Matt Pantell, MD, MS

HS Assoc Clinical Professor
+1 415 476-5001

Dr. Pantell worked at the Health Policy Center of the Urban Institute before attending the UC Berkeley - UCSF Joint Medical Program for medical school, where he earned an MD and a Master's in Health and Medical Sciences focusing on social epidemiology. He then completed his residency in pediatrics and was Chief Resident at the University of California, San Francisco. He was also a fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program at the NIH, where his work focused on biomarkers of social adversity.

Currently he is an Assistant Professor at UCSF, where his research is conducted with the UCSF Center for Health and Community, the UCSF Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network, and the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative. Broadly, his research focuses on social determinants of health and social needs. More specifically, his research focuses on implementing social needs screening in clinical settings, the utility of incorporating social information into clinical decision making, addressing social needs in clinical settings, data mining and the analysis of large datasets, and biological manifestations of the social determinants of health.

Clinically, Dr. Pantell works is as a pediatric hospitalist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Mission Bay and Washington Hospital in Fremont. He also works as an pediatric urgent care physician and runs the Tattoo Removal Clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.


Mental Well-Being Among Adversity-Exposed Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

JAMA network open

Raney JH, Weinstein S, Ganson KT, Testa A, Jackson DB, Pantell M, Glidden DV, Brindis CD, Nagata JM

Structured and unstructured social risk factor documentation in the electronic health record underestimates patients' self-reported risks.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

Iott BE, Rivas S, Gottlieb LM, Adler-Milstein J, Pantell MS

Associations between Social Adversity and Biomarkers of Inflammation, Stress, and Aging in Children.

Pediatric research

Pantell MS, Silveira PP, de Mendonça Filho EJ, Wing H, Brown EM, Keeton VF, Pokhvisneva I, O'Donnell KJ, Neuhaus J, Hessler D, Meaney MJ, Adler NE, Gottlieb LM

Parent and staff perceptions of racism in a single-center neonatal intensive care unit.

Pediatric research

Karvonen KL, Smith O, Chambers Butcher BD, Franck LS, McKenzie-Sampson S, McLemore MR, Pantell MS, Rogers EE

Patient Perspectives on Social Risk Screening and Documentation in a Dermatology Clinic.

JAMA dermatology

Wilkerson K, De Marchis E, Rudd N, Williams JC, Pantell M, Ackerman SL, Amerson EH, Chang AY

Estimating the effect of timing of earned income tax credit refunds on perinatal outcomes: a quasi-experimental study of California births.

BMC public health

Karasek D, Batra A, Baer RJ, Butcher BDC, Feuer S, Fuchs JD, Kuppermann M, Gomez AM, Prather AA, Pantell M, Rogers E, Snowden JM, Torres J, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L, Hamad R

Social and Medical Care Integration Practices Among Children's Hospitals.

Hospital pediatrics

Pantell MS, Holmgren AJ, Leary JC, Iott BE, Neuhaus J, Adler-Milstein J, Gottlieb LM

Screening for Financial Hardship: Comparing Patient Survey Responses Using Two Different Screening Tools.

Journal of general internal medicine

De Marchis EH, Fleegler EW, Cohen AJ, Tung EL, Clark CR, Ommerborn MJ, Lindau ST, Pantell M, Hessler D, Gottlieb LM

Subspecialty pediatrics: An unmet opportunity to address unmet social risks.

Academic pediatrics

Wadhwani SI, Pantell MS, Winestone LE

Evaluating the comparability of patient-level social risk data extracted from electronic health records: A systematic scoping review.

Health informatics journal

Linfield GH, Patel S, Ko HJ, Lacar B, Gottlieb LM, Adler-Milstein J, Singh NV, Pantell MS, De Marchis EH

Assessing area-level deprivation as a proxy for individual-level social risks.

American journal of preventive medicine

Brown EM, Franklin SM, Ryan JL, Canterberry M, Bowe A, Pantell MS, Cottrell EK, Gottlieb LM

Structural Racism Operationalized Via Adverse Social Events in a Single-center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Journal of pediatrics

Karvonen KL, Anunwah E, Chambers BD, Kwarteng L, Mathis-Perry T, McLemore MR, Oh S, Pantell MS, Smith O, Rogers E

Unmet Social Needs and Patterns of Hair Cortisol Concentration in Mother-Child Dyads.

Chronic stress (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)

Keeton VF, Bidwell JT, de Mendonça Filho EJ, Silveira PP, Hessler D, Pantell MS, Wing H, Brown EM, Iott B, Gottlieb LM

Racial and sociodemographic predictors of COVID-19 compared with influenza, appendicitis, and all-cause hospitalization: retrospective cohort analysis.

Ethnicity & health

Raphael E, Azar KMJ, Gu D, Shen Z, Rubinsky A, Wang M, Pantell M, Lyles CR, Fernandez A, Bibbins-Domingo K, Pressman A, Nasrallah C, Hamad R

Characterizing the relative frequency of clinician engagement with structured social determinants of health data.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

Iott BE, Adler-Milstein J, Gottlieb LM, Pantell MS

Household Social Needs, Emotional Functioning, and Stress in Low-Income Latinx Children and their Mothers.

Journal of child and family studies

Keeton VF, Bell JF, Drake C, Fernandez Y Garcia EO, Pantell M, Hessler D, Wing H, Silveira PP, O'Donnell KJ, de Mendonça Filho EJ, Meaney MJ, Gottlieb LM

Structural racism is associated with adverse postnatal outcomes among Black preterm infants.

Pediatric research

Karvonen KL, McKenzie-Sampson S, Baer RJ, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L, Rogers EE, Pantell MS, Chambers BD

Social Needs and Acculturation as Predictors of Emotional Problems and Perceived Stress Among Latinx Mothers with Low Income.

Journal of immigrant and minority health

Keeton VF, Bell JF, Gottlieb LM, Drake C, Pantell M, Hessler D, Wing H, Fernandez Y Garcia EO

Physician awareness of social determinants of health documentation capability in the electronic health record.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

Iott BE, Pantell MS, Adler-Milstein J, Gottlieb LM

Assessing Alignment of Patient and Clinician Perspectives on Community Health Resources for Chronic Disease Management.

Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)

Potharaju KA, Fields JD, Cemballi AG, Pantell MS, Desai R, Akom A, Shah A, Cruz T, Nguyen KH, Lyles CR

Social Risk Factor Documentation in Emergency Departments.

Annals of emergency medicine

Molina MF, Pantell MS, Gottlieb LM

Child Opportunity Index and Changes in Pediatric Acute Care Utilization in the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Fritz CQ, Fleegler EW, DeSouza H, Richardson T, Kaiser SV, Sills MR, Cooper JN, Parikh K, Puls HT, DeLaroche AM, Hogan AH, Pantell MS, Kornblith AE, Heller KR, Bigham MT, Goyal M

Lessons learned from academic medical centers' response to the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the Navajo Nation.

PloS one

Bongiovanni T, Shamasunder S, Brown W, Rivera Carpenter C, Pantell M, Ghali B, Harrison JD

Interpregnancy Interval and Birth Outcomes: A Propensity Matching Study in the California Population.

Maternal and child health journal

Congdon JL, Baer RJ, Arcara J, Feuer SK, Gómez AM, Karasek D, Oltman SP, Pantell MS, Ryckman K, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L

Assessment of structured data elements for social risk factors.

The American journal of managed care

Vest JR, Adler-Milstein J, Gottlieb LM, Bian J, Campion TR, Cohen GR, Donnelly N, Harper J, Huerta TR, Kansky JP, Kharrazi H, Khurshid A, Kooreman HE, McDonnell C, Overhage JM, Pantell MS, Parisi W, Shenkman EA, Tierney WM, Wiehe S, Harle CA

Racial disparities in emergency mental healthcare utilization among birthing people with preterm infants.

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM

Karvonen KL, Baer RJ, Blebu B, Calthorpe L, Fuchs JD, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L, Karasek D, McKenzie-Sampson S, Oltman SP, Rand L, Shannon MT, Washington TE, Woolridge T, Rogers EE, Pantell MS

Documentation and review of social determinants of health data in the EHR: measures and associated insights.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

Wang M, Pantell MS, Gottlieb LM, Adler-Milstein J

The association of COVID-19 infection in pregnancy with preterm birth: A retrospective cohort study in California.

Lancet Regional Health. Americas

Karasek D, Baer RJ, McLemore MR, Bell AJ, Blebu BE, Casey JA, Coleman-Phox K, Costello JM, Felder JN, Flowers E, Fuchs JD, Gomez AM, Karvonen K, Kuppermann M, Liang L, McKenzie-Sampson S, McCulloch CE, Oltman SP, Pantell MS, Piao X, Prather AA, Schmidt RJ, Scott KA, Spellen S, Stookey JD, Tesfalul M, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL

Maternal nativity and risk of adverse perinatal outcomes among Black women residing in California, 2011-2017.

Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association

McKenzie-Sampson S, Baer RJ, Blebu BE, Karasek D, Oltman SP, Pantell MS, Rand L, Rogers EE, Torres JM, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Scott KA, Chambers BD

A reply to Shachak.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

Pantell MS, Adler-Milstein J, Wang MD, Prather AA, Adler NE, Gottlieb LM

Brief report: Acute care visits vary by race and ethnicity among publicly insured preterm infants.

Pediatric research

Karvonen KL, Baer RJ, Rogers EE, Steurer MA, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Pantell MS

The association between preterm birth and postpartum mental health care utilization among California birthing people.

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM

Calthorpe LM, Baer RJ, Chambers BD, Steurer MA, Shannon MT, Oltman SP, Karvonen KL, Rogers EE, Rand LI, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Pantell MS

Salivary cytokine cluster moderates the association between caregivers perceived stress and emotional functioning in youth.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Parent C, Pokhvisneva I, de Mendonça Filho EJ, O'Donnell KJ, Meaney MJ, Kee MZL, Thng G, Wing H, Adler NE, Keeton V, Pantell MS, Hessler D, Gottlieb LM, Silveira PP

Impact of a National Quality Collaborative on Pediatric Asthma Care Quality by Insurance Status.

Academic pediatrics

Schechter S, Pantell M, Parikh K, Nkoy F, McCulloh R, Fassl B, Kaiser S

High-risk Behavior Screening and Interventions in Hospitalized Adolescents.

Hospital pediatrics

Pfaff N, Pantell MS, Kaiser SV

Patient Experiences with Screening and Assistance for Social Isolation in Primary Care Settings.

Journal of general internal medicine

Tung EL, De Marchis EH, Gottlieb LM, Lindau ST, Pantell MS

Racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes through 1 year of life in infants born prematurely: a population based study in California.

Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association

Karvonen KL, Baer RJ, Rogers EE, Steurer MA, Ryckman KK, Feuer SK, Anderson JG, Franck LS, Gano D, Peterson MA, Oltman SP, Chambers BD, Neuhaus J, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Pantell MS

Addressing Social Isolation and Loneliness: Lessons from around the World

Addressing Social Isolation and Loneliness: Lessons from around the World.

Shields-Zeeman L, Old A, Adler N, Gottlieb L, Pantell M.

The National Academy of Medicine Social Care Framework and COVID-19 Care Innovations.

Journal of general internal medicine

Gottlieb LM, Pantell MS, Solomon LS

Emergency Visits and Hospitalizations for Child Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Kaiser SV, Kornblith AE, Richardson T, Pantell MS, Fleegler EW, Fritz CQ, Parikh K, Zagel A, Sills MR, De Souza HG, Goyal MK, Hogan AH, Heller KR, DeLaroche AM, Cooper JN, Puls HT

A call for social informatics.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

Pantell MS, Adler-Milstein J, Wang MD, Prather AA, Adler NE, Gottlieb LM

Comparison of Community-Level and Patient-Level Social Risk Data in a Network of Community Health Centers.

JAMA network open

Cottrell EK, Hendricks M, Dambrun K, Cowburn S, Pantell M, Gold R, Gottlieb LM

Newborn metabolic vulnerability profile identifies preterm infants at risk for mortality and morbidity.

Pediatric research

Oltman SP, Rogers EE, Baer RJ, Jasper EA, Anderson JG, Steurer MA, Pantell MS, Petersen MA, Partridge JC, Karasek D, Ross KM, Feuer SK, Franck LS, Rand L, Dagle JM, Ryckman KK, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL

Maintaining Social Connections in the Setting of COVID-19 Social Distancing: A Call to Action.

American journal of public health

Pantell MS, Shields-Zeeman L

Effects of In-Person Navigation to Address Family Social Needs on Child Health Care Utilization: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

JAMA network open

Pantell MS, Hessler D, Long D, Alqassari M, Schudel C, Laves E, Velazquez DE, Amaya A, Sweeney P, Burns A, Harrison FL, Adler NE, Gottlieb LM

Solutions from Around the World: Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation During COVID-19

To the Point (blog), Commonwealth Fund.

Abrams M, Williams II R, Tikkanen R, Shah T, Pantell M.

Cohort study of respiratory hospital admissions, air quality and sociodemographic factors in preterm infants born in California.

Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology

Steurer MA, Costello J, Baer RJ, Oltman SP, Feuer SK, Pacheco-Werner T, Rogers E, Jankowska MM, Block J, McCarthy M, Pantell MS, Chambers C, Ryckman KK, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL

Associations Between Social Factor Documentation and Hospital Length of Stay and Readmission Among Children.

Hospital pediatrics

Pantell MS, Kaiser SV, Torres JM, Gottlieb LM, Adler NE

Depression Predicts Prolonged Length of Hospital Stay in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition

Patel PV, Pantell MS, Heyman MB, Verstraete S

Prevalence of Patient-Reported Social Risk Factors and Receipt of Assistance in Federally Funded Health Centers.

Journal of general internal medicine

De Marchis E, Pantell M, Fichtenberg C, Gottlieb LM

Associations between unstable housing, obstetric outcomes, and perinatal health care utilization.

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM

Pantell MS, Baer RJ, Torres JM, Felder JN, Gomez AM, Chambers BD, Dunn J, Parikh NI, Pacheco-Werner T, Rogers EE, Feuer SK, Ryckman KK, Novak NL, Tabb KM, Fuchs J, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL

Socioeconomic Status, Preeclampsia Risk and Gestational Length in Black and White Women.

Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities

Ross KM, Dunkel Schetter C, McLemore MR, Chambers BD, Paynter RA, Baer R, Feuer SK, Flowers E, Karasek D, Pantell M, Prather AA, Ryckman K, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L

Association of Social and Behavioral Risk Factors With Earlier Onset of Adult Hypertension and Diabetes.

JAMA network open

Pantell MS, Prather AA, Downing JM, Gordon NP, Adler NE

Autoimmune Cytopenias in Pediatric Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Patients.

Frontiers in Pediatrics

Neely JA, Dvorak CC, Pantell MS, Melton A, Huang JN, Shimano KA

Practice Capacity to Address Patients' Social Needs and Physician Satisfaction and Perceived Quality of Care.

Annals of family medicine

Pantell MS, De Marchis E, Bueno A, Gottlieb LM

Pre-pregnancy or first-trimester risk scoring to identify women at high risk of preterm birth.

European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology

Baer RJ, McLemore MR, Adler N, Oltman SP, Chambers BD, Kuppermann M, Pantell MS, Rogers EE, Ryckman KK, Sirota M, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL

Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of Febrile Infants: Challenging Tradition.

Advances in pediatrics

Pantell RH, Roberts KB, Greenhow TL, Pantell MS

Perspectives from the Society for Pediatric Research: interventions targeting social needs in pediatric clinical care.

Pediatric research

Beck AF, Cohen AJ, Colvin JD, Fichtenberg CM, Fleegler EW, Garg A, Gottlieb LM, Pantell MS, Sandel MT, Schickedanz A, Kahn RS

Initial Metabolic Profiles Are Associated with 7-Day Survival among Infants Born at 22-25 Weeks of Gestation.

The Journal of pediatrics

Oltman SP, Rogers EE, Baer RJ, Anderson JG, Steurer MA, Pantell MS, Partridge JC, Rand L, Ryckman KK, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Pediatric-Onset and Adult-Onset Common Variable Immune Deficiency.

Journal of clinical immunology

Sanchez LA, Maggadottir SM, Pantell MS, Lugar P, Rundles CC, Sullivan KE

Social isolation: a predictor of mortality comparable to traditional clinical risk factors.

American journal of public health

Pantell M, Rehkopf D, Jutte D, Syme SL, Balmes J, Adler N

Auditory analysis of xeroderma pigmentosum 1971-2012: hearing function, sun sensitivity and DNA repair predict neurological degeneration.

Brain : a journal of neurology

Totonchy MB, Tamura D, Pantell MS, Zalewski C, Bradford PT, Merchant SN, Nadol J, Khan SG, Schiffmann R, Pierson TM, Wiggs E, Griffith AJ, DiGiovanna JJ, Kraemer KH, Brewer CC

Rigor, vigor, and the study of health disparities.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Adler N, Bush NR, Pantell MS

Educational attainment and late life telomere length in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Adler N, Pantell MS, O'Donovan A, Blackburn E, Cawthon R, Koster A, Opresko P, Newman A, Harris TB, Epel E

Cumulative inflammatory load is associated with short leukocyte telomere length in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study.

PloS one

O'Donovan A, Pantell MS, Puterman E, Dhabhar FS, Blackburn EH, Yaffe K, Cawthon RM, Opresko PL, Hsueh WC, Satterfield S, Newman AB, Ayonayon HN, Rubin SM, Harris TB, Epel ES

Cost sharing in Medicaid and CHIP: how does it affect out-of-pocket spending?

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Selden TM, Kenney GM, Pantell MS, Ruhter J

Access to and use of paid sick leave among low-income families with children.


Clemans-Cope L, Perry CD, Kenney GM, Pelletier JE, Pantell MS