Naomi Bardach, MD

Prof of Clinical Pediatrics
+1 415 476-9188

Dr. Bardach is a Professor of Pediatrics and Policy in the Department of Pediatrics and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California San Francisco. She is Vice Chair of Health Services Research in the Department of Pediatrics. In recognition of her passion and capacity for mentoring, she received the UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Award for Associate Professors in 2020. Her research program is focused on improving the quality of inpatient and outpatient pediatric care, with a foundation in implementation and dissemination science. She is co-investigator on two of the AHRQ-funded U18 Pediatric Quality Measurement Program (PQMP) grants to support development and testing of pediatric quality measures. Clinical conditions of focus for those grants are asthma, sickle cell, mental health, and inpatient to outpatient transitions of care. As PI of an NICHD-funded R01, she is collecting reports on patient safety events from family and patients on the pediatric inpatient unit at the point of care, and making those reports rapidly available to clinicians and quality improvement staff. Specific areas of interest for Dr. Bardach are: quality measurement; the use of the measures in interventions such as, public reporting, internal quality improvement, and financial incentive programs, to drive better health outcomes for children and reduce disparities in care; and leveraging technology to integrate patient and caregiver voices into quality improvement efforts.


Association between language discordance and unplanned hospital readmissions or emergency department revisits: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

BMJ quality & safety

Chu JN, Wong J, Bardach NS, Allen IE, Barr-Walker J, Sierra M, Sarkar U, Khoong EC

Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Informed Care in Pediatric Chronic Illness: A Healthcare Provider Survey.

The Journal of pediatrics

Cuneo AA, Sifflet C, Bardach N, Ly N, von Scheven E, Perito ER

Improving the Quality of Written Discharge Instructions: A Multisite Collaborative Project.


Desai AD, Tolpadi A, Parast L, Esporas M, Britto MT, Gidengil C, Wilson K, Bardach NS, Basco WT, Brittan MS, Johnson DP, Wood KE, Yung S, Dawley E, Fiore D, Gregoire L, Hodo LN, Leggett B, Piazza K, Sartori LF, Weber DE, Mangione-Smith R

Postpartum Family Planning in Pediatrics: A Survey of Parental Contraceptive Needs and Health Services Preferences.

Academic pediatrics

Congdon JL, Bardach NS, Franck LS, Brindis CD, John Boscardin W, Carrasco Z, Cabana MD, Dehlendorf C

Follow-up After Pediatric Mental Health Emergency Visits.


Hoffmann JA, Krass P, Rodean J, Bardach NS, Cafferty R, Coker TR, Cutler GJ, Hall M, Morse RB, Nash KA, Parikh K, Zima BT

Collaborative to Increase Lethal Means Counseling for Caregivers of Youth With Suicidality.


Leyenaar JK, Tolpadi A, Parast L, Esporas M, Britto MT, Gidengil C, Wilson KM, Bardach NS, Basco WT, Brittan MS, Williams DJ, Wood KE, Yung S, Dawley E, Elliott A, Manges KA, Plemmons G, Rice T, Wiener B, Mangione-Smith R

Utility of illness symptoms for predicting COVID-19 infections in children.

BMC pediatrics

Zhou GY, Penwill NY, Cheng G, Singh P, Cheung A, Shin M, Nguyen M, Mittal S, Burrough W, Spad MA, Bourne S, Bardach NS, Perito ER

COVID-19 Testing Strategies for K-12 Schools in California: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.

International journal of environmental research and public health

Maya S, McCorvie R, Jacobson K, Shete PB, Bardach N, Kahn JG

Adjusting for Social Risk Factors in Pediatric Quality Measures: Adding to the Evidence Base.

Academic pediatrics

Bucholz EM, Toomey SL, McCulloch CE, Bardach N

Development and Testing of an Emergency Department Quality Measure for Pediatric Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm.

Academic pediatrics

Parast L, Burkhart Q, Bardach NS, Thombley R, Basco WT, Barabell G, Williams DJ, Mitchel E, Machado E, Raghavan P, Tolpadi A, Mangione-Smith R

Follow-Up After Asthma Emergency Department Visits and Its Relationship With Subsequent Asthma-Related Utilization.

Academic pediatrics

Bardach NS, Harder VS, McCulloch CE, Thombley R, Shaw JS, Hart VC, Cabana MD

Family Input for Quality and Safety (FIQS): Using mobile technology for in-hospital reporting from families and patients.

Journal of hospital medicine

Bardach NS, Stotts JR, Fiore DM, Sarkar U, Sharma AE, Boscardin WJ, Avina L, Peralta-Neel C, Rosenbluth G

Weekend vs. Weekday Asthma-Related Emergency Department Utilization.

Academic pediatrics

Mahony T, Harder VS, Ang N, McCulloch CE, Shaw JS, Thombley R, Cabana MD, Kleinman LC, Bardach NS

Optimizing COVID-19 Symptom Screening in the Pediatric Population.

Geena Zhou, Prachi Singh, Emily R. Perito, Naomi Bardach, Nicole Penwill, William Burrough, Ann Cheung, Margaret Nguyen, Shalini Mittal, Grace Cheng, Mia-Ashley Spad

Preventing COVID-19 Transmission in Education Settings.


Kaiser SV, Watson A, Dogan B, Karmur A, Warren K, Wang P, Camano Sosa M, Olarte A, Dorsey S, Su M, Brown L, Sachdev D, Bardach NS

Quality of Care for Youth Hospitalized for Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm: Quality of Inpatient Care for Suicidal Ideation.

Academic pediatrics

Connell SK, Burkhart Q, Tolpadi A, Parast L, Gidengil CA, Yung S, Basco WT, Williams D, Britto MT, Brittan M, Wood KE, Bardach N, McGalliard J, Mangione-Smith R, Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network

Supervised Self-Collected SARS-Cov-2 Testing in Classroom-Based Summer Camps to Inform Safe In-Person Learning.

Journal of Pediatrics Perinatology and Child Health

Peter B Cooch, Annalisa Watson, Apryl Olarte, Emily D Crawford, Joseph L DeRisi, Bryan Greenhouse, Jill Hakim, Keirstinne Turcios, Katherine S Pollard, Lee R Atkinson-McEvoy, Raphael Hirsch, Roberta L Keller, Theodore D Ruel, Auritte Cohen-Ross, Araceli Leon, Naomi S Bardach

Improving Preventive Care for Children With Sickle Cell Anemia: A Quality Improvement Initiative.

Pediatric quality & safety

Cabana MD, Marsh A, Treadwell MJ, Stemmler P, Rowland M, Bender MA, Bhasin N, Chung JH, Hassell K, Abdul Rashid NFN, Wong TE, Bardach NS

Statewide Asthma Learning Collaborative Participation and Asthma-Related Emergency Department Use.


Harder VS, Shaw JS, McCulloch CE, Kill L, Robinson KJ, Shepard MT, Cabana MD, Bardach NS

ED Visits and Readmissions After Follow-up for Mental Health Hospitalization.


Bardach NS, Doupnik SK, Rodean J, Zima BT, Gay JC, Nash C, Tanguturi Y, Coker TR

Depression, Anxiety, and Emergency Department Use for Asthma.


Bardach NS, Neel C, Kleinman LC, McCulloch CE, Thombley R, Zima BT, Grupp-Phelan J, Coker TR, Cabana MD

Barriers to Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Guideline Recommendations.

Global pediatric health

Cabana MD, Kanter J, Marsh AM, Treadwell MJ, Rowland M, Stemmler P, Bardach NS

Best practices in implementing inpatient pediatric asthma pathways: a qualitative study.

The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma

Kaiser SV, Lam R, Cabana MD, Bekmezian A, Bardach NS, Auerbach A, Rehm RS

What Words Convey: The Potential for Patient Narratives to Inform Quality Improvement.

The Milbank quarterly

Grob R, Schlesinger M, Barre LR, Bardach N, Lagu T, Shaller D, Parker AM, Martino SC, Finucane ML, Cerully JL, Palimaru A

Limitations of Using Pediatric Respiratory Illness Readmissions to Compare Hospital Performance.

Journal of hospital medicine

Kaiser SV, Lam R, Joseph GB, McCulloch C, Hsia RY, Cabana MD, Bardach NS

Mental Health Conditions and Unplanned Hospital Readmissions in Children.

Journal of hospital medicine

Doupnik SK, Lawlor J, Zima BT, Coker TR, Bardach NS, Rehm KP, Gay JC, Hall M, Berry JG

Hospital-Based Quality Measures for Pediatric Mental Health Care.


Bardach NS, Burkhart Q, Richardson LP, Roth CP, Murphy JM, Parast L, Gidengil CA, Marmet J, Britto MT, Mangione-Smith R

Postacute Care after Pediatric Hospitalizations for a Primary Mental Health Condition.

The Journal of pediatrics

Gay JC, Zima BT, Coker TR, Doupnik SK, Hall M, Rodean J, O'Neill M, Morse R, Rehm KP, Berry JG, Bardach NS

Development of New Quality Measures for Hospital-Based Care of Suicidal Youth.

Academic pediatrics

Parast L, Bardach NS, Burkhart Q, Richardson LP, Murphy JM, Gidengil CA, Britto MT, Elliott MN, Mangione-Smith R

High-Expenditure Pharmaceutical Use Among Children in Medicaid.


Cohen E, Hall M, Lopert R, Bruen B, Chamberlain LJ, Bardach N, Gedney J, Zima BT, Berry JG

Mental Health Conditions and Medical and Surgical Hospital Utilization.


Doupnik SK, Lawlor J, Zima BT, Coker TR, Bardach NS, Hall M, Berry JG

Psychiatric Disorders and Trends in Resource Use in Pediatric Hospitals.


Zima BT, Rodean J, Hall M, Bardach NS, Coker TR, Berry JG

Variation in Quality of Urgent Health Care Provided During Commercial Virtual Visits.

JAMA internal medicine

Schoenfeld AJ, Davies JM, Marafino BJ, Dean M, DeJong C, Bardach NS, Kazi DS, Boscardin WJ, Lin GA, Duseja R, Mei YJ, Mehrotra A, Dudley RA

From the closest observers of patient care: a thematic analysis of online narrative reviews of hospitals.

BMJ quality & safety

Bardach NS, Lyndon A, Asteria-Peñaloza R, Goldman LE, Lin GA, Dudley RA

Revisit rates and associated costs after an emergency department encounter: a multistate analysis.

Annals of internal medicine

Duseja R, Bardach NS, Lin GA, Yazdany J, Dean ML, Clay TH, Boscardin WJ, Dudley RA

Preoperative medical testing in Medicare patients undergoing cataract surgery.

The New England journal of medicine

Chen CL, Lin GA, Bardach NS, Clay TH, Boscardin WJ, Gelb AW, Maze M, Gropper MA, Dudley RA

A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.

The Journal of pediatrics

Cabana MD, Bardach NS

Thirty-day hospital readmissions in systemic lupus erythematosus: predictors and hospital- and state-level variation.

Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.)

Yazdany J, Marafino BJ, Dean ML, Bardach NS, Duseja R, Ward MM, Dudley RA

Emergency department visits in the neonatal period in the United States.

Pediatric emergency care

Lee HC, Bardach NS, Maselli JH, Gonzales R

N-gram support vector machines for scalable procedure and diagnosis classification, with applications to clinical free text data from the intensive care unit.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

Marafino BJ, Davies JM, Bardach NS, Dean ML, Dudley RA

National patterns of codeine prescriptions for children in the emergency department.


Kaiser SV, Asteria-Penaloza R, Vittinghoff E, Rosenbluth G, Cabana MD, Bardach NS

Common and costly hospitalizations for pediatric mental health disorders.


Bardach NS, Coker TR, Zima BT, Murphy JM, Knapp P, Richardson LP, Edwall G, Mangione-Smith R

Small practices' experience with EHR, quality measurement, and incentives.

The American journal of managed care

Begum R, Smith Ryan M, Winther CH, Wang JJ, Bardach NS, Parsons AH, Shih SC, Dudley RA

Measuring hospital quality using pediatric readmission and revisit rates.


Bardach NS, Vittinghoff E, Asteria-Peñaloza R, Edwards JD, Yazdany J, Lee HC, Boscardin WJ, Cabana MD, Dudley RA

The relationship between commercial website ratings and traditional hospital performance measures in the USA.

BMJ quality & safety

Bardach NS, Asteria-Peñaloza R, Boscardin WJ, Dudley RA

Prediction of hospital acute myocardial infarction and heart failure 30-day mortality rates using publicly reported performance measures.

Journal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality

Aaronson DS, Bardach NS, Lin GA, Chattopadhyay A, Goldman LE, Dudley RA

The impact of statistical choices on neonatal intensive care unit quality ratings based on nosocomial infection rates.

Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine

Lee HC, Chien AT, Bardach NS, Clay T, Gould JB, Dudley RA

The unintended consequences of quality improvement.

Current opinion in pediatrics

Bardach NS, Cabana MD

Preparing fourth-year medical students to teach during internship.

Journal of general internal medicine

Haber RJ, Bardach NS, Vedanthan R, Gillum LA, Haber LA, Dhaliwal GS

Adjustment for do-not-resuscitate orders reverses the apparent in-hospital mortality advantage for minorities.

The American journal of medicine

Bardach N, Zhao S, Pantilat S, Johnston SC

Regionalization of treatment for subarachnoid hemorrhage: a cost-utility analysis.


Bardach NS, Olson SJ, Elkins JS, Smith WS, Lawton MT, Johnston SC

'Teaching to teach': enhancing fourth year medical students' teaching skills.

Medical education

Bardach NS, Vedanthan R, Haber RJ