Photo: Margot Beth Kushel, MD
Margot Beth Kushel, MD
Year elected: 2018
Current membership category: Active
UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Ave Box 1339
San Francisco, CA 94143-1364
United States of America
Phone: 628-206-8655

Biographical statement

Dr. Margot Kushel is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) Hospital and Trauma Center and core faculty in the University of California, San Francisco's (UCSF) Center for Vulnerable Populations.

Dr. Kushel’s research focuses on reducing the burden of homelessness on health through examining causes and consequences of homelessness, and evaluating strategies to prevent and end homelessness. She uses a variety of methods to better understand housing as a social determinant of health.

Dr. Kushel’s interest in homelessness in older adults and homelessness in medically complicated individuals led her to develop the HOPE HOME (Health Outcomes in Populations Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle agE) cohort, an ongoing longitudinal cohort study examining the causes and effects of homelessness on adults aged 50 and over in Oakland, CA. She has pioneered methods to examine the impact of interventions to end chronic homelessness. Dr. Kushel works with diverse stakeholders at the local, regional, and national level to implement programmatic and policy changes based on her research.

Passionate about training the next generation of researchers seeking to improve outcomes in vulnerable populations, she mentors junior investigators in aging in vulnerable populations and directs the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship.

Institutional affiliations

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (Primary)
Suneil K. Koliwad, MD, PhD is the representative at this institution.


Health care disparities
Health care policy
Health services research
Internal Medicine