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Valy Fontil, MD, MAS, MPH

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone628-206-4087
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-0795-3237 Additional info
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    University of California, San FranciscoMS2013 Graduate Division (Advance Training in Clinical Research)
    Tulane UniversityResidency2010Internal Medicine
    University of Michigan Doctor of Medicine2007Medical School

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    Valy Fontil, MD, MAS is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine-SFGH and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Fontil is committed to using multiple research methodologies to study proactive clinical approaches for disease prevention and cardiovascular risk reduction in disenfranchised populations vulnerable to health disparities. As a health services researcher and implementation scientist, his current work is focused on identifying, studying, and implementing hypertension management interventions to improve population health and reduce health disparities. Some of his most recent research work has included: (1) analysis of national datasets to identify gaps and disparities in current management of hypertension; (2) development and use of microsimulation modeling to predict what clinical interventions might work best for improving hypertension control; and (3) implementation of a practice-based hypertension in safety-net clinics. He was recently awarded a UCSF institutional grant to help fund his efforts in adopting and implementing Kaiser Permanente’s hypertension control program in the San Francisco General Hospital’s General Medicine Clinic – Bring it Down GMC. Dr. Fontil also has in interest in leveraging mobile health information technology for practice-based interventions in healthcare safety-net institutions.

    Dr. Fontil studied at Oakwood College, a historically Black College, and then went on to medical school at the University of Michigan, where he received his MD and MPH. He then joined the UCSF family to do his General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship, where he earned a Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research with a specialization in implementation science. He has worked with Drs. Bibbins-Domingo and Mark Pletcher to develop the Blood Pressure Control Model, a computer microsimulation model that simulates the healthcare processes involved in controlling blood pressure. As a UCSF postdoctoral scholar, Dr. Fontil developed a hypertension treatment algorithm that is now being implemented in several clinics across the San Francisco Health Network.

    I addition to his research, Dr. Fontil serves on the selection committee for the Pre-Health Undergraduate Program at the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and a lecturer in the program’s Designing Clinical Research curriculum. He is also an affiliated mentor and presenter in the UCSF-RISE program – a recently funded NHLBI R25 grant for a summer institute to attract under-represented minority faculty from other institutions to UCSF for an implementation science curriculum and mentoring.

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    Bring it Down San Francisco: Harnessing cloud-based technology to improve hypertension management in a low-income underserved population
    NIH/NHLBI K23HL136899May 10, 2018 - Feb 28, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Fontil V, Khoong EC, Hoskote M, Radcliffe K, Ratanawongsa N, Lyles CR, Sarkar U. Evaluation of a Health Information Technology-Enabled Collective Intelligence Platform to Improve Diagnosis in Primary Care and Urgent Care Settings: Protocol for a Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Aug 06; 8(8):e13151. PMID: 31389337.
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    2. Bellows BK, Ruiz-Negrón N, Bibbins-Domingo K, King JB, Pletcher MJ, Moran AE, Fontil V. Clinic-Based Strategies to Reach United States Million Hearts 2022 Blood Pressure Control Goals. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2019 Jun; 12(6):e005624. PMID: 31163981.
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    3. Lee J, Chu C, Guzman D, Fontil V, Velasquez A, Powe NR, Tuot DS. Albuminuria Testing by Race and Ethnicity among Patients with Hypertension with and without Diabetes. Am J Nephrol. 2019; 50(1):48-54. PMID: 31167180.
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    4. Valy Fontil, Kate Radcliffe, Helena C Lyson, Neda Ratanawongsa, Courtney Lyles, Delphine Tuot, Kaeli Yuen, Urmimala Sarkar. Testing and improving the acceptability of a web-based platform for collective intelligence to improve diagnostic accuracy in primary care clinics. JAMIA Open. 2019 Apr 1; 2(1):ooy058-.
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    5. Valy Fontil, Elaine Khoong, Mekhala Hoskote, Kate Radcliffe, Neda Ratanawongsa, Courtney Rees Lyles, Urmimala Sarkar. Evaluation of an health-IT-enabled collective intelligence platform to improve diagnosis in primary care and urgent care settings: Study Design (Preprint). 2018 Dec 1.
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    6. Selby K, Michel M, Gildengorin G, Karliner L, Pramanik R, Fontil V, Potter MB. Disparities in Hypertension Control Across and Within Three Health Systems Participating in a Data-Sharing Collaborative. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018 Nov-Dec; 31(6):897-904. PMID: 30413545.
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    7. Fontil V, Lyles CR, Schillinger D, Handley MA, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Bibbins-Domingo K, Sarkar U. Safety-net institutions in the US grapple with new cholesterol treatment guidelines: a qualitative analysis from the PHoENIX Network. Risk Manag Healthc Policy. 2018; 11:99-108. PMID: 30034258.
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    8. Fontil V, Gupta R, Moise N, Chen E, Guzman D, McCulloch CE, Bibbins-Domingo K. Adapting and Evaluating a Health System Intervention From Kaiser Permanente to Improve Hypertension Management and Control in a Large Network of Safety-Net Clinics. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2018 07; 11(7):e004386. PMID: 30002140.
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    9. Fontil V, McDermott K, Tieu L, Rios C, Gibson E, Sweet CC, Payne M, Lyles CR. Adaptation and Feasibility Study of a Digital Health Program to Prevent Diabetes among Low-Income Patients: Results from a Partnership between a Digital Health Company and an Academic Research Team. J Diabetes Res. 2016; 2016:8472391. PMID: 27868070.
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    10. Fontil V, Bibbins-Domingo K, Nguyen OK, Guzman D, Goldman LE. Management of Hypertension in Primary Care Safety-Net Clinics in the United States: A Comparison of Community Health Centers and Private Physicians' Offices. Health Serv Res. 2017 Apr; 52(2):807-825. PMID: 27283354.
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    11. Fontil V, Gupta R, Bibbins-Domingo K. Missed opportunities: young adults with hypertension and lifestyle counseling in clinical practice. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 May; 30(5):536-8. PMID: 25761619.
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    12. Fontil V, Bibbins-Domingo K, Kazi DS, Sidney S, Coxson PG, Khanna R, Victor RG, Pletcher MJ. Simulating Strategies for Improving Control of Hypertension Among Patients with Usual Source of Care in the United States: The Blood Pressure Control Model. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Aug; 30(8):1147-55. PMID: 25749880.
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    13. Fontil V, Pletcher MJ, Khanna R, Guzman D, Victor R, Bibbins-Domingo K. Physician underutilization of effective medications for resistant hypertension at office visits in the United States: NAMCS 2006-2010. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Mar; 29(3):468-76. PMID: 24249113.
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