Applying Sparse Machine Learning Methods to Twitter: Analysis of the 2012 Change in Pap Smear Guidelines. A Sequential Mixed-Methods Study. Volume 2 of Issue 1. JMIR public health and surveillance 2016. PMID: 27288093


  86. Rachel B. Issaka, Maneesh H. Singh, Victoria Laleau, Sachi Oshima, Carly Rachocki, Urmimala Sarkar, Lukejohn Day, Ma Somsouk. Sa1132 Limited Utilization of Diagnostic Colonoscopy Following Positive FIT in a Safety-Net System. Gastroenterology 2016. PMID:


  87. Giardina TD, Sarkar U, Gourley G, Modi V, Meyer AN, Singh H. Online public reactions to frequency of diagnostic errors in US outpatient care. Volume 3 of Issue 1. Diagnosis (Berlin, Germany) 2016. PMID: 27347474


  88. Garg SK, Lyles CR, Ackerman S, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Gourley G, Aulakh V, Sarkar U. Qualitative analysis of programmatic initiatives to text patients with mobile devices in resource-limited health systems. Volume 16. BMC medical informatics and decision making 2016. PMID: 26851941


  89. Sarkar U, Bates DW. Re: A systematic review of patients' experiences of adverse events in health care. Volume 28 of Issue 2. International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care 2016. PMID: 26843549


  90. Tuot DS, Leeds K, Murphy EJ, Sarkar U, Lyles CR, Mekonnen T, Chen AH. Facilitators and barriers to implementing electronic referral and/or consultation systems: a qualitative study of 16 health organizations. Volume 15. BMC health services research 2015. PMID: 26687507


  91. Sarkar U. Tip of the iceberg: patient safety incidents in primary care. Volume 25 of Issue 7. BMJ quality & safety 2015. PMID: 26677214


  92. Tieu L, Sarkar U, Schillinger D, Ralston JD, Ratanawongsa N, Pasick R, Lyles CR. Barriers and Facilitators to Online Portal Use Among Patients and Caregivers in a Safety Net Health Care System: A Qualitative Study. Volume 17 of Issue 12. Journal of medical Internet research 2015. PMID: 26681155


  93. Urmimala Sarkar, David Lown, Sara Ackerman, Courtney Lyles, Gato Gourley, Dean Schillinger, Margaret A Handley. Coordinated performance measurement and improvement efforts in California's safety net systems: early experience and lessons. Implementation Science 2015. PMID:


  94. Chodos AH, Kushel MB, Greysen SR, Guzman D, Kessell ER, Sarkar U, Goldman LE, Critchfield JM, Pierluissi E. Hospitalization-Associated Disability in Adults Admitted to a Safety-Net Hospital. Volume 30 of Issue 12. Journal of general internal medicine 2015. PMID: 25986139


  95. Chan B, Goldman LE, Sarkar U, Schneidermann M, Kessell E, Guzman D, Critchfield J, Kushel M. The Effect of a Care Transition Intervention on the Patient Experience of Older Multi-Lingual Adults in the Safety Net: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Volume 30 of Issue 12. Journal of general internal medicine 2015. PMID: 25986136


  96. Mirsky JB, Tieu L, Lyles C, Sarkar U. A Mixed-Methods Study of Patient-Provider E-Mail Content in a Safety-Net Setting. Volume 21 of Issue 1. Journal of health communication 2015. PMID: 26332306


  97. Lyles CR, Sarkar U, Schillinger D, Ralston JD, Allen JY, Nguyen R, Karter AJ. Refilling medications through an online patient portal: consistent improvements in adherence across racial/ethnic groups. Volume 23 of Issue e1. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2015. PMID: 26335983


  98. Chan B, Lopez A, Sarkar U. The Canary in the Coal Mine Tweets: Social Media Reveals Public Perceptions of Non-Medical Use of Opioids. Volume 10 of Issue 8. PloS one 2015. PMID: 26252774


  99. Ratanawongsa N, Karter AJ, Quan J, Parker MM, Handley M, Sarkar U, Schmittdiel JA, Schillinger D. Reach and Validity of an Objective Medication Adherence Measure Among Safety Net Health Plan Members with Diabetes: A Cross-Sectional Study. Volume 21 of Issue 8. Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy 2015. PMID: 26233541


  100. Mirsky JB, Tieu L, Lyles C, Sarkar U. Readability assessment of patient-provider electronic messages in a primary care setting. Volume 23 of Issue 1. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2015. PMID: 26177659


  101. Lyles C, Schillinger D, Sarkar U. Connecting the Dots: Health Information Technology Expansion and Health Disparities. Volume 12 of Issue 7. PLoS medicine 2015. PMID: 26172977


  102. Chao MT, Handley MA, Quan J, Sarkar U, Ratanawongsa N, Schillinger D. Disclosure of complementary health approaches among low income and racially diverse safety net patients with diabetes. Patient education and counseling 2015. PMID: 26146238


  103. Quan J, Lee AK, Handley MA, Ratanawongsa N, Sarkar U, Tseng S, Schillinger D. Automated Telephone Self-Management Support for Diabetes in a Low-Income Health Plan: A Health Care Utilization and Cost Analysis. Volume 18 of Issue 6. Population health management 2015. PMID: 26102298


  104. Lyles CR, Sarkar U. Health literacy, vulnerable patients, and health information technology use: where do we go from here? Volume 30 of Issue 3. Journal of general internal medicine 2015. PMID: 25588688


  105. Brown RT, Pierluissi E, Guzman D, Kessell ER, Goldman LE, Sarkar U, Schneidermann M, Critchfield JM, Kushel MB. Functional disability in late-middle-aged and older adults admitted to a safety-net hospital. Volume 62 of Issue 11. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2014. PMID: 25367281


  106. Goldman LE, Sarkar U, Kessell E, Guzman D, Schneidermann M, Pierluissi E, Walter B, Vittinghoff E, Critchfield J, Kushel M. Support from hospital to home for elders: a randomized trial. Volume 161 of Issue 7. Annals of internal medicine 2014. PMID: 25285540


  107. Sarkar U, Simchowitz B, Bonacum D, Strull W, Lopez A, Rotteau L, Shojania KG. A Qualitative Analysis of Physician Perspectives on Missed and Delayed Outpatient Diagnosis: The Focus on System-Related Factors. Volume 40 of Issue 10. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety 2014. PMID: 26111306


  108. Lyles CR, Sarkar U, Osborn CY. Getting a technology-based diabetes intervention ready for prime time: a review of usability testing studies. Volume 14 of Issue 10. Current diabetes reports 2014. PMID: 25173689


  109. Greysen SR, Hoi-Cheung D, Garcia V, Kessell E, Sarkar U, Goldman L, Schneidermann M, Critchfield J, Pierluissi E, Kushel M. "Missing pieces"--functional, social, and environmental barriers to recovery for vulnerable older adults transitioning from hospital to home. Volume 62 of Issue 8. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2014. PMID: 24934494


  110. Wallace BC, Paul MJ, Sarkar U, Trikalinos TA, Dredze M. A large-scale quantitative analysis of latent factors and sentiment in online doctor reviews. Volume 21 of Issue 6. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2014. PMID: 24918109


  111. Berkowitz SA, Karter AJ, Lyles CR, Liu JY, Schillinger D, Adler NE, Moffet HH, Sarkar U. Low socioeconomic status is associated with increased risk for hypoglycemia in diabetes patients: the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Volume 25 of Issue 2. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved 2014. PMID: 24858863


  112. Ratanawongsa N, Handley MA, Sarkar U, Quan J, Pfeifer K, Soria C, Schillinger D. Diabetes health information technology innovation to improve quality of life for health plan members in urban safety net. Volume 37 of Issue 2. The Journal of ambulatory care management 2014. PMID: 24594561


  113. Sarkar U, Lyles CR, Parker MM, Allen J, Nguyen R, Moffet HH, Schillinger D, Karter AJ. Use of the refill function through an online patient portal is associated with improved adherence to statins in an integrated health system. Volume 52 of Issue 3. Medical care 2014. PMID: 24374412


  114. Bailey SC, Wolf MS, Lopez A, Russell A, Chen AH, Schillinger D, Moy G, Sarkar U. Expanding the Universal Medication Schedule: a patient-centred approach. Volume 4 of Issue 1. BMJ open 2014. PMID: 24413344


  115. Sarkar U, Bates DW. Care partners and online patient portals. Volume 311 of Issue 4. JAMA 2014. PMID: 24394945


  116. Urmimala Sarkar. Patient Safety in Outpatient Care. Patient Safety 2014. PMID:


  117. Lyles CR, Aulakh V, Jameson W, Schillinger D, Yee H, Sarkar U. Innovation and transformation in California's safety net health care settings: an inside perspective. Volume 29 of Issue 6. American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality 2013. PMID: 24170938


  118. Detz A, López A, Sarkar U. Long-term doctor-patient relationships: patient perspective from online reviews. Volume 15 of Issue 7. Journal of medical Internet research 2013. PMID: 23819959


  119. Lyles CR, Sarkar U, Ralston JD, Adler N, Schillinger D, Moffet HH, Huang ES, Karter AJ. Patient-provider communication and trust in relation to use of an online patient portal among diabetes patients: The Diabetes and Aging Study. Volume 20 of Issue 6. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2013. PMID: 23676243


  120. Lyles CR, Schillinger D, Lopez A, Handley M, Ratanawongsa N, Sarkar U. Safety events during an automated telephone self-management support intervention. Volume 7 of Issue 3. Journal of diabetes science and technology 2013. PMID: 23759391


  121. Peñaloza RA, Sarkar U, Claman DM, Omachi TA. Trends in on-label and off-label modafinil use in a nationally representative sample. Volume 173 of Issue 8. JAMA internal medicine 2013. PMID: 23552641


  122. Lyles CR, Sarkar U. Additional considerations for 'Harnessing the cloud of patient experience'. Volume 22 of Issue 8. BMJ quality & safety 2013. PMID: 23476069


  123. Lyles CR, López A, Pasick R, Sarkar U. "5 mins of uncomfyness is better than dealing with cancer 4 a lifetime": an exploratory qualitative analysis of cervical and breast cancer screening dialogue on Twitter. Volume 28 of Issue 1. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education 2013. PMID: 23132231


  124. Baxi S, Lakin J, Lyles CR, Berkowitz S, Horton C, Sarkar U. Points for improvement: performance measurement for glycemic control in diabetes patients in a safety-net population. Volume 39 of Issue 3. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety 2013. PMID: 23516760


  125. Berkowitz SA, Aragon K, Hines J, Seligman H, Lee S, Sarkar U. Do clinical standards for diabetes care address excess risk for hypoglycemia in vulnerable patients? A systematic review. Volume 48 of Issue 4. Health services research 2013. PMID: 23445498


  126. Schickedanz A, Huang D, Lopez A, Cheung E, Lyles CR, Bodenheimer T, Sarkar U. Access, interest, and attitudes toward electronic communication for health care among patients in the medical safety net. Volume 28 of Issue 7. Journal of general internal medicine 2013. PMID: 23423453


  127. Cohen S, Sarkar U. Ice cream rounds. Volume 88 of Issue 1. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2013. PMID: 23267226


  128. Lyles CR, Grothaus L, Reid RJ, Sarkar U, Ralston JD. Communication about diabetes risk factors during between-visit encounters. Volume 18 of Issue 12. The American journal of managed care 2012. PMID: 23286610


  129. López A, Patterson AM, John V, Sarkar U. Electronic health record implementation in outpatient safety-net settings in California. Volume 23 of Issue 4. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved 2012. PMID: 23698659


  130. Omachi TA, Sarkar U, Yelin EH, Blanc PD, Katz PP. Lower health literacy is associated with poorer health status and outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Volume 28 of Issue 1. Journal of general internal medicine 2012. PMID: 22890622


  131. Sarkar U, Bonacum D, Strull W, Spitzmueller C, Jin N, López A, Giardina TD, Meyer AN, Singh H. Challenges of making a diagnosis in the outpatient setting: a multi-site survey of primary care physicians. Volume 21 of Issue 8. BMJ quality & safety 2012. PMID: 22626738


  132. Brenner S, Detz A, López A, Horton C, Sarkar U. Signal and noise: applying a laboratory trigger tool to identify adverse drug events among primary care patients. Volume 21 of Issue 8. BMJ quality & safety 2012. PMID: 22626736


  133. Bailey SC, Sarkar U, Chen AH, Schillinger D, Wolf MS. Evaluation of language concordant, patient-centered drug label instructions. Volume 27 of Issue 12. Journal of general internal medicine 2012. PMID: 22451015


  134. Hilton JF, Barkoff L, Chang O, Halperin L, Ratanawongsa N, Sarkar U, Leykin Y, Muñoz RF, Thom DH, Kahn JS. A cross-sectional study of barriers to personal health record use among patients attending a safety-net clinic. Volume 7 of Issue 2. PloS one 2012. PMID: 22363761


  135. Bailey SC, Hasnain-Wynia R, Chen AH, Sarkar U, Schoua-Glusberg A, Lindquist LA, Schillinger D, Wolf MS. Developing multilingual prescription instructions for patients with limited english proficiency. Volume 23 of Issue 1. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved 2012. PMID: 22643463


  136. Ratanawongsa N, Handley MA, Quan J, Sarkar U, Pfeifer K, Soria C, Schillinger D. Quasi-experimental trial of diabetes Self-Management Automated and Real-Time Telephonic Support (SMARTSteps) in a Medicaid managed care plan: study protocol. Volume 12. BMC health services research 2012. PMID: 22280514


  137. López A, Detz A, Ratanawongsa N, Sarkar U. What patients say about their doctors online: a qualitative content analysis. Volume 27 of Issue 6. Journal of general internal medicine 2012. PMID: 22215270


  138. Plantinga L, Grubbs V, Sarkar U, Hsu CY, Hedgeman E, Robinson B, Saran R, Geiss L, Burrows NR, Eberhardt M, Powe N. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use among persons with chronic kidney disease in the United States. Volume 9 of Issue 5. Annals of family medicine 2011. PMID: 21911761


  139. Sarkar U, López A, Black K, Schillinger D. The wrong tool for the job: diabetes public health programs and practice guidelines. Volume 101 of Issue 10. American journal of public health 2011. PMID: 21852653


  140. Seligman HK, Jacobs EA, Lopez A, Sarkar U, Tschann J, Fernandez A. Food insecurity and hypoglycemia among safety net patients with diabetes. Volume 171 of Issue 13. Archives of internal medicine 2011. PMID: 21747017


  141. Sarkar U, López A, Maselli JH, Gonzales R. Adverse drug events in U.S. adult ambulatory medical care. Volume 46 of Issue 5. Health services research 2011. PMID: 21554271


  142. Moffet HH, Parker MM, Sarkar U, Schillinger D, Fernandez A, Adler NE, Adams AS, Karter AJ. Adherence to laboratory test requests by patients with diabetes: the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Volume 17 of Issue 5. The American journal of managed care 2011. PMID: 21718081


  143. Sarkar U, Karter AJ, Liu JY, Adler NE, Nguyen R, López A, Schillinger D. Social disparities in internet patient portal use in diabetes: evidence that the digital divide extends beyond access. Volume 18 of Issue 3. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2011. PMID: 21262921


  144. Sarkar U, Schillinger D, López A, Sudore R. Validation of self-reported health literacy questions among diverse English and Spanish-speaking populations. Volume 26 of Issue 3. Journal of general internal medicine 2010. PMID: 21057882


  145. Urmimala Sarkar, Andrew J. Karter, Jennifer Y. Liu, Howard H. Moffet, Nancy E. Adler, Dean Schillinger. Erratum to: Hypoglycemia is More Common Among Type 2 Diabetes Patients with Limited Health Literacy: The Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Journal of general internal medicine 2010. PMID:


  146. Sarkar U, Schillinger D, Bibbins-Domingo K, Nápoles A, Karliner L, Pérez-Stable EJ. Patient-physicians' information exchange in outpatient cardiac care: time for a heart to heart? Volume 85 of Issue 2. Patient education and counseling 2010. PMID: 21035298


  147. Sarkar U, Karter AJ, Liu JY, Moffet HH, Adler NE, Schillinger D. Hypoglycemia is more common among type 2 diabetes patients with limited health literacy: the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Volume 25 of Issue 9. Journal of general internal medicine 2010. PMID: 20480249


  148. Sarkar U, Handley MA, Gupta R, Tang A, Murphy E, Seligman HK, Shojania KG, Schillinger D. What happens between visits? Adverse and potential adverse events among a low-income, urban, ambulatory population with diabetes. Volume 19 of Issue 3. Quality & safety in health care 2010. PMID: 20378619


  149. Sarkar U, Karter AJ, Liu JY, Adler NE, Nguyen R, Lopez A, Schillinger D. The literacy divide: health literacy and the use of an internet-based patient portal in an integrated health system-results from the diabetes study of northern California (DISTANCE). Volume 15 Suppl 2. Journal of health communication 2010. PMID: 20845203


  150. Schillinger D, Sarkar U. Numbers don't lie, but do they tell the whole story? Volume 32 of Issue 9. Diabetes care 2009. PMID: 19717819


  151. Sarkar U, Wachter RM, Schroeder SA, Schillinger D. Refocusing the lens: patient safety in ambulatory chronic disease care. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety 2009. PMID: 19634806


  152. Casalino LP, Dunham D, Chin MH, Bielang R, Kistner EO, Karrison TG, Ong MK, Sarkar U, McLaughlin MA, Meltzer DO. Frequency of failure to inform patients of clinically significant outpatient test results. Volume 169 of Issue 12. Archives of internal medicine 2009. PMID: 19546413


  153. Sarkar U, Ali S, Whooley MA. Self-efficacy as a marker of cardiac function and predictor of heart failure hospitalization and mortality in patients with stable coronary heart disease: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Volume 28 of Issue 2. Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association 2009. PMID: 19290708


  154. Sarkar U, Schillinger D. Does lower diabetes-related numeracy lead to increased risk for hypoglycemic events? Volume 149 of Issue 8. Annals of internal medicine 2008. PMID: 18936513


  155. Omachi TA, Iribarren C, Sarkar U, Tolstykh I, Yelin EH, Katz PP, Blanc PD, Eisner MD. Risk factors for death in adults with severe asthma. Volume 101 of Issue 2. Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 2008. PMID: 18727467


  156. Sarkar U, Handley MA, Gupta R, Tang A, Murphy E, Seligman HK, Shojania KG, Schillinger D. Use of an interactive, telephone-based self-management support program to identify adverse events among ambulatory diabetes patients. Volume 23 of Issue 4. Journal of general internal medicine 2008. PMID: 18373145


  157. Sarkar U, Piette JD, Gonzales R, Lessler D, Chew LD, Reilly B, Johnson J, Brunt M, Huang J, Regenstein M, Schillinger D. Preferences for self-management support: findings from a survey of diabetes patients in safety-net health systems. Volume 70 of Issue 1. Patient education and counseling 2007. PMID: 17997264


  158. Theodore A. Omachi, Carlos Iribarren, Urmimala Sarkar, Irina Tolstykh, Edward H. Yelin, Patricia P. Katz, Paul D. Blanc, Mark D. Eisner. PROSPECTIVE RISK FACTORS FOR DEATH AMONG ADULTS WITH SEVERE ASTHMA. CHEST Journal 2007. PMID:


  159. Sarkar U, Carter JT, Omachi TA, Vidyarthi AR, Cucina R, Bokser S, van Eaton E, Blum M. SynopSIS: integrating physician sign-out with the electronic medical record. Volume 2 of Issue 5. Journal of hospital medicine 2007. PMID: 17935249


  160. Gardner RL, Sarkar U, Maselli JH, Gonzales R. Factors associated with longer ED lengths of stay. Volume 25 of Issue 6. The American journal of emergency medicine 2007. PMID: 17606089


  161. Sarkar U, Ali S, Whooley MA. Self-efficacy and health status in patients with coronary heart disease: findings from the heart and soul study. Volume 69 of Issue 4. Psychosomatic medicine 2007. PMID: 17510290


  162. Sarkar U, Fisher L, Schillinger D. Is self-efficacy associated with diabetes self-management across race/ethnicity and health literacy? Volume 29 of Issue 4. Diabetes care 2006. PMID: 16567822


  163. Sarkar U, Nascimento SF, Barbosa R, Martins R, Nuevo H, Kalofonos I, Kalafanos I, Grunstein I, Flannery B, Dias J, Riley LW, Reis MG, Ko AI. Population-based case-control investigation of risk factors for leptospirosis during an urban epidemic. Volume 66 of Issue 5. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene 2002. PMID: 12201599