Edgar Pierluissi, MD

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Avenue, #3322
San Francisco CA 94110
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    University of California, San FranciscoResidency Geriatrics
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Edgar Pierluissi, M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF. He is Medical Director of the Acute Care for Elders Unit at the Zuckerberg 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, and expanding the unit in 2009, the Unit cares for over 1000 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, 2014 Recertification, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Memberships & Affiliations:
    American Geriatrics Society

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    1. The Clinical Microsystems Clerkship at University of California, San Francisco: Integrating Clinical Skills and Health Systems Improvement for Early Medical Students. Acad Med. 2023 01 01; 98(1):57-61. Chang A, Pierluissi E, Cornes S, Ishizaki A, Teherani A, Davis JA, Hauer KE, Lucey CR. PMID: 36222538; PMCID: PMC9780045.
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    2. Bridging medical education goals and health system outcomes: An instrumental case study of pre-clerkship students' improvement projects. Perspect Med Educ. 2022 08; 11(4):179-186. O'Brien BC, Zapata J, Chang A, Pierluissi E. PMID: 35394613; PMCID: PMC9391531.
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    3. Assessing contributions of value-added medical student roles. Med Teach. 2021 02; 43(2):232-233. Gylys R, Rosenwohl-Mack S, Pierluissi E, Hoffman A. PMID: 32375522.
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    4. Teaching Systems Improvement to Early Medical Students: Strategies and Lessons Learned. Acad Med. 2020 01; 95(1):136-144. Harbell MW, Li D, Boscardin C, Pierluissi E, Hauer KE. PMID: 31335811.
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    5. 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. 2019 Jul/Aug; 34(4):381-388. Raffel KE, Gupta N, Vercammen-Grandjean C, Hohman J, Ranji S, Pierluissi E, Mourad M. PMID: 30345785.
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    6. 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. McNicholl IR, Gandhi M, Hare CB, Greene M, Pierluissi E. PMID: 29023938.
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    7. 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. Makaroun LK, Bowman C, Duan K, Handley N, Wheeler DJ, Pierluissi E, Chen AH. PMID: 28239019.
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    8. Hospitalization-Associated Disability in Adults Admitted to a Safety-Net Hospital. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 May; 31(5):461. Pierluissi E. PMID: 26941041; PMCID: PMC4835369.
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    9. Hospitalization-Associated Disability in Adults Admitted to a Safety-Net Hospital. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Dec; 30(12):1765-72. Chodos AH, Kushel MB, Greysen SR, Guzman D, Kessell ER, Sarkar U, Goldman LE, Critchfield JM, Pierluissi E. PMID: 25986139; PMCID: PMC4636578.
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    10. Acute Care for Elders. Geriatrics Models of Care. 2015 Jan 1; 3-23. Flood FK, Booth BK, Pierluissi PE, Danto-Nocton DE, Kresevic KD, Palmer PR. .
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    11. 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. Brown RT, Pierluissi E, Guzman D, Kessell ER, Goldman LE, Sarkar U, Schneidermann M, Critchfield JM, Kushel MB. PMID: 25367281; PMCID: PMC4241128.
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    12. Support from hospital to home for elders: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Oct 07; 161(7):472-81. Goldman LE, Sarkar U, Kessell E, Guzman D, Schneidermann M, Pierluissi E, Walter B, Vittinghoff E, Critchfield J, Kushel M. PMID: 25285540.
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    13. "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. Greysen SR, Hoi-Cheung D, Garcia V, Kessell E, Sarkar U, Goldman L, Schneidermann M, Critchfield J, Pierluissi E, Kushel M. PMID: 24934494; PMCID: PMC4134399.
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    14. 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. Moy NY, Lee SJ, Chan T, Grovey B, Boscardin WJ, Gonzales R, Pierluissi E. PMID: 24919253.
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    15. Patient and Hospital Factors That Lead to Adverse Outcomes in Hospitalized Elders. Acute Care for Elders. 2014 Jan 1; 21-47. Pierluissi PE, Francis FD, Covinsky CK. .
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    16. Morbidity and mortality conferences: change you can believe in? J Grad Med Educ. 2012 Dec; 4(4):543-4. Pierluissi E. PMID: 24294439; PMCID: PMC3546591.
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    17. Depressive symptoms after hospitalization in older adults: function and mortality outcomes. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Dec; 60(12):2254-62. Pierluissi E, Mehta KM, Kirby KA, Boscardin WJ, Fortinsky RH, Palmer RM, Landefeld CS. PMID: 23176725; PMCID: PMC3521085.
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    18. 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. So C, Pierluissi E. PMID: 22429118.
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    19. Depressive Symptoms after Hospitalization in Older Adults: Function and Mortality Outcomes. J Amer Ger Soc. 2012. Pierluissi E, Mehta KM, Kirby KA, Boscardin WJ, Fortinsky RH, Palmer RM, Landefeld CS.
    20. Hospitalization-associated disability: "She was probably able to ambulate, but I'm not sure". JAMA. 2011 Oct 26; 306(16):1782-93. Covinsky KE, Pierluissi E, Johnston CB. PMID: 22028354.
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    21. 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. Mehta KM, Pierluissi E, Boscardin WJ, Kirby KA, Walter LC, Chren MM, Palmer RM, Counsell SR, Landefeld CS. PMID: 21649616; PMCID: PMC3839864.
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    22. Discussion of Medical Errors in Morbidity and Mortality Conferences. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey. 2004 May 1; 59(5):338-340. Pierluissi PE, Fischer FM, Campbell CA, Landefeld LC. .
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    23. Discussion of medical errors in morbidity and mortality conferences. JAMA. 2003 Dec 03; 290(21):2838-42. Pierluissi E, Fischer MA, Campbell AR, Landefeld CS. PMID: 14657068.
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