Hemal Kanzaria

Hemal Kanzaria, MD

Terry A. Patinkin, MD, Endowed Professor
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical Director, Department of Care Coordination
Associate Director, Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative


Hemal Kanzaria, MD, MSc, is the Department of Care Coordination (DoCC) Medical Director at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he holds the Terry A. Patinkin, MD, Endowed Professorship in Health Equity and co-directs the section of Social Emergency Medicine and Health Equity. At ZSFG, he is responsible for leading the design and implementation of care coordination, social services, and utilization management activities. Previously, he led the implementation of the Emergency Department (ED) information exchange across the SF Department of Public Health and the development of a novel multi-disciplinary Social Medicine team to address patients’ health-related social needs.

Dr. Kanzaria is a health services researcher and Core Faculty at the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative where he co-leads COORDINATE HOME - CrOss-sectOR Data INtegrAtion To End HOMElessness. He is also Core Faculty in the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations and Affiliated Faculty at the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies and the California Policy Lab. His research focuses on patient engagement, health-related social needs, frequent users of the health care system, and delivery system transformation. He has published extensively on these topics and his work has been featured widely in the media.

A graduate of Brown University, UCSF School of Medicine, and the UCLA School of Public Health, Dr. Kanzaria’s training includes an emergency medicine residency at UCSF/ZSFG. He is an alum of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Program. Dr. Kanzaria is a practicing emergency physician at UCSF/ZSFG, and lives in San Francisco with his wife, their two daughters and rescue dog.

2020 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
2017 - Lean Black Belt Certification, Rona Consulting Group, San Francisco, CA
M.Sc., 2014 - Health Policy and Management, University of California, Los Angeles (Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program)
M.D., 2008 - Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
BSc, 2003 - Environmental Science, Community Health, Brown University