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Ralph Gonzales, M.D.

Internist

Dr. Ralph Gonzales, an internal medicine specialist, treats patients in the UCSF Screening and Acute Care Clinic. In his research, his interests include management of respiratory tract infections, antibiotic use, diagnostic tests and clinical prediction rules, enhancing patient self-care, community-based health care interventions, common symptom evaluation and unexplained symptoms.

Gonzales, who earned a medical degree and residency in internal medicine at UCSF, is a UCSF professor of medicine, and epidemiology and biostatistics. He is associate director of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Career Development Program and associate chair of Ambulatory Care and Clinical Innovation in the Department of Medicine.

Note: Patients in the Screening and Acute Care Clinic cannot request a specific doctor. Patients are seen in the order doctors become available.

More about Ralph Gonzales

Additional Languages

Spanish

Education

UCSF School of Medicine 1991

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1995

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lee HC, Bardach NS, Maselli JH, Gonzales R. Emergency department visits in the neonatal period in the United States. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2014 May; 30(5):315-8.
  2. Moy NY, Lee SJ, Chan T, Grovey B, Boscardin WJ, Gonzales R, Pierluissi E. Development and sustainability of an inpatient-to-outpatient discharge handoff tool: a quality improvement project. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2014 May; 40(5):219-27.
  3. Eng JA, Hunter CJ, Handley MA, Boscardin CK, Gonzales R, Ackerman SL. Patient attitudes about specialty follow-up care by telephone. Am J Manag Care. 2014 Feb; 20(2):164-7.
  4. Ackerman SL, Gonzales R, Stahl MS, Metlay JP. One size does not fit all: evaluating an intervention to reduce antibiotic prescribing for acute bronchitis. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013; 13:462.
  5. Kieu Nguyen O, Tang N, Hillman JM, Gonzales R. What's cost got to do with it? Association between hospital costs and frequency of admissions among "high users" of hospital care. J Hosp Med. 2013 Dec; 8(12):665-71.
  6. Gonzales R, Metlay JP. Shifting the paradigm for promoting appropriate antibiotic use. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jun; 28(6):756-7.
  7. Ackerman S, Auer R, Gonzales R. Cultural capital: accounting for power in patient-physician interactions. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Mar 11; 173(5):393-4.
  8. Boscardin CK, Gonzales R. The impact of demographic characteristics on nonresponse in an ambulatory patient satisfaction survey. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2013 Mar; 39(3):123-8.
  9. Gonzales R, Anderer T, McCulloch CE, Maselli JH, Bloom FJ, Graf TR, Stahl M, Yefko M, Molecavage J, Metlay JP. A cluster randomized trial of decision support strategies for reducing antibiotic use in acute bronchitis. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):267-73.
  10. Gonzales R, Ackerman S, Handley M. Can implementation science help to overcome challenges in translating judicious antibiotic use into practice? Arch Intern Med. 2012 Oct 22; 172(19):1471-3.
  11. Fahimi J, Herring A, Harries A, Gonzales R, Alter H. Computed tomography use among children presenting to emergency departments with abdominal pain. Pediatrics. 2012 Nov; 130(5):e1069-75.
  12. Ackerman SL, Tebb K, Stein JC, Frazee BW, Hendey GW, Schmidt LA, Gonzales R. Benefit or burden? A sociotechnical analysis of diagnostic computer kiosks in four California hospital emergency departments. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Dec; 75(12):2378-85.
  13. Schwarz EB, Burch EJ, Parisi SM, Tebb KP, Grossman D, Mehrotra A, Gonzales R. Computer-assisted provision of hormonal contraception in acute care settings. Contraception. 2013 Feb; 87(2):242-50.
  14. Ackerman S, Gonzales R. The context of antibiotic overuse. Ann Intern Med. 2012 Aug 7; 157(3):211-2.
  15. Roth S, Gonzales R, Harding-Anderer T, Bloom FJ, Graf T, Stahl MS, Maselli JH, Metlay JP. Unintended consequences of a quality measure for acute bronchitis. Am J Manag Care. 2012 Jun; 18(6):e217-24.
  16. Govindarajan P, Gonzales R, Maselli JH, Claiborne Johnston S, Fahimi J, Poisson S, Stein JC. Regional differences in emergency medical services use for patients with acute stroke (findings from the national hospital ambulatory medical care survey emergency department data file). J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013 Nov; 22(8):e257-63.
  17. Afonso AM, Ebell MH, Gonzales R, Stein J, Genton B, Senn N. The use of classification and regression trees to predict the likelihood of seasonal influenza. Fam Pract. 2012 Dec; 29(6):671-7.
  18. Gonzales R, López-Caudana AE, González-Flores T, Jayanthan J, Corbett KK, Reyes-Morales H. Antibiotic knowledge and self-care for acute respiratory tract infections in Mexico. Salud Publica Mex. 2012 Mar-Apr; 54(2):152-7.
  19. Gonzales R, Handley MA, Ackerman S, O'sullivan PS. A framework for training health professionals in implementation and dissemination science. Acad Med. 2012 Mar; 87(3):271-8.
  20. Ebell MH, Afonso AM, Gonzales R, Stein J, Genton B, Senn N. Development and validation of a clinical decision rule for the diagnosis of influenza. J Am Board Fam Med. 2012 Jan-Feb; 25(1):55-62.

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.