Dr Rochelle Dicker

Professor of Surgery and Anesthesia in Residence, Division of General Surgery, University of California, San Francisco.

Dr Dicker's responsibilities also include: Director, San Francisco Wraparound Project; Co-Director, San Francisco Injury Center; and Co-Director, Center for Global Surgical Studies, Global Health Sciences Affiliate Faculty, UCSF Global Health Sciences.

Rochelle obtained a Bachelor of Arts from UC San Diego and subsequently obtained her MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, graduating with honors.  She then completed a General Surgery residency and finally a Fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at the University of California, San Francisco.  She is double-Boarded in General Surgery and Critical Care.

During her Fellowship training, she was educated in the public health model of injury prevention and is now actively involved as the Director of the San Francisco Injury Center.  Her special interests within the field of trauma include Violence Prevention for which she has been granted money from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the City of San Francisco.  In addition, she is interested in development of systems for mass casualty and trauma in the developing world.

  • Surveillance for Violent Injury Recidivism.
  • Development and implementation of the Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention by linking the Trauma Center to the Community.
  • Study of the predictive value of dead space ventilation in the surgical population with ARDS.
  • Development and analysis of a pilot Public Health approach to Senior Fall Prevention.
  • Ongoing review of treatment of Pelvic Fracture Hemorrhage.
  • Comparison of Effective Work of Breathing Among Modes of Ventilation in the Surgical ICU Patient.
  • Co-Investigator and SFGH Site Director for the NIH-sponsored ARDS Net investigations.
  • Characterization of ARDS in the Trauma Patient Co-investigator for Army-granted Trauma non-technical skills project: Validation of Human Patient Simulators for Trauma Training.
  • Study looking at the Public Health Model as a technique in reducing the recidivism rate of interpersonal violence. This project is funded in part by a scholarship from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and in part by the City of San Francisco. Funding allows for employment of two community-based Case Managers. 
  • Launching a surveillance program to create a risk assessment model in unintentional injury in the mentally ill.


email: Rochelle.Dicker@ucsf.edu 

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