Sumant Ranji, MD

Professor

Dr. Sumant Ranji is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Chicago, and served as Chief Medical Resident at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He joined UCSF in 2002 as a fellow in hospital medicine and clinical research, and subsequently joined the faculty of the Division of Hospital Medicine, initially at UCSF Health and subsequently at San Francisco General Hospital, where he has worked since 2016.

Dr. Ranji's academic interests are in patient safety, quality improvement, and medical education. He has published widely on patient safety, with a particular focus on diagnostic errors and improving the safety of transitions in care. He is an an Associate Editor of BMJ Quality and Safety and is a co-investigator on AHRQ-funded diagnostic error research projects. He is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and remains active in teaching medical students and residents, as well as mentoring students, residents, and faculty interested in careers in health care systems improvement. His clinical responsibilities include attending on the ward and medical consult services at San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Ranji has held multiple leadership roles in the Department of Medicine. He served as the Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital from 2016-2023, leading the division's activities in the clinical care of hospitalized patients - including planning and leading the hospital medicine service's response to the COVID-19 pandemic - and being responsible for the mentorship and development of the division's 50 faculty and staff. Under his leadership, the division focused on improving care for vulnerable and marginalized patients by implementing innovative clinical services, leading educational and quality improvement programs, and conducting impactful research. Previously, Dr. Ranji served as associate program director for the UCSF Internal Medicine residency from 2007-2016, directing educational programs in systems improvement and developing experiential learning approaches to engage residents in improving the quality of care for hospitalized patients.
Education
Chief Medical Resident, 2002 - Internal Medicine, Cook County Hospital
Internship and Residency, 2001 - Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Hospitals
M.D., 1998 - School of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
Honors and Awards
  • Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine, Society of Hospital Medicine, 2023
  • John F. Murray, MD Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine, ZSFG Department of Medicine, 2020
  • Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Medical Education, UCSF, 2016
  • Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF, 2015
  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 2010
  • Floyd C. Rector Housestaff Teaching Award, UCSF, 2009
Publications
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    JAMA internal medicine

    Brooks KC, Raffel KE, Chia D, Karwa A, Hubbard CC, Auerbach AD, Ranji SR. Stigmatizing Language, Patient Demographics, and Errors in the Diagnostic Process. JAMA internal medicine 2024. PMID: 38619826


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Raffel KE, Gershanik EF, Ranji SR. Diagnostic disparities and strategies for enhancing diagnostic equity in hospital medicine. Journal of hospital medicine 2024. PMID: 38654433


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    JAMA internal medicine

    Auerbach AD, Lee TM, Hubbard CC, Ranji SR, Raffel K, Valdes G, Boscardin J, Dalal AK, Harris A, Flynn E, Schnipper JL, UPSIDE Research Group. Diagnostic Errors in Hospitalized Adults Who Died or Were Transferred to Intensive Care. JAMA internal medicine 2024. PMID: 38190122


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Schnipper JL, Raffel KE, Keniston A, Burden M, Glasheen J, Ranji S, Hubbard C, Barish P, Kantor M, Adler-Milstein J, John Boscardin W, Harrison JD, Dalal AK, Lee T, Auerbach A. Achieving diagnostic excellence through prevention and teamwork (ADEPT) study protocol: A multicenter, prospective quality and safety program to improve diagnostic processes in medical inpatients. Journal of hospital medicine 2023. PMID: 37888951


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Dalal AK, Schnipper JL, Raffel K, Ranji S, Lee T, Auerbach A. Identifying and classifying diagnostic errors in acute care across hospitals: Early lessons from the Utility of Predictive Systems in Diagnostic Errors (UPSIDE) study. Journal of hospital medicine 2023. PMID: 37211760


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    Journal of general internal medicine

    Auerbach AD, Astik GJ, O'Leary KJ, Barish PN, Kantor MA, Raffel KR, Ranji SR, Mueller SK, Burney SN, Galinsky J, Gershanik EF, Goyal A, Chitneni PR, Rastegar S, Esmaili AM, Fenton C, Virapongse A, Ngov LK, Burden M, Keniston A, Patel H, Gupta AB, Rohde J, Marr R, Greysen SR, Fang M, Shah P, Mao F, Kaiksow F, Sterken D, Choi JJ, Contractor J, Karwa A, Chia D, Lee T, Hubbard CC, Maselli J, Dalal AK, Schnipper JL. Prevalence and Causes of Diagnostic Errors in Hospitalized Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19. Journal of general internal medicine 2023. PMID: 36952085


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Rosenthal MA, Ranji SR, Kanzaria HK, Ortiz GM, Chase J, Chodos AH, Nguyen OK, Rodriguez EG, Makam AN. Characterizing patients hospitalized without an acute care indication: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of hospital medicine 2023. PMID: 36757173


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Oyler JL, Myers JS, Ranji SR, Shah BJ, Franks-Snedecor R, Stucky Fisher E, Tad-Y D, Warm E, Greenwald JL, Tess A. Maximizing impact of faculty development through purposeful design: Lessons from a quality and safety education academy. Journal of hospital medicine 2022. PMID: 36451292


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    "Are Telehealth Visits Feasible for Vulnerable Patients?"

    Ranji SR, Thomas EJ. Research to improve diagnosis: time to study the real world. "Are Telehealth Visits Feasible for Vulnerable Patients?" 2022. PMID: 34987085


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    BMJ open quality

    Martin M, Snyder HR, Coffa D, Steiger S, Clement JP, Ranji SR, Azari S, Nguyen OK, Lum PJ. Time to ACT: launching an Addiction Care Team (ACT) in an urban safety-net health system. BMJ open quality 2021. PMID: 33500326


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    Open forum infectious diseases

    Vivek Jain, Lillian B Brown, Carina Marquez, Luis Rubio, Natasha Spottiswoode, Bethlehem Churnet, Katherine Brooks, Mengyu Zhou, Timothy Muldoon, Carolyn Hendrickson, Adithya Cattamanchi, Antonio Gomez, Brian Haas, Edwin Charlebois, Annie Luetkemeyer, Annie Luetkemeyer, Monica Gandhi, Diane Havlir, Sumant Ranji, Lisa Gail Winston. 448. Disproportionate Burden of COVID-19 on Latinx Residents among Hospitalized Patients at San Francisco’s Public Health Hospital. Open forum infectious diseases 2020. PMID:


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    BMJ quality & safety

    Raffel KE, Kantor MA, Barish P, Esmaili A, Lim H, Xue F, Ranji SR. Prevalence and characterisation of diagnostic error among 7-day all-cause hospital medicine readmissions: a retrospective cohort study. BMJ quality & safety 2020. PMID: 32753409


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    JAMA

    Ranji SR. What Gets Measured Gets (Micro)managed. JAMA 2020. PMID: 32369138


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    JAMA internal medicine

    Haber LA, Erickson HP, Ranji SR, Ortiz GM, Pratt LA. Acute Care for Patients Who Are Incarcerated: A Review. JAMA internal medicine 2019. PMID: 31524937


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    Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

    van Schaik SM, Chang A, Fogh S, Haehn M, Lyndon A, O'Brien B, O'Sullivan P, Ranji S, Rosenbluth G, Sehgal N, Tabas J, Baron RB. Jump-Starting Faculty Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Education: A Team-Based Approach. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2019. PMID: 31663959


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Ranji S. Who Will Guard the Guardians? Preventing Drug Diversion in Hospitals. Journal of hospital medicine 2019. PMID: 31251166


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    Journal of hospital medicine
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    American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality

    Raffel KE, Gupta N, Vercammen-Grandjean C, Hohman J, Ranji S, Pierluissi E, Mourad M. A Discharge Time-Out: A Case Study on Physician-Nurse Discharge Communication and the Challenge of Sustainability in Resident-Led Quality Improvement. American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality 2018. PMID: 30345785


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Ludwin S, Harrison JD, Ranji S, Sharpe BA, Kneeland P. Training Residents in Hospital Medicine: The Hospitalist Elective National Survey. Journal of hospital medicine 2018. PMID: 29578550


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    BMJ quality & safety

    Patel S, Rajkomar A, Harrison JD, Prasad PA, Valencia V, Ranji SR, Mourad M. Next-generation audit and feedback for inpatient quality improvement using electronic health record data: a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ quality & safety 2018. PMID: 29507124


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    JAMA internal medicine

    Valencia V, Arora VM, Ranji SR, Meza C, Moriates C. A Comparison of Laboratory Testing in Teaching vs Nonteaching Hospitals for 2 Common Medical Conditions. JAMA internal medicine 2018. PMID: 29131899


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    International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care

    Shaikh U, Afsar-Manesh N, Amin AN, Clay B, Ranji SR. Using an online quiz-based reinforcement system to teach healthcare quality and patient safety and care transitions at the University of California. International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care 2017. PMID: 28992149


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    Journal of graduate medical education

    Narayana S, Rajkomar A, Harrison JD, Valencia V, Dhaliwal G, Ranji SR. What Happened to My Patient? An Educational Intervention to Facilitate Postdischarge Patient Follow-Up. Journal of graduate medical education 2017. PMID: 29075385


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    Journal of graduate medical education

    Rosenbluth G, Burman NJ, Ranji SR, Boscardin CK. Development of a Multi-Domain Assessment Tool for Quality Improvement Projects. Journal of graduate medical education 2017. PMID: 28824761


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Monash B, Najafi N, Mourad M, Rajkomar A, Ranji SR, Fang MC, Glass M, Milev D, Ding Y, Shen A, Sharpe BA, Harrison JD. Standardized Attending Rounds to Improve the Patient Experience: A Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of hospital medicine 2017. PMID: 28272589


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    Journal of general internal medicine

    Duong JA, Jensen TP, Morduchowicz S, Mourad M, Harrison JD, Ranji SR. Exploring Physician Perspectives of Residency Holdover Handoffs: A Qualitative Study to Understand an Increasingly Important Type of Handoff. Journal of general internal medicine 2017. PMID: 28194689


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    Journal of graduate medical education

    Rajkomar A, Ranji SR, Sharpe B. Using the Electronic Health Record to Identify Educational Gaps for Internal Medicine Interns. Journal of graduate medical education 2017. PMID: 28261404


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    BMJ quality & safety

    Fletcher KE, Ranji SR. Does it matter how much physician trainees work anymore? BMJ quality & safety 2016. PMID: 27118871


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    BMJ quality & safety

    Margolius D, Ranji SR. Quality improvement, quality measurement and medical education: a brewing culture clash? BMJ quality & safety 2015. PMID: 26188058


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Sheu L, Fung K, Mourad M, Ranji S, Wu E. We need to talk: Primary care provider communication at discharge in the era of a shared electronic medical record. Journal of hospital medicine 2015. PMID: 25755159


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Butcher BW, Quist CE, Harrison JD, Ranji SR. The effect of a rapid response team on resident perceptions of education and autonomy. Journal of hospital medicine 2015. PMID: 25603788


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    The Neurohospitalist

    Rennke S, Ranji SR. Transitional care strategies from hospital to home: a review for the neurohospitalist. The Neurohospitalist 2015. PMID: 25553228


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    JAMA
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    BMJ quality & safety
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    The Neurohospitalist

    Ranji SR, Moriates C. Neurohospitalists and patient safety: lessons learned in 2013. The Neurohospitalist 2014. PMID: 24707330


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Solan LG, Ranji SR, Shah SS. The successes and challenges of hospital to home transitions. Journal of hospital medicine 2014. PMID: 24616328


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Shoeb M, Khanna R, Fang M, Sharpe B, Finn K, Ranji S, Monash B. Internal medicine rounding practices and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competencies. Journal of hospital medicine 2014. PMID: 24493566


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    The clinical teacher

    Mookherjee S, Ranji S, Neeman N, Sehgal N. An advanced quality improvement and patient safety elective. The clinical teacher 2013. PMID: 24219520


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    Journal of general internal medicine

    Hauer KE, Soni K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Ten Cate O, Widera E, Calton B, O'Sullivan PS. Developing entrustable professional activities as the basis for assessment of competence in an internal medicine residency: a feasibility study. Journal of general internal medicine 2013. PMID: 23595926


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    Journal of general internal medicine

    Mookherjee S, Pheatt L, Ranji SR, Chou CL. Physical examination education in graduate medical education--a systematic review of the literature. Journal of general internal medicine 2013. PMID: 23568186


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    BMJ quality & safety

    Bischoff K, Goel A, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Mourad M. The Housestaff Incentive Program: improving the timeliness and quality of discharge summaries by engaging residents in quality improvement. BMJ quality & safety 2013. PMID: 23704085


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    American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality

    Kalanithi L, Coffey CE, Mourad M, Vidyarthi AR, Hollander H, Ranji SR. The effect of a resident-led quality improvement project on improving communication between hospital-based and outpatient physicians. American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality 2013. PMID: 23526358


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    Annals of internal medicine

    Rennke S, Nguyen OK, Shoeb MH, Magan Y, Wachter RM, Ranji SR. Hospital-initiated transitional care interventions as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Annals of internal medicine 2013. PMID: 23460101


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    Journal of graduate medical education

    Hauer KE, Kohlwes J, Cornett P, Hollander H, Ten Cate O, Ranji SR, Soni K, Iobst W, O'Sullivan P. Identifying entrustable professional activities in internal medicine training. Journal of graduate medical education 2013. PMID: 24404227


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    Evidence report/technology assessment

    Shekelle PG, Wachter RM, Pronovost PJ, Schoelles K, McDonald KM, Dy SM, Shojania K, Reston J, Berger Z, Johnsen B, Larkin JW, Lucas S, Martinez K, Motala A, Newberry SJ, Noble M, Pfoh E, Ranji SR, Rennke S, Schmidt E, Shanman R, Sullivan N, Sun F, Tipton K, Treadwell JR, Tsou A, Vaiana ME, Weaver SJ, Wilson R, Winters BD. Making health care safer II: an updated critical analysis of the evidence for patient safety practices. Evidence report/technology assessment 2013. PMID: 24423049


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    JAMA internal medicine

    Moriates C, Soni K, Lai A, Ranji S. The value in the evidence: teaching residents to "choose wisely". JAMA internal medicine 2013. PMID: 23358796


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    Journal of pain and symptom management

    Joshua Lakin, Elizabeth Le, Harry Hollander, Michelle Mourad, Sumant Ranji, Krishan Soni, Wendy Anderson. A Resident-Led Quality Improvement Program for Increasing Documentation of Advance Care Planning Discussions (FR407-C). Journal of pain and symptom management 2013. PMID:


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Haber LA, Lau CY, Sharpe BA, Arora VM, Farnan JM, Ranji SR. Effects of increased overnight supervision on resident education, decision-making, and autonomy. Journal of hospital medicine 2012. PMID: 22865395


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    Journal of graduate medical education

    Mourad M, Ranji S, Sliwka D. A randomized controlled trial of the impact of a teaching procedure service on the training of internal medicine residents. Journal of graduate medical education 2012. PMID: 23730437


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    American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality

    Neeman N, Ranji SR, Sehgal NL. Perspective: engaging trainees in performance improvement projects: the Quality and Safety Innovation Challenge. American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality 2012. PMID: 22550347


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    Annals of internal medicine

    John Q. Young, Andrew D. Auerbach, Sumant R. Ranji. Impact of the “July Effect” on Patient Outcomes. Annals of internal medicine 2012. PMID:


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    Journal of graduate medical education

    Kohlwes RJ, Cornett P, Dandu M, Julian K, Vidyarthi A, Minichiello T, Shunk R, Jain S, Harleman E, Ranji S, Sharpe B, O'Sullivan P, Hollander H. Developing educators, investigators, and leaders during internal medicine residency: the area of distinction program. Journal of graduate medical education 2011. PMID: 23205204


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    Annals of internal medicine

    Young JQ, Ranji SR, Wachter RM, Lee CM, Niehaus B, Auerbach AD. "July effect": impact of the academic year-end changeover on patient outcomes: a systematic review. Annals of internal medicine 2011. PMID: 21747093


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    Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

    Mourad M, Vidyarthi AR, Hollander H, Ranji SR. Shifting indirect patient care duties to after hours in the era of work hours restrictions. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2011. PMID: 21436665


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    Journal of general internal medicine

    Mookherjee S, Vidyarthi AR, Ranji SR, Maselli J, Wachter RM, Baron RB. Potential unintended consequences due to Medicare's "no pay for errors" rule? A randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention with internal medicine residents. Journal of general internal medicine 2010. PMID: 20532660


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Natarajan P, Ranji SR, Auerbach AD, Hauer KE. Effect of hospitalist attending physicians on trainee educational experiences: a systematic review. Journal of hospital medicine 2009. PMID: 19824099


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    Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety

    Wood KA, Ranji SR, Ide B, Dracup K. Rapid response systems in adult academic medical centers. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety 2009. PMID: 19769208


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    Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches (Vol. 3: Performance and Tools)

    Sehgal NL, Ranji SR, Shojania KG, Cucina RJ, Hartman EE, Zipperer L, Wachter RM. Development of a Web-Based Patient Safety Resource: AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet) Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches (Vol. 3: Performance and Tools) 2008. PMID:


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    Medical care

    Ranji SR, Steinman MA, Shojania KG, Gonzales R. Interventions to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing: a systematic review and quantitative analysis. Medical care 2008. PMID: 18665065


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    The Medical clinics of North America

    Ranji SR, Shojania KG. Implementing patient safety interventions in your hospital: what to try and what to avoid. The Medical clinics of North America 2008. PMID: 18298979


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Ranji SR, Auerbach AD, Hurd CJ, O'Rourke K, Shojania KG. Effects of rapid response systems on clinical outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of hospital medicine 2007. PMID: 18081187


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    JAMA

    Sumant R. Ranji, L. Elizabeth Goldman, David L. Simel, Kaveh G. Shojania. Opiates and Acute Abdominal Pain—Reply. JAMA 2007. PMID:


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    JAMA

    Kaveh G. Shojania, Sumant R. Ranji, Kathryn M. McDonald, Jeremy M. Grimshaw, Robert J. Rushakoff, Douglas K. Owens. Quality Improvement Strategies for Type 2 Diabetes—Reply. JAMA 2006. PMID:


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    JAMA

    Ranji SR, Goldman LE, Simel DL, Shojania KG. Do opiates affect the clinical evaluation of patients with acute abdominal pain? JAMA 2006. PMID: 17032990


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    JAMA

    Shojania KG, Ranji SR, McDonald KM, Grimshaw JM, Sundaram V, Rushakoff RJ, Owens DK. Effects of quality improvement strategies for type 2 diabetes on glycemic control: a meta-regression analysis. JAMA 2006. PMID: 16868301


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    Medical care

    Steinman MA, Ranji SR, Shojania KG, Gonzales R. Improving antibiotic selection: a systematic review and quantitative analysis of quality improvement strategies. Medical care 2006. PMID: 16799356


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    Journal of hospital medicine

    Ranji SR, Shojania KG, Trowbridge RL, Auerbach AD. Impact of reliance on CT pulmonary angiography on diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: a Bayesian analysis. Journal of hospital medicine 2006. PMID: 17219477


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    The American journal of medicine

    Ranji SR, Rosenman DJ, Amin AN, Kripalani S. Hospital medicine fellowships: works in progress. The American journal of medicine 2006. PMID: 16431196


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    The New England journal of medicine

    Ranji SR, Shojania KG. Suspected pulmonary embolism. The New England journal of medicine 2004. PMID: 14702433


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    Parasite immunology