Diane Rittenhouse, MD, MPH

Title(s)Professor, Family Community Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address500 Parnassus Avenue, #E318
San Francisco CA 94117
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    Diane Rittenhouse, MD, MPH is Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

    Dr. Rittenhouse’s principal research interest lies at the intersection of social policy and clinical quality with a particular focus on primary care. She is currently funded by the California HealthCare Foundation to investigate the policies that impact funding of graduate medical education in California and has developed recommendations for GME expansion. She has written extensively on topics including innovations in primary care delivery and policies impacting the primary care workforce and delivery system. Dr. Rittenhouse has published in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and has been invited to speak to members of the U.S. Congress on the role of the primary care in health reform.

    In addition, Dr. Rittenhouse has been a leader in Health Systems/Health Policy curriculum development for the UCSF School of Medicine, and has received awards for her teaching and curriculum development work. She currently serves as the faculty advisor for the UCSF-UC Berkeley MD/MPH program. She also serves as the Family Medicine site director for the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship.

    Dr. Rittenhouse received her MD from the University of California, Davis, and her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her medical training she worked for both the California Statewide Office of Health Planning and Development and for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in Washington, D.C.

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    1. Small Independent Primary Care Practices Serving Socially Vulnerable Urban Populations. Ann Fam Med. 2024 Mar-Apr; 22(2):89-94. Rittenhouse DR, Peebles V, Mack C, Alvarez C, Bazemore A. PMID: 38527816.
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    2. Reducing Acute Hospitalizations at High-Performing CPC+ Primary Care Practice Sites: Strategies, Activities, and Facilitators. Ann Fam Med. 2023 Jul-Aug; 21(4):313-321. Petersen DM, O'Malley AS, Felland L, Peebles V, Rittenhouse DR, Powell RE, Rich EC, Sarwar R, Sorensen A, Hoag S, Finucane M, Lipman E, Gellar J, Machta RM, Keith RE. PMID: 37487736; PMCID: PMC10365870.
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    3. The Reliability of Graduate Medical Education Quality of Care Clinical Performance Measures. J Grad Med Educ. 2022 Jun; 14(3):281-288. Kim JG, Rodriguez HP, Holmboe ES, McDonald KM, Mazotti L, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Kanter MH. PMID: 35754636; PMCID: PMC9200256.
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    4. Relationship Between Physician Burnout And The Quality And Cost Of Care For Medicare Beneficiaries Is Complex. Health Aff (Millwood). 2022 04; 41(4):549-556. Casalino LP, Li J, Peterson LE, Rittenhouse DR, Zhang M, O'Donnell EM, Phillips RL. PMID: 35377764; PMCID: PMC9934398.
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    5. One-Third of Family Physicians Remain in Independently Owned Practice, 2017-2019. J Am Board Fam Med. 2021 Sep-Oct; 34(5):1033-1034. Rittenhouse DR, Bazemore AW, Morgan ZJ, Peterson LE. PMID: 34535531.
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    6. Factors Associated With Family Medicine and Internal Medicine First-Year Residents' Ambulatory Care Training Time. Acad Med. 2021 03 01; 96(3):433-440. Kim JG, Rodriguez HP, Shortell SM, Fuller B, Holmboe ES, Rittenhouse DR. PMID: 32496285.
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    7. Meaningful Use And Medical Home Functionality In Primary Care Practice. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 11; 39(11):1977-1983. Rittenhouse DR, Wiley JA, Peterson LE, Casalino LP, Phillips RL. PMID: 33136494.
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    8. Sponsoring Institution Interests, Not National Plans, Shape Physician Workforce in the United States. Fam Med. 2020 09; 52(8):551-556. Rittenhouse DR, Ament AS, Grumbach K. PMID: 32672833.
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    9. The CMS State Innovation Models Initiative and Improved Health Information Technology and Care Management Capabilities of Physician Practices. Med Care Res Rev. 2021 08; 78(4):350-360. Kandel ZK, Rittenhouse DR, Bibi S, Fraze TK, Shortell SM, Rodríguez HP. PMID: 31967494; PMCID: PMC7374051.
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    10. Implementation Variation in Natural Experiments of State Health Policy Initiatives. Am J Accountable Care. 2019 Sep; 7(3):12-17. Rittenhouse DR, Phillips AZ, Bibi S, Rodriguez HP. PMID: 31750412; PMCID: PMC6866654.
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    11. Training Tomorrow's Physicians: Recommendations for Expanding Graduate Medical Education Funding in California. 2019. Rittenhouse, DR; Ament A; Grumbach K. View Publication.
    12. Guide to Graduate Medical Education Funding in California. 2018. Rittenhouse DR, Ament A, Grumbach K, Peterson S, Levin Z, Bazemore A . View Publication.
    13. Spending per Medicare Beneficiary Is Higher in Hospital-Owned Small- and Medium-Sized Physician Practices. Health Serv Res. 2018 08; 53(4):2133-2146. Pesko MF, Ryan AM, Shortell SM, Copeland KR, Ramsay PP, Sun X, Mendelsohn JL, Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP. PMID: 28940537; PMCID: PMC6051973.
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    14. Increased Health Information Technology Adoption and Use Among Small Primary Care Physician Practices Over Time: A National Cohort Study. Ann Fam Med. 2017 01; 15(1):56-62. Rittenhouse DR, Ramsay PP, Casalino LP, McClellan S, Kandel ZK, Shortell SM. PMID: 28376461; PMCID: PMC5217844.
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    15. Accountable Communities for Health: Data-Sharing Toolkit. 2016. Rittenhouse DR, Ament A, Shortell SM. View Publication.
    16. The Most Critical Health Care Issues for the Next President to Address. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Dec 06; 165(11):816-817. Shortell SM, Rittenhouse D. PMID: 27802502.
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    17. The Use of Enhanced Appointment Access Strategies by Medical Practices. Med Care. 2016 06; 54(6):632-8. Rodriguez HP, Knox M, Hurley V, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM. PMID: 26974679.
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    18. A Longitudinal Study of Medical Practices' Treatment of Patients Who Use Tobacco. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Mar; 50(3):328-335. Ramsay PP, Shortell SM, Casalino LP, Rodriguez HP, Rittenhouse DR. PMID: 26365836.
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    19. Managing chronic illness: physician practices increased the use of care management and medical home processes. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Jan; 34(1):78-86. Wiley JA, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Casalino LP, Ramsay PP, Bibi S, Ryan AM, Copeland KR, Alexander JA. PMID: 25561647.
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    20. Small primary care physician practices have low rates of preventable hospital admissions. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Sep; 33(9):1680-8. Casalino LP, Pesko MF, Ryan AM, Mendelsohn JL, Copeland KR, Ramsay PP, Sun X, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM. PMID: 25122562.
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    21. Independent practice associations and physician-hospital organizations can improve care management for smaller practices. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Aug; 32(8):1376-82. Casalino LP, Wu FM, Ryan AM, Copeland K, Rittenhouse DR, Ramsay PP, Shortell SM. PMID: 23918481.
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    22. Incentivizing primary care providers to innovate: building medical homes in the post-Katrina New Orleans safety net. Health Serv Res. 2014 Feb; 49(1):75-92. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt LA, Wu KJ, Wiley J. PMID: 23800148; PMCID: PMC3922467.
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    23. Contrasting trajectories of change in primary care clinics: lessons from New Orleans safety net. Ann Fam Med. 2013 May-Jun; 11 Suppl 1:S60-7. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt L, Wu K, Wiley J. PMID: 23690388; PMCID: PMC3707248.
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    24. When does adoption of health information technology by physician practices lead to use by physicians within the practice? J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013 Jun; 20(e1):e26-32. McClellan SR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse DR. PMID: 23396512; PMCID: PMC3715336.
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    25. Transforming primary care in the New Orleans safety-net: the patient experience. Med Care. 2013 Feb; 51(2):158-64. Schmidt LA, Rittenhouse DR, Wu KJ, Wiley JA. PMID: 23222529.
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    26. Use of care management practices in small- and medium-sized physician groups: do public reporting of physician quality and financial incentives matter? Health Serv Res. 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):376-97. Alexander JA, Maeng D, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse D. PMID: 22880957; PMCID: PMC3626343.
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    27. The post-Katrina conversion of clinics in New Orleans to medical homes shows change is possible, but hard to sustain. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Aug; 31(8):1729-38. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt LA, Wu KJ, Wiley J. PMID: 22869651.
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    28. The cultural complexity of medical groups. Health Care Manage Rev. 2012 Jul-Sep; 37(3):200-13. Nembhard IM, Singer SJ, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse D, Casalino LP. PMID: 21934512.
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    29. The patient-centered medical home and patient experience. Health Serv Res. 2012 Dec; 47(6):2273-95. Martsolf GR, Alexander JA, Shi Y, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse DR, Scanlon DP, Shortell SM. PMID: 22670806; PMCID: PMC3523375.
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    30. The un-managed system of Medicare referrals. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 May; 27(5):487-9. Chen AH, Rittenhouse D. PMID: 22374409; PMCID: PMC3326098.
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    31. Small and medium-size physician practices use few patient-centered medical home processes. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Aug; 30(8):1575-84. Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM, McClellan SR, Gillies RR, Alexander JA, Drum ML. PMID: 21719447.
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    32. Adoption of policies to treat tobacco dependence in U.S. medical groups. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Nov; 39(5):449-56. McMenamin SB, Bellows NM, Halpin HA, Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM. PMID: 20965382.
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    33. Relationship between quality improvement processes and clinical performance. Am J Manag Care. 2010 Aug; 16(8):601-6. Damberg CL, Shortell SM, Raube K, Gillies RR, Rittenhouse D, McCurdy RK, Casalino LP, Adams J. PMID: 20712393.
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    34. Developing a policy-relevant research agenda for the patient-centered medical home: a focus on outcomes. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Jun; 25(6):593-600. Rittenhouse DR, Thom DH, Schmittdiel JA. PMID: 20467908; PMCID: PMC2869424.
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    35. Specialist physician practices as patient-centered medical homes. N Engl J Med. 2010 Apr 29; 362(17):1555-8. Casalino LP, Rittenhouse DR, Gillies RR, Shortell SM. PMID: 20410499.
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    36. Title VII is critical to the community health center and National Health Service Corps workforce. Am Fam Physician. 2010 Jan 15; 81(2):132. Harrison B, Rittenhouse DR, Phillips RL, Grumbach K, Bazemore AW, Dodoo MS. PMID: 20082508.
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    37. Improving chronic illness care: findings from a national study of care management processes in large physician practices. Med Care Res Rev. 2010 Jun; 67(3):301-20. Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Gillies RR, Casalino LP, Robinson JC, McCurdy RK, Siddique J. PMID: 20054057.
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    38. Primary care and accountable care--two essential elements of delivery-system reform. N Engl J Med. 2009 Dec 10; 361(24):2301-3. Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Fisher ES. PMID: 19864649.
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    39. Improving chronic illness care: a longitudinal cohort analysis of large physician organizations. Med Care. 2009 Sep; 47(9):932-9. Shortell SM, Gillies R, Siddique J, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse D, Robinson JC, McCurdy RK. PMID: 19648838.
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    40. The patient-centered medical home: will it stand the test of health reform? JAMA. 2009 May 20; 301(19):2038-40. Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM. PMID: 19454643.
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    41. Financial incentives, quality improvement programs, and the adoption of clinical information technology. Med Care. 2009 Apr; 47(4):411-7. Robinson JC, Casalino LP, Gillies RR, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SS, Fernandes-Taylor S. PMID: 19238102.
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    42. Quality-based payment for medical groups and individual physicians. Inquiry. 2009; 46(2):172-81. Robinson JC, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse DR, Fernandes-Taylor S, Gillies RR, Casalino LP. PMID: 19694390.
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    43. Impact of Title VII training programs on community health center staffing and national health service corps participation. Ann Fam Med. 2008 Sep-Oct; 6(5):397-405. Rittenhouse DR, Fryer GE, Phillips RL, Miyoshi T, Nielsen C, Goodman DC, Grumbach K. PMID: 18779543; PMCID: PMC2532762.
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    44. Measuring the medical home infrastructure in large medical groups. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Sep-Oct; 27(5):1246-58. Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Gillies RR, Shortell SM, Lau B. PMID: 18780907.
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    45. Improving quality in Medicaid: the use of care management processes for chronic illness and preventive care. Med Care. 2006 Jan; 44(1):47-54. Rittenhouse DR, Robinson JC. PMID: 16365612.
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    46. Physician organization and care management in California: from cottage to Kaiser. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Nov-Dec; 23(6):51-62. Rittenhouse DR, Grumbach K, O'Neil EH, Dower C, Bindman A. PMID: 15537586.
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    47. No exit: an evaluation of measures of physician attrition. Health Serv Res. 2004 Oct; 39(5):1571-88. Rittenhouse DR, Mertz E, Keane D, Grumbach K. PMID: 15333123; PMCID: PMC1361084.
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    48. Do required preclinical courses with family physicians encourage interest in family medicine? Fam Med. 2003 Sep; 35(8):579-84. Hill-Sakurai LE, Schillinger E, Rittenhouse DR, Fahrenbach R, Hudes ES, LeBaron S, Shore WB, Hearst N. PMID: 12947521.
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    49. Improvements in prenatal insurance coverage and utilization of care in California: an unsung public health victory. Matern Child Health J. 2003 Jun; 7(2):75-86. Rittenhouse DR, Braveman P, Marchi K. PMID: 12870623.
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    50. Improving timely access to primary care: case studies of the advanced access model. JAMA. 2003 Feb 26; 289(8):1042-6. Murray M, Bodenheimer T, Rittenhouse D, Grumbach K. PMID: 12597761.
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