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Dr. Maria RavenProfessor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Chief of Emergency Medicine at UCSF

areas of expertise
  • Caring for complex populations
  • Frequent emergency department users
  • Link between homelessness and health
  • Oregon Health and Science University, MD, MPH, School of Medicine
  • NYU School of Medicine, Residency, Emergency Medicine
  • NYU School of Medicine, MS, Clinical Research

Dr. Maria Raven is a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, a physician and health services researcher, is the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UCSF and is a Vice Chair of the Emergency Medicine Department at UCSF. She is a Faculty Lead at the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative and Affiliate Faculty at the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Prior to joining the UCSF faculty in 2011, Dr. Raven completed her residency and a research fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center and oversaw one of six New York State Department of Health-funded Chronic Illness Demonstration Projects for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and New York State Medicaid.

In addition to working clinically in the ED at UCSF, Maria speaks locally and nationally about caring for complex populations, frequent emergency department users, and the link between homelessness and health. She has published and peer-reviewed extensively on these and other topics. Dr. Raven is Co-Principal Investigator for the San Francisco Whole Person Care Pilot evaluation, focused on improving care for chronically homeless high users of health and social care services. She is the lead evaluator for a Santa Clara County Pay for Success program providing permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless frequent users of the County health system and jail. She is co-editor of the first Social Emergency Medicine textbook and is currently working on multiple funded initiatives to improve care for individuals with substance use disorders in emergency departments.

Since March 2020, her focus has been on UCSF emergency department operations and preparedness in the face of COVID-19, and related research, and she is co-Principal Investigator on a CDC/NIOSH funded study evaluating the safety of reuse and extended use of N95 respirators in six emergency departments across the nation.

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