Rita Hamad, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
School of Medicine
1001 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110
Rita Hamad
Education and Training

University of California San Francisco, MD - Medicine

University of California San Francisco, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

University of California Berkeley, MPH, MS - Health & Medical Sciences

UCSF - Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency, Family Medicine

Stanford University, PhD - Epidemiology

Harvard University, AB - Chemistry

Awards and Honors

Hellman Fellowship, UCSF, 2018-2020

Irene Perstein Award, UCSF, 2018-2021

James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship, National Academy of Medicine, 2020-2022

Outstanding Impact in Health & Social Justice Alumni Award, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, 2022
Dr. Rita Hamad is a social epidemiologist and family physician in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UCSF. She is the director of the Social Policies for Health Equity Research Program (https://sphere.ucsf.edu). Her research focuses on the pathways linking social factors like poverty and education with racial and socioeconomic disparities in health across the life course. In particular, she studies the health effects of social and economic policies using interdisciplinary quasi-experimental methods to generate actionable evidence to inform policymaking.

Dr. Hamad is the Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity. She is also a member of the steering committee of the UCSF Population Health Data Initiative, serving as the Faculty Lead for the development of data infrastructure to advance population health research on campus. She previously served as the Policy Lead of the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative, spearheading an agenda to reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities in preterm birth by addressing its upstream determinants. Outside of UCSF, she is the co-Chair of the Communications Committee of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science and was a Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine during 2020-2022. Dr. Hamad mentors trainees at all levels in population health and health equity research, and lectures in several courses about the effects of social policies on health inequities. She saw patients for 10 years in safety net clinics throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, although she is no longer a practicing physician.