Eric Widera

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address4150 Clement St
San Francisco CA 94121
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 24614
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    University of California, Irvine, IrvineB.S.06/1997Biology
    University of California, San Francisco, San FranciscoM.D.2002 Medicine
    Mount Sinai Hospital, New York06/2005Internal Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco06/2006Geriatric Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    HRSA2007  - 2010Geriatrics Academic Career Award
    UCSF2009Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award
    UCSF2009Teacher of the Year, Division of Geriatrics
    Hartford Foundation2010  - 2011Center of Excellence Faculty Scholar
    Hastings Center 2011Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award
    UCSF2013School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award for Clinical Faculty
    AAHPM2014PDIA Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award
    UCSF2015UCSF GME Excellence and Innovation Award
    AAHPM2015AAHPM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40

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    Eric Widera is a clinician-educator in the Division of Geriatrics. His main goal is to improve the care provided to elderly patients with severe chronic and/or terminal conditions through program development and educational innovations. Eric accomplishes this through various leadership roles, including Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Program Director for the Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF. He is also on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). Eric received his medical school training at UCSF and his internal medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital. He returned to UCSF to complete a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. He joined the faculty at UCSF in August of 2006. Since then, Eric has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA), the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award, AAHPM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40 award, and the AAHPM PDIA Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award. He is also a co-founder of GeriPal, a Geriatrics and Palliative Care blog and podcast, as well as ePrognosis, an online set of prognostic calculators for the elderly.

    Dr. Widera's clinical activities are primarily based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He attends on and is the Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the VA. This is a busy and growing service that performs inpatient palliative care consults in the acute hospital setting and the VA Community Living Center (CLC). The Hospice and Palliative Care Service also provides primary care for a 10-bed hospice unit located within the CLC, as well as serves veterans living in the community through an outpatient Palliative Care Clinic. Eric’s other clinical responsibilities include attending on the internal medicine inpatient ward service at the San Francisco VA and supervising geriatrics fellows in caring for veterans residing in the Community Living Center.

    Dr. Widera's academic focus is on improving the care we give to elderly patients with severe chronic and/or terminal conditions through program development and educational innovations. He oversees a host of interdisciplinary learners who rotate on the Hospice and Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA, including internal medicine residents, social work interns, and nursing students. Eric is also the Program Director for the Geriatrics fellowship at UCSF. His other interests include how the use of social media sites, like GeriPal.org, can influence medical education and clinical practice.

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    1. Family Meetings on Behalf of Patients with Serious Illness. N Engl J Med. 2020 Sep 10; 383(11):e71. Widera E, Anderson WG, Santhosh L, McKee KY, Smith AK, Frank J. PMID: 32905678.
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    2. The Role of Opioids in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Chronic Breathlessness. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 Aug 17. Widera EW. PMID: 32804196.
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    3. Rationing Limited Healthcare Resources in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: Ethical Considerations Regarding Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 06; 68(6):1143-1149. Farrell TW, Francis L, Brown T, Ferrante LE, Widera E, Rhodes R, Rosen T, Hwang U, Witt LJ, Thothala N, Liu SW, Vitale CA, Braun UK, Stephens C, Saliba D. PMID: 32374466.
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    4. AGS Position Statement: Resource Allocation Strategies and Age-Related Considerations in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Jun; 68(6):1136-1142. Farrell TW, Ferrante LE, Brown T, Francis L, Widera E, Rhodes R, Rosen T, Hwang U, Witt LJ, Thothala N, Liu SW, Vitale CA, Braun UK, Stephens C, Saliba D. PMID: 32374440.
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    5. Pandemic Palliative Care Consultations Spanning State and Institutional Borders. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 May 22. Nakagawa S, Berlin A, Widera E, Periyakoil VS, Smith AK, Blinderman CD. PMID: 32441788.
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    6. Making Medical Treatment Decisions for Unrepresented Patients in the ICU. An Official American Thoracic Society/American Geriatrics Society Policy Statement. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 May 15; 201(10):1182-1192. Pope TM, Bennett J, Carson SS, Cederquist L, Cohen AB, DeMartino ES, Godfrey DM, Goodman-Crews P, Kapp MB, Lo B, Magnus DC, Reinke LF, Shirley JL, Siegel MD, Stapleton RD, Sudore RL, Tarzian AJ, Thornton JD, Wicclair MR, Widera EW, White DB. PMID: 32412853.
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    7. Prognostication and Proactive Planning in COVID-19. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 May 07. Newport KB, Malhotra S, Widera E. PMID: 32389604.
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    8. Prognostication in Serious Illness. Med Clin North Am. 2020 May; 104(3):391-403. Martin EJ, Widera E. PMID: 32312405.
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    9. Primary Palliative Care. Med Clin North Am. 2020 05; 104(3):xvii-xviii. Widera E. PMID: 32312417.
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    10. Caring for Unbefriended Older Adults and Adult Orphans: A Clinician Survey. Clin Gerontol. 2019 Jul 15; 1-10. Farrell TW, Catlin C, Chodos AH, Naik AD, Widera E, Moye J. PMID: 31305222.
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    11. Making and Measuring an Impact in a Digital World: The Role of Social Media and the Medical Journal. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 06; 67(6):1110-1112. Widera E, Trucil DE, Smith AK. PMID: 30875086.
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    12. Geriatrics Literature 2017 Year in Review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 09; 66(9):1665-1669. Willham K, Covinsky K, Widera E. PMID: 30207597.
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    13. Six-Month Emergency Department Use among Older Adults Following Jail Incarceration. J Urban Health. 2018 08; 95(4):523-533. Humphreys J, Ahalt C, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Widera E, Williams B. PMID: 29204845.
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    14. Geriatrics Literature 2016 Year in Review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Oct; 65(10):2146-2150. Willham K, Covinsky K, Widera E. PMID: 28873217.
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    15. The Promise of Palliative Care: Translating Clinical Trials to Clinical Care. JAMA. 2016 Nov 22; 316(20):2090-2091. Malani PN, Widera E. PMID: 27893113.
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    16. AGS Position Statement: Making Medical Treatment Decisions for Unbefriended Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 01; 65(1):14-15. Farrell TW, Widera E, Rosenberg L, Rubin CD, Naik AD, Braun U, Torke A, Li I, Vitale C, Shega J. PMID: 27874181.
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    17. Partial Codes-A Symptom of a Larger Problem. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 08 01; 176(8):1058-9. Zapata JA, Widera E. PMID: 27295527.
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    18. Habitual Prescribing of Laxatives-It's Time to Flush Outdated Protocols Down the Drain. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 08 01; 176(8):1217-9. McKee KY, Widera E. PMID: 27322940.
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    19. A Perspective on Hospice Reform and Additional Caregiver Support-Reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 07 01; 176(7):1032-3. Talebreza S, Widera E. PMID: 27379480.
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    20. Variability in Hospice Care at the Very End of Life. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Mar; 176(3):370-1. Widera E, Talebreza S. PMID: 26856885.
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    21. Advance directives: navigating conflicts between expressed wishes and best interests. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Apr 01; 91(7):480-4. Talebreza S, Widera E. PMID: 25884748.
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    22. Feeding tube placement in patients with advanced cancer: a teachable moment. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jan; 175(1):15-6. Bowman C, Widera E. PMID: 25384092.
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    23. Teaching geriatric fellows how to teach: a needs assessment targeting geriatrics fellowship program directors. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Dec; 62(12):2377-82. Rivera V, Yukawa M, Aronson L, Widera E. PMID: 25516033.
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    24. Usefulness and effect of online prognostic calculators. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Dec; 62(12):2444-5. McClymont KM, Lee SJ, Schonberg MA, Widera E, Miao Y, Smith AK. PMID: 25516045.
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    25. The hospice referral. Am Fam Physician. 2014 May 01; 89(9):745-7. Talebreza S, Widera E. PMID: 24784339.
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    26. Developing entrustable professional activities as the basis for assessment of competence in an internal medicine residency: a feasibility study. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Aug; 28(8):1110-4. Hauer KE, Soni K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Ten Cate O, Widera E, Calton B, O'Sullivan PS. PMID: 23595926.
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    27. What's to blame for falls and fractures? Poor sleep or the sleeping medication?: Comment on "Nonbenzodiazepine sleep medication use and hip fractures in nursing home residents". JAMA Intern Med. 2013 May 13; 173(9):761-2. Widera E. PMID: 23459766.
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    28. Teaching serious illness communication through an innovative workshop. Med Educ. 2013 May; 47(5):533. Calton BA, Widera E. PMID: 23574093.
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    29. Predicting 10-year mortality for older adults. JAMA. 2013 Mar 06; 309(9):874-6. Cruz M, Covinsky K, Widera EW, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Lee SJ. PMID: 23462780.
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    30. Five things physicians and patients should question in hospice and palliative medicine. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Mar; 45(3):595-605. Fischberg D, Bull J, Casarett D, Hanson LC, Klein SM, Rotella J, Smith T, Storey CP, Teno JM, Widera E. PMID: 23434175.
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    31. Something just doesn't smell quite right. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Feb; 61(2):313. Lakin JR, Widera E, Doe EW. PMID: 23405941.
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    32. Managing grief and depression at the end of life. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Aug 01; 86(3):259-64. Widera EW, Block SD. PMID: 22962989.
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    33. Prognostic indices for older adults: a systematic review. JAMA. 2012 Jan 11; 307(2):182-92. Yourman LC, Lee SJ, Schonberg MA, Widera EW, Smith AK. PMID: 22235089.
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    34. Approaching patients and family members who hope for a miracle. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 Jul; 42(1):119-25. Widera EW, Rosenfeld KE, Fromme EK, Sulmasy DP, Arnold RM. PMID: 21641763.
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    35. Nausea and other nonpain symptoms in long-term care. Clin Geriatr Med. 2011 May; 27(2):213-28. Gonzales MJ, Widera E. PMID: 21641507.
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    36. Fulfilling our obligation to the caregiver: it's time for action: comment on "Translation of a dementia caregiver support program in a health care system--REACH VA". Arch Intern Med. 2011 Feb 28; 171(4):359-60. Widera E, Covinsky KE. PMID: 21357812.
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    37. Finances in the older patient with cognitive impairment: "He didn't want me to take over". JAMA. 2011 Feb 16; 305(7):698-706. Widera E, Steenpass V, Marson D, Sudore R. PMID: 21325186.
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    38. The epidemiology of pain during the last 2 years of life. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Nov 02; 153(9):563-9. Smith AK, Cenzer IS, Knight SJ, Puntillo KA, Widera E, Williams BA, Boscardin WJ, Covinsky KE. PMID: 21041575.
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    39. Presenteeism: a public health hazard. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Nov; 25(11):1244-7. Widera E, Chang A, Chen HL. PMID: 20549378.
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    40. Hospitalization as an opportunity to integrate palliative care in heart failure management. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2009 Dec; 3(4):247-51. Widera E, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 19730104.
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    41. Geriatrics and Aging. Pain Management in Moderate and Advanced Dementias. 2009; 7(12):353-356. Widera, E, Smith, AK.
    42. Pulmonary artery sarcoma misdiagnosed as chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Mt Sinai J Med. 2005 Nov; 72(6):360-4. Widera E, Sulica R. PMID: 16358159.
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