Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director
Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN) at the University of California, San Francisco


Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN) at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also Associate Director of the RWJF Evidence for Action National Program Office. Dr. Gottlieb’s current research focuses on the evaluation of programs designed to improve the integration of medical and social care delivery. This work includes examining the health and health care cost/utilization impacts of interventions that aim to identify and address patients' social and economic needs in health care contexts. Dr. Gottlieb was also a co-founder of HealthBegins, a non-profit organization providing education, consulting, networking, and technology services to health care providers interested in joining the effort to move medicine upstream. She also founded the Bay Area Help Desk Consortium, a collaboration between multiple hospitals, legal aid, and university groups investing in volunteer Help Desks in Bay Area health systems. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Gottlieb was a Cohort 7 Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at UCSF/UCB from 2009-2011. She completed her MD at Harvard Medical School, and both her MPH and residency training at the University of Washington. Dr. Gottlieb is affiliated with the UCSF Center for Health and Community.

Areas of Focus

  • Social determinants of health
  • Director of SIREN
  • Integration of social and medical care services

Current Work

Social Interventions Research and Evaluation (SIRE) Collaborative

SIREN was created in the spring of 2016 to respond to the need for more rigorous evidence on the impacts of clinical interventions addressing patients’ social needs. Housed at the University of California, San Francisco, SIREN will:

    Collect, summarize, and disseminate relevant research resources and findings on clinical interventions addressing patients’ medical needs through an interactive website and evidence library;
    Catalyze high quality research to fill evidence gaps and support a network of researchers in this area by developing consensus research priorities; providing research funding; and creating opportunities for researchers in this field to collaborate and learn from each other; and
    Increase the capacity of safety-net and mission-aligned health systems to evaluate SDH interventions by providing evaluation, research, and analytics consultation services.