Dr. Dean Schillinger
Dean Schillinger, M.D. is UCSF Professor of Medicine in Residence and a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). He serves as Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at SFGH and directs the Health Communications Research Program in the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Schillinger served as Chief Medical Officer for the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for California from 2008-13. He previously directed the ambulatory care clinics at SFGH. He has focused his research on health communication for vulnerable populations, carrying out a number of studies exploring the impact of limited health literacy on the care of patients with diabetes and heart disease. He has been awarded grants from NIH, AHRQ, CDC and private foundations to develop and evaluate care management programs tailored to the literacy and language needs of patients with chronic disease and has published over 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles in the field of health communication science. Dr. Schillinger contributed to the 2004 IOM Report on Health Literacy and authored a 2012 IOM Publication defining the attributes of Health Literate Healthcare Organizations. He was honored with the 2003 Institute for Healthcare Advancement Research Award, the 2008 Research Award in Safety and Quality from the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Bay Area Research Mentor of the Year Award in 2010. In 2013, he received the Everett M Rogers Award from APHA in recognition of his lifelong contributions to advancing the study and practice of public health communication. He co-created a youth-led diabetes prevention social media campaign called The Bigger Picture Campaign, http://thebiggerpicture.org/ which received the 2014 Latino Coalition for a Health California Award for Youth Leadership and the Spirit of 1848 Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) .