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Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS

Title(s)Associate Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
Phone415-476-6188
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    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship2010Geriatrics
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency 2009Internal Medicine
    Tufts UniversityM.D.2006School of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins UniversityMHS2003School of Public Health
    Barnard College, Columbia UniversityBA2000Anthropology
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Overview:
    In 2017, Dr. Carla Perissinotto was appointed as the first Associate Chief for Geriatrics Clinical Programs at UCSF. Given the growth of clinical programs, the associate chief oversees and manages our both our inpatient and outpatient clinical programs which include Care at Home, Geriatrics consultation in the outpatient setting, and the new Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit at Moffitt-Long Hospital, Orthopedic CO-Management programs and programs which are in development.

    Carla is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine. Carla is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Carla is dedicated to working in both community and academic settings. Her main work is in UCSF Care at Home--which provides medical care to home bound older adults, and in embedded Geriatrics consult practices. From 2008-2017, Carla served as a primary care and consulting Geriatrician at the Over60 Health Center in Berkeley.

    Carla joined the faculty in August 2010 as a clinician-educator and has received multiple awards for her excellence in teaching. Carla is passionate about working with diverse communities and improving the training of internal medicine residents and all learners in the care of elderly patients. Carla also has a special interest in teaching primary care doctors how to more effectively recognize cognitive impairment in the outpatient primary care setting. Carla was also a recipient of the highly-competitive HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award 2010-2015, with which she developed curricula to teach a wide range of learners on the care of elderly patients in diverse settings. Carla has also gained national and international recognition for her research on the effects of loneliness on the health of older adults. She is frequently invited to discuss her research and discuss the clinical and policy implications of the health effects of loneliness.

    Clinical:
    At UCSF, she attends on the inpatient Internal Medicine Service, providers Geriatrics consultation in Women's Health Primary Care, the Positive Health 360 practice, and provides primary care to homebound older adults through UCSF Care at Home in San Francisco. Carla is passionate about the care of vulnerable elders and truly believes in sharing this excitement with residents, and other learners via lectures, bedside teaching, small group teaching, home visits, and visits to community senior centers.

    From 2008-2017, Carla spent a portion of her clinical time at the Over 60 Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, serving adults over age 55 in Alameda County. At Over 60, Carla directed the educational programs for UCSF learners, and focused on practice change by establishing a team-based model for community-based Geriatrics seeing adults across a continuum of care.

    Carla has also had the privilege to work in clinical settings internationally, most notably, El Salvador, Kenya and Mexico. Annually, she volunteers in Chiapas, Mexico at the Hospital San Carlos (http://www.hospitalsancarlos.org/index.html) which serves the indigenous people of Chiapas. Carla has written about these experiences on GeriPal. She continues to work on improving the care of older patients in low resource settings across the globe, and has created an opportunity for trainees to volunteer in Chiapas alongside of her.

    Academic Focus:
    Carla published a paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine on loneliness in Older Adults in 2012 which gained worldwide recognition and has sparked more conversation in the medical community about the health effects of loneliness. Because of the wide prevalence of loneliness in older adults, there has been significant interest from multiple organizations hoping to explore ways to better identify, and intervene on loneliness. Carla is currently exploring potential future research and policy endeavors focused on loneliness.

    As a Clinician-educator, Carla is dedicated to improving the Geriatrics training of Internal Medicine residents. Carla is interested ways to improve and integrate Geriatrics curriculum into general medicine practices. She has focused on providing community Geriatrics electives to residents, creating a housecalls program for residents, and embedding Geriatrics into General Medicine and specialty clinics.

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    1. Consensus statement: loneliness in older adults, the 21st century social determinant of health? BMJ Open. 2020 Aug 11; 10(8):e034967. Prohaska T, Burholt V, Burns A, Golden J, Hawkley L, Lawlor B, Leavey G, Lubben J, O'Sullivan R, Perissinotto C, van Tilburg T, Tully M, Victor C, Fried L. PMID: 32788184.
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    2. Meeting the Care Needs of Older Adults Isolated at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 Apr 16. Steinman MA, Perry L, Perissinotto CM. PMID: 32297903.
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    3. Brain health INnovation Diplomacy: a model binding diverse disciplines to manage the promise and perils of technological innovation. Int Psychogeriatr. 2020 Feb 13; 1-25. Ternes K, Iyengar V, Lavretsky H, Dawson WD, Booi L, Ibanez A, Vahia I, Reynolds C, DeKosky S, Cummings J, Miller B, Perissinotto C, Kaye J, Eyre HA. PMID: 32019621.
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    4. A unified approach to loneliness. Lancet. 2020 01 11; 395(10218):114. Fried L, Prohaska T, Burholt V, Burns A, Golden J, Hawkley L, Lawlor B, Leavey G, Lubben J, O'Sullivan R, Perissinotto C, van Tilburg T, Tully M, Victor C. PMID: 31929010.
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    5. Capsule Commentary on O'Conor et al., Perceived Adequacy of Tangible Social Support and Associations with Health Outcomes Among Older Primary Care Patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 11; 34(11):2580. Perissinotto C. PMID: 31485966.
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    6. Reply to: Older People's Loneliness in Clinical Work. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 10; 67(10):2212-2213. Perissinotto C, Holt-Lunstad J, Periyakoil VS, Covinsky K. PMID: 31381836.
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    7. P3-600: IMPACT ON YOUNG ADULTS FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE MULTIMODAL INTERGENERATIONAL SOCIAL CONTACT INTERVENTION PILOT FOR CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT (MISCI-PCE): AN INTERGENERATIONAL DEMENTIA RISK REDUCTION STRATEGY. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2019; 15(7):1202. Jackson, E., Allen, I. E., Perissinotto, C., McHugh Power, J., Lawlor, B., Miller, B. L., & Bell, P.
    8. Pain and Loneliness: Results of a Nationally-Representative Survey of Community-Dwelling Older Adults. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY. 2019; 67(S1):S54-S55. Kotwal, A., Waite, L., Dale, W., Perissinotto, C. M., Covinsky, K., & Smith, A. K.
    9. A Practical Approach to Assessing and Mitigating Loneliness and Isolation in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 04; 67(4):657-662. Perissinotto C, Holt-Lunstad J, Periyakoil VS, Covinsky K. PMID: 30762228.
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    10. A Quality of Care Framework for Home-Based Medical Care. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2018 10; 19(10):818-823. Ritchie CS, Leff B, Garrigues SK, Perissinotto C, Sheehan OC, Harrison KL. PMID: 30056010.
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    11. Loneliness in Older Adults Living with HIV. AIDS Behav. 2018 05; 22(5):1475-1484. Greene M, Hessol NA, Perissinotto C, Zepf R, Hutton Parrott A, Foreman C, Whirry R, Gandhi M, John M. PMID: 29151199.
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    12. "I Feel Trapped": The Tension Between Personal and Structural Factors of Social Isolation and the Desire for Social Integration Among Older Residents of a High-Crime Neighborhood. Gerontologist. 2018 Jan 18; 58(1):79-88. Portacolone E, Perissinotto C, Yeh JC, Greysen SR. PMID: 28329804.
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    13. Capsule Commentary on Wolff, et al., A Look at Person- and Family-Centered Care Among Older Adults: Results from a National Survey. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Oct; 30(10):1536. Perissinotto CM, Walter LC. PMID: 26001544.
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    14. The importance of cognitive assessment before ventricular device placement: a teachable moment. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jun; 175(6):890. Rogers SE, Klein L, Perissinotto CM. PMID: 25822770.
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    15. Living alone, socially isolated or lonely--what are we measuring? J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Nov; 29(11):1429-31. Perissinotto CM, Covinsky KE. PMID: 25092012.
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    16. Health status in elderly persons living alone--reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):323-4. Perissinotto C, Covinsky KE. PMID: 23440237.
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    17. Loneliness in older persons: a predictor of functional decline and death. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Jul 23; 172(14):1078-83. Perissinotto CM, Stijacic Cenzer I, Covinsky KE. PMID: 22710744.
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    18. Preventing dementia: is there hope for progress? Am Fam Physician. 2011 May 01; 83(9):1034-5. Perissinotto CM, Valcour V. PMID: 21534514.
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    19. Unemployment, job retention, and productivity loss among employees with depression. Psychiatr Serv. 2004 Dec; 55(12):1371-8. Lerner D, Adler DA, Chang H, Lapitsky L, Hood MY, Perissinotto C, Reed J, McLaughlin TJ, Berndt ER, Rogers WH. PMID: 15572564.
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    20. The work impact of dysthymia in a primary care population. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2004 Jul-Aug; 26(4):269-76. Adler DA, Irish J, McLaughlin TJ, Perissinotto C, Chang H, Hood M, Lapitsky L, Rogers WH, Lerner D. PMID: 15234821.
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