Faculty ProfilesHilary Seligman, MD
1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
- Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
- Director, CDC's Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (www.nopren.org)
- Senior Medical Advisor, Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org)
- Director, Food Policy, Health & Hunger Program, UCSF's Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital (http://cvp.ucsf.edu/)
- Founder, EatSF: A Healthy Food Voucher Program for Low-Income Residents of San Francisco (www.eatsfvoucher.org)
Dr. Seligman is a nationally recognized expert on food insecurity and its implications on dietary intake and health. Her expertise includes federal nutrition programs (such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the charitable feeding system, food affordability and access, and income-related drivers of food choice.
Dr. Seligman is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She serves on the Board of Directors for California Food Policy Advocates and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. She also serves on the Food Security Task Force for the City and County of San Francisco.
Dr. Seligman completed her undergraduate studies at Williams College and received her MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency and a Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research at UCSF.
Education and Training
|Location||Degree or Training||Specialty||Date|
|University of California, San Francisco||Medicine (Advance Training in Clinical Research)||2006|
|University of California, San Francisco||Clinical Fellowship|
|University of California, San Francisco||Residency||School of Medicine|
Food insecurity, diabetes, health disparities, hunger, nutrition, nutrition policy, obesity, public healthIn the News
- Why Paying for Nutrition Saves Money on Health Care (Oct 02, 2017)
- Food Banks Take on a Contributor to Diabetes: Themselves (New York Times) (Jun 17, 2016)
- While Food Is an Obsession for Some, It is Uncertain for Others (Dec 01, 2015)
- Screening Children for Hunger is Only the First Step (Nov 21, 2015)
- City Offers Vouchers for Fruits, Veggies (Sep 07, 2015)
- Hypoglycemia and Food Budgets (Jan 06, 2014)
- Health Disparities Research Continues to Grow at UCSF (Nov 23, 2011)
Recent Articles (53)
Berkowitz SA, Karter AJ, Corbie-Smith G, Seligman HK, Ackroyd SA, Barnard LS, Atlas SJ, Wexler DJ. Food Insecurity, Food "Deserts," and Glycemic Control in Patients With Diabetes: A Longitudinal Analysis. Diabetes Care. 2018 Mar 19.
Berkowitz SA, Seligman HK, Rigdon J, Meigs JB, Basu S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation and Health Care Expenditures Among Low-Income Adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Nov 01; 177(11):1642-1649.
Basu S, Berkowitz SA, Seligman H. The Monthly Cycle of Hypoglycemia: An Observational Claims-based Study of Emergency Room Visits, Hospital Admissions, and Costs in a Commercially Insured Population. Med Care. 2017 Jul; 55(7):639-645.
Palar K, Napoles T, Hufstedler LL, Seligman H, Hecht FM, Madsen K, Ryle M, Pitchford S, Frongillo EA, Weiser SD. Comprehensive and Medically Appropriate Food Support Is Associated with Improved HIV and Diabetes Health. J Urban Health. 2017 Feb; 94(1):87-99.
Whittle HJ, Palar K, Seligman HK, Napoles T, Frongillo EA, Weiser SD. How food insecurity contributes to poor HIV health outcomes: Qualitative evidence from the San Francisco Bay Area. Soc Sci Med. 2016 12; 170:228-236.
Seligman HK, Lyles C, Marshall MB, Prendergast K, Smith MC, Headings A, Bradshaw G, Rosenmoss S, Waxman E. A Pilot Food Bank Intervention Featuring Diabetes-Appropriate Food Improved Glycemic Control Among Clients In Three States. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Nov; 34(11):1956-63.
Whittle HJ, Palar K, Hufstedler LL, Seligman HK, Frongillo EA, Weiser SD. Food insecurity, chronic illness, and gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area: An example of structural violence in United States public policy. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Oct; 143:154-61.
Lyles CR, Seligman HK, Parker MM, Moffet HH, Adler N, Schillinger D, Piette JD, Karter AJ. Financial Strain and Medication Adherence among Diabetes Patients in an Integrated Health Care Delivery System: The Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Health Serv Res. 2016 Apr; 51(2):610-24.
Berkowitz SA, Meigs JB, DeWalt D, Seligman HK, Barnard LS, Bright OJ, Schow M, Atlas SJ, Wexler DJ. Material need insecurities, control of diabetes mellitus, and use of health care resources: results of the Measuring Economic Insecurity in Diabetes study. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Feb; 175(2):257-65.
Lyles CR, Schafer AL, Seligman HK. Income, food insecurity, and osteoporosis among older adults in the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Nov; 25(4):1530-41.
Basu S, Seligman H, Winkleby M. A metabolic-epidemiological microsimulation model to estimate the changes in energy intake and physical activity necessary to meet the Healthy People 2020 obesity objective. Am J Public Health. 2014 Jul; 104(7):1209-16.
Kwan CM, Napoles AM, Chou J, Seligman HK. Development of a conceptually equivalent Chinese-language translation of the US Household Food Security Survey Module for Chinese immigrants to the USA. Public Health Nutr. 2015 Feb; 18(2):242-50.
Pandit AU, Bailey SC, Curtis LM, Seligman HK, Davis TC, Parker RM, Schillinger D, DeWalt D, Fleming D, Mohr DC, Wolf MS. Disease-related distress, self-care and clinical outcomes among low-income patients with diabetes. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2014 Jun; 68(6):557-64.
Wolf MS, Seligman H, Davis TC, Fleming DA, Curtis LM, Pandit AU, Parker RM, Schillinger D, Dewalt DA. Clinic-based versus outsourced implementation of a diabetes health literacy intervention. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jan; 29(1):59-67.
Basu S, Seligman H, Bhattacharya J. Nutritional policy changes in the supplemental nutrition assistance program: a microsimulation and cost-effectiveness analysis. Med Decis Making. 2013 Oct; 33(7):937-48.
Berkowitz SA, Aragon K, Hines J, Seligman H, Lee S, Sarkar U. Do clinical standards for diabetes care address excess risk for hypoglycemia in vulnerable patients? A systematic review. Health Serv Res. 2013 Aug; 48(4):1299-310.
Lyles CR, Wolf MS, Schillinger D, Davis TC, Dewalt D, Dahlke AR, Curtis L, Seligman HK. Food insecurity in relation to changes in hemoglobin A1c, self-efficacy, and fruit/vegetable intake during a diabetes educational intervention. Diabetes Care. 2013 Jun; 36(6):1448-53.
Handley MA, Robles M, Sanford E, Collins N, Seligman H, Defries T, Perez R, Grieshop J. Navigating changing food environments - Transnational perspectives on dietary behaviours and implications for nutrition counselling. Glob Public Health. 2013; 8(3):245-57.
Fernandez A, Seligman H, Quan J, Stern RJ, Jacobs EA. Associations between aspects of culturally competent care and clinical outcomes among patients with diabetes. Med Care. 2012 Sep; 50(9 Suppl 2):S74-9.
Seligman HK, Fernandez A, Stern RJ, Weech-Maldonado R, Quan J, Jacobs EA. Risk factors for reporting poor cultural competency among patients with diabetes in safety net clinics. Med Care. 2012 Sep; 50(9 Suppl 2):S56-61.
Stern RJ, Fernandez A, Jacobs EA, Neilands TB, Weech-Maldonado R, Quan J, Carle A, Seligman HK. Advances in measuring culturally competent care: a confirmatory factor analysis of CAHPS-CC in a safety-net population. Med Care. 2012 Sep; 50(9 Suppl 2):S49-55.
Davis TC, Seligman HK, Dewalt DA, Platt DJ, Reynolds C, Timm DF, Arnold CL. Diabetes Implementation of a Self-management Program in Resource Poor and Rural Community Clinics. J Prim Care Community Health. 2012 Oct 01; 3(4):239-42.
Lopez A, Seligman HK. Clinical Management of the Food Insecure Patient with Diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum. 2012; (25):14-15.
Vijayaraghavan M, Jacobs EA, Seligman H, Fernandez A. The association between housing instability, food insecurity, and diabetes self-efficacy in low-income adults. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Nov; 22(4):1279-91.
Seligman HK, Davis TC, Schillinger D, Wolf MS. Food insecurity is associated with hypoglycemia and poor diabetes self-management in a low-income sample with diabetes. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 Nov; 21(4):1227-33.
Sarkar U, Handley MA, Gupta R, Tang A, Murphy E, Seligman HK, Shojania KG, Schillinger D. What happens between visits? Adverse and potential adverse events among a low-income, urban, ambulatory population with diabetes. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010 Jun; 19(3):223-8.
DeWalt DA, Davis TC, Wallace AS, Seligman HK, Bryant-Shilliday B, Arnold CL, Freburger J, Schillinger D. Goal setting in diabetes self-management: taking the baby steps to success. Patient Educ Couns. 2009 Nov; 77(2):218-23.
Wallace AS, Seligman HK, Davis TC, Schillinger D, Arnold CL, Bryant-Shilliday B, Freburger JK, DeWalt DA. Literacy-appropriate educational materials and brief counseling improve diabetes self-management. Patient Educ Couns. 2009 Jun; 75(3):328-33.
Sarkar U, Handley MA, Gupta R, Tang A, Murphy E, Seligman HK, Shojania KG, Schillinger D. Use of an interactive, telephone-based self-management support program to identify adverse events among ambulatory diabetes patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Apr; 23(4):459-65.
Tabas JA, Rodriguez RM, Seligman HK, Goldschlager NF. Electrocardiographic criteria for detecting acute myocardial infarction in patients with left bundle branch block: a meta-analysis. Ann Emerg Med. 2008 Oct; 52(4):329-336.e1.
Seligman HK, Wallace AS, DeWalt DA, Schillinger D, Arnold CL, Shilliday BB, Delgadillo A, Bengal N, Davis TC. Facilitating behavior change with low-literacy patient education materials. Am J Health Behav. 2007 Sep-Oct; 31 Suppl 1:S69-78.
Seligman HK, Chattopadhyay A, Vittinghoff E, Bindman AB. Racial and ethnic differences in receipt of primary care services between medicaid fee-for-service and managed care plans. J Ambul Care Manage. 2007 Jul-Sep; 30(3):264-73.
Seligman HK, Bindman AB, Vittinghoff E, Kanaya AM, Kushel MB. Food insecurity is associated with diabetes mellitus: results from the National Health Examination and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2002. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jul; 22(7):1018-23.
Seligman HK, Wang FF, Palacios JL, Wilson CC, Daher C, Piette JD, Schillinger D. Physician notification of their diabetes patients' limited health literacy. A randomized, controlled trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2005 Nov; 20(11):1001-7.