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Diane Rittenhouse, M.D.

Family medicine specialist

Dr. Diane Rittenhouse is a family medicine specialist at the Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore. She cares for patients of all ages, in all stages of life to help them live healthier lives and prevent disease. Her research interests include studying innovations in primary care delivery to improve both access and quality for patients. Rittenhouse also enjoys teaching medical students about primary care medicine and how to navigate the health care system.

In 2000, Rittenhouse received a master's degree in public health with an emphasis in health policy and management from UC Berkeley. Rittenhouse is a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar. She completed a residency in family and community medicine at UC Davis in 1999, where she also attended medical school and graduated in 1996. She is an associate professor of medicine at UCSF.


Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore
1569 Sloat Blvd., Suite 333
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 353-9339
Fax: (415) 353-3450

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

(second and fourth Wednesday of the month, open 9:30 a.m.)

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UC Davis 1996


UC Davis Medical Center, Family and Community Medicine 1999

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Casalino LP, Wu FM, Ryan AM, Copeland K, Rittenhouse DR, Ramsay PP, Shortell SM. Independent practice associations and physician-hospital organizations can improve care management for smaller practices. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Aug; 32(8):1376-82.
  2. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt LA, Wu KJ, Wiley J. Incentivizing primary care providers to innovate: building medical homes in the post-katrina new orleans safety net. Health Serv Res. 2014 Feb; 49(1):75-92.
  3. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt L, Wu K, Wiley J. Contrasting trajectories of change in primary care clinics: lessons from New Orleans safety net. Ann Fam Med. 2013 May-Jun; 11 Suppl 1:S60-7.
  4. McClellan SR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse DR. When does adoption of health information technology by physician practices lead to use by physicians within the practice? J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013 Jun; 20(e1):e26-32.
  5. Schmidt LA, Rittenhouse DR, Wu KJ, Wiley JA. Transforming primary care in the New Orleans safety-net: the patient experience. Med Care. 2013 Feb; 51(2):158-64.
  6. Alexander JA, Maeng D, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse D. Use of care management practices in small- and medium-sized physician groups: do public reporting of physician quality and financial incentives matter? Health Serv Res. 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):376-97.
  7. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt LA, Wu KJ, Wiley J. The post-Katrina conversion of clinics in New Orleans to medical homes shows change is possible, but hard to sustain. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Aug; 31(8):1729-38.
  8. Nembhard IM, Singer SJ, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse D, Casalino LP. The cultural complexity of medical groups. Health Care Manage Rev. 2012 Jul-Sep; 37(3):200-13.
  9. Martsolf GR, Alexander JA, Shi Y, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse DR, Scanlon DP, Shortell SM. The patient-centered medical home and patient experience. Health Serv Res. 2012 Dec; 47(6):2273-95.
  10. Chen AH, Rittenhouse D. The un-managed system of Medicare referrals. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 May; 27(5):487-9.
  11. Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM, McClellan SR, Gillies RR, Alexander JA, Drum ML. Small and medium-size physician practices use few patient-centered medical home processes. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Aug; 30(8):1575-84.
  12. McMenamin SB, Bellows NM, Halpin HA, Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM. Adoption of policies to treat tobacco dependence in U.S. medical groups. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Nov; 39(5):449-56.
  13. Damberg CL, Shortell SM, Raube K, Gillies RR, Rittenhouse D, McCurdy RK, Casalino LP, Adams J. Relationship between quality improvement processes and clinical performance. Am J Manag Care. 2010 Aug; 16(8):601-6.
  14. Rittenhouse DR, Thom DH, Schmittdiel JA. Developing a policy-relevant research agenda for the patient-centered medical home: a focus on outcomes. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Jun; 25(6):593-600.
  15. Casalino LP, Rittenhouse DR, Gillies RR, Shortell SM. Specialist physician practices as patient-centered medical homes. N Engl J Med. 2010 Apr 29; 362(17):1555-8.
  16. Harrison B, Rittenhouse DR, Phillips RL, Grumbach K, Bazemore AW, Dodoo MS. Title VII is critical to the community health center and National Health Service Corps workforce. Am Fam Physician. 2010 Jan 15; 81(2):132.
  17. Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Gillies RR, Casalino LP, Robinson JC, McCurdy RK, Siddique J. Improving chronic illness care: findings from a national study of care management processes in large physician practices. Med Care Res Rev. 2010 Jun; 67(3):301-20.
  18. Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Fisher ES. Primary care and accountable care--two essential elements of delivery-system reform. N Engl J Med. 2009 Dec 10; 361(24):2301-3.
  19. Shortell SM, Gillies R, Siddique J, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse D, Robinson JC, McCurdy RK. Improving chronic illness care: a longitudinal cohort analysis of large physician organizations. Med Care. 2009 Sep; 47(9):932-9.
  20. Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM. The patient-centered medical home: will it stand the test of health reform? JAMA. 2009 May 20; 301(19):2038-40.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.