Ida Sim, MD, PhD

Internist

Dr. Ida Sim is a primary care physician, informatics researcher and entrepreneur. Sim enjoys helping patients with general prevention and the management of chronic conditions.

Sim's current research focuses on the use of mobile apps and sensors to improve health and manage disease for populations and individuals. She also studies methods for making clinical research faster and less expensive. Sim is a co-founder of Open mHealth, a non-profit organization that is building open source tools and standards to promote data integration for mobile health apps and sensors.

Sim earned her medical degree from Stanford University. She then completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by fellowships in ambulatory care and medical informatics at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Sim also earned a doctorate in medical informatics from Stanford University.

Sim has served on multiple advisory committees on health information infrastructure for clinical care and research, including committees of the National Research Council and the National Academy of Medicine. She is a recipient of the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Sim is a professor of medicine at UCSF, where she co-directs Informatics and Research Innovation at UCSF's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She speaks Cantonese.

Clinics

General Internal Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., First and Second Floors
San Francisco, CA 94115
New Patient Appointments:
(844) 727-8273 (PCP-UCSF)
Office: (415) 353–7900
Fax, First Floor: (415) 353–2583
Fax, Second Floor: (415) 353–2640

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More about Ida Sim

Additional Languages

Cantonese

Education

Stanford University 1990
Stanford University, Ph.D., Medical Informatics 1997

Residencies

Massachusetts General Hospital, Internal Medicine 1993

Fellowships

VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Ambulatory Care 1996
VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Medical Informatics 1997
VA Medical Center, Palo Alto, Medical Informatics 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Saldanha IJ, Schmid CH, Lau J, Dickersin K, Berlin JA, Jap J, Smith BT, Carini S, Chan W, De Bruijn B, Wallace BC, Hutfless SM, Sim I, Murad MH, Walsh SA, Whamond EJ, Li T. Evaluating Data Abstraction Assistant, a novel software application for data abstraction during systematic reviews: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Syst Rev. 2016 Nov 22; 5(1):196.
  2. Bierer BE, Li R, Barnes M, Sim I. A Global, Neutral Platform for Sharing Trial Data. N Engl J Med. 2016 Jun 23; 374(25):2411-3.
  3. He Z, Ryan P, Hoxha J, Wang S, Carini S, Sim I, Weng C. Multivariate analysis of the population representativeness of related clinical studies. J Biomed Inform. 2016 Apr; 60:66-76.
  4. Elliott JH, Grimshaw J, Altman R, Bero L, Goodman SN, Henry D, Macleod M, Tovey D, Tugwell P, White H, Sim I. Informatics: Make sense of health data. Nature. 2015 Nov 05; 527(7576):31-2.
  5. Kumar S, Abowd GD, Abraham WT, al'Absi M, Beck JG, Chau DH, Condie T, Conroy DE, Ertin E, Estrin D, Ganesan D, Lam C, Marlin B, Marsh CB, Murphy SA, Nahum-Shani I, Patrick K, Rehg JM, Sharmin M, Shetty V, Sim I, Spring B, Srivastava M, Wetter DW. Center of excellence for mobile sensor data-to-knowledge (MD2K). J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Nov; 22(6):1137-42.
  6. Barr C, Marois M, Sim I, Schmid CH, Wilsey B, Ward D, Duan N, Hays RD, Selsky J, Servadio J, Schwartz M, Dsouza C, Dhammi N, Holt Z, Baquero V, MacDonald S, Jerant A, Sprinkle R, Kravitz RL. The PREEMPT study - evaluating smartphone-assisted n-of-1 trials in patients with chronic pain: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015 Feb 27; 16:67.
  7. He Z, Carini S, Sim I, Weng C. Visual aggregate analysis of eligibility features of clinical trials. J Biomed Inform. 2015 Apr; 54:241-55.
  8. Ross J, Neylan T, Weiner M, Chao L, Samuelson K, Sim I. Towards Constructing a New Taxonomy for Psychiatry Using Self-reported Symptoms. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015; 216:736-40.
  9. He Z, Carini S, Hao T, Sim I, Weng C. A method for analyzing commonalities in clinical trial target populations. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2014; 2014:1777-86.
  10. Brennan PF, Valdez R, Alexander G, Arora S, Bernstam EV, Edmunds M, Kirienko N, Martin RD, Sim I, Skiba D, Rosenbloom T. Patient-centered care, collaboration, communication, and coordination: a report from AMIA's 2013 Policy Meeting. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Apr; 22(e1):e2-6.
  11. DePasse JW, Chen CE, Sawyer A, Jethwani K, Sim I. Academic Medical Centers as digital health catalysts. Healthc (Amst). 2014 Sep; 2(3):173-6.
  12. Sim I, Tu SW, Carini S, Lehmann HP, Pollock BH, Peleg M, Wittkowski KM. The Ontology of Clinical Research (OCRe): an informatics foundation for the science of clinical research. J Biomed Inform. 2014 Dec; 52:78-91.
  13. Cohen AM, Demner-Fushman D, Iorio A, Sim I, Smalheiser NR. Tools for Identifying Reliable Evidence and Implementing it in Everyday Clinical Care. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc. 2013; 2013:42-4.
  14. Roumiantseva D, Carini S, Sim I, Wagner TH. Sponsorship and design characteristics of trials registered in ClinicalTrials.gov. Contemp Clin Trials. 2013 Mar; 34(2):348-55.
  15. Ochs C, Agrawal A, Perl Y, Halper M, Tu SW, Carini S, Sim I, Noy N, Musen M, Geller J. Deriving an abstraction network to support quality assurance in OCRe. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012; 2012:681-9.
  16. Sim I, Carini S, Tu SW, Detwiler LT, Brinkley J, Mollah SA, Burke K, Lehmann HP, Chakraborty S, Wittkowski KM, Pollock BH, Johnson TM, Huser V. Ontology-based federated data access to human studies information. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012; 2012:856-65.
  17. Chen C, Haddad D, Selsky J, Hoffman JE, Kravitz RL, Estrin DE, Sim I. Making sense of mobile health data: an open architecture to improve individual- and population-level health. J Med Internet Res. 2012 Aug 09; 14(4):e112.
  18. Boland MR, Tu SW, Carini S, Sim I, Weng C. EliXR-TIME: A Temporal Knowledge Representation for Clinical Research Eligibility Criteria. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc. 2012; 2012:71-80.
  19. Bhavnani SK, Carini S, Ross J, Sim I. Network analysis of clinical trials on depression: implications for comparative effectiveness research. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13; 2010:51-5.
  20. Estrin D, Sim I. Health care delivery. Open mHealth architecture: an engine for health care innovation. Science. 2010 Nov 05; 330(6005):759-60.

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