Triveni Defries, MD, MPH

Medical Director

Triveni DeFries, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UCSF. She is the Medical Direct of the adult HRC and served for several years as the Director of Education & Training for the UCSF HHRI. Prior to medical school, she studied Human Rights and Latin American Studies, and completed an MPH in Global Health at Columbia University. She attended UCSF for medical school and residency in Internal Medicine. She has been leading and teaching asylum evaluations for over 10 years through medical school, residency and as faculty. She co-founded and co-leads the Asylum Medicine Training Initiative, and leads educational efforts nationally and internationally. She practices primary care and addiction medicine at SFGH. She is interested in improving care for immigrant patients by addressing the social determinants of health, namely immigration status. 


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

Extended-release naltrexone for people with alcohol use disorder on therapeutic anticoagulation: A case series.

Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics

Ciraldo K, Seraydarian M, Gasper J, DeFries T, Martin M

System-level factors associated with telephone and video visit use: Survey of safety-net clinicians during the early phase of COVID-19.

JMIR formative research

Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Sierra M, Rivadeneira NA, Nijagal MA, Su G, Lyles CR, Defries T, Tuot D, Sarkar U

Immigration status matters: the intersectional risk of immigration vulnerability and substance use disorder.

Addiction (Abingdon, England)

DeFries T, Kelley J, Martin M, Kimball SL

Prevalence and Characteristics of Hospitalizations with Unhealthy Alcohol Use in a Safety-Net Hospital from 2016 to 2018.

Journal of general internal medicine

Martin M, Clement J, Defries T, Makam AN, Nguyen OK

The Social Context of Unhealthy Alcohol Use Among Emergency Department Patients: A Cross Sectional Study.

Journal of addiction medicine

Anderson ES, Fraimow-Wong L, Blake R, Batiste K, Liang A, DeFries T, Herring AA, Alter H

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

Clinician experience with telemedicine at a safety-net hospital network during COVID-19: a cross-sectional survey.

Journal of health care for the poor and underserved

Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Nijagal MA, Lyles CR, Su G, DeFries T, Sarkar U, Tuot D

Patient interest in and barriers to telemedicine video visits in a multilingual urban safety-net system.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

Khoong EC, Butler BA, Mesina O, Su G, DeFries TB, Nijagal M, Lyles CR

Things We Do for No Reason™: Discontinuing Buprenorphine When Treating Acute Pain.

Journal of hospital medicine

Haber LA, DeFries T, Martin M

Nontargeted Diabetes Screening in a Navajo Nation Emergency Department.

American journal of public health

Anderson ES, Dworkis DA, DeFries T, Emery E, Deegala C, Mohs K

Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Incidence and Methicillin Resistance in Rural Thailand, 2006-2014.

The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene

Jaganath D, Jorakate P, Makprasert S, Sangwichian O, Akarachotpong T, Thamthitiwat S, Khemla S, DeFries T, Baggett HC, Whistler T, Gregory CJ, Rhodes J

Navigating changing food environments - Transnational perspectives on dietary behaviours and implications for nutrition counselling.

Global public health

Handley MA, Robles M, Sanford E, Collins N, Seligman H, Defries T, Perez R, Grieshop J

Level and change in cognitive test scores predict risk of first stroke.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

DeFries T, Avendaño M, Glymour MM

Spousal smoking and incidence of first stroke: the Health and Retirement Study.

American journal of preventive medicine

Glymour MM, Defries TB, Kawachi I, Avendano M