Marissa Boeck, MD, MPH

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Surgery
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Avenue, #3A33
San Francisco CA 94110
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    Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, New York, NYBA05/2006Philosophy
    Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NYMD05/2011Medicine
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MDMPH05/2015Health Systems & Policy, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Global Health
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, New York, NY06/2018General Surgery Residency
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA07/2019Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA07/2020Trauma Surgery Fellowship
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA11/2020Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    University of California, San Francisco2021  - 2023Muriel Steele Society Influential Women in Surgery Honor Roll
    University of California, San Francisco Academic Senate and Equal Opportunity Committee2021  - 2021National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program Tuition Scholarship
    University of California, San Francisco Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators2021  - 2021Excellence in Teaching Award for General Teaching
    University of California2021  - 2021Visiting Early Career Faculty Mentorship & Sponsorship Program Awardee
    Institute for Global Health Sciences Affiliate Program, University of California, San Francisco2023  - 2023Early Career Global Health Scientist Award
    University of California, San Francisco Office of Diversity & Outreach & SOM Academic Affairs2024  - 2024AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar Sponsorship

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    Marissa A. Boeck, M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, and serves as an acute care surgeon at Parnassus and as an acute care and trauma surgeon and surgical critical care intensivist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). She is a Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia (CHESA), as well as the Director of General Surgery/Trauma within the Center and is a member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Emergency and Trauma Care. She has a B.A. in Philosophy from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, and received her M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College in 2011. Dr. Boeck completed her general surgical residency training at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia in 2018, during which time she obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the first of two research years away from clinical duties. The second was spent in Santa Cruz, Bolivia working on hospital-based trauma registry implementation, and developing the city's trauma and emergency response system.

    Dr. Boeck's professional passions center around global public health, especially as it relates to injury prevention (road traffic, firearm-related violence), vulnerable and marginalized populations, emergency response, and trauma and surgical system strengthening in low-resource environments. She also focuses on exploring trauma survivorship with a core focus on and inclusion of patients and communities, determining how best to ensure our patients not only survive but thrive after their initial injuries. She champions diversity in the surgical workforce, and the power of social media in medicine and research. Her research spans both domestic in California and the United States and abroad across multiple countries including Bolivia, Kenya, Cameroon, and Tanzania.
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    Assessing Outcomes of Patients in Tanzania Undergoing Open Versus Minimally Invasive Surgery: The OPTiMISe Study
    Intuitive Foundation May 1, 2024 - Apr 30, 2025
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Identifying and Addressing Unmet Needs of Non-Violent Injury Survivors at a Safety Net Hospital in San Francisco
    NIH/NCATS 5KL2TR001870Sep 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2026
    Role: Project PI scaling pre-hospital care services and systems throughout Kenya
    USAID 7200AA22FA00036Aug 1, 2023 - Sep 30, 2025
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Description: The purpose of the project is to solve the problem of slow ambulance response times in developing regions and thus increase the survival rate for Kenyans experiencing a medical emergency.
    Measure to Meet: Addressing Longitudinal Injury Survivor Medical & Social Needs
    Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital CPG Strategic Use of Reserves Funds (SURF) 5.0 Aug 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2024
    Description: This project will identify unmet injury survivor medical and social needs and longitudinally track patient-reported outcomes to inform a best-practice, human-centered injury survivorship pathway.
    Advancing Trauma Informed Care for Emergency Surgery Patients at ZSFG
    The UCLA-UCSF ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network (UCAAN) Jul 1, 2023 - Jan 31, 2025
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Description: The purpose of the project is to train and equip providers with the frameworks and tools to provide trauma-informed care (TIC) in the high-stress, fast-paced, and high-stakes environment of emergency surgery.
    Identifying and Addressing Unmet Needs of Injury Survivors at a Safety Net Hospital in San Francisco
    The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Jul 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: The overall objective of this proposal is to co-design a human-centered injury survivorship pathway using culturally competent navigators to meet the diverse post-discharge medical and social needs of injury survivors at a San Francisco urban safety net hospital, and to improve outcomes and recovery.
    EX-LAP: EXploring LAParotomy Outcomes for Surgical Quality Improvement at a Tertiary Care Facility in Tanzania
    UCSF Center for Health Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia (CHESA) Jan 29, 2021 - Jul 31, 2023
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Description: This project aims to describe the epidemiology of surgical disease that requires laparotomy at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar es Saalam, Tanzania. It will also describe the in-hospital and 30-day post-discharge outcomes, as well as financial implications, of laparotomies at MNH, laying the foundation for a future surgical care quality improvement program.
    UNITE: UNderstanding lInks between social determinants and firearm violence in California communiTiEs
    University of California Firearm Violence Research Center Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2024
    Role: Co-Investigator & UCSF PI
    Description: This project will establish a University of California trauma consortium and map fatal and non-fatal firearm injuries in trauma center catchment areas. It will link injuries with social determinants of health, based on location of residence and injury location, to better understand vulnerable populations and root causes of violence.

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    1. Subclavian line infiltration causing neck compartment syndrome and bradycardic arrest: A case report. Trauma Case Rep. 2024 Aug; 52:101065. Bucyk TB, Collins CR, Macuja JT, Boeck MA, Wong JK. PMID: 38957175; PMCID: PMC11217749.
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    2. Invited Commentary: Defining the Surgical Trainee's Role in Global Surgery. J Am Coll Surg. 2023 12 01; 237(6):892-893. Boeck MA. PMID: 37787409.
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    3. In-Hospital Obstetric Delays in Rural Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of a Hospital Cohort. World J Surg. 2023 06; 47(6):1426-1435. Poppens M, Oke R, Carvalho M, Ledesma Y, Okullu S, Ariokot MG, Agwang E, Ekuchu P, Wange H, Boeck M, Juillard C, Ajiko MM, Dicker R. PMID: 36897375; PMCID: PMC10156771.
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    4. Global Neurotrauma Surveillance: Are National Databases Overrated? Comment on "Neurotrauma Surveillance in National Registries of Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Scoping Review and Comparative Analysis of Data Dictionaries". Int J Health Policy Manag. 2023; 12:7577. Boeck MA, Ssenyonjo H, Kobusingye OC. PMID: 37579459; PMCID: PMC10125052.
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    5. Outcomes of Early Versus Late Tracheostomy in Patients With COVID-19: A Multinational Cohort Study. Crit Care Explor. 2022 Nov; 4(11):e0796. Harrell Shreckengost CS, Foianini JE, Moron Encinas KM, Tola Guarachi H, Abril K, Amin D, Berkowitz D, Castater CA, Douglas JM, Grant AA, Khullar OV, Lane AN, Lin A, Niroula A, Nizam A, Rashied A, Reitz AW, Roser SM, Spychalski J, Arap SS, Bento RF, Ciaralo PPD, Imamura R, Kowalski LP, Mahmoud A, Mariani AW, Menegozzo CAM, Minamoto H, Montenegro FLM, Pêgo-Fernandes PM, Santos J, Utiyama EM, Sreedharan JK, Kalchiem-Dekel O, Nguyen J, Dhamsania RK, Allen K, Modzik A, Pathak V, White C, Blas J, Talal El-Abur I, Tirado G, Yánez Benítez C, Weiser TG, Barry M, Boeck M, Farrell M, Greenberg A, Miller P, Park P, Camazine M, Dillon D, Smith RN. PMID: 36440062; PMCID: PMC9681622.
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    6. COVID-19, Racial Injustice, and Medical Student Engagement With Global Health: A Single-Institution Survey. J Surg Res. 2023 03; 283:833-838. Miller P, Laverde R, Thompson A, Park P, Ozgediz D, Boeck MA. PMID: 36915010; PMCID: PMC9663756.
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    7. The Third Delay in General Surgical Care in a Regional Referral Hospital in Soroti, Uganda. World J Surg. 2022 09; 46(9):2075-2084. Starr S, Kim WC, Oke R, Carvalho M, Ledesma Y, Okullu S, Ariokot MG, Wange AH, Agwang E, Ekuchu P, Boeck M, Juillard C, Ajiko MM, Dicker RA. PMID: 35618947; PMCID: PMC9334422.
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    8. Outcomes after emergency general surgery and trauma care in incarcerated individuals: An EAST multicenter study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2022 07 01; 93(1):75-83. Bryant MK, Tatebe LC, Siva NR, Udekwu PO, Wurzelmann M, Crandall ML, Zuniga YD, Tran V, Santos A, Krause C, Turay D, Nordham KD, Taghavi S, Dreesen EB, Scarlet S, Snyder A, Applewhite M, Patel P, Schroeppel TJ, Rodriquez J, Kornblith LZ, Boeck MA, Bonne S, Tufariello A, Maine RG. PMID: 35358121.
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    9. Evaluating Shifts in Perception After a Pilot Trauma Quality Improvement Training Course in Cameroon. J Surg Res. 2022 08; 276:151-159. Nguyen NT, Ding K, Oke R, Tanjong MS, Mbuh L, Mbianyor MA, Carvalho M, Dissak Delon FN, Boeck M, Collins C, Yenshu EV, Etoundi GA, Juillard C, Mefire AC. PMID: 35344741.
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    10. The Structural Violence Trap: Disparities in Homicide, Chronic Disease Death, and Social Factors Across San Francisco Neighborhoods. J Am Coll Surg. 2022 01 01; 234(1):32-46. Boeck MA, Wei W, Robles AJ, Nwabuo AI, Plevin RE, Juillard CJ, Bibbins-Domingo K, Hubbard A, Dicker RA. PMID: 34662736; PMCID: PMC8719511.
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    11. Turning value into action: Healthcare workers using digital media advocacy to drive change. PLoS One. 2021; 16(4):e0250875. Boeck MA, Juillard CJ, Dicker RA, Joseph BA, Sakran JV. PMID: 33914809; PMCID: PMC8084157.
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    12. The DISTANCE study: Determining the impact of social distancing on trauma epidemiology during the COVID-19 epidemic-An interrupted time-series analysis. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2021 04 01; 90(4):700-707. Matthay ZA, Kornblith AE, Matthay EC, Sedaghati M, Peterson S, Boeck M, Bongiovanni T, Campbell A, Chalwell L, Colwell C, Farrell MS, Kim WC, Knudson MM, Mackersie R, Li L, Nunez-Garcia B, Langness S, Plevin RE, Sammann A, Tesoriero R, Stein DM, Kornblith LZ. PMID: 33252457; PMCID: PMC7979514.
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    13. Surgical and Trauma Capacity Assessment in Rural Haryana, India. Ann Glob Health. 2021 02 12; 87(1):15. Bhatia MB, Mohan SC, Blair KJ, Boeck MA, Bhalla A, Sharma S, Helenowski I, Tatebe LC, Nwomeh BC, Swaroop M. PMID: 33614421; PMCID: PMC7879992.
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    14. The Bolivian trauma patient's experience: A qualitative needs assessment. Injury. 2021 Feb; 52(2):167-174. Rook JM, Wood E, Boeck MA, Blair KJ, Monroy A, Ludi E, Keller EJ, Victorson D, Foíanini E, Swaroop M. PMID: 33386153.
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    15. Baseline Patient Safety Culture in Cameroon: Setting a Foundation for Trauma Quality Improvement. J Surg Res. 2020 11; 255:311-318. Ding K, Nguyen N, Carvalho M, Dissak Delon FN, Mekolo D, Nkusu D, Tchekep MS, Oke RA, Mbianyor MA, Yenshu EV, Boeck M, Collins C, Jackson N, Mefire AC, Juillard C. PMID: 32593889; PMCID: PMC7541413.
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    16. What is trauma? Qualitatively assessing stakeholder perceptions in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Glob Public Health. 2020 09; 15(9):1364-1379. Blair KJ, Monroy A, Rook JM, Wood E, Foianini JE, Haider AH, Swaroop M, Boeck MA. PMID: 32379009.
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    17. Global Impact of Social Media on Women in Surgery. Am Surg. 2020 Feb 01; 86(2):152-157. Corsini EM, Boeck M, Hughes KA, Logghe HJ, Pitt SC, Stamp N, Antonoff MB. PMID: 32106909.
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    18. Ensuring safe surgical care across resource settings via surgical outcomes data & quality improvement initiatives. Int J Surg. 2019 Dec; 72S:27-32. Eyob B, Boeck MA, FaSiOen P, Cawich S, Kluger MD. PMID: 31394278.
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    19. Geriatric Trauma in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. J Surg Res. 2019 12; 244:212-217. Ludi E, Boeck M, South S, Monasterio J, Swaroop M, Foianini E. PMID: 31299438.
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    20. SOSAS Study in Rural India: Using Accredited Social Health Activists as Enumerators. Ann Glob Health. 2019 03 14; 85(1). Cherukupalli S, Bhatia MB, Boeck MA, Blair KJ, Nagarajan N, Gupta S, Tatebe LC, Sharma S, Bhalla A, Nwomeh BC, Swaroop M. PMID: 30896129; PMCID: PMC6634432.
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    21. Open abdomen management and outcomes: two case reports from western Kenya and a review of literature from Africa. Pan Afr Med J. 2019; 32:33. Mwita C, Negesa R, Boeck M, Wandera A. PMID: 31143338; PMCID: PMC6522152.
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    22. American College of Surgeons Member Involvement in Global Surgery: Results from the 2015 Operation Giving Back Survey. World J Surg. 2018 Jul; 42(7):2018-2027. Boeck MA, Goodman LF, Lin Y, Wilczak B, Tefera G. PMID: 29411067.
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    23. The academic tweet: Twitter as a tool to advance academic surgery. J Surg Res. 2018 06; 226:viii-xii. Logghe HJ, Selby LV, Boeck MA, Stamp NL, Chuen J, Jones C. PMID: 29622401.
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    24. Best Practices for Surgeons' Social Media Use: Statement of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons. J Am Coll Surg. 2018 03; 226(3):317-327. Logghe HJ, Boeck MA, Gusani NJ, Hardaway JC, Hughes KA, Mouawad NJ, Kulaylat AN, Hoffman RL, Turner P, Jones C, Leichtle SW. PMID: 29224795.
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    25. The development and implementation of a layperson trauma first responder course in La Paz, Bolivia: A pilot study. Injury. 2018 May; 49(5):885-896. Boeck MA, Callese TE, Nelson SK, Schuetz SJ, Fuentes Bazan C, Saavedra Laguna JMP, Shapiro MB, Issa NM, Swaroop M. PMID: 29198373.
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    26. Acute care surgery’s role in expanding the surgical workforce in Latin America. ACS Bulletin. 2017; 102(9):26-35. Peck G, Blitzer D, Boeck MA, de Moya M, Ferrada P, Vaz Ferreira R, Gracias V, Meara JG, Mejia Toro D, Ribeiro M, Rodas E, Sakran JV, Schroeder ME, Milena del Valle A, Zakrison TL. View Publication.
    27. Assessment of Surgical and Trauma Capacity in Potosí, Bolivia. Ann Glob Health. 2017 Mar - Apr; 83(2):262-273. Blair KJ, Boeck MA, Gallardo Barrientos JL, Hidalgo López JL, Helenowski IB, Nwomeh BC, Shapiro MB, Swaroop M. PMID: 28619401.
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    28. Decoding Twitter: Understanding the History, Instruments, and Techniques for Success. Ann Surg. 2016 Dec; 264(6):904-908. Logghe HJ, Boeck MA, Atallah SB. PMID: 27322186.
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    29. Assessing access to surgical care in Nepal via a cross-sectional, countrywide survey. Surgery. 2016 08; 160(2):501-8. Boeck MA, Nagarajan N, Gupta S, Varadaraj V, Groen RS, Shrestha S, Gurung S, Kushner AL, Nwomeh B, Swaroop M. PMID: 27158120.
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    30. Implementation of a Hospital-Based Trauma Registry in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia: Methodology, Preliminary Results, and Lessons Learned. Panamerican Journal of Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Surgery. 2016. Boeck MA, Blair KJ, Foianini JE, Perry HB, Mata LV, Aboutanos MB, Haider AH, Swaroop M. View Publication.
    31. The Role of Public Health in a Global Surgery Fellowship. J Surg Educ. 2015 Sep-Oct; 72(5):776-7. Boeck MA, Nagarajan N, Swaroop M. PMID: 26210253.
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    32. Resident awareness of documentation requirements and reimbursement: a multi-institutional survey. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Mar; 97(3):858-64; discussion 864. Yount KW, Reames BN, Kensinger CD, Boeck MA, Thompson PW, Forrester JD, Upchurch GR, Gauger PG, Kron IL, Lau CL. PMID: 24315406; PMCID: PMC3943630.
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    33. Incremental increase in VEGFR1⁺ hematopoietic progenitor cells and VEGFR2⁺ endothelial progenitor cells predicts relapse and lack of tumor response in breast cancer patients. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 Feb; 132(1):235-42. Jain S, Ward MM, O'Loughlin J, Boeck M, Wiener N, Chuang E, Cigler T, Moore A, Donovan D, Lam C, Cobham MV, Schneider S, Christos P, Baergen RN, Swistel A, Lane ME, Mittal V, Rafii S, Vahdat LT. PMID: 22160642; PMCID: PMC5830135.
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