FellowsValy Fontil, MD, MAS
Valy Fontil, MD, MAS is a postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. As a general internist, Dr. Fontil served as clinical instructor and primary care physician at the University of California San Francisco in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital from 2011 to 2013. He has worked with Drs. Bibbins-Domingo and Mark Pletcher to develop the Blood Pressure Control Model, a computer microsimulation model that simulates the healthcare processes involved in controlling blood pressure. He is the recipient of a diversity supplement award to the DIADS NIH/NINDS U54 grant with Dr. Bibbins-Domingo as Joint PI and his primary mentor. DIADS is collaboration between UCSF and Kaiser Permanente Northern California to address stroke disparities.
Dr. Fontil is committed to using multiple research methodologies to study proactive clinical approaches for disease prevention cardiovascular risk reduction in historically disenfranchised populations vulnerable to health disparities. As a health services researcher and implementation scientist, his current work is focused on identifying, studying, and implementing hypertension management interventions to improve population health and reduce health disparities. Some of his most recent research work has included: (1) analysis of national datasets to identify gaps and disparities in current management of hypertension; (2) development and use of microsimulation modeling to predict what clinical interventions might work best for improving hypertension control; and (3) implementation of a practice-based hypertension in safety-net clinics. He was recently awarded a UCSF RAP grant award to help fund his efforts in adopting and implementing Kaiser Permanente's hypertension control program in the San Francisco General Hospital's General Medicine Clinic - Bring it Down GMC.
In addition to his research, Dr. Fontil serves on the selection committee for the Pre-Health Undergraduate Program at the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and a lecturer in the program's Designing Clinical Research curriculum. He will also serve an affiliated mentor and presenter in the UCSF-RISE program - a recently funded NHLBI R25 grant for a summer institute to attract under-represented minority faculty from other institutions to UCSF for an implementation science curriculum and mentoring.