Valy Fontil, MD, MAS, MPH

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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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 K23HL136899May 10, 2018 - Feb 28, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Warfarin Monitoring in Safety-Net Health Systems: Analysis by Race/Ethnicity and Language Preference. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Jan 06. Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Rivadeneira N, Sierra M, Fang MC, Gupta N, Pramanik R, Tran H, Whitezell T, Fontil V, Lee SY, Sarkar U. PMID: 34993871.
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    2. Association of Differences in Treatment Intensification, Missed Visits, and Scheduled Follow-up Interval With Racial or Ethnic Disparities in Blood Pressure Control. JAMA Cardiol. 2021 Dec 08. Fontil V, Pacca L, Bellows BK, Khoong E, McCulloch CE, Pletcher M, Bibbins-Domingo K. PMID: 34878499.
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    3. EPID-11. A POPULATION STUDY OF CLINICAL TRIAL ACCRUAL FOR WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN NEURO-ONCOLOGY FOLLOWING THE NIH REVITALIZATION ACT. Neuro-Oncology. 2021 Nov 12; 23(Supplement_6):vi88-vi88. Reihl RS, Patil PN, Morshed MR, Mehari MM, Aabedi Aa, Chukwueke CU, Porter PA, Fontil FV, Cioffi CG, Waite WK, Kruchko KC, Ostrom OQ, Barnholtz-Sloan BJ, Hervey-Jumper HS. .
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    4. Tracking Blood Pressure Control Performance and Process Metrics in 25 US Health Systems: The PCORnet Blood Pressure Control Laboratory. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Oct 06; e022224. Cooper-DeHoff RM, Fontil V, Carton T, Chamberlain AM, Todd J, O'Brien EC, Shaw KM, Smith M, Choi S, Nilles EK, Ford D, Tecson KM, Dennar PE, Ahmad F, Wu S, McClay JC, Azar K, Singh R, Faulkner Modrow M, Shay CM, Rakotz M, Wozniak G, Pletcher MJ. PMID: 34612048.
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    5. Comparison of Diagnostic Recommendations from Individual Physicians versus the Collective Intelligence of Multiple Physicians in Ambulatory Cases Referred for Specialist Consultation. Med Decis Making. 2021 Aug 11; 272989X211031209. Khoong EC, Nouri SS, Tuot DS, Nundy S, Fontil V, Sarkar U. PMID: 34378444.
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    6. Mobile health strategies for blood pressure self-management in urban populations with digital barriers: systematic review and meta-analyses. NPJ Digit Med. 2021 Jul 22; 4(1):114. Khoong EC, Olazo K, Rivadeneira NA, Thatipelli S, Barr-Walker J, Fontil V, Lyles CR, Sarkar U. PMID: 34294852.
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    7. Scaling Up Pharmacist-Led Blood Pressure Control Programs in Black Barbershops: Projected Population Health Impact and Value. Circulation. 2021 Jun 15; 143(24):2406-2408. Kazi DS, Wei PC, Penko J, Bellows BK, Coxson P, Bryant KB, Fontil V, Blyler CA, Lyles C, Lynch K, Ebinger J, Zhang Y, Tajeu GS, Boylan R, Pletcher MJ, Rader F, Moran AE, Bibbins-Domingo K. PMID: 34125566.
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    8. Inequities in Hypertension Control in the United States Exposed and Exacerbated by COVID-19 and the Role of Home Blood Pressure and Virtual Health Care During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 06; 10(11):e020997. Bress AP, Cohen JB, Anstey DE, Conroy MB, Ferdinand KC, Fontil V, Margolis KL, Muntner P, Millar MM, Okuyemi KS, Rakotz MK, Reynolds K, Safford MM, Shimbo D, Stuligross J, Green BB, Mohanty AF. PMID: 34006116.
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    9. Cost-Effectiveness of Hypertension Treatment by Pharmacists in Black Barbershops. Circulation. 2021 Jun 15; 143(24):2384-2394. Bryant KB, Moran AE, Kazi DS, Zhang Y, Penko J, Ruiz-Negrón N, Coxson P, Blyler CA, Lynch K, Cohen LP, Tajeu GS, Fontil V, Moy NB, Ebinger JE, Rader F, Bibbins-Domingo K, Bellows BK. PMID: 33855861.
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    10. Impact of digitally acquired peer diagnostic input on diagnostic confidence in outpatient cases: A pragmatic randomized trial. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 03 01; 28(3):632-637. Khoong EC, Fontil V, Rivadeneira NA, Hoskote M, Nundy S, Lyles CR, Sarkar U. PMID: 33260212.
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    11. Quantifying Variation in Treatment Utilization for Type 2 Diabetes Across Five Major University of California Health Systems. Diabetes Care. 2021 04; 44(4):908-914. Peterson TA, Fontil V, Koliwad SK, Patel A, Butte AJ. PMID: 33531419.
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    12. Abstract 17207: Impact of Racial Differences in Treatment Intensification and Missed Visits on Disparities in BP Control. Circulation. 2020 Nov 17; 142(Suppl_3). Fontil FV, Pacca PL, Bellows BB, Khoong KE, McCulloch MC, Pletcher PM, Bibbins-Domingo BK. .
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    13. Impact of Self-Monitoring of Blood Pressure on Processes of Hypertension Care and Long-Term Blood Pressure Control. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 08 04; 9(15):e016174. Bryant KB, Sheppard JP, Ruiz-Negrón N, Kronish IM, Fontil V, King JB, Pletcher MJ, Bibbins-Domingo K, Moran AE, McManus RJ, Bellows BK. PMID: 32696695.
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    14. The PCORnet Blood Pressure Control Laboratory: A Platform for Surveillance and Efficient Trials. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2020 03; 13(3):e006115. Pletcher MJ, Fontil V, Carton T, Shaw KM, Smith M, Choi S, Todd J, Chamberlain AM, O'Brien EC, Faulkner M, Maeztu C, Wozniak G, Rakotz M, Shay CM, Cooper-DeHoff RM. PMID: 32142371.
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    15. Abstract 56: Blood Pressure Control in the Real World - Early Evidence From a National Blood Pressure Surveillance System. Circulation. 2020 Mar 3; 141(Suppl_1). Cooper-DeHoff CR, Fontil FV, Carton CT, McAuliffe MK, Smith SM, Choi CS, Todd TJ, Chamberlain CA, O'Brien OE, Faulkner FM, Maeztu MC, MURAKAMI ML, Wozniak WG, Rakotz RM, Shay SC, Pletcher PM. .
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    16. Evaluation of a Health Information Technology-Enabled Panel Management Platform to Improve Anticoagulation Control in a Low-Income Patient Population: Protocol for a Quasi-Experimental Design. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020 Jan 13; 9(1):e13835. Fontil V, Kazi D, Cherian R, Lee SY, Sarkar U. PMID: 31929105.
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    17. Abstract P2050: The Pcornet Blood Pressure Control Laboratory. Hypertension. 2019 Sep 1; 74(Suppl_1). Pletcher PM, Fontil FV, Carton CT, Shaw SK, Smith SM, Todd TJ, Chamberlain CA, Obrien OE, Faulkner FM, Maeztu MC, Wozniak WG, Rakotz RM, Shay SC, Cooper DeHoff CR. .
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    18. Abstract P156: Long-Term Blood Pressure Outcomes and Costs Associated With a Barber-Pharmacist Hypertension Intervention: 10-Year Simulation of the Los Angeles Barber Trial. Hypertension. 2019 Sep 1; 74(Suppl_1). Bryant BK, Kazi KD, Fontil FV, Penko PJ, Blyler BC, Lynch LK, Ebinger EJ, Moy MN, Rader RF, Bibbins-Domingo BK, Moran MA, Bellows BB. .
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    19. 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. Fontil V, Khoong EC, Hoskote M, Radcliffe K, Ratanawongsa N, Lyles CR, Sarkar U. PMID: 31389337.
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    20. Clinic-Based Strategies to Reach United States Million Hearts 2022 Blood Pressure Control Goals. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2019 06; 12(6):e005624. Bellows BK, Ruiz-Negrón N, Bibbins-Domingo K, King JB, Pletcher MJ, Moran AE, Fontil V. PMID: 31163981.
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    21. Albuminuria Testing by Race and Ethnicity among Patients with Hypertension with and without Diabetes. Am J Nephrol. 2019; 50(1):48-54. Lee J, Chu C, Guzman D, Fontil V, Velasquez A, Powe NR, Tuot DS. PMID: 31167180.
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    22. 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; 2(1):40-48. Fontil V, Radcliffe K, Lyson HC, Ratanawongsa N, Lyles C, Tuot D, Yuen K, Sarkar U. PMID: 31984344.
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    23. 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. Fontil FV, Khoong KE, Hoskote HM, Radcliffe RK, Ratanawongsa RN, Lyles LC, Sarkar SU. .
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    24. 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. Selby K, Michel M, Gildengorin G, Karliner L, Pramanik R, Fontil V, Potter MB. PMID: 30413545.
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    25. 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. Fontil V, Lyles CR, Schillinger D, Handley MA, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Bibbins-Domingo K, Sarkar U. PMID: 30034258.
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    26. 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. Fontil V, Gupta R, Moise N, Chen E, Guzman D, McCulloch CE, Bibbins-Domingo K. PMID: 30002140.
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    27. Abstract 096: Comparing Strategies to Improve Systolic Blood Pressure Over 10 Years: A Simulation Study Using the Blood Pressure Control Model. Hypertension. 2017 Sep 1; 70(suppl_1). Bellows BB, Moran MA, Ruiz-Negrón RN, Bibbins-Domingo BK, Pletcher PM, Fontil FV. .
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    28. 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. Fontil V, McDermott K, Tieu L, Rios C, Gibson E, Sweet CC, Payne M, Lyles CR. PMID: 27868070.
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    29. 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. Fontil V, Bibbins-Domingo K, Nguyen OK, Guzman D, Goldman LE. PMID: 27283354.
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    30. Abstract WMP36: Management of Hypertension in Primary Care Safety-net Clinics in the United States: A Comparison of Community Health Centers and Private Physician’s Offices. Stroke. 2016 Feb 1; 47(suppl_1). Fontil FV, Bibbins-Domingo BK, Nguyen NO, Guzman GD, Goldman GE. .
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    31. Missed opportunities: young adults with hypertension and lifestyle counseling in clinical practice. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 May; 30(5):536-8. Hanna RF, Ward TJ, Chow DS, Lagana SM, Moreira RK, Emond JC, Weintraub JL, Prince MR, Fontil V, Gupta R, Bibbins-Domingo K. PMID: 25761619; PMCID: PMC4395597.
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    32. 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. Fontil V, Bibbins-Domingo K, Kazi DS, Sidney S, Coxson PG, Khanna R, Victor RG, Pletcher MJ, Fontil V, Bibbins-Domingo K, Kazi DS, Sidney S, Coxson PG, Khanna R, Victor RG, Pletcher MJ. PMID: 25749880; PMCID: PMC4510247.
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    33. Abstract T MP100: Improving Encounter Frequency, Physician Prescribing, or Patient Adherence - What Works Best for Controlling Blood Pressure? Results From a Validated Micro-Simulation Model. Stroke. 2014 Feb 1; 45(suppl_1). Fontil FV, Bibbins-Domingo BK, Kazi KD, Coxson CP, Sidney SS, Khanna KR, Victor VR, Pletcher PM. .
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    34. 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. Fontil V, Pletcher MJ, Khanna R, Guzman D, Victor R, Bibbins-Domingo K, Fontil V, Pletcher MJ, Khanna R, Guzman D, Victor R, Bibbins-Domingo K. PMID: 24249113; PMCID: PMC3930772.
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