Edgar Pierluissi, MD

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
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    University of California, San FranciscoResidency Geriatrics

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    Edgar Pierluissi, M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF. He is both Medical Director of the Acute Care for Elders Unit and the Interim Division Chief for Hospital Medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital.

    Dr. Pierluissi has cared for vulnerable populations his entire career and is committed to healthcare quality improvement. He merged these interests as the founding Medical Director of the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit at the San Francisco General Hospital. The SFGH adopted this model of care to meet the needs of a growing older population in San Francisco. Since opening in February, 2007, the Unit cares for 500 patients each year.

    Dr. Pierluissi received his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed training and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a fellowship in Quality Improvement through the Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Fellowship. After training he worked for the County of San Mateo as a staff physician, as the medical director of the North County Health Center, and as VP for Quality Improvement. He joined the faculty of the UCSF Division of Geriatrics in 2006 and the SFGH Division of Hospital Medicine in 2008.

    1981-85 University of Chicago, Chicago, IL B.A.
    1986-91 Harvard Medical School M.D.

    1991-94 University of California, San Francisco Medicine Residency
    1994-95 University of California, San Francisco Chief Resident Medicine
    1999-01 Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Fellow Quality Improvement
    Fellowship, San Francisco, California

    2011 Medical Licensure, California
    1994 Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine
    2004 Recertification, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Memberships & Affiliations:
    American Geriatrics Society

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    1. Raffel KE, Gupta N, Vercammen-Grandjean C, Hohman J, Ranji S, Pierluissi E, Mourad M. A Discharge Time-Out: A Case Study on Physician-Nurse Discharge Communication and the Challenge of Sustainability in Resident-Led Quality Improvement. Am J Med Qual. 2018 Oct 22; 1062860618804462. PMID: 30345785.
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    2. McNicholl IR, Gandhi M, Hare CB, Greene M, Pierluissi E. A Pharmacist-Led Program to Evaluate and Reduce Polypharmacy and Potentially Inappropriate Prescribing in Older HIV-Positive Patients. Pharmacotherapy. 2017 12; 37(12):1498-1506. PMID: 29023938.
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    3. Makaroun LK, Bowman C, Duan K, Handley N, Wheeler DJ, Pierluissi E, Chen AH. Specialty Care Access in the Safety Net-the Role of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(1):566-581. PMID: 28239019.
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    4. Pierluissi E. Hospitalization-Associated Disability in Adults Admitted to a Safety-Net Hospital. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 May; 31(5):461. PMID: 26941041; PMCID: PMC4835369 [Available on 05/01/17].
    5. 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. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Dec; 30(12):1765-72. PMID: 25986139; PMCID: PMC4636578 [Available on 12/01/16].
    6. 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. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Nov; 62(11):2056-63. PMID: 25367281; PMCID: PMC4241128.
    7. 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. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Oct 07; 161(7):472-81. PMID: 25285540.
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    8. 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. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Aug; 62(8):1556-61. PMID: 24934494; PMCID: PMC4134399.
    9. Moy NY, Lee SJ, Chan T, Grovey B, Boscardin WJ, Gonzales R, Pierluissi E. Development and sustainability of an inpatient-to-outpatient discharge handoff tool: a quality improvement project. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2014 May; 40(5):219-27. PMID: 24919253.
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    10. Pierluissi E. Morbidity and mortality conferences: change you can believe in? J Grad Med Educ. 2012 Dec; 4(4):543-4. PMID: 24294439; PMCID: PMC3546591.
    11. Pierluissi E, Mehta KM, Kirby KA, Boscardin WJ, Fortinsky RH, Palmer RM, Landefeld CS. Depressive symptoms after hospitalization in older adults: function and mortality outcomes. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Dec; 60(12):2254-62. PMID: 23176725; PMCID: PMC3521085.
    12. So C, Pierluissi E. Attitudes and expectations regarding exercise in the hospital of hospitalized older adults: a qualitative study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Apr; 60(4):713-8. PMID: 22429118.
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    13. Pierluissi E, Mehta KM, Kirby KA, Boscardin WJ, Fortinsky RH, Palmer RM, Landefeld CS.Depressive Symptoms after Hospitalization in Older Adults: Function and Mortality Outcomes. J Amer Ger Soc. 2012.
    14. Covinsky KE, Pierluissi E, Johnston CB. Hospitalization-associated disability: "She was probably able to ambulate, but I'm not sure". JAMA. 2011 Oct 26; 306(16):1782-93. PMID: 22028354.
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    15. Mehta KM, Pierluissi E, Boscardin WJ, Kirby KA, Walter LC, Chren MM, Palmer RM, Counsell SR, Landefeld CS. A clinical index to stratify hospitalized older adults according to risk for new-onset disability. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Jul; 59(7):1206-16. PMID: 21649616; PMCID: PMC3839864.
    16. Pierluissi E, Fischer MA, Campbell AR, Landefeld CS. Discussion of medical errors in morbidity and mortality conferences. JAMA. 2003 Dec 03; 290(21):2838-42. PMID: 14657068.
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