Diane Rittenhouse, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Family Community Medicine
+1 415 514-9249

Diane Rittenhouse, MD, MPH is Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Rittenhouse’s principal research interest lies at the intersection of social policy and clinical quality with a particular focus on primary care. She is currently funded by the California HealthCare Foundation to investigate the policies that impact funding of graduate medical education in California and has developed recommendations for GME expansion. She has written extensively on topics including innovations in primary care delivery and policies impacting the primary care workforce and delivery system. Dr. Rittenhouse has published in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and has been invited to speak to members of the U.S. Congress on the role of the primary care in health reform.

In addition, Dr. Rittenhouse has been a leader in Health Systems/Health Policy curriculum development for the UCSF School of Medicine, and has received awards for her teaching and curriculum development work. She currently serves as the faculty advisor for the UCSF-UC Berkeley MD/MPH program. She also serves as the Family Medicine site director for the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship.

Dr. Rittenhouse received her MD from the University of California, Davis, and her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her medical training she worked for both the California Statewide Office of Health Planning and Development and for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in Washington, D.C.


Small Independent Primary Care Practices Serving Socially Vulnerable Urban Populations.

Annals of family medicine

Rittenhouse DR, Peebles V, Mack C, Alvarez C, Bazemore A

Reducing Acute Hospitalizations at High-Performing CPC+ Primary Care Practice Sites: Strategies, Activities, and Facilitators.

Annals of family medicine

Petersen DM, O'Malley AS, Felland L, Peebles V, Rittenhouse DR, Powell RE, Rich EC, Sarwar R, Sorensen A, Hoag S, Finucane M, Lipman E, Gellar J, Machta RM, Keith RE

The Reliability of Graduate Medical Education Quality of Care Clinical Performance Measures.

Journal of graduate medical education

Kim JG, Rodriguez HP, Holmboe ES, McDonald KM, Mazotti L, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Kanter MH

Relationship Between Physician Burnout And The Quality And Cost Of Care For Medicare Beneficiaries Is Complex.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Casalino LP, Li J, Peterson LE, Rittenhouse DR, Zhang M, O'Donnell EM, Phillips RL

One-Third of Family Physicians Remain in Independently Owned Practice, 2017-2019.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM

Rittenhouse DR, Bazemore AW, Morgan ZJ, Peterson LE

Factors Associated With Family Medicine and Internal Medicine First-Year Residents' Ambulatory Care Training Time.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Kim JG, Rodriguez HP, Shortell SM, Fuller B, Holmboe ES, Rittenhouse DR

Meaningful Use And Medical Home Functionality In Primary Care Practice.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Rittenhouse DR, Wiley JA, Peterson LE, Casalino LP, Phillips RL

The CMS State Innovation Models Initiative and Improved Health Information Technology and Care Management Capabilities of Physician Practices.

Medical care research and review : MCRR

Kandel ZK, Rittenhouse DR, Bibi S, Fraze TK, Shortell SM, Rodríguez HP

Implementation Variation in Natural Experiments of State Health Policy Initiatives.

American journal of accountable care

Rittenhouse DR, Phillips AZ, Bibi S, Rodriguez HP

Guide to Graduate Medical Education Funding in California

Rittenhouse DR, Ament A, Grumbach K, Peterson S, Levin Z, Bazemore A

Spending per Medicare Beneficiary Is Higher in Hospital-Owned Small- and Medium-Sized Physician Practices.

Health services research

Pesko MF, Ryan AM, Shortell SM, Copeland KR, Ramsay PP, Sun X, Mendelsohn JL, Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP

Increased Health Information Technology Adoption and Use Among Small Primary Care Physician Practices Over Time: A National Cohort Study.

Annals of family medicine

Rittenhouse DR, Ramsay PP, Casalino LP, McClellan S, Kandel ZK, Shortell SM

Accountable Communities for Health: Data-Sharing Toolkit

Accountable Communities for Health: Data-Sharing Toolkit

Rittenhouse DR, Ament A, Shortell SM.

The Most Critical Health Care Issues for the Next President to Address.

Annals of internal medicine

Shortell SM, Rittenhouse D

The Use of Enhanced Appointment Access Strategies by Medical Practices.

Medical care

Rodriguez HP, Knox M, Hurley V, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM

A Longitudinal Study of Medical Practices' Treatment of Patients Who Use Tobacco.

American journal of preventive medicine

Ramsay PP, Shortell SM, Casalino LP, Rodriguez HP, Rittenhouse DR

Managing chronic illness: physician practices increased the use of care management and medical home processes.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Wiley JA, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Casalino LP, Ramsay PP, Bibi S, Ryan AM, Copeland KR, Alexander JA

Small primary care physician practices have low rates of preventable hospital admissions.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Casalino LP, Pesko MF, Ryan AM, Mendelsohn JL, Copeland KR, Ramsay PP, Sun X, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM

Independent practice associations and physician-hospital organizations can improve care management for smaller practices.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Casalino LP, Wu FM, Ryan AM, Copeland K, Rittenhouse DR, Ramsay PP, Shortell SM

Contrasting trajectories of change in primary care clinics: lessons from New Orleans safety net.

Annals of family medicine

Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt L, Wu K, Wiley J

When does adoption of health information technology by physician practices lead to use by physicians within the practice?

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

McClellan SR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse DR

Transforming primary care in the New Orleans safety-net: the patient experience.

Medical care

Schmidt LA, Rittenhouse DR, Wu KJ, Wiley JA

The cultural complexity of medical groups.

Health care management review

Nembhard IM, Singer SJ, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse D, Casalino LP

The patient-centered medical home and patient experience.

Health services research

Martsolf GR, Alexander JA, Shi Y, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse DR, Scanlon DP, Shortell SM

The un-managed system of Medicare referrals.

Journal of general internal medicine

Chen AH, Rittenhouse D

Small and medium-size physician practices use few patient-centered medical home processes.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM, McClellan SR, Gillies RR, Alexander JA, Drum ML

Adoption of policies to treat tobacco dependence in U.S. medical groups.

American journal of preventive medicine

McMenamin SB, Bellows NM, Halpin HA, Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM

Relationship between quality improvement processes and clinical performance.

The American journal of managed care

Damberg CL, Shortell SM, Raube K, Gillies RR, Rittenhouse D, McCurdy RK, Casalino LP, Adams J

Developing a policy-relevant research agenda for the patient-centered medical home: a focus on outcomes.

Journal of general internal medicine

Rittenhouse DR, Thom DH, Schmittdiel JA

Specialist physician practices as patient-centered medical homes.

The New England journal of medicine

Casalino LP, Rittenhouse DR, Gillies RR, Shortell SM

Title VII is critical to the community health center and National Health Service Corps workforce.

American family physician

Harrison B, Rittenhouse DR, Phillips RL, Grumbach K, Bazemore AW, Dodoo MS

Improving chronic illness care: findings from a national study of care management processes in large physician practices.

Medical care research and review : MCRR

Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Gillies RR, Casalino LP, Robinson JC, McCurdy RK, Siddique J

Primary care and accountable care--two essential elements of delivery-system reform.

The New England journal of medicine

Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SM, Fisher ES

Improving chronic illness care: a longitudinal cohort analysis of large physician organizations.

Medical care

Shortell SM, Gillies R, Siddique J, Casalino LP, Rittenhouse D, Robinson JC, McCurdy RK

Financial incentives, quality improvement programs, and the adoption of clinical information technology.

Medical care

Robinson JC, Casalino LP, Gillies RR, Rittenhouse DR, Shortell SS, Fernandes-Taylor S

Quality-based payment for medical groups and individual physicians.

Inquiry : a journal of medical care organization, provision and financing

Robinson JC, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse DR, Fernandes-Taylor S, Gillies RR, Casalino LP

Impact of Title VII training programs on community health center staffing and national health service corps participation.

Annals of family medicine

Rittenhouse DR, Fryer GE, Phillips RL, Miyoshi T, Nielsen C, Goodman DC, Grumbach K

Measuring the medical home infrastructure in large medical groups.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Gillies RR, Shortell SM, Lau B

Physician organization and care management in California: from cottage to Kaiser.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Rittenhouse DR, Grumbach K, O'Neil EH, Dower C, Bindman A

No exit: an evaluation of measures of physician attrition.

Health services research

Rittenhouse DR, Mertz E, Keane D, Grumbach K

Do required preclinical courses with family physicians encourage interest in family medicine?

Family medicine

Hill-Sakurai LE, Schillinger E, Rittenhouse DR, Fahrenbach R, Hudes ES, LeBaron S, Shore WB, Hearst N

Improving timely access to primary care: case studies of the advanced access model.


Murray M, Bodenheimer T, Rittenhouse D, Grumbach K