Wagahta Semere, MD

Dr. Wagahta Semere is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and Primary Care Physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She trained in Internal Medicine and completed a Chief Residency year at Yale New-Haven Hospital. She stayed at Yale to complete her health services research training through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Dr. Semere’s research is focused on developing strategies that include harnessing technology to better engage racial/ethnic minority patients and their families in diabetes management. She is a UCSF John A. Watson Faculty Scholar and has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Semere brings to the Champion Provider Fellowship program her expertise in community-engaged research, health equity, and health communication.


Examining Caregiver Outcomes in the CONNECT Intervention for Patients with Advanced Cancer.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Semere W, Althouse AD, Arnold R, White D, Smith TJ, Chu E, Rosenzweig MQ, Schenker Y

Family caregivers navigating the health care system: Evolving roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families, systems & health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare

Semere W, Makaroun LK, Beach S, Schillinger D, Rosland AM

Caregiving Needs Are Unmet for Many Older Homeless Adults: Findings from the HOPE HOME Study.

Journal of general internal medicine

Semere W, Kaplan L, Valle K, Guzman D, Ramsey C, Garcia C, Kushel M

"We need to bring them out from the shadows:" A qualitative study of safety net physician leaders' perspectives on caregivers.

Patient education and counseling

Semere W, Cemballi AG, Schillinger D, Casillas A, Lemberg M, Lyles CR

Descriptive examination of secure messaging in a longitudinal cohort of diabetes patients in the ECLIPPSE study.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

Cemballi AG, Karter AJ, Schillinger D, Liu JY, McNamara DS, Brown W, Crossley S, Semere W, Reed M, Allen J, Lyles CR

Poor patient health is associated with higher caregiver burden for older adults with advanced cancer.

Journal of geriatric oncology

Semere W, Althouse AD, Rosland AM, White D, Arnold R, Chu E, Smith TJ, Schenker Y

Challenges and Solutions to Employing Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning to Measure Patients' Health Literacy and Physician Writing Complexity: The ECLIPPSE Study.

Journal of biomedical informatics

Brown W, Balyan R, Karter AJ, Crossley S, Semere W, Duran ND, Lyles C, Liu J, Moffet HH, Daniels R, McNamara DS, Schillinger D

An Untapped Potential in Primary Care: Semi-Structured Interviews with Clinicians on How Patient Portals Will Work for Caregivers in the Safety Net.

Journal of medical Internet research

Casillas A, Cemballi AG, Abhat A, Lemberg M, Portz JD, Sadasivaiah S, Ratanawongsa N, Semere W, Brown A, Lyles CR

Secure Messaging with Physicians by Proxies for Patients with Diabetes: Findings from the ECLIPPSE Study.

Journal of general internal medicine

Semere W, Crossley S, Karter AJ, Lyles CR, Brown W, Reed M, McNamara DS, Liu JY, Schillinger D

Caregiving for Older Adults with Limited English Proficiency: Transitioning from Hospital to Home.

Journal of general internal medicine

Semere W, Nápoles AM, Gregorich S, Livaudais-Toman J, Karliner L

Factors Associated with Refugee Acute Healthcare Utilization in Southern Connecticut.

Journal of immigrant and minority health

Semere W, Agrawal P, Yun K, Di Bartolo I, Annamalai A, Ross JS

Challenges in Identifying Refugees in National Health Data Sets.

American journal of public health

Semere W, Yun K, Ahalt C, Williams B, Wang EA

A pediatric surgery study: parent usage of the Internet for medical information.

Journal of pediatric surgery

Semere W, Karamanoukian HL, Levitt M, Edwards T, Murero M, D'Ancona G, Donias HW, Glick PL

The world wide web and robotic heart surgery.

The heart surgery forum

Semere WG, Edwards TM, Boyd D, Barsoumian R, Murero M, Donias HW, Karamanoukian HL

Champion Provider Fellowship Role: 
Fellowship Director; provision of content expertise for trainings, webinars, and work-in-progress sessions; technical assistance and support to Champion Providers.