Wagahta Semere, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone628-206-4963
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    Stanford UniversityBSE2005Biomechanical Engineering
    University of Michigan MD2010Medicine
    Yale School of MedicineResidency, Chief Resident2013,14Internal Medicine
    RWJF Clinical Scholars MHS2016Health Services Research
    UCSF2020Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training
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    UCSF2017John A. Watson Faculty Scholar
    Yale2013Gold Humanism Society

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    I am 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. I am trained in health services research, with a background in quantitative, qualitative, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods. My work is focused on developing strategies, informatics-based tools, and using CBPR and computer science to better engage racially/ethnically diverse patients and their caregivers with providers in chronic disease management.

    My current work focuses on examining communication between culturally and linguistically diverse patients, their caregivers, and providers. I am analyzing over 400,000 secure messages exchanged over an online patient portal between more than 9,500 ethnically diverse diabetes patients with limited health literacy, their caregivers, and their providers. I have applied machine learning, natural language processing, and novel computational linguistics techniques to characterize secure message communication. As an example, through the application of natural language processing, I have worked with computational linguists to identify caregivers’ “hidden proxy” communication on behalf of patients. We have characterized a socially and medically vulnerable group of patients who rely on proxies.

    My research has been supported by an RWJF Clinical Scholar award, a UCSF John A. Watson Faculty Scholar award, a Center for Aging in Diverse Communities grant, and is now supported by an NIH KL2 award with which I am “Leveraging Secure Messaging for Diverse Diabetes Patients and their Caregivers.” I am particularly interested in leveraging technology-based platforms and clinical informatics methods to develop communication tools that promote safe and effective family-centered care.

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    Caregiving and Secure Messaging
    NIH/NIDDK Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Sep 1, 2021 - Aug 1, 2023
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Promoting Safety by Engaging Diverse Diabetes Patients and their Caregivers in Secure Messaging
    NIH K08HS027844Aug 1, 2021 - Jul 31, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Champion Providers
    California H&W Department of Health Care Services 17-10085Oct 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Leveraging Secure Messaging for Diverse Diabetes Patients and their Caregivers
    NIH/NCATS KL2 TR001870Jun 1, 2020 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Secure Messaging Between Physicians and Caregivers of Older Minority Adults with Diabetes
    NIH/NIA P30AG015272Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Co-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: Co-Investigator

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    1. Descriptive examination of secure messaging in a longitudinal cohort of diabetes patients in the ECLIPPSE study. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 06 12; 28(6):1252-1258. Cemballi AG, Karter AJ, Schillinger D, Liu JY, McNamara DS, Brown W, Crossley S, Semere W, Reed M, Allen J, Lyles CR. PMID: 33236117.
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    2. Poor patient health is associated with higher caregiver burden for older adults with advanced cancer. J Geriatr Oncol. 2021 06; 12(5):771-778. Semere W, Althouse AD, Rosland AM, White D, Arnold R, Chu E, Smith TJ, Schenker Y. PMID: 33478890.
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    3. Challenges and solutions to employing natural language processing and machine learning to measure patients' health literacy and physician writing complexity: The ECLIPPSE study. J Biomed Inform. 2021 01; 113:103658. Brown W, Balyan R, Karter AJ, Crossley S, Semere W, Duran ND, Lyles C, Liu J, Moffet HH, Daniels R, McNamara DS, Schillinger D. PMID: 33316421.
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    4. An Untapped Potential in Primary Care: Semi-Structured Interviews with Clinicians on How Patient Portals Will Work for Caregivers in the Safety Net. J Med Internet Res. 2020 07 20; 22(7):e18466. Casillas A, Cemballi AG, Abhat A, Lemberg M, Portz JD, Sadasivaiah S, Ratanawongsa N, Semere W, Brown A, Lyles CR. PMID: 32706709.
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    5. Secure Messaging with Physicians by Proxies for Patients with Diabetes: Findings from the ECLIPPSE Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 11; 34(11):2490-2496. Semere W, Crossley S, Karter AJ, Lyles CR, Brown W, Reed M, McNamara DS, Liu JY, Schillinger D. PMID: 31428986.
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    6. Caregiving for Older Adults with Limited English Proficiency: Transitioning from Hospital to Home. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 09; 34(9):1744-1750. Semere W, Nápoles AM, Gregorich S, Livaudais-Toman J, Karliner L. PMID: 31236893.
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    7. 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. Warden C, Yun K, Semere W. PMID: 29603087.
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    8. Factors Associated with Refugee Acute Healthcare Utilization in Southern Connecticut. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 Apr; 20(2):327-333. Semere W, Agrawal P, Yun K, Di Bartolo I, Annamalai A, Ross JS. PMID: 28382427.
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    9. Challenges in Identifying Refugees in National Health Data Sets. Am J Public Health. 2016 07; 106(7):1231-2. Semere W, Yun K, Ahalt C, Williams B, Wang EA. PMID: 27196649.
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    10. A pediatric surgery study: parent usage of the Internet for medical information. J Pediatr Surg. 2003 Apr; 38(4):560-4. Semere W, Karamanoukian HL, Levitt M, Edwards T, Murero M, D'Ancona G, Donias HW, Glick PL. PMID: 12677566.
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    11. The world wide web and robotic heart surgery. Heart Surg Forum. 2003; 6(6):E111-9. Semere WG, Edwards TM, Boyd D, Barsoumian R, Murero M, Donias HW, Karamanoukian HL. PMID: 14721995.
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