Veronica Yank, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address490 Illinois Street, #91M
San Francisco CA 94158
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    HarvardBA, History and Literature
    StanfordPostdoctoral Research Fellowship
    University of WashingtonInternal Medicine Residency
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    UCSF2022UCSF-Coro Faculty Leadership Collaborative
    UCSF2019Robert H. Crede Award for Excellence in Research
    American College of Physicians2011Fellow
    Stanford2010Award for Excellence in Medical Education

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    I am a primary care physician-investigator. My research focuses on informal (family/friend) caregivers and on improving care to prevent and manage chronic conditions in primary care, community, and home-based settings, particularly conditions associated with older adults, heavy caregiver burden (e.g., dementia), or elevated cardiovascular disease risk (e.g., chronic kidney disease).

    Currently, I lead an ongoing hybrid effectiveness-implementation randomized controlled trial of an online self-management and skills-building workshop for geographically isolated and under-resourced family caregivers of people living with dementia in rural regions across the U.S. I also lead a community partnership project to improve primary care access and quality for ethnically and linguistically diverse adult patients with disabilities.

    I also serve as a research and career mentor to trainees and faculty as:
    - Associate Director of the UCSF National Clinician Scholars Program
    - Site Director of the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship
    - Core faculty of the UCSF Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center
    - Supervisor for San Francisco State undergraduate students in public health degree program
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    Caregiver as Navigator-Developing Skills Online (CAN-DO): Developing Dementia Family Caregiver Mastery for Navigating Complex Health, Social Service, Legal, Financial, and Family Systems
    National Institute on Aging 1R01AG082833Jul 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2028
    Role: Expert Consultant
    Improving Access and Equity in Primary Care Services for Adults with Disabilities
    Mount Zion Health Fund 20220237Mar 1, 2022 - Oct 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    High Deductible Health Plans and Receipt of Recommended Medical Care
    National Institute on Aging R01AG072057Feb 15, 2022 - Nov 30, 2025
    Role: Sub-award PI
    Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Online Small-Group Self-Management Workshop for Rural Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias
    NIH R01AG057855Sep 30, 2018 - May 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Improving Care for Latino Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Development of Culturally and Linguistically Adapted Educational Materials for Patients and Their Families
    20180728Jul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Pilot Study of eHealth Medication Messages for Latino Patients With Diabetes and Their Families
    NIDDK/Health Delivery Systems - Center for Diabetes Translational Research (HDS-CDTR) at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals 5P30DK092924Sep 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Caring for the Caregivers of Veterans: Planning a National Program Evaluation
    NIH I21HX001655Nov 1, 2014 - Oct 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    RCT on comanagement of obesity, depression, and elevated CVD risk in primary care
    NIH R01HL119453May 1, 2014 - Mar 31, 2019
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Description: Was Co-I and sub-award PI when at Stanford (end date Nov 2015)
    Primary Care eHealth Intervention for Improved Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease
    NIH K23DK097308Aug 1, 2013 - May 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Predictors of Psychological Distress Among Rural Family/Friend Caregivers of People Living With Dementia in the United States: Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2024 Feb 01; 79(2). Santoyo-Olsson J, Covinsky KE, Chesla CA, Lorig K, Gallagher-Thompson D, Cheng J, Luzanilla M, Macias Romo E, Aguayo Ramirez G, Karliner L, Yank V. PMID: 37897201; PMCID: PMC10824158.
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    2. "It's Incapacitated Me in so Many Ways": Older Adults' Lived Experience With Postoperative Symptoms at Home After Major Elective Surgery. Ann Surg. 2024 May 01; 279(5):736-742. Keny C, Dillon EC, Russell MM, Colley A, Yank V, Tang V. PMID: 38050761.
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    3. Faculty knowledge, actions, and perceptions of sponsorship: an institutional survey study. Med Educ Online. 2023 Dec; 28(1):2218665. Williams MF, Yank V, O'Sullivan P, Alldredge B, Feldman MD. PMID: 37335821; PMCID: PMC10281429.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Social strain and conflict among older community-dwelling adults serving as caregivers: Findings from a national sample. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 11; 71(11):3644-3647. Nyarko-Odoom A, Kotwal A, Lisha NE, Yank V, Huang AJ. PMID: 37578382; PMCID: PMC10954345.
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    5. Global rural health disparities in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias: State of the science. Alzheimers Dement. 2023 09; 19(9):4204-4225. Wiese LAK, Gibson A, Guest MA, Nelson AR, Weaver R, Gupta A, Carmichael O, Lewis JP, Lindauer A, Loi S, Peterson R, Radford K, Rhodus EK, Wong CG, Zuelsdorff M, Saidi LG, Valdivieso-Mora E, Franzen S, Pope CN, Killian TS, Shrestha HL, Heyn PC, Ng TKS, Prusaczyk B, John S, Kulshreshtha A, Sheffler JL, Besser L, Daniel V, Tolea MI, Miller J, Musyimi C, Corkey J, Yank V, Williams CL, Rahemi Z, Park J, Magzamen S, Newton RL, Harrington C, Flatt JD, Arora S, Walter S, Griffin P, Babulal GM. PMID: 37218539; PMCID: PMC10524180.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Elder Mistreatment Experienced by Older Caregiving Adults: Results from a National Community-Based Sample. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 05; 38(7):1709-1716. Nyarko-Odoom A, Lisha NE, Yank V, Kotwal A, Balogun S, Huang AJ. PMID: 36717433; PMCID: PMC10212890.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Study protocol for a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial of the Building Better Caregivers online workshop for rural family/friend caregivers of people living with dementia. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 10; 121:106903. Santoyo-Olsson J, Lorig K, Romo EM, Luzanilla M, Ramirez GA, Cheng J, Chesla C, Covinsky KE, Karliner L, Thompson DG, Fahrenwald N, Yank V. PMID: 36057375; PMCID: PMC10292579.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    8. Improving Uptake of a National Web-Based Psychoeducational Workshop for Informal Caregivers of Veterans: Mixed Methods Implementation Evaluation. J Med Internet Res. 2021 01 07; 23(1):e16495. Yank V, Gale RC, Nevedal A, Okwara L, Koenig CJ, Trivedi RB, Dupke NJ, Kabat M, Asch SM. PMID: 33410759; PMCID: PMC7819783.
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    9. Behavioral Health and Burnout Among Physician Mothers Who Care for a Person With a Serious Health Problem, Long-term Illness, or Disability. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 04 01; 179(4):571-574. Yank V, Rennels C, Linos E, Choo EK, Jagsi R, Mangurian C. PMID: 30688972; PMCID: PMC6450290.
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    10. Supporting caregivers during hematopoietic cell transplantation for children with primary immunodeficiency disorders. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 06; 143(6):2271-2278. Yoo J, Halley MC, Lown EA, Yank V, Ort K, Cowan MJ, Dorsey MJ, Smith H, Iyengar S, Scalchunes C, Mangurian C. PMID: 31178019; PMCID: PMC6559373.
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    11. Building Better Caregivers: A Pragmatic 12-Month Trial of a Community-Based Workshop for Caregivers of Cognitively Impaired Adults. J Appl Gerontol. 2019 09; 38(9):1228-1252. Lorig K, Ritter PL, Laurent DD, Yank V. PMID: 29165000; PMCID: PMC6746242.
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    12. Crowdsourced Health Data: Comparability to a US National Survey, 2013-2015. Am J Public Health. 2017 08; 107(8):1283-1289. Yank V, Agarwal S, Loftus P, Asch S, Rehkopf D. PMID: 28640681; PMCID: PMC5508142.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    13. The Effect of Chronic Kidney Disease on a Physical Activity Intervention: Impact on Physical Function, Adherence, and Safety. J Clin Nephrol Ren Care. 2017; 3(1). Liu CK, Milton J, Hsu FC, Beavers KM, Yank V, Church T, Shegog JD, Kashaf S, Nayfield S, Newman A, Stafford RS, Nicklas B, Weiner DE, Fielding RA, LIFE-P Research Group. PMID: 29745380; PMCID: PMC5937279.
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    14. Applying the Pragmatic-Explanatory Continuum Indicator Summary Model in a Primary Care-Based Lifestyle Intervention Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Sep; 49(3 Suppl 2):S208-14. Rosas LG, Lv N, Azar K, Xiao L, Yank V, Ma J. PMID: 26296556.
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    15. Research aimed at improving both mood and weight (RAINBOW) in primary care: A type 1 hybrid design randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Jul; 43:260-78. Ma J, Yank V, Lv N, Goldhaber-Fiebert JD, Lewis MA, Kramer MK, Snowden MB, Rosas LG, Xiao L, Blonstein AC. PMID: 26096714; PMCID: PMC4537656.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Learning from marketing: Rapid development of medication messages that engage patients. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Aug; 98(8):1025-34. Yank V, Tribett E, Green L, Pettis J. PMID: 25913245; PMCID: PMC4684954.
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    17. Association of objectively measured physical activity with cardiovascular risk in mobility-limited older adults. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Feb 18; 4(2). Fitzgerald JD, Johnson L, Hire DG, Ambrosius WT, Anton SD, Dodson JA, Marsh AP, McDermott MM, Nocera JR, Tudor-Locke C, White DK, Yank V, Pahor M, Manini TM, Buford TW, LIFE Study Research Group. PMID: 25696062; PMCID: PMC4345863.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 22     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    18. The effectiveness of two community-based weight loss strategies among obese, low-income US Latinos. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Apr; 115(4):537-50.e2. Rosas LG, Thiyagarajan S, Goldstein BA, Drieling RL, Romero PP, Ma J, Yank V, Stafford RS. PMID: 25578925; PMCID: PMC4380577.
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    19. Abstract MP01: Association of Objectively-measured Physical Activity with Cardiovascular Risk in Mobility-limited Older Adults. Circulation. 2014 Mar 25; 129(suppl_1). Buford BT, Hire HD, Ambrosius AW, Anton AS, Church CT, Dodson DJ, Marsh MA, McDermott MM, Nocera NJ, White WD, Yank YV, Pahor PM, Manini MT. .
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    20. Genetic influence on exercise-induced changes in physical function among mobility-limited older adults. Physiol Genomics. 2014 Mar 01; 46(5):149-58. Buford TW, Hsu FC, Brinkley TE, Carter CS, Church TS, Dodson JA, Goodpaster BH, McDermott MM, Nicklas BJ, Yank V, Johnson JA, Pahor M, LIFE Research Group. PMID: 24423970; PMCID: PMC3949106.
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    21. Short-term weight loss patterns, baseline predictors, and longer-term follow-up within a randomized controlled trial. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Jan; 22(1):45-51. Yank V, Xiao L, Wilson SR, Stafford RS, Rosas LG, Ma J. PMID: 23740619; PMCID: PMC3815705.
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    22. An easily accessible Web-based minimization random allocation system for clinical trials. J Med Internet Res. 2013 Jul 19; 15(7):e139. Xiao L, Huang Q, Yank V, Ma J. PMID: 23872035; PMCID: PMC3785994.
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    23. Two-year weight-loss maintenance in primary care-based Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle interventions. Nutr Diabetes. 2013 Jun 24; 3:e76. Xiao L, Yank V, Wilson SR, Lavori PW, Ma J. PMID: 23797383; PMCID: PMC3697405.
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    24. Variations between obese Latinos and whites in weight-related counseling during preventive clinical visits in the United States. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Aug; 21(8):1734-41. Ma J, Xiao L, Yank V. PMID: 23696497.
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    25. Translating an evidence-based lifestyle intervention program into primary care: lessons learned. Health Promot Pract. 2013 Jul; 14(4):491-7. Blonstein AC, Yank V, Stafford RS, Wilson SR, Rosas LG, Ma J. PMID: 23539264; PMCID: PMC4011386.
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    26. Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle intervention for weight loss into primary care: a randomized trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Jan 28; 173(2):113-21. Ma J, Yank V, Xiao L, Lavori PW, Wilson SR, Rosas LG, Stafford RS. PMID: 23229846; PMCID: PMC3856315.
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    27. The effects of a long-term physical activity intervention on serum uric acid in older adults at risk for physical disability. J Aging Phys Act. 2014 Jan; 22(1):25-33. Beavers KM, Hsu FC, Serra MC, Yank V, Pahor M, Nicklas BJ. PMID: 23295313; PMCID: PMC4120269.
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    28. Baseline reach and adoption characteristics in a randomized controlled trial of two weight loss interventions translated into primary care: a structured report of real-world applicability. Contemp Clin Trials. 2013 Jan; 34(1):126-35. Yank V, Stafford RS, Rosas LG, Ma J. PMID: 23124047; PMCID: PMC3645977.
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    29. Web-based self-management support training for health professionals: a pilot study. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Jan; 90(1):29-37. Yank V, Laurent D, Plant K, Lorig K. PMID: 23031610.
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    30. Algorithm for balancing both continuous and categorical covariates in randomized controlled trials. Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2012 Dec; 108(3):1185-90. Xiao L, Yank V, Ma J. PMID: 22727633.
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    31. Randomized trial of personal genomics for preventive cardiology: design and challenges. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2012 Jun; 5(3):368-76. Knowles JW, Assimes TL, Kiernan M, Pavlovic A, Goldstein BA, Yank V, McConnell MV, Absher D, Bustamante C, Ashley EA, Ioannidis JP. PMID: 22715281; PMCID: PMC3394683.
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    32. Abstract P374: Short-term Weight Loss Patterns and Physical and Psychological Predictors within a Randomized Trial. Circulation. 2012 Mar 13; 125(suppl_10). Yank YV, Xiao XL, Goldman Rosas GL, Stafford SR, Wilson WS, Huang HQ, Ma MJ. .
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    33. Off-Label Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2011 Sep 6; 155(5):338. Yank YV, Logan LA, Stafford SR. .
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    34. Off-label use of recombinant factor VIIa in U.S. hospitals: analysis of hospital records. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Apr 19; 154(8):516-22. Logan AC, Yank V, Stafford RS. PMID: 21502649; PMCID: PMC4011398.
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    35. Systematic review: benefits and harms of in-hospital use of recombinant factor VIIa for off-label indications. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Apr 19; 154(8):529-40. Yank V, Tuohy CV, Logan AC, Bravata DM, Staudenmayer K, Eisenhut R, Sundaram V, McMahon D, Olkin I, McDonald KM, Owens DK, Stafford RS. PMID: 21502651; PMCID: PMC4102260.
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    36. Safety of recombinant activated factor VII in randomized clinical trials. N Engl J Med. 2011 02 10; 364(6):575; author reply 575-6. Yank V, Stafford RS. PMID: 21306248.
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    37. Comparative Effectiveness of In-Hospital Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa for Off-Label Indications vs. Usual Care. 2010. Yank V, Tuohy CV, Logan AC, Bravata DM, Staudenmayer K, Eisenhut R, Sundaram V, McMahon D, Stave CD, Zehnder JL, Olkin I, McDonald KM, Owens DK, Stafford RS. View Publication.
    38. Financial ties and concordance between results and conclusions in meta-analyses: retrospective cohort study. BMJ. 2007 Dec 08; 335(7631):1202-5. Yank V, Rennie D, Bero LA. PMID: 18024482; PMCID: PMC2128658.
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    39. Bronchial-pulmonary artery fistula with fatal massive hemoptysis caused by anastomotic bronchial Aspergillus infection in a lung transplant recipient. Respir Care. 2007 Nov; 52(11):1542-5. Slatore CG, Yank V, Jewell KD, Fligner CL. PMID: 17971258.
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    40. Consensus and contention regarding redundant publications in clinical research: cross-sectional survey of editors and authors. J Med Ethics. 2003 Apr; 29(2):109-14. Yank V, Barnes D. PMID: 12672892; PMCID: PMC1733707.
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    41. Reporting of informed consent and ethics committee approval in clinical trials. JAMA. 2002 Jun 05; 287(21):2835-8. Yank V, Rennie D. PMID: 12038927.
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    42. Prevalence of honorary and ghost authorship in Cochrane reviews. JAMA. 2002 Jun 05; 287(21):2769-71. Mowatt G, Shirran L, Grimshaw JM, Rennie D, Flanagin A, Yank V, MacLennan G, Gøtzsche PC, Bero LA. PMID: 12038907.
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    43. The Criticism Management System for the Cochrane Library. Eval Health Prof. 2002 Mar; 25(1):98-115. Ober M, Shohara R, Rennie D, Yank V, Bero LA. PMID: 11868449.
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    44. The contributions of authors. JAMA. 2000 Jul 05; 284(1):89-91. Rennie D, Flanagin A, Yank V. PMID: 10872020.
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    45. Disclosure of researcher contributions: a study of original research articles in The Lancet. Ann Intern Med. 1999 Apr 20; 130(8):661-70. Yank V, Rennie D. PMID: 10215563.
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    46. If authors became contributors, everyone would gain, especially the reader. Am J Public Health. 1998 May; 88(5):828-30. Rennie D, Yank V. PMID: 9585760; PMCID: PMC1508948.
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    47. When authorship fails. A proposal to make contributors accountable. JAMA. 1997 Aug 20; 278(7):579-85. Rennie D, Yank V, Emanuel L. PMID: 9268280.
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    48. Disclosure to the reader of institutional review board approval and informed consent. JAMA. 1997 Mar 19; 277(11):922-3. Rennie D, Yank V. PMID: 9062333.
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