Todd May, MD

Title(s)SFGH Chief Medical Officer, Family Community Medicine
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    University of California, San Francisco, Natividad Medical Center Residency 1991School of Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoM.D.1988School of Medicine

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    Todd A. May, MD, is an attending physician at San Francisco General Hospital, and a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

    His primary interests involve both clinical care/medical education and hospital leadership. He is a clinician-educator with particular expertise in hospital medicine. Hospital/health systems administration interests include optimizing care for vulnerable populations, resource allocation, change management, operation of complex units, quality improvement, Lean management, and professionalism in medicine.

    Dr. May served as Chief Medical Officer at San Francisco General Hospital 2011-18 and Chief of the Medical Staff 2009-11. He is a core faculty member in the Family Medicine Residency Program and teaches in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and seminars. He also continues to practice as a primary care family physician.

    Dr. May most recently focused on developing and implementing hospital-wide initiatives in his role as Chief Medical Officer. In collaboration with the Chief of the Medical Staff, Chief Executive Officer, and Associate Dean, and other campus leaders, he is involved in major administrative aspects of the enterprise, especially as they pertain to integration of clinical services, quality improvement and patient safety, information systems, risk management, utilization management, compliance, and regulatory matters. Major themes include enhancing physician engagement in hospital operations and change management, organizational alignment to achieve common goals, leadership of complex units, and promoting professional behavior in the work place.

    Dr. May is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF). His training includes a family medicine residency and chief residency at the UCSF-affiliated program at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California. He completed a faculty development fellowship at UCSF and a medical leadership fellowship with the National Association of Public Hospitals. He is a graduate of the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program.

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    1. Tang JF, Chen PL, Tang EJ, May TA, Stiver SI. Dexmedetomidine controls agitation and facilitates reliable, serial neurological examinations in a non-intubated patient with traumatic brain injury. Neurocrit Care. 2011 Aug; 15(1):175-81. PMID: 20198514.
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    2. May TA, Clancy M, Critchfield J, Ebeling F, Enriquez A, Gallagher C, Genevro J, Kloo J, Lewis P, Smith R, Ng VL. Reducing unnecessary inpatient laboratory testing in a teaching hospital. Am J Clin Pathol. 2006 Aug; 126(2):200-6. PMID: 16891194.
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    3. Day KY, May TA, Hammer H. Family physicians and options for childbirth care. JAMA. 2005 Aug 17; 294(7):793; author reply 793. PMID: 16106003.
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    4. Pletcher MJ, Fernandez A, May TA, Westphal JR, Gamez CA, Hersh DF, Gonzales R. Unintended consequences of a quality improvement program designed to improve treatment of alcohol withdrawal in hospitalized patients. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2005 Mar; 31(3):148-57. PMID: 15828598.
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