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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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Michael Steinman, MD

Staff Physician, Medical Service, SFVAMC
Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF


Pharmaceutical Prescribing Practices and the Quality of Medication Use in Older Adults

Dr. Steinman's primary research interests include assessing and improving the quality of medication use for older adults.   A substantial portion of his work involves answering novel research questions about medication use in older adults through analysis of large databases.  For example, several of his ongoing projects use national data from the Department of Veterans affairs to evaluate patterns and outcomes of prescribing chronic medications to vulnerable older adults.  In addition, he is conducting a large chart review and clinician interview study within VA to evaluate reasons why clinicians do not prescribe guideline-recommended medications to patients with heart failure.  Dr. Steinman is also actively involved in research and education on pharmaceutical industry marketing.  He published a landmark study on the use of research and medical education to promote the drug Neurontin (gabapentin), and he has authored several other studies evaluating physician attitudes and behaviors regarding interactions with pharmaceutical marketing. In addition to his own research, Dr. Steinman is Director of Research Training Programs for the UCSF Division of Geriatrics, and is Director of Comparative Effectiveness Research for UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 

To see Dr. Steinman on Pub Med, click here.