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Sumant Ranji, MD

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone628-206-2651
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    University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, ILM.D.1998School of Medicine
    University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, ILInternship and Residency2001Internal Medicine
    Cook County Hospital, Chicago, ILChief Medical Resident2002Internal Medicine
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    ZSFG Department of Medicine2020John F. Murray, MD Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine
    UCSF2016Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Medical Education
    UCSF2015Academy of Medical Educators
    2010Fellow of the American College of Physicians
    UCSF2009Floyd C. Rector Housestaff Teaching Award

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    Dr. Sumant Ranji completed his Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Chicago, and served as Chief Medical Resident at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He joined UCSF in 2002 as a fellow in hospital medicine and clinical research, and subsequently joined the faculty of the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF Health. His work focuses on improving the quality and safety of care for hospitalized patients and educating residents and medical students.

    Dr. Ranji was named Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in 2016. In this role, he directs the division's activities in the clinical care of hospitalized patients, education of medical students and residents, research, and quality improvement and patient safety, and is responsible for mentorship and development of the division's 40 faculty and staff.

    As an educator, Dr. Ranji remains active in clinical teaching and education for students and residents around quality improvement, patient safety, and high value care. He served as associate program director for the UCSF Internal Medicine residency from 2007-2016, directing educational programs in systems improvement and developing experiential learning approaches to engage residents in improving the quality of care for hospitalized patients. He continues to mentor students, residents, and faculty interested in careers in health care systems improvement.

    Dr. Ranji's academic interests are in patient safety, quality improvement, and high-value care for hospitalized patients. He has published widely on quality improvement initiatives to improve the safety of transitions in care, with a particular focus on the role of residents in improving quality and safety. He is an an Associate Editor of BMJ Quality and Safety (http://qualitysafety.bmj.com) and previously served as Associate Editor for AHRQ Patient Safety Net. His clinical responsibilities include attending on the ward and medical consult services at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

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    1. Prevalence and characterisation of diagnostic error among 7-day all-cause hospital medicine readmissions: a retrospective cohort study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2020 Aug 04. Raffel KE, Kantor MA, Barish P, Esmaili A, Lim H, Xue F, Ranji SR. PMID: 32753409.
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    2. What Gets Measured Gets (Micro)managed. JAMA. 2020 May 05; 323(17):1688-1689. Ranji SR. PMID: 32369138.
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    3. Jump-Starting Faculty Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Education: A Team-Based Approach. Acad Med. 2019 11; 94(11):1728-1732. van Schaik SM, Chang A, Fogh S, Haehn M, Lyndon A, O'Brien B, O'Sullivan P, Ranji S, Rosenbluth G, Sehgal N, Tabas J, Baron RB. PMID: 31663959.
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    4. Acute Care for Patients Who Are Incarcerated: A Review. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Sep 16. Haber LA, Erickson HP, Ranji SR, Ortiz GM, Pratt LA. PMID: 31524937.
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    5. Who Will Guard the Guardians? Preventing Drug Diversion in Hospitals. J Hosp Med. 2019 07; 14(7):451-452. Ranji S. PMID: 31251166.
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    6. Diving Into Diagnostic Uncertainty: Strategies to Mitigate Cognitive Load: In Reference to: "Focused Ethnography of Diagnosis in Academic Medical Centers". J Hosp Med. 2018 11; 13(11):804. Santhosh L, Raffel K, Ranji SR. PMID: 30484782.
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    7. A Discharge Time-Out: A Case Study on Physician-Nurse Discharge Communication and the Challenge of Sustainability in Resident-Led Quality Improvement. Am J Med Qual. 2019 Jul/Aug; 34(4):381-388. Raffel KE, Gupta N, Vercammen-Grandjean C, Hohman J, Ranji S, Pierluissi E, Mourad M. PMID: 30345785.
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    8. Training Residents in Hospital Medicine: The Hospitalist Elective National Survey. J Hosp Med. 2018 09 01; 13(9):623-625. Ludwin S, Harrison JD, Ranji S, Sharpe BA, Kneeland P. PMID: 29578550.
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    9. Next-generation audit and feedback for inpatient quality improvement using electronic health record data: a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018 09; 27(9):691-699. Patel S, Rajkomar A, Harrison JD, Prasad PA, Valencia V, Ranji SR, Mourad M. PMID: 29507124.
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    10. A Comparison of Laboratory Testing in Teaching vs Nonteaching Hospitals for 2 Common Medical Conditions. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 01 01; 178(1):39-47. Valencia V, Arora VM, Ranji SR, Meza C, Moriates C. PMID: 29131899.
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    11. What Happened to My Patient? An Educational Intervention to Facilitate Postdischarge Patient Follow-Up. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Oct; 9(5):627-633. Narayana S, Rajkomar A, Harrison JD, Valencia V, Dhaliwal G, Ranji SR. PMID: 29075385.
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    12. Using an online quiz-based reinforcement system to teach healthcare quality and patient safety and care transitions at the University of California. Int J Qual Health Care. 2017 Oct 01; 29(5):735-739. Shaikh U, Afsar-Manesh N, Amin AN, Clay B, Ranji SR. PMID: 28992149.
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    13. Development of a Multi-Domain Assessment Tool for Quality Improvement Projects. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Aug; 9(4):473-478. Rosenbluth G, Burman NJ, Ranji SR, Boscardin CK. PMID: 28824761.
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    14. Standardized Attending Rounds to Improve the Patient Experience: A Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. J Hosp Med. 2017 03; 12(3):143-149. Monash B, Najafi N, Mourad M, Rajkomar A, Ranji SR, Fang MC, Glass M, Milev D, Ding Y, Shen A, Sharpe BA, Harrison JD. PMID: 28272589.
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    15. Exploring Physician Perspectives of Residency Holdover Handoffs: A Qualitative Study to Understand an Increasingly Important Type of Handoff. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Jun; 32(6):654-659. Duong JA, Jensen TP, Morduchowicz S, Mourad M, Harrison JD, Ranji SR. PMID: 28194689.
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    16. Using the Electronic Health Record to Identify Educational Gaps for Internal Medicine Interns. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Feb; 9(1):109-112. Rajkomar A, Ranji SR, Sharpe B. PMID: 28261404.
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    17. Does it matter how much physician trainees work anymore? BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 12; 25(12):914-916. Fletcher KE, Ranji SR. PMID: 27118871.
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    18. Quality improvement, quality measurement and medical education: a brewing culture clash? BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 Aug; 24(8):477-9. Margolius D, Ranji SR. PMID: 26188058.
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    19. We need to talk: Primary care provider communication at discharge in the era of a shared electronic medical record. J Hosp Med. 2015 May; 10(5):307-10. Sheu L, Fung K, Mourad M, Ranji S, Wu E. PMID: 25755159.
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    20. Transitional care strategies from hospital to home: a review for the neurohospitalist. Neurohospitalist. 2015 Jan; 5(1):35-42. Rennke S, Ranji SR. PMID: 25553228.
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    21. The effect of a rapid response team on resident perceptions of education and autonomy. J Hosp Med. 2015 Jan; 10(1):8-12. Butcher BW, Quist CE, Harrison JD, Ranji SR. PMID: 25603788.
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    22. A piece of my mind. What gets measured gets (micro)managed. JAMA. 2014 Oct 22-29; 312(16):1637-8. Ranji SR. PMID: 25335143.
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    23. Computerised provider order entry combined with clinical decision support systems to improve medication safety: a narrative review. BMJ Qual Saf. 2014 Sep; 23(9):773-80. Ranji SR, Rennke S, Wachter RM. PMID: 24728888.
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    24. Neurohospitalists and patient safety: lessons learned in 2013. Neurohospitalist. 2014 Apr; 4(2):55-7. Ranji SR, Moriates C. PMID: 24707330.
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    25. The successes and challenges of hospital to home transitions. J Hosp Med. 2014 Apr; 9(4):271-3. Solan LG, Ranji SR, Shah SS. PMID: 24616328.
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    26. Internal medicine rounding practices and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competencies. J Hosp Med. 2014 Apr; 9(4):239-43. Shoeb M, Khanna R, Fang M, Sharpe B, Finn K, Ranji S, Monash B. PMID: 24493566.
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    27. An advanced quality improvement and patient safety elective. Clin Teach. 2013 Dec; 10(6):368-73. Mookherjee S, Ranji S, Neeman N, Sehgal N. PMID: 24219520.
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    28. 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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    29. Physical examination education in graduate medical education--a systematic review of the literature. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Aug; 28(8):1090-9. Mookherjee S, Pheatt L, Ranji SR, Chou CL. PMID: 23568186.
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    30. The Housestaff Incentive Program: improving the timeliness and quality of discharge summaries by engaging residents in quality improvement. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Sep; 22(9):768-74. Bischoff K, Goel A, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Mourad M. PMID: 23704085.
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    31. The effect of a resident-led quality improvement project on improving communication between hospital-based and outpatient physicians. Am J Med Qual. 2013 Nov-Dec; 28(6):472-9. Kalanithi L, Coffey CE, Mourad M, Vidyarthi AR, Hollander H, Ranji SR. PMID: 23526358.
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    32. Hospital-initiated transitional care interventions as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Mar 05; 158(5 Pt 2):433-40. Rennke S, Nguyen OK, Shoeb MH, Magan Y, Wachter RM, Ranji SR. PMID: 23460101.
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    33. Making health care safer II: an updated critical analysis of the evidence for patient safety practices. Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep). 2013 Mar; (211):1-945. Shekelle PG, Wachter RM, Pronovost PJ, Schoelles K, McDonald KM, Dy SM, Shojania K, Reston J, Berger Z, Johnsen B, Larkin JW, Lucas S, Martinez K, Motala A, Newberry SJ, Noble M, Pfoh E, Ranji SR, Rennke S, Schmidt E, Shanman R, Sullivan N, Sun F, Tipton K, Treadwell JR, Tsou A, Vaiana ME, Weaver SJ, Wilson R, Winters BD. PMID: 24423049.
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    34. Identifying entrustable professional activities in internal medicine training. J Grad Med Educ. 2013 Mar; 5(1):54-9. Hauer KE, Kohlwes J, Cornett P, Hollander H, Ten Cate O, Ranji SR, Soni K, Iobst W, O'Sullivan P. PMID: 24404227.
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    35. The value in the evidence: teaching residents to "choose wisely". JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):308-10. Moriates C, Soni K, Lai A, Ranji S. PMID: 23358796.
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    36. A Resident-Led Quality Improvement Program for Increasing Documentation of Advance Care Planning Discussions (FR407-C). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2013 Feb 1; 45(2):368-369. Joshua Lakin, Elizabeth Le, Harry Hollander, Michelle Mourad, Sumant Ranji, Krishan Soni, Wendy Anderson. .
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    37. Effects of increased overnight supervision on resident education, decision-making, and autonomy. J Hosp Med. 2012 Oct; 7(8):606-10. Haber LA, Lau CY, Sharpe BA, Arora VM, Farnan JM, Ranji SR. PMID: 22865395.
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    38. A randomized controlled trial of the impact of a teaching procedure service on the training of internal medicine residents. J Grad Med Educ. 2012 Jun; 4(2):170-5. Mourad M, Ranji S, Sliwka D. PMID: 23730437.
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    39. Perspective: engaging trainees in performance improvement projects: the Quality and Safety Innovation Challenge. Am J Med Qual. 2012 Jul-Aug; 27(4):345-7. Neeman N, Ranji SR, Sehgal NL. PMID: 22550347.
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    40. Impact of the “July Effect” on Patient Outcomes. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012 Jan 17; 156(2):168. John Q. Young, Andrew D. Auerbach, Sumant R. Ranji. .
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    41. Developing educators, investigators, and leaders during internal medicine residency: the area of distinction program. J Grad Med Educ. 2011 Dec; 3(4):535-40. Kohlwes RJ, Cornett P, Dandu M, Julian K, Vidyarthi A, Minichiello T, Shunk R, Jain S, Harleman E, Ranji S, Sharpe B, O'Sullivan P, Hollander H. PMID: 23205204.
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    42. "July effect": impact of the academic year-end changeover on patient outcomes: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Sep 06; 155(5):309-15. Young JQ, Ranji SR, Wachter RM, Lee CM, Niehaus B, Auerbach AD. PMID: 21747093.
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    43. Shifting indirect patient care duties to after hours in the era of work hours restrictions. Acad Med. 2011 May; 86(5):586-90. Mourad M, Vidyarthi AR, Hollander H, Ranji SR. PMID: 21436665.
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    44. Potential unintended consequences due to Medicare's "no pay for errors" rule? A randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention with internal medicine residents. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Oct; 25(10):1097-101. Mookherjee S, Vidyarthi AR, Ranji SR, Maselli J, Wachter RM, Baron RB. PMID: 20532660.
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    45. Effect of hospitalist attending physicians on trainee educational experiences: a systematic review. J Hosp Med. 2009 Oct; 4(8):490-8. Natarajan P, Ranji SR, Auerbach AD, Hauer KE. PMID: 19824099.
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    46. Rapid response systems in adult academic medical centers. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009 Sep; 35(9):475-82, 437. Wood KA, Ranji SR, Ide B, Dracup K. PMID: 19769208.
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    47. Interventions to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing: a systematic review and quantitative analysis. Med Care. 2008 Aug; 46(8):847-62. Ranji SR, Steinman MA, Shojania KG, Gonzales R. PMID: 18665065.
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    48. Implementing patient safety interventions in your hospital: what to try and what to avoid. Med Clin North Am. 2008 Mar; 92(2):275-93, vii-viii. Ranji SR, Shojania KG. PMID: 18298979.
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    49. Effects of rapid response systems on clinical outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis. J Hosp Med. 2007 Nov; 2(6):422-32. Ranji SR, Auerbach AD, Hurd CJ, O'Rourke K, Shojania KG. PMID: 18081187.
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    50. Opiates and Acute Abdominal Pain—Reply. JAMA. 2007 Feb 7; 297(5):467-468. Sumant R. Ranji, L. Elizabeth Goldman, David L. Simel, Kaveh G. Shojania. .
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    51. Quality Improvement Strategies for Type 2 Diabetes—Reply. JAMA. 2006 Dec 13; 296(22):2680-2681. Kaveh G. Shojania, Sumant R. Ranji, Kathryn M. McDonald, Jeremy M. Grimshaw, Robert J. Rushakoff, Douglas K. Owens. .
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    52. Do opiates affect the clinical evaluation of patients with acute abdominal pain? JAMA. 2006 Oct 11; 296(14):1764-74. Ranji SR, Goldman LE, Simel DL, Shojania KG. PMID: 17032990.
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    53. Effects of quality improvement strategies for type 2 diabetes on glycemic control: a meta-regression analysis. JAMA. 2006 Jul 26; 296(4):427-40. Shojania KG, Ranji SR, McDonald KM, Grimshaw JM, Sundaram V, Rushakoff RJ, Owens DK. PMID: 16868301.
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    54. Improving antibiotic selection: a systematic review and quantitative analysis of quality improvement strategies. Med Care. 2006 Jul; 44(7):617-28. Steinman MA, Ranji SR, Shojania KG, Gonzales R. PMID: 16799356.
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    55. Impact of reliance on CT pulmonary angiography on diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: a Bayesian analysis. J Hosp Med. 2006 Mar; 1(2):81-7. Ranji SR, Shojania KG, Trowbridge RL, Auerbach AD. PMID: 17219477.
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    56. Hospital medicine fellowships: works in progress. Am J Med. 2006 Jan; 119(1):72.e1-7. Ranji SR, Rosenman DJ, Amin AN, Kripalani S. PMID: 16431196.
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    57. Suspected pulmonary embolism. N Engl J Med. 2004 Jan 01; 350(1):82-4; author reply 82-4. Ranji SR, Shojania KG. PMID: 14702433.
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    58. Schistosoma mansoni gene GP22 encodes the tegumental antigen sm25: (1) antibodies to a predicted B-cell epitope of Sm25 cross-react with other candidate vaccine worm antigens; (2) characterization of a recombinant product containing tandem-repeats of this peptide as a vaccine. Parasite Immunol. 2000 Aug; 22(8):381-95. Petzke MM, Suri PK, Bungiro R, Goldberg M, Taylor SF, Ranji S, Taylor H, McCray JW, Knopf PM. PMID: 10972845.
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