Heather Briscoe, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
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    UCSF, School of MedicineMD12/2005
    UCSF, Pediatric Residency06/2010General Pediatrics
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
    UCSF, San Francisco08/2018Teaching Scholars Program
    National Birth Equity Collaborative, San Francisco12/2019Respectful Care of Pregnant and Birthing People (train the trainer)
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    ZSFG2017Hearts Grant - Video Laryngoscope
    UCSF Academy of Medical Educators2019Excellence In Teaching Award

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    I am primarily a clinician educator based at the San Francisco General Hospital in Pediatrics. I have an interest in procedural education, and resident education in particular. In my former role as Interim Director of the Infant Care Center, I became particularly passionate about the interface of families impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and the newborn. We have racially disparate CPS referral rates in California with SUD and multi-generational systemic racism the largest factors. We have an opportunity to review our practices and consider whether our policies are "baking in" systems that have long been understood to be biased. Social Determinants of Health are perhaps the most powerful influence, and the ones we are least equipped to influence. My current focus is on building relations with community based organizations and allies in our system of care to leverage existing resources in support of our nascent families that have been failed by our society. Pregnancy can be a tumultuous but motivating time, and I believe that with innovation and transparency, we can break the cycle of trauma and empower families.