Eric Widera

ASSOC PROF OF CLIN-HCOMP
Medicine
+1 415 221-4810 ext. 24614

OVERVIEW:
Eric Widera is a clinician-educator in the Division of Geriatrics. His main goal is to improve the care provided to elderly patients with severe chronic and/or terminal conditions through program development and educational innovations. Eric accomplishes this through various leadership roles, including Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Program Director for the Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF. He is also on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). Eric received his medical school training at UCSF and his internal medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital. He returned to UCSF to complete a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. He joined the faculty at UCSF in August of 2006. Since then, Eric has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA), the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award, AAHPM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40 award, and the AAHPM PDIA Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award. He is also a co-founder of GeriPal, a Geriatrics and Palliative Care blog and podcast, as well as ePrognosis, an online set of prognostic calculators for the elderly.

CLINICAL ACTIVITIES:
Dr. Widera's clinical activities are primarily based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He attends on and is the Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the VA. This is a busy and growing service that performs inpatient palliative care consults in the acute hospital setting and the VA Community Living Center (CLC). The Hospice and Palliative Care Service also provides primary care for a 10-bed hospice unit located within the CLC, as well as serves veterans living in the community through an outpatient Palliative Care Clinic. Eric’s other clinical responsibilities include attending on the internal medicine inpatient ward service at the San Francisco VA and supervising geriatrics fellows in caring for veterans residing in the Community Living Center.

EDUCATIONAL FOCUS:
Dr. Widera's academic focus is on improving the care we give to elderly patients with severe chronic and/or terminal conditions through program development and educational innovations. He oversees a host of interdisciplinary learners who rotate on the Hospice and Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA, including internal medicine residents, social work interns, and nursing students. Eric is also the Program Director for the Geriatrics fellowship at UCSF. His other interests include how the use of social media sites, like GeriPal.org, can influence medical education and clinical practice.

Publications: 

AGS Position Statement: Resource Allocation Strategies and Age-Related Considerations in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Farrell TW, Ferrante LE, Brown T, Francis L, Widera E, Rhodes R, Rosen T, Hwang U, Witt LJ, Thothala N, Liu SW, Vitale CA, Braun UK, Stephens C, Saliba D

Rationing Limited Health Care Resources in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: Ethical Considerations Regarding Older Adults.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Farrell TW, Francis L, Brown T, Ferrante LE, Widera E, Rhodes R, Rosen T, Hwang U, Witt LJ, Thothala N, Liu SW, Vitale CA, Braun UK, Stephens C, Saliba D

Pandemic Palliative Care Consultations Spanning State and Institutional Borders.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Nakagawa S, Berlin A, Widera E, Periyakoil VS, Smith AK, Blinderman CD

Making Medical Treatment Decisions for Unrepresented Patients in the ICU. An Official American Thoracic Society/American Geriatrics Society Policy Statement.

American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine

Pope TM, Bennett J, Carson SS, Cederquist L, Cohen AB, DeMartino ES, Godfrey DM, Goodman-Crews P, Kapp MB, Lo B, Magnus DC, Reinke LF, Shirley JL, Siegel MD, Stapleton RD, Sudore RL, Tarzian AJ, Thornton JD, Wicclair MR, Widera EW, White DB

Prognostication and Proactive Planning in COVID-19.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Newport KB, Malhotra S, Widera E

Prognostication in Serious Illness.

The Medical clinics of North America

Martin EJ, Widera E

Primary Palliative Care.

The Medical clinics of North America

Widera E

Caring for Unbefriended Older Adults and Adult Orphans: A Clinician Survey.

Clinical gerontologist

Farrell TW, Catlin C, Chodos AH, Naik AD, Widera E, Moye J

Making and Measuring an Impact in a Digital World: The Role of Social Media and the Medical Journal.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Widera E, Trucil DE, Smith AK

Geriatrics Literature 2017 Year in Review.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Willham K, Covinsky K, Widera E

Six-Month Emergency Department Use among Older Adults Following Jail Incarceration.

Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

Humphreys J, Ahalt C, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Widera E, Williams B

Geriatrics Literature 2016 Year in Review.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Willham K, Covinsky K, Widera E

AGS Position Statement: Making Medical Treatment Decisions for Unbefriended Older Adults.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Farrell TW, Widera E, Rosenberg L, Rubin CD, Naik AD, Braun U, Torke A, Li I, Vitale C, Shega J

Partial Codes-A Symptom of a Larger Problem.

JAMA internal medicine

Zapata JA, Widera E

Variability in Hospice Care at the Very End of Life.

JAMA internal medicine

Widera E, Talebreza S

Teaching geriatric fellows how to teach: a needs assessment targeting geriatrics fellowship program directors.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Rivera V, Yukawa M, Aronson L, Widera E

Usefulness and effect of online prognostic calculators.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

McClymont KM, Lee SJ, Schonberg MA, Widera E, Miao Y, Smith AK

The hospice referral.

American family physician

Talebreza S, Widera E

Developing entrustable professional activities as the basis for assessment of competence in an internal medicine residency: a feasibility study.

Journal of general internal medicine

Hauer KE, Soni K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Ten Cate O, Widera E, Calton B, O'Sullivan PS

Predicting 10-year mortality for older adults.

JAMA

Cruz M, Covinsky K, Widera EW, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Lee SJ

Five things physicians and patients should question in hospice and palliative medicine.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Fischberg D, Bull J, Casarett D, Hanson LC, Klein SM, Rotella J, Smith T, Storey CP, Teno JM, Widera E

Something just doesn't smell quite right.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Lakin JR, Widera E, Doe EW

Managing grief and depression at the end of life.

American family physician

Widera EW, Block SD

Prognostic indices for older adults: a systematic review.

JAMA

Yourman LC, Lee SJ, Schonberg MA, Widera EW, Smith AK

Approaching patients and family members who hope for a miracle.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Widera EW, Rosenfeld KE, Fromme EK, Sulmasy DP, Arnold RM

Nausea and other nonpain symptoms in long-term care.

Clinics in geriatric medicine

Gonzales MJ, Widera E

The epidemiology of pain during the last 2 years of life.

Annals of internal medicine

Smith AK, Cenzer IS, Knight SJ, Puntillo KA, Widera E, Williams BA, Boscardin WJ, Covinsky KE

Presenteeism: a public health hazard.

Journal of general internal medicine

Widera E, Chang A, Chen HL

Hospitalization as an opportunity to integrate palliative care in heart failure management.

Current opinion in supportive and palliative care

Widera E, Pantilat SZ

Geriatrics and Aging

Pain Management in Moderate and Advanced Dementias.

Widera, E, Smith, AK.

Pulmonary artery sarcoma misdiagnosed as chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

The Mount Sinai journal of medicine, New York

Widera E, Sulica R