San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (SFBayCRN)

A partnership of community clinicians, practices, and UCSF

The San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (SFBayCRN) is UCSF's primary care practice-based research network. SFBayCRN's mission is to facilitate mutually beneficial practice-based research partnerships between UCSF researchers and community-based primary care organizations, practices, and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. A unifying goal of our network is to support the development and dissemination of practice-based evidence to improve clinical practices and health outcomes in diverse communities. Our members include community-based clinicians, practices, health care organizations, and UCSF faculty.


To learn more about SFBayCRN, how you or your organization can become a member, or to obtain assistance with your practice-based research proposals and projects, please contact us:

SFBayCRN is part of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute's Community Engagement and Health Policy (CE&HP) Program, and works closely with UCSF's Center for Community Engagement.

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SFBayCRN provides consultation services to members at all stages of the practice-based research process, including practice-based research design, practice recruitment, and study implementation. Consultation meetings can be provided by phone, in person at UCSF, or in the community.

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COVID 19 Webinar Series 

OPTIMAL Clinic at UCSF Health Post-COVID OPTIMAL Clinic: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

Recording Available

Featuring Lekshmi Santhosh, M.D., M.A.Ed.

Dr. Santhosh will share her experiences treating long COVID survivors while researching community-based impacts. This exciting and informative webinar will feature Dr. Carlos Guerra-Sanchez of the Family HealthCare Network, a large federally qualified health center based in Fresno, and our own Dr. Mike Potter as moderators.

This program is the second of an occasional series of webinars to stimulate academic/community dialogue and research that addresses COVID-19 and its impact on diverse communities. View our intial webinar on youtube  SFBayCRN,a primary health care practice-based research network supported by UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.  


SFBayCRN Steering Committee

The SFBayCRN steering committee includes faculty from the UCSF Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy, as well as community based clinicians and leaders of community-based healthcare organizations.

Steering Committee Members:

  • Anna Chang, MD, CPI, Medical Director, John Muir Physician Network Clinical Research Center
  • Lisa Berens, DDS, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Preventative & Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF
  • Valy Fontil, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • Kevin Grumbach, MD, Professor and Chair of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
  • Danielle Hessler-Jones, PhD, Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
  • Leah Karliner, MD, Professor in Residence of Medicine, UCSF
  • Lenard Lesser, MD, MSHS, Clinical Research Lead, One Medical Group
  • Dayna Long, MD, Medical Director, Center for Community Health and Engagement, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
  • Van Ta Park, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Community Health Nursing, UCSF
  • Anthony Perez, PharmD, Regional Healthcare Director, Walgreens
  • Rajiv Pramanik, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Contra Costa Health Systems 
  • George Taylor, DMD, MPH, DrPH, Professor, Preventative & Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF
  • Crystal Zhou, PharmD, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF
  • Jack Westfall, MD, MPH, Director, Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, Academy of Family Physicians