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Renee Hsia, M.D., M.Sc. (RWJ)

Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
2009-2012 Cohort
Project Title:  “Factors Associated with Closure of Emergency Services and Impact on Patient Outcomes”

About the Project:

This project focused on systems-level risk factors of decreased access to both emergency departments and trauma centers, specifically for at-risk populations such as minorities and the poor, and investigates the effects of decreased access on patients with time-sensitive conditions. 


Renee Y. Hsia, M.D., M.Sc. is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UCSF.  Dr. Hsia completed her undergraduate work at Princeton University from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School.  She received her residency training at Stanford University and obtained a Masters of Science in health policy, planning, and financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and joined the faculty of UCSF in 2007.  Dr. Hsia speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, and French, and provides emergency care to patients with a variety of backgrounds as an attending physician at San Francisco General Hospital, the only county hospital and trauma center for San Francisco, California.

Dr. Hsia’s major research interest is access to emergency care for vulnerable populations, and the effect of decreased availability of emergency services on patient outcomes.  Her Physician Faculty Scholars Program project was entitled, “Examining Access to Emergency Care from a Systems Perspective: Disparities for Underserved Communities.”Dr. Hsia hopes that this work will help to inform policymakers on the monitoring and oversight of the equitable provision of critical services to patients across the country.

Dr. Hsia is also the recipient of several private foundation grants and a Career Development Award from the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 

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