Coleen Kivlahan, MD, MSPH

Expert Consultant
Family and Community Medicine

Coleen Kivlahan MD, MSPH is a family medicine physician and an experienced international expert and trainer in forensic medical evaluations of torture, ill-treatment and human rights violations. She serves as Chair of the UCSF Health and Human Rights Initiative and Co-Medical Director of the Human Rights Collaborative, providing pro-bono asylum evaluations with our medical school and legal partners. She has provided forensic medical evaluations and training with Physicians for Human Rights and currently serves as lead medical consultant for Synergy for Justice, a UK-based, women-led NGO partnered with Lawyers and Doctors for Human Rights, a Syrian NGO focused on identifying and preventing sexual violence. She has worked in conflict zones in the Middle East, Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa, providing human rights training and expert evaluations to physicians. She remains inspired to do the work of bringing more justice and goodness into our world, as a tribute to her children and grandson. Passionate about training and education, Coleen is converting the Istanbul Protocol, the international guideline for documenting human rights violations, to a standard survey format that collects critical data to inform justice actors, policy makers and clinicians. 


Academic Health Centers and Humanitarian Crises: One Health System's Response to Unaccompanied Children at the Border.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Devaskar SU, Cunningham CK, Steinhorn RH, Haq C, Spisso J, Dunne W, Gutierrez JR, Kivlahan C, Bholat M, Barakat S, de Leon Siantz ML, Romero S, Lefteris CT, Gaffney S, Deville J, Lerner C, Liu J, Kuelbs CL, Kukreja S, Golden C, Nelson Z, Elton K, Byington CL

Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach at a Student-Run Clinic for Individuals Seeking Asylum.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Jaradeh K, Sergi F, Kivlahan C, Nava Gonzales C, Cury M, DeFries T

Improving migrant health in the USA: opportunities for dermatologists to participate in care delivery, asylum medicine and community partnership.

The British journal of dermatology

Kim-Lim P, Castillo Valladares H, Knapp A, Kivlahan C, Chang AY

Evaluation of a pilot forensic dermatology curriculum in the USA.

Clinical and experimental dermatology

Jelousi S, Montejano D, Jaradeh K, Kivlahan C, Shinkai K, Chang AY

Asylum seeker trauma in a student-run clinic: reducing barriers to forensic medical evaluations.

Torture : quarterly journal on rehabilitation of torture victims and prevention of torture

Gallagher A, Steiner G, Michel M, Nava Gonzales C, Mendez-Contreras S, Lu A, Armendariz M, DeFries T, Barakat S, Kivlahan C

Primary Care Clinician Burnout and Engagement Association With Clinical Quality and Patient Experience.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM

Willard-Grace R, Knox M, Huang B, Hammer H, Kivlahan C, Grumbach K

Recognizing and intervening in child sex trafficking.

The Journal of family practice

Basu P, Doshi V, Malinow A, Huang J, Kivlahan C, Mann L

Treatment of Migrant Children on the US Southern Border Is Consistent With Torture.


Oberg C, Kivlahan C, Mishori R, Martinez W, Gutierrez JR, Noor Z, Goldhagen J

Utilizing Lean Leadership Principles to Build an Academic Primary Care Practice of the Future.

Journal of general internal medicine

Morduchowicz S, Lee JS, Choi L, Kivlahan C, Null D, Smith S, Feldman MD

A Longitudinal Study of Trends in Burnout During Primary Care Transformation.

Annals of family medicine

Grumbach K, Knox M, Huang B, Hammer H, Kivlahan C, Willard-Grace R

Burnout and Health Care Workforce Turnover.

Annals of family medicine

Willard-Grace R, Knox M, Huang B, Hammer H, Kivlahan C, Grumbach K

Signs of physical abuse and neglect in the mature patient.

Clinics in dermatology

Clarysse K, Kivlahan C, Beyer I, Gutermuth J

Taking Risk: Early Results From Teaching Hospitals' Participation in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Kivlahan C, Orlowski JM, Pearce J, Walradt J, Baker M, Kirch DG

Is parental consanguinity associated with reduced ovarian reserve?

Reproductive biomedicine online

Seher T, Thiering E, Al Azemi M, Heinrich J, Schmidt-Weber CB, Kivlahan C, Gutermuth J, Fatemi HM

Behavior changes in patients with diabetes and hypertension after experiencing shared medical appointments.

Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Dickman K, Pintz C, Gold K, Kivlahan C

Rape as a weapon of war in modern conflicts.

BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

Kivlahan C, Ewigman N

Acute pancreatitis: diagnosis and treatment of a potentially fatal condition.

The American journal of nursing

Despins LA, Kivlahan C, Cox KR

Physicians' perceptions of institutional and leadership factors influencing their job satisfaction at one academic medical center.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Demmy TL, Kivlahan C, Stone TT, Teague L, Sapienza P

Evaluation of physician preferences for guideline implementation.

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

Stone TT, Kivlahan CH, Cox KR

Efficacy of an intervention to promote use of hearing protection devices by firefighters.

Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)

Ewigman BG, Kivlahan CH, Hosokawa MC, Horman D