Sunita Mutha, MD

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1701 Divisadero
San Francisco CA 94115
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    Dr. Mutha is director of Healthforce Center and professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. At Healthforce Center, Dr. Mutha leads the organization’s efforts to integrate experiential leadership training with workforce research, to ensure more effective health care delivery. She has over a decade of experience working on leadership development programs for health professionals.

    Dr. Mutha is a nationally recognized expert in health workforce training and cultural competence curriculum development. Her scholarly work has focused on approaches to improving care with an emphasis on the intersection between quality improvement and health care disparities. She has served on multiple panels and boards including the Joint Commission’s Expert Advisory Panel guiding the development of hospital standards for culturally competent patient-centered care; the National Quality Forum’s Cultural Competence Steering Committee; and the board of directors for Brown and Toland Medical Group, a comprehensive, multi-specialty independent practice association. She graduated from Albany Medical College and completed her residency and chief residency at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center. She also completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Stanford University.

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    1. Patient Perspectives on the Quality of Professional Interpretation: Results from LASI Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 08; 36(8):2386-2391. Pathak S, Gregorich SE, Diamond LC, Mutha S, Seto E, Livaudais-Toman J, Karliner L. PMID: 33515189.
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    2. Hospital discharge preparedness for patients with limited English proficiency: A mixed methods study of bedside interpreter-phones. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 Jan; 101(1):25-32. Lee JS, Nápoles A, Mutha S, Pérez-Stable EJ, Gregorich SE, Livaudais-Toman J, Karliner LS. PMID: 28774652.
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    3. Reducing Health Care Disparities for Minority Women in the Era of the Affordable Care Act: Opportunities within Primary Care. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016; 27(2):392-415. Karliner L, Marks A, Mutha S. PMID: 27180684.
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    4. Chapter 9: Organizational Cultural Competency. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 2010 Oct 1; 21(4_suppl):357s-372s. Marrone MS, Mutha MS, Tang TG. .
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    5. From the perspective of CEOs: what motivates hospitals to embrace cultural competence? J Healthc Manag. 2010 Sep-Oct; 55(5):339-51; discussion 351-2. Wilson-Stronks A, Mutha S. PMID: 21077583.
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    6. Achieving quality in health care through language access services: lessons from a California public hospital. Am J Med Qual. 2010 Jan-Feb; 25(1):51-9. Karliner LS, Mutha S. PMID: 19955512.
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    7. Evaluation of a train-the-trainer program for cultural competence. Am J Pharm Educ. 2007 Dec 15; 71(6):110. Assemi M, Mutha S, Hudmon KS. PMID: 19503694.
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    8. Do professional interpreters improve clinical care for patients with limited English proficiency? A systematic review of the literature. Health Serv Res. 2007 Apr; 42(2):727-54. Karliner LS, Jacobs EA, Chen AH, Mutha S. PMID: 17362215.
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    9. The need for more research on language barriers in health care: a proposed research agenda. Milbank Q. 2006; 84(1):111-33. Jacobs E, Chen AH, Karliner LS, Agger-Gupta N, Mutha S. PMID: 16529570.
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    10. Legal and regulatory obligations to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate emergency department services. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 2004 Jun 1; 5(2):85-92. Jacobs JE, Chen CA, Karliner KL, Fortier FJ, Mutha MS. .
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    11. A one-stop health care request. Am Fam Physician. 2004 Feb 01; 69(3):750-2. Ogrinc G, Mutha S. PMID: 14971851.
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    12. A framework for teaching medical students and residents about practice-based learning and improvement, synthesized from a literature review. Acad Med. 2003 Jul; 78(7):748-56. Ogrinc G, Headrick LA, Mutha S, Coleman MT, O'Donnell J, Miles PV. PMID: 12857698.
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    13. Evidence for longitudinal ambulatory care rotations: a review of the literature. Acad Med. 2002 Jul; 77(7):688-93. Ogrinc G, Mutha S, Irby DM. PMID: 12114141.
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    14. Provider-patient roles in chronic disease management. J Allied Health. 2002; 31(2):87-92. Stubblefield C, Mutha S. PMID: 12041002.
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    15. Improved compliance with universal precautions in the operating room following an educational intervention. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2001 Aug; 22(8):522-4. Kim LE, Jeffe DB, Evanoff BA, Mutha S, Freeman B, Fraser J. PMID: 11700882.
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    16. Medical practice 2010: how we get there. West J Med. 2000 Apr; 172(4):274-7. Mutha S, Norman G, O'Neil E. PMID: 10778386.
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    17. Evaluation of a preclinical, educational and skills-training program to improve students' use of blood and body fluid precautions: one-year follow-up. Prev Med. 1999 Nov; 29(5):365-73. Jeffe DB, Mutha S, Kim LE, Evanoff BA, Fraser VJ. PMID: 10564628.
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    18. Academic health centers: a future of struggles and new identities. West J Med. 1999 Oct; 171(4):276-8. Mutha S, Bellack JP, O'Neil EH. PMID: 10578686.
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    19. Compliance with Universal Precautions among emergency department personnel: implications for prevention programs. Am J Infect Control. 1999 Oct; 27(5):453-5. Kim LE, Evanoff BA, Parks RL, Jeffe DB, Mutha S, Haase C, Fraser VJ. PMID: 10511495.
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    20. Healthcare workers' perceptions of occupational exposure. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1999 Sep; 20(9):592-3. Mutha S, Jeffe DB, Kim LE, L'Ecuyer PB, Evanoff BA, Fraser VJ. PMID: 10501253.
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    21. Compliance with universal precautions among emergency department personnel caring for trauma patients. Ann Emerg Med. 1999 Feb; 33(2):160-5. Evanoff B, Kim L, Mutha S, Jeffe D, Haase C, Andereck D, Fraser V. PMID: 9922411.
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    22. Use of personal protective equipment and operating room behaviors in four surgical subspecialties: personal protective equipment and behaviors in surgery. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1999 Feb; 20(2):110-4. Akduman D, Kim LE, Parks RL, L'Ecuyer PB, Mutha S, Jeffe DB, Evanoff BA, Fraser VJ. PMID: 10064214.
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    23. Role models--guiding the future of medicine. N Engl J Med. 1998 Dec 31; 339(27):2015-7. Skeff KM, Mutha S. PMID: 9869675.
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    24. Does clinical experience affect medical students' knowledge, attitudes, and compliance with universal precautions? Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1998 Oct; 19(10):767-71. Jeffe DB, Mutha S, Kim LE, Evanoff BA, L'Ecuyer PB, Fraser VJ. PMID: 9801285.
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    25. Healthcare workers' attitudes and compliance with universal precautions: gender, occupation, and specialty differences. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1997 Oct; 18(10):710-2. Jeffe DB, Mutha S, L'Ecuyer PB, Kim LE, Singal RB, Evanoff BA, Fraser VJ. PMID: 9350464.
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    26. Insights into medical students' career choices based on third- and fourth-year students' focus-group discussions. Acad Med. 1997 Jul; 72(7):635-40. Mutha S, Takayama JI, O'Neil EH. PMID: 9236475.
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    27. Prognosis and outcomes of patients with community-acquired pneumonia. A meta-analysis. JAMA. 1996 Jan 10; 275(2):134-41. Fine MJ, Smith MA, Carson CA, Mutha SS, Sankey SS, Weissfeld LA, Kapoor WN. PMID: 8531309.
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    28. Salary inequities and health care costs. Acad Med. 1995 Oct; 70(10):853-4. Mutha S, McMurray JE. PMID: 7575909.
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    29. Enhancing professionalism. Ann Intern Med. 1994 Oct 15; 121(8):625-6. Seifer SD, O'Neil EH, Mutha S. PMID: 8085700.
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    30. Admission, recruitment, and retention: finding and keeping the generalist-oriented student. SGIM Task Force on Career Choice in Primary Care and Internal Medicine. J Gen Intern Med. 1994 Apr; 9(4 Suppl 1):S14-23. Linzer M, Slavin T, Mutha S, Takayama JI, Branda L, VanEyck S, McMurray JE, Rabinowitz HK. PMID: 8014739.
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