Lilian Gelberg M.D., MSPH
MSPH. UCLA School of Public Health
M.D. Harvard Medical School
B.A. University of California at Los Angeles
Dr. Lillian Gelberg is Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine. She is a health services researcher and family physician who conducts community-based research on the health (physical health, mental health, social health, drug and alcohol abuse), access to care, and quality of care of homeless and other vulnerable populations. Dr. Gelberg's work has been recognized by election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and by receipt of the Association for Health Services Research 1995 Young Investigator Award and the 1997 Article of the Year Award, and the first recipient of the Family Practice Excellence in Research Award from the California Academy of Family Physicians (2001). She was the George F. Kneller Chair in Family Medicine (1999-2005). She has studied homeless adults living in shelters and outdoor areas, and the health and use of health services among homeless and low-income housed patients. She also has studied change in health status and use of health services among homeless adults; delays in onset of treatment for tuberculosis patients; health status, contraception use, access to care, and patient satisfaction among homeless women in shelters and food programs; antecedents and consequences of victimization among homeless adults; and the epidemiology and use of health services for homeless persons with HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C including interventions to improve access to primary care for medical care and appropriate vaccinations. With her colleagues, she is currently conducting randomized controlled trials to improve healthy eating and physical activity of patients in community health centers, using self-report, physical, and biomarker measures. Further, she is conducting a survey of hepatitis B and C among 400 patients in eight Health Care for the Homeless Program clinics representing the different geographic regions of the US. Other areas of inquiry have included youth violence prevention; structures and processes that predict access to care in medical facilities providing care to impoverished women; and quality of care and patient satisfaction of adults and children treated in public health care clinics.