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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Christine S. Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP

Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Email: Christine.ritchie@ucsf.edu

Multimorbidity, Symptom Burden, Illness Burden, Models of Care for Complex Illness

Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP is the Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor in Clinical Translational Research and Aging at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She is a board certified geriatrician and palliative care physician with long-standing experience in clinical care delivery and advanced illness research.  Dr. Ritchie’s research focuses on quality of life and health care issues surrounding multimorbidity. She is studying the impact of symptom burden on health care utilization in individuals with multiple chronic conditions. She is also evaluating how technology can be used to support patients and families with serious illness in their transition from the hospital to home. At UCSF, Dr. Ritchie is creating an implementation science infrastructure for the care of those with serious illness and is facilitating the growth of clinical programs and research that focus on quality of life and health care delivery models for those with chronic serious illness and multimorbidity. She is working with Dr. Bruce Leff and the National Home-based Primary Care and Palliative Care Network to develop national quality of care metrics and a national practice-based learning community to evaluate quality of home-based medical care for home-limited patients and their families.

To see Dr. Ritchie on PubMed, click here.