Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
PRL-IHPS contributes to the solution of complex and challenging health policy problems through leadership in research, training, technical assistance, and public service.
Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law
Learn more about the new on-line Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law Degree Program at UCSF and UC Hastings College of Law.
Hal Luft Award Winner 2017
In recognition of UCSF faculty who are engaged in health services and/or health policy research in their mentoring roles which demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Dr. Harold Luft.


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We are delighted to announce that Margot Kushel, MD has been selected as this year's recipient of the Harold S. Luft Award for Mentoring in Health Services and Health Policy Research, awarded by the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

Margot Kushel, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She was just named new Director of UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations and she is also a faculty affiliate of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Margot's research focuses on the causes and consequences of homelessness and housing instability, with the goal of preventing and ending homelessness, and ameliorating the effects of homelessness on health through informing clinical practice, programs, and policies. One of her current studies is looking at the causes and consequences of geriatric conditions in older homeless adults and the role of family in rehousing older homeless adults.

Award to be presented at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the Laurel Heights Campus, UCSF on Sept 17, 2018 RSVP:

New Southern California Medical School To Tackle Doctor Shortages

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The Claremont Colleges plans to open a medical school, the fourth new campus designed to produce physicians for parts of Southern California struggling with shortages.

Administrators hope many of the graduates will stay to practice medicine in eastern Los Angeles County or the Inland Empire, an ethnically diverse region that encompasses Riverside and San Bernardino counties and is home to about 4 million people.

Janet Coffman, Associate Professor, at The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, comments on the new Southern California Medical School addressing the shortage of doctors and the need for more local opportunities for recent graduates to complete their residencies.

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Breast Cancer Follow-Up Imaging Varies Widely, Study Finds

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Follow-up imaging for women with non-metastatic breast cancer varies widely across the country, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Some patients go without the annual mammograms that experts recommend, while others with the same cancer diagnosis receive full-body scans that expose them to significant amounts of radiation and are not recommended by experts.

“With skyrocketing medical costs, patients are having to take greater and greater responsibility for out-of- pocket expenses,” said UCSF’s Benjamin Franc, MD, MS, MBA, a professor in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, the Center for Healthcare Value, and the 
Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “These patients already have cancer, so you don’t want to induce another cancer with radiation from unnecessary imaging.”


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