Russ Cucina, MD, MS

Chief Health Info Officer

Dr Cucina is the Chief Health Information Officer and Vice President for Genetic and Genomic Services for the UCSF Health System, and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine. In addition to his clinical practice, he is responsible for UCSF Health’s analytics, software, and information infrastructure to advance the missions of UCSF and its partners, and the executive leadership of UCSF Health's genetics and genomics laboratories, patient and provider services, information technologies, and strategic partnerships.
2019 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
MS, 2004 - Biomedical Informatics, Stanford University
Board Certification, 2001 - Internal Medicine, Stanford University
MD, 1998 - Medicine, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
AB with Honor and High Distinction, 1994 - Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Honors and Awards
  • Distinguished Paper Award (senior author), American Medical Informatics Association, 2010
  • The AMDIS Award for excellence in applied clinical informatics, Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, 2010
  • Health Care Leadership Fellow, The California Health Care Foundation, 2008
  1. . Automating Measurement of Trainee Work Hours. Journal of hospital medicine. 2021. PMID: 33929943

  2. Pletcher MJ, Flaherman V, Najafi N, Patel S, Rushakoff RJ, Hoffman A, Robinson A, Cucina RJ, McCulloch CE, Gonzales R, Auerbach A. Randomized Controlled Trials of Electronic Health Record Interventions: Design, Conduct, and Reporting Considerations. Annals of internal medicine. 2020. PMID: 32479183

  3. Najafi N, Cucina R, Khanna R. Effectiveness of a Best Practice Alert to Reduce Telemetry Orders-Reply. JAMA internal medicine. 2019. PMID: 31157847

  4. Najafi N, Cucina R, Pierre B, Khanna R. Assessment of a Targeted Electronic Health Record Intervention to Reduce Telemetry Duration: A Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA internal medicine. 2019. PMID: 30535345

  5. Murray SG, Yim JWL, Croci R, Rajkomar A, Schmajuk G, Khanna R, Cucina RJ. Using Spatial and Temporal Mapping to Identify Nosocomial Disease Transmission of Clostridium difficile. JAMA internal medicine. 2017. PMID: 29059280

  6. Neinstein A, Cucina R. An analysis of the usability of inpatient insulin ordering in three computerized provider order entry systems. Journal of diabetes science and technology. 2011. PMID: 22226260

  7. Shah AD, Foster E, Cucina RJ. Mitral regurgitation and pulmonary edema. Journal of general internal medicine. 2011. PMID: 21369771

  8. Mourad M, Cucina R, Ramanathan R, Vidyarthi AR. Addressing the business of discharge: building a case for an electronic discharge summary. Journal of hospital medicine. 2010. PMID: 20872869

  9. Wynden R, Weiner MG, Sim I, Gabriel D, Casale M, Carini S, Hastings S, Ervin D, Tu S, Gennari JH, Anderson N, Mobed K, Lakshminarayanan P, Massary M, Cucina RJ. Ontology mapping and data discovery for the translational investigator. Summit on translational bioinformatics. 2010. PMID: 21347152

  10. Cucina RJ, Bokser SJ, Carter JT, McLaren KM, Blum MS. Design and implementation of an inpatient physician documentation system using off-the-shelf components. AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium. 2007. PMID: 18694019

  11. Bokser SJ, Cucina RJ, Love JS, Blum MS. UCare navigator: A dynamic guide to the hybrid electronic and paper medical record in transition. AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium. 2007. PMID: 18693977

  12. Sarkar U, Carter JT, Omachi TA, Vidyarthi AR, Cucina R, Bokser S, van Eaton E, Blum M. SynopSIS: integrating physician sign-out with the electronic medical record. Journal of hospital medicine. 2007. PMID: 17935249

  13. Huang Y, Lowe HJ, Klein D, Cucina RJ. Improved identification of noun phrases in clinical radiology reports using a high-performance statistical natural language parser augmented with the UMLS specialist lexicon. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2005. PMID: 15684131

  14. Berrios DC, Cucina RJ, Fagan LM. Methods for semi-automated indexing for high precision information retrieval. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2002. PMID: 12386114

  15. Cucina RJ, Shah MK, Berrios DC, Fagan LM. Empirical formulation of a generic query set for clinical information retrieval systems. Studies in health technology and informatics. 2001. PMID: 11604729

  16. Fagan LM, Berrios DC, Chan A, Cucina RJ, Datta A, Shah M, Surendran S. Proc AMIA Annu Fall Symp Information Retrieval Using UMLS-based Structured Queries. 2001. PMID: