Lenny Lopez, MD, MDiv, MPH

Title(s)Associate Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 26323
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    University of PennsylvaniaBA1994Religious Studies
    Harvard UniversityMDiv1999Divinity
    University of PennsylvaniaM.D.2001Medicine
    Brigham and Women's HospitalInternal Medicine Residency2004
    Harvard UniversityMPH2005Public Health
    Brigham and Women's HospitalHospital Medicine2006
    Massachusetts General HospitalGeneral Medicine2008

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    With an ultimate goal of reducing healthcare disparities in cardiovascular disease and diabetes, Dr. Lopez' research addresses issues relating to patient safety and language barriers, optimizing primary care clinical services for Latinos with cultural and linguistic barriers, and using health information technology to decrease disparities. A second line of research is investigating the epidemiology of acculturation among Latinos in the US and its impact on the prevalence and development of cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes. This research will help inform how to better design clinical interventions for improving chronic disease management among Latinos.

    Dr. Lopez's work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIDDK) and the Harold Amos Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Past funders have included the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Aetna Foundation and the McKesson Foundation.

    Currently, Dr. Lopez serves as the Chief of Hospital Medicine at the UCSF - San Francisco VA Medical Center. In addition, he is a faculty member in the following research translational centers: The UCSF Center for the Study of Adversity and Cardiovascular Diseases (NURTURE Center) (http://nurture-center-ucsf-cardiology.org), the Center for Vulnerable Populations (https://cvp.ucsf.edu) and the Kidney Health Research Collaborative (http://khrc.ucsf.edu).

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    Association of Acculturation with Type 2 Diabetes Risk Among US Latinos
    NIH/NIDDK K23DK098280Sep 1, 2013 - Jun 30, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Wray CM, Vali M, Walter LC, Lopez L, Austin PC, Byers A, Keyhani S. Examining the Utility of 30-day Readmission Rates and Hospital Profiling in the Veterans Health Administration. J Hosp Med. 2019 Feb 20; 14:E1-E6. PMID: 30794141.
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    2. Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Hovey KM, Andrews CA, Allison M, Brunner RL, Denburg NL, Eaton C, Garcia L, Sealy-Jefferson SM, Zaslavsky O, Kang J, López L, Post SG, Tindle H, Wassertheil-Smoller S. Psychological traits, heart rate variability, and risk of coronary heart disease in healthy aging women - the Women's Health Initiative. Psychosom Med. 2019 Jan 24. PMID: 30688770.
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    3. Wray CM, Lopez L, Keyhani S. "Comparing VA and Non-VA Care Quality". J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Dec 12. PMID: 30543019.
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    4. Jiménez MC, Tucker KL, Rodriguez F, Porneala BC, Meigs JB, López L. Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate Among Latinos in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. J Endocr Soc. 2019 Jan 01; 3(1):291-303. PMID: 30623167.
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    5. Echeverría SE, Divney A, Rodriguez F, Sterling M, Vasquez E, Murillo R, Lopez L. Nativity and Occupational Determinants of Physical Activity Participation Among Latinos. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Jan; 56(1):84-92. PMID: 30442464.
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    6. Lin MY, Kressin NR, Paasche-Orlow MK, Kim EJ, López L, Rosen JE, Hanchate AD. Is 30-Day Posthospitalization Mortality Lower Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities?: A Reexamination. Med Care. 2018 Aug; 56(8):665-672. PMID: 29877955.
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    7. Kim EJ, Kressin NR, Paasche-Orlow MK, Lopez L, Rosen JE, Lin M, Hanchate AD. Racial/ethnic disparities among Asian Americans in inpatient acute myocardial infarction mortality in the United States. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 05 16; 18(1):370. PMID: 29769083.
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    8. Tan-McGrory A, Bennett-AbuAyyash C, Gee S, Dabney K, Cowden JD, Williams L, Rafton S, Nettles A, Pagura S, Holmes L, Goleman J, Caldwell L, Page J, Oceanic P, McMullen EJ, Lopera A, Beiter S, López L. A patient and family data domain collection framework for identifying disparities in pediatrics: results from the pediatric health equity collaborative. BMC Pediatr. 2018 01 31; 18(1):18. PMID: 29385988.
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    9. Whitley JC, Peralta CA, Haan M, Aiello AE, Lee, A, Ward J, Zeki Al-Hassouri A, Neuhaus J, Moyce S, López L. .Association of Latino transgenerational educational attainment with blood pressure, blood glucose and waist circumference. Obesity Science & Practice. 2018; 4(6):582-590.
    10. Rodriguez F, Hu J, Kershaw K, Hastings KG, López L, Cullen MR, Harrington RA, Palaniappan LP. .County-Level Hispanic Ethnic Density and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018; 7:e009107.
    11. Rodriguez F, Hastings KG, Hu J, Lopez L, Cullen M, Harrington RA, Palaniappan LP. Nativity Status and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Among Hispanic Adults. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Dec 13; 6(12). PMID: 29237590.
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    12. Betancourt JR, Tan-McGrory A, Kenst KS, Phan TH, Lopez L. Organizational Change Management For Health Equity: Perspectives From The Disparities Leadership Program. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 06 01; 36(6):1095-1101. PMID: 28583969.
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    13. Brintz CE, Birnbaum-Weitzman O, Llabre MM, Castañeda SF, Daviglus ML, Gallo LC, Giachello AL, Kim RS, Lopez L, Teng Y, Penedo FJ. Spiritual well-being, religious activity, and the metabolic syndrome: results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Sociocultural Ancillary Study. J Behav Med. 2017 Dec; 40(6):902-912. PMID: 28508383.
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    14. Horner GN, Agboola S, Jethwani K, Tan-McGrory A, Lopez L. Designing Patient-Centered Text Messaging Interventions for Increasing Physical Activity Among Participants With Type 2 Diabetes: Qualitative Results From the Text to Move Intervention. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Apr 24; 5(4):e54. PMID: 28438728.
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    15. Feng C, Paasche-Orlow MK, Kressin NR, Rosen JE, López L, Kim EJ, Lin MY, Hanchate AD. Disparities in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations: Near-National Estimates for Hispanics. Health Serv Res. 2018 Jun; 53(3):1349-1372. PMID: 28378322.
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    16. Rodriguez F, Hastings KG, Boothroyd DB, Echeverria S, Lopez L, Cullen M, Harrington RA, Palaniappan LP. Disaggregation of Cause-Specific Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Among Hispanic Subgroups. JAMA Cardiol. 2017 Mar 01; 2(3):240-247. PMID: 28114655.
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    17. López L, Grant RW, Marceau L, Piccolo R, McKinlay JB, Meigs JB. Association of Acculturation and Health Literacy with Prevalent Dysglycemia and Diabetes Control Among Latinos in the Boston Area Community Health (BACH) Survey. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 12; 18(6):1266-1273. PMID: 26898955.
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    18. Agboola S, Jethwani K, Lopez L, Searl M, O'Keefe S, Kvedar J. Text to Move: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Text-Messaging Program to Improve Physical Activity Behaviors in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. J Med Internet Res. 2016 11 18; 18(11):e307. PMID: 27864165.
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    19. Zambrana RE, López L, Dinwiddie GY, Ray RM, Eaton CB, Phillips LS, Wassertheil-Smoller S. Association of Baseline Depressive Symptoms with Prevalent and Incident Pre-Hypertension and Hypertension in Postmenopausal Hispanic Women: Results from the Women's Health Initiative. PLoS One. 2016; 11(4):e0152765. PMID: 27124184; PMCID: PMC4849764.
    20. López, L.Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Care. Sylvia McKean, ed. The Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine. Second edition. American College of Physicians and McGraw-Hill Publishers. 2016.
    21. Dinwiddie GY, Zambrana RE, Doamekpor LA, Lopez L. The Impact of Educational Attainment on Observed Race/Ethnic Disparities in Inflammatory Risk in the 2001-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Dec 22; 13(1):ijerph13010042. PMID: 26703686; PMCID: PMC4730433.
    22. López L, Tan-McGrory A, Horner G, Betancourt JR. Eliminating disparities among Latinos with type 2 diabetes: Effective eHealth strategies. J Diabetes Complications. 2016 Apr; 30(3):554-60. PMID: 26774790; PMCID: PMC5006182 [Available on 04/01/17].
    23. Torres CG, Renfrew M, Kenst K, Tan-McGrory A, Betancourt JR, López L. Improving transgender health by building safe clinical environments that promote existing resilience: Results from a qualitative analysis of providers. BMC Pediatr. 2015 Nov 18; 15:187. PMID: 26577820; PMCID: PMC4650954.
    24. López L. Use of Interpreters by Physicians. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Nov; 30(11):1590. PMID: 26224153; PMCID: PMC4617943 [Available on 11/01/16].
    25. Rodriguez F, Foody JM, Wang Y, López L. Young Hispanic Women Experience Higher In-Hospital Mortality Following an Acute Myocardial Infarction. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Sep 09; 4(9):e002089. PMID: 26353998; PMCID: PMC4599495.
    26. El-Jawahri A, Mitchell SL, Paasche-Orlow MK, Temel JS, Jackson VA, Rutledge RR, Parikh M, Davis AD, Gillick MR, Barry MJ, Lopez L, Walker-Corkery ES, Chang Y, Finn K, Coley C, Volandes AE. A Randomized Controlled Trial of a CPR and Intubation Video Decision Support Tool for Hospitalized Patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Aug; 30(8):1071-80. PMID: 25691237; PMCID: PMC4510229.
    27. López L, Rodriguez F, Huerta D, Soukup J, Hicks L. Use of interpreters by physicians for hospitalized limited English proficient patients and its impact on patient outcomes. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jun; 30(6):783-9. PMID: 25666220; PMCID: PMC4441652.
    28. López L, Cook N, Hicks L. Improved quality of care for cardiovascular disease for Latinos seen in high proportion Latino vs low proportion Latino clinics. Ethn Dis. 2015; 25(1):3-10. PMID: 25812245.
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    29. Hernandez RA, Hevelone ND, Lopez L, Finlayson SR, Chittenden E, Cooper Z. Racial variation in the use of life-sustaining treatments among patients who die after major elective surgery. Am J Surg. 2015 Jul; 210(1):52-8. PMID: 25465749; PMCID: PMC4672370.
    30. López L, Golden SH. A new era in understanding diabetes disparities among U.S. Latinos--all are not equal. Diabetes Care. 2014 Aug; 37(8):2081-3. PMID: 25061137; PMCID: PMC4113176.
    31. López L, Peralta CA, Lee A, Zeki Al Hazzouri A, Haan MN. Impact of acculturation on cardiovascular risk factors among elderly Mexican Americans. Ann Epidemiol. 2014 Oct; 24(10):714-9. PMID: 25172232; PMCID: PMC4170012.
    32. Meigs JB, Grant RW, Piccolo R, López L, Florez JC, Porneala B, Marceau L, McKinlay JB. Association of African genetic ancestry with fasting glucose and HbA1c levels in non-diabetic individuals: the Boston Area Community Health (BACH) Prediabetes Study. Diabetologia. 2014 Sep; 57(9):1850-8. PMID: 24942103.
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    33. Percac-Lima S, López L, Ashburner JM, Green AR, Atlas SJ. The longitudinal impact of patient navigation on equity in colorectal cancer screening in a large primary care network. Cancer. 2014 Jul 01; 120(13):2025-31. PMID: 24691564.
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    34. Wasserman M, Renfrew MR, Green AR, Lopez L, Tan-McGrory A, Brach C, Betancourt JR. Identifying and preventing medical errors in patients with limited English proficiency: key findings and tools for the field. J Healthc Qual. 2014 May-Jun; 36(3):5-16. PMID: 24629098.
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    35. López L. Capsule commentary on Paradies et al., 'a systematic review of the extent and measurement of healthcare provider racism'. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Feb; 29(2):362. PMID: 24065380; PMCID: PMC3912306.
    36. Zambrana RE, López L, Dinwiddie GY, Ray RM, Phillips LS, Trevisan M, Wassertheil-Smoller S. Prevalence and incident prehypertension and hypertension in postmenopausal Hispanic women: results from the Women's Health Initiative. Am J Hypertens. 2014 Mar; 27(3):372-81. PMID: 24480867.
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    37. Weissman JS, López L, Schneider EC, Epstein AM, Lipsitz S, Weingart SN. The association of hospital quality ratings with adverse events. Int J Qual Health Care. 2014 Apr; 26(2):129-35. PMID: 24481052.
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    38. Rodriguez F, Hong C, Chang Y, Oertel LB, Singer DE, Green AR, López L. Limited English proficient patients and time spent in therapeutic range in a warfarin anticoagulation clinic. J Am Heart Assoc. 2013 Jul 05; 2(4):e000170. PMID: 23832325; PMCID: PMC3828815.
    39. Zeki Al Hazzouri A, Haan MN, Neuhaus JM, Pletcher M, Peralta CA, López L, Pérez Stable EJ. Cardiovascular risk score, cognitive decline, and dementia in older Mexican Americans: the role of sex and education. J Am Heart Assoc. 2013 Apr 22; 2(2):e004978. PMID: 23608609.
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    40. Peralta CA, Lee A, Odden MC, Lopez L, Zeki Al Hazzouri A, Neuhaus J, Haan MN. Association between chronic kidney disease detected using creatinine and cystatin C and death and cardiovascular events in elderly Mexican Americans: the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jan; 61(1):90-5. PMID: 23252993; PMCID: PMC3545054.
    41. Volandes AE, Paasche-Orlow MK, Mitchell SL, El-Jawahri A, Davis AD, Barry MJ, Hartshorn KL, Jackson VA, Gillick MR, Walker-Corkery ES, Chang Y, López L, Kemeny M, Bulone L, Mann E, Misra S, Peachey M, Abbo ED, Eichler AF, Epstein AS, Noy A, Levin TT, Temel JS. Randomized controlled trial of a video decision support tool for cardiopulmonary resuscitation decision making in advanced cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jan 20; 31(3):380-6. PMID: 23233708; PMCID: PMC4090424.
    42. López L, DesRoches CM, Vogeli C, Grant RW, Iezzoni LI, Campbell EG. Characteristics of primary care safety-net providers and their quality improvement attitudes and activities: results of a national survey of physician professionalism. Am J Med Qual. 2013 Mar-Apr; 28(2):151-9. PMID: 23064095.
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    43. Rodriguez F, Hicks LS, López L. Association of acculturation and country of origin with self-reported hypertension and diabetes in a heterogeneous Hispanic population. BMC Public Health. 2012 Sep 11; 12:768. PMID: 22966844.
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    44. López L, Jha AK. Outcomes for whites and blacks at hospitals that disproportionately care for black Medicare beneficiaries. Health Serv Res. 2013 Feb; 48(1):114-28. PMID: 22816447; PMCID: PMC3589958.
    45. López L, Grant RW. Closing the gap: eliminating health care disparities among Latinos with diabetes using health information technology tools and patient navigators. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2012 Jan 01; 6(1):169-76. PMID: 22401336; PMCID: PMC3320835.
    46. Rodriguez F, López L. .Caring for Limited English Proficiency Patients in the Emergency Department. Emergency Medicine: New Research. Hauppauge, NY. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2012. Available at: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=36314. 2012.
    47. Betancourt JR, Renfrew MR, Green AR, López L, Wasserman M.Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients with Limited English Proficiency: A Guide for Hospitals. (Prepared by the Disparities Solutions Center, Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital and Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA, under Contract No. HHSA290200600011I). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2012. AHRQ Publication No. 12-0041. Available at: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/lepguide/lepguide.pdf. 2012.
    48. López L, Campbell EG.JAMA. Review of: Richard Allen Williams. Healthcare Disparities at the Cross roads with Healthcare Reform. 2012; 24(308):2629.
    49. Rodriguez F, Peralta CA, Green AR, López L. Comparison of C-reactive protein levels in less versus more acculturated Hispanic adults in the United States (from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2008). Am J Cardiol. 2012 Mar 01; 109(5):665-9. PMID: 22169128.
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    50. López L, Green AR, Tan-McGrory A, King R, Betancourt JR. Bridging the digital divide in health care: the role of health information technology in addressing racial and ethnic disparities. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2011 Oct; 37(10):437-45. PMID: 22013816.
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    51. Rodriguez F, Joynt KE, López L, Saldaña F, Jha AK. Readmission rates for Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure and acute myocardial infarction. Am Heart J. 2011 Aug; 162(2):254-261.e3. PMID: 21835285.
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    52. López L, Clark CR, Hicks L. .Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Care. Sylvia McKean, ed. The Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine. American College of Physicians and McGraw-Hill Publishers. 2011.
    53. Weinick RM, Elliott MN, Volandes AE, Lopez L, Burkhart Q, Schlesinger M. Using standardized encounters to understand reported racial/ethnic disparities in patient experiences with care. Health Serv Res. 2011 Apr; 46(2):491-509. PMID: 21143475; PMCID: PMC3064916.
    54. Ly DP, Lopez L, Isaac T, Jha AK. How do black-serving hospitals perform on patient safety indicators? Implications for national public reporting and pay-for-performance. Med Care. 2010 Dec; 48(12):1133-7. PMID: 21063225.
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    55. López L, Wilper AP, Cervantes MC, Betancourt JR, Green AR. Racial and sex differences in emergency department triage assessment and test ordering for chest pain, 1997-2006. Acad Emerg Med. 2010 Aug; 17(8):801-8. PMID: 20670316.
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    56. Massachusetts Disparities Council. Interpreter Services Working Group. .Medical Interpreter Services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Standards, Certification, and Financing. 2010.
    57. López L, Weissman JS, Schneider EC, Weingart SN, Cohen AP, Epstein AM. Disclosure of hospital adverse events and its association with patients' ratings of the quality of care. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Nov 09; 169(20):1888-94. PMID: 19901141.
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    58. López L, Hicks LS, Cohen AP, McKean S, Weissman JS. Hospitalists and the quality of care in hospitals. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Aug 10; 169(15):1389-94. PMID: 19667302.
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    59. Lopez L, Katz JT. Perspective: creating an ethical workplace: reverberations of resident work hours reform. Acad Med. 2009 Mar; 84(3):315-9. PMID: 19240437.
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    60. López L and Dyck AJ.Educating physicians for moral excellence in the twenty-first century. Journal of Religious Ethics. 2009; 4(37):651-668.
    61. Lopez L, Cook EF, Horng MS, Hicks LS. Lifestyle modification counseling for hypertensive patients: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004. Am J Hypertens. 2009 Mar; 22(3):325-31. PMID: 19096366.
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    62. Lopez L, Vranceanu AM, Cohen AP, Betancourt J, Weissman JS. Personal characteristics associated with resident physicians' self perceptions of preparedness to deliver cross-cultural care. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Dec; 23(12):1953-8. PMID: 18807099; PMCID: PMC2596517.