Ralph Gonzales, MD

Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer

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.

Clinics

Screening and Acute Care Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94122
Phone: (415) 353-2602
Fax: (415) 353-2699

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturdays and most holidays
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

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 JS, Gonzales R, Vittinghoff E, Corbett KK, Fleischmann KE, Sehgal N, Auerbach AD. Appropriate Reconciliation of Cardiovascular Medications After Elective Surgery and Postdischarge Acute Hospital and Ambulatory Visits. J Hosp Med. 2017 Sep; 12(9):723-730.
  2. Zygourakis CC, Liu CY, Wakam G, Moriates C, Boscardin C, Ames CP, Mummaneni PV, Ratliff J, Dudley RA, Gonzales R. Geographic and Hospital Variation in Cost of Lumbar Laminectomy and Lumbar Fusion for Degenerative Conditions. Neurosurgery. 2017 Aug 01; 81(2):331-340.
  3. Gonzales R, Moriates C, Lau C, Valencia V, Imershein S, Rajkomar A, Prasad P, Boscardin C, Grady D, Johnston S. Caring Wisely: A Program to Support Frontline Clinicians and Staff in Improving Healthcare Delivery and Reducing Costs. J Hosp Med. 2017 Aug; 12(8):662-667.
  4. Prasad PA, Shea ER, Shiboski S, Sullivan MC, Gonzales R, Shimabukuro D. Relationship Between a Sepsis Intervention Bundle and In-Hospital Mortality Among Hospitalized Patients: A Retrospective Analysis of Real-World Data. Anesth Analg. 2017 Aug; 125(2):507-513.
  5. Gonzales R, Boscardin C, Auerbach A. Communicating Context in Quality Improvement Reports. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Jun 01; 177(6):817-818.
  6. Zygourakis CC, Liu CY, Keefe M, Moriates C, Ratliff J, Dudley RA, Gonzales R, Mummaneni PV, Ames CP. Analysis of National Rates, Cost, and Sources of Cost Variation in Adult Spinal Deformity. Neurosurgery. 2017 May 09.
  7. Zygourakis CC, Liu CY, Yoon S, Moriates C, Boscardin C, Dudley RA, Lawton MT, Theodosopoulos P, Berger MS, Gonzales R. Analysis of Cost Variation in Craniotomy for Tumor Using 2 National Databases. Neurosurgery. 2017 Apr 10.
  8. Zygourakis CC, Valencia V, Moriates C, Boscardin CK, Catschegn S, Rajkomar A, Bozic KJ, Soo Hoo K, Goldberg AN, Pitts L, Lawton MT, Dudley RA, Gonzales R. Association Between Surgeon Scorecard Use and Operating Room Costs. JAMA Surg. 2017 Mar 01; 152(3):284-291.
  9. Minnaard MC, de Groot JA, Hopstaken RM, Schierenberg A, de Wit NJ, Reitsma JB, Broekhuizen BD, van Vugt SF, Knuistingh Neven A, Graffelman AW, Melbye H, Rainer TH, Steurer J, Holm A, Gonzales R, Dinant GJ, van de Pol AC, Verheij TJ. The added value of C-reactive protein measurement in diagnosing pneumonia in primary care: a meta-analysis of individual patient data. CMAJ. 2016 Sep 19.
  10. Zygourakis CC, Valencia V, Boscardin C, Nayak RU, Moriates C, Gonzales R, Theodosopoulos P, Lawton MT. Predictors of Variation in Neurosurgical Supply Costs and Outcomes Across 4904 Surgeries at a Single Institution. World Neurosurg. 2016 Dec; 96:177-183.
  11. Zygourakis CC, Valencia V, Moriates C, Boscardin C, Catschegn S, Goldberg A, Bozic K, Hoo KS, Wustrack R, Pitts LH, Dudley A, Gonzales R, Lawton MT. 152 A Prospective Controlled Trial of the Effect of Surgeon Cost Scorecards on Operating Room Surgical Cost Reduction. Neurosurgery. 2016 Aug; 63 Suppl 1:161-2.
  12. Zygourakis CC, Liu C, Theodosopoulos PV, Lawton MT, Dudley A, Gonzales R. 153 Significant Interhospital Variation in Cranial Surgery Costs Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample Database. Neurosurgery. 2016 Aug; 63 Suppl 1:162.
  13. Gleason N, Prasad PA, Ackerman S, Ho C, Monacelli J, Wang M, Collado D, Gonzales R. Adoption and impact of an eConsult system in a fee-for-service setting. Healthc (Amst). 2017 Mar; 5(1-2):40-45.
  14. Wrenn K, Catschegn S, Cruz M, Gleason N, Gonzales R. Analysis of an electronic consultation program at an academic medical centre: Primary care provider questions, specialist responses, and primary care provider actions. J Telemed Telecare. 2017 Feb; 23(2):217-224.
  15. Zygourakis CC, Yoon S, Valencia V, Boscardin C, Moriates C, Gonzales R, Lawton MT. Operating room waste: disposable supply utilization in neurosurgical procedures. J Neurosurg. 2017 Feb; 126(2):620-625.
  16. Otto ME, Senter C, Gonzales R, Gleason N. Referring wisely: orthopedic referral guidelines at an academic institution. Am J Manag Care. 2016 May 01; 22(5):e185-91.
  17. Schierenberg A, Minnaard MC, Hopstaken RM, van de Pol AC, Broekhuizen BD, de Wit NJ, Reitsma JB, van Vugt SF, Graffelman AW, Melbye H, Rainer TH, Steurer J, Holm A, Gonzales R, Dinant GJ, de Groot JA, Verheij TJ. External Validation of Prediction Models for Pneumonia in Primary Care Patients with Lower Respiratory Tract Infection: An Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis. PLoS One. 2016; 11(2):e0149895.
  18. Ackerman SL, Boscardin C, Karliner L, Handley MA, Cheng S, Gaither TW, Hagey J, Hennein L, Malik F, Shaw B, Trinidad N, Zahner G, Gonzales R. The Action Research Program: Experiential Learning in Systems-Based Practice for First-Year Medical Students. Teach Learn Med. 2016; 28(2):183-91.
  19. Liu CY, Gonzales R. Variation in Follow-Up Visit Practices Across Clinicians and Conditions: Findings From a University Cardiology Practice. Health Serv Res Manag Epidemiol. 2015 Jan-Dec; 2:2333392815620185.
  20. Gonzales R, Cattamanchi A. Changing Clinician Behavior When Less Is More. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Dec; 175(12):1921-2.

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.