CVP welcomes new Director, Margot Kushel, MD

Margot Kushel, MD has been announced as the new Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and Trauma Center (ZSFG).

Dr. Kushel is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She is a core faculty member of UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations and a faculty affiliate of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Dr. Kushel's research focuses on the causes and consequences of homelessness and housing instability, with the goal of preventing and ending homelessness and ameliorating the effects of homelessness on health. Dr. Kushel’s research seeks to inform clinical practice, programs, and policies. She is currently the Principal Investigator of two R01s from the National Institutes on Aging to study the causes and consequences of homelessness in older homeless adults and a K24 grant from the NIA to mentor researchers interested in aging in vulnerable populations. She is the Principal Investigator of a T32 training grant and the Director of UCSF’s Primary Care Research Fellowship, which trains primary care physicians to do policy-oriented research. Dr. Kushel is evaluating several county-wide initiatives to alleviate chronic homelessness. She maintains an active clinical practice at the Richard H. Fine People’s Clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and attends on the inpatient medicine service. She is a frequent speaker at the local, state, and national level about issues of homelessness and its relationship to health and healthcare. Dr. Kushel obtained her AB from Harvard University and her MD from Yale School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the UCSF/SFGH Primary Care Internal Medicine program, chief residency at SFGH, and her fellowship in General Internal Medicine at UCSF/SFGH.