Nicholas Stark (Stukel), MD, MBA, is currently a chief resident physician in Emergency Medicine at the University of California -San Francisco. He is an innovation-focused leader who merges his clinical and business expertise to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare in a broad range of environments. He is the Assistant Director of the UCSF Acute Care Innovation Center and has experience in design thinking and innovation, operations, quality, safety, and healthcare policy.
Nicholas's current projects include:
•Developing novel clinician-facing digital products, including a clinical information hub and a care coordination platform, by collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders and a design thinking lab.
•Building a national Business of Emergency Medicine online curriculum - as well as an in-depth didactics business curriculum - for resident physicians by collaborating with a team of physician leaders from across the country.
•Leading a multi-center study investigating the impacts of COVID-19 on teamwork and collaboration.
•Spearheading multiple department and hospital-wide quality improvement initiatives at UCSF to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
Nicholas graduated with distinction from Georgetown University with his medical and business degrees in 2018. Prior to beginning his studies at Georgetown, where he co-founded Washington D.C.’s first student-run asylum program and became one of the youngest people in history to run a marathon on all seven continents, Nicholas graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University and lived in Guatemala to study Spanish and health system design.
Nicholas currently resides in San Francisco, CA, and enjoys piloting, volunteering as a musician at the local children's hospital, discovering new craft beers and perfecting his espresso-making skills.