Steven K. Polevoi, MD

Emergency care physician

Dr. Steven Polevoi is medical director and quality improvement director of the Emergency Department at UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus. He earned a medical degree at the UCLA School of Medicine and completed a residency in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance.

In his research, Polevoi's interests include the study of patients who leave ERs without being seen by a doctor, utilization of emergency CT and MRI, and diagnostic errors and potential remedies. He is a professor of Emergency Medicine.


Emergency Department
505 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1037
Physician Referrals: (415) 353-1238

Board Certification

Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine

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UCLA School of Medicine 1988


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center , Emergency Medicine

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Tabaka ME, Quinn JV, Kohn MA, Polevoi SK. Predictors of infection from dog bite wounds: which patients may benefit from prophylactic antibiotics? Emerg Med J. 2015 Nov; 32(11):860-3.
  2. Polevoi SK, Jewel Shim J, McCulloch CE, Grimes B, Govindarajan P. Marked reduction in length of stay for patients with psychiatric emergencies after implementation of a comanagement model. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Apr; 20(4):338-43.
  3. Quinn JV, Polevoi SK, Kohn MA. Traumatic lacerations: what are the risks for infection and has the 'golden period' of laceration care disappeared? Emerg Med J. 2014 Feb; 31(2):96-100.
  4. Polevoi SK, Quinn JV, Kramer NR. Factors associated with patients who leave without being seen. Acad Emerg Med. 2005 Mar; 12(3):232-6.

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