Kiran Gupta, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Kiran Gupta is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine within the Division of Hospital Medicine as well as the Medical Director for Patient Safety at UCSF Medical Center. Her work focuses on supporting caregivers emotionally impacted by patient care, disseminating error prevention frameworks, as well as improving the root cause analysis, incident reporting and mortality review processes at UCSF. As a clinician, Kiran sees patients on a variety of hospital medicine services and is actively involved in resident and medical student education.

Kiran graduated with honors from Harvard College with an A.B. in Government and a Certificate in Healthcare Policy. While there, she also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Health Policy Review, a semi-annual journal dedicated to publishing articles on a broad spectrum of health policy issues. After college, Kiran attended Harvard Medical School where she received her M.D. in 2010. While in medical school, Kiran was awarded the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship by the National Academies and spent a year at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., working on a variety of health policy issues.

Upon graduation from medical school, Kiran joined the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University in Boston, MA. While in residency, Kiran participated in the Medical Management Leadership Track and the Partners Health Policy Program. She wrote about her experiences as a resident for the Financial Times Weekend Magazine as well as The Boston Globe.

After residency, Kiran pursued a Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement through Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During her two-year fellowship, Kiran worked on a variety of patient safety and quality improvement issues at the hospital and health system level including mortality review and patient experience. She helped run the inpatient mortality review system at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as a variety of patient experience initiatives. She also piloted a program to help residents investigate patient safety issues within the hospital. While in her fellowship, Kiran received a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and became a Certified Professional in Patient Safety.
2019 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
C.P.P.S., 2015 - , Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety
Fellowship, 2015 - Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital
M.P.H., 2015 - Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard School of Public Health
Residency, 2013 - Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
M.D., 2010 - , Harvard Medical School
A.B., 2005 - Government and Health Policy, Harvard College
  1. Gupta K, Szymonifka J, Rivadeneira NA, Khoong EC, Adler-Milstein J, Ross J, Sarkar U. Factors Associated with Malpractice Claim Payout: An Analysis of Closed Emergency Department Claims. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2022. PMID: 35764489

  2. Gupta K, Rivadeneira NA, Lisker S, Chahal K, Gross N, Sarkar U. Multispecialty Physician Online Survey Reveals That Burnout Related to Adverse Event Involvement May Be Mitigated by Peer Support. Journal of patient safety. 2022. PMID: 35482414

  3. Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Gupta K, Adler-Milstein J, Sarkar U. The Abrupt Expansion of Ambulatory Telemedicine: Implications for Patient Safety. 2015 Year Book of Pediatrics. Ed. Cabana MD. (Elsevier; Philadelphia, PA). 2022. PMID: 35048294

  4. Gupta K, Wachter RM. Integrating Health Care Technologies: Challenges and Lessons Learned from One Medical Center's Experience. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2019. PMID: 31462393

  5. Gupta K, Lisker S, Rivadeneira NA, Mangurian C, Linos E, Sarkar U. Decisions and repercussions of second victim experiences for mothers in medicine (SAVE DR MoM). BMJ quality & safety. 2019. PMID: 30718333

  6. Gupta K, Wachter RM, Kachalia A. Financial incentives and mortality: taking pay for performance a step too far. BMJ quality & safety. 2016. PMID: 26893513