Dr. Lenny López, an academic hospitalist and Chief of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco – VA Medical Center, was a former program co-chair of the 2019 SGIM National Meeting and is active in health services research on healthcare disparities and the social determinants of health. Dr. López’ research addresses issues relating to patient safety and language barriers, optimizing clinical services for Latinos with cultural and linguistic barriers, and using health information technology to decrease disparities. A second line of research is investigating the epidemiology of acculturation and other cultural factors among Latinos in the US and its impact on the prevalence and development of cardiovascular disease. This research will help inform how to better design clinical interventions for improving chronic disease management among Latinos. Finally, Dr. López has served on equity-focused national healthcare policy advising committees for the National Academies of Medicine, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Joint Commission.

Job Title

Professor of Medicine
Chief of Hospital Medicine


University of California San Francisco
San Francisco VA Medical Center