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Wagahta Semere, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone628-206-4963
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    Stanford UniversityBSE2005Biomechanical Engineering
    University of Michigan Medical SchoolMD2010Medicine
    Yale New Haven HospitalResidency2013Internal Medicine
    Yale New Haven HospitalChief Residency2014Internal Medicine
    RWJF Clinical Scholars ProgramMHS2016Health Services Research
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    UCSF2017John A. Watson Faculty Scholar

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    Wagahta Semere MD, MHS is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a primary care provider in the Richard H. Fine People’s Clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She is trained in health services research, applying quantitative, qualitative, and community based participatory research methods to examine disparities in health and health outcomes for vulnerable populations. She is experienced in clinical care and research with diverse immigrant and refugee communities. Her current work focuses on examining communication between culturally and linguistically diverse aging patients, their caregivers, and providers. She has an NIH/NLM funded Administrative Supplement (R01 Karter/Schillinger) to analyze >400,000 secure messages exchanged over an online portal between >9,000 ethnically diverse diabetes patients with limited health literacy and their providers. Through the application of natural language processing, she has worked with computational linguists to identify caregivers’ “hidden proxy” communication on behalf of patients and has characterized a socially and medically vulnerable group of patients who rely on proxies. Her work is also supported through the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities Scientist Program and the John A. Watson Faculty Scholars Program.

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    Secure Messaging Between Physicians and Caregivers of Older Minority Adults with Diabetes
    NIH/NIA P30AG015272Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Caregiving for Patients with Diabetes in the Era of Online Patient Portals: Findings from the ECLIPPSE Study
    NIH/NLM Administrative Supplement to R01LM12355Apr 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Semere W, Crossley S, Karter AJ, Lyles CR, Brown W, Reed M, McNamara DS, Liu JY, Schillinger D. Secure Messaging with Physicians by Proxies for Patients with Diabetes: Findings from the ECLIPPSE Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Aug 19. PMID: 31428986.
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    2. Semere W, Nápoles AM, Gregorich S, Livaudais-Toman J, Karliner L. Caregiving for Older Adults with Limited English Proficiency: Transitioning from Hospital to Home. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Jun 24. PMID: 31236893.
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    3. Warden C, Yun K, Semere W. Using the Children with Special Health Care Needs Screener with Immigrant Families: An Analysis of the National Survey of Children's Health. J Immigr Minor Health. 2019 Feb; 21(1):189-197. PMID: 29603087.
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    4. Semere W, Agrawal P, Yun K, Di Bartolo I, Annamalai A, Ross JS. Factors Associated with Refugee Acute Healthcare Utilization in Southern Connecticut. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 Apr; 20(2):327-333. PMID: 28382427.
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    5. Semere W, Yun K, Ahalt C, Williams B, Wang EA. Challenges in Identifying Refugees in National Health Data Sets. Am J Public Health. 2016 07; 106(7):1231-2. PMID: 27196649.
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    6. Semere W, Karamanoukian HL, Levitt M, Edwards T, Murero M, D'Ancona G, Donias HW, Glick PL. A pediatric surgery study: parent usage of the Internet for medical information. J Pediatr Surg. 2003 Apr; 38(4):560-4. PMID: 12677566.
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    7. Semere WG, Edwards TM, Boyd D, Barsoumian R, Murero M, Donias HW, Karamanoukian HL. The world wide web and robotic heart surgery. Heart Surg Forum. 2003; 6(6):E111-9. PMID: 14721995.
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