Presenters and attendees on the floor of the presentation hall of HDRS 2017.

Attendees at last year's 11th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Watch last year's symposium below and the 2016 symposium here.


2017 Morning session.

2017 Mid-day session.

2017 Afternoon session.

The UC San Francisco Health Disparities Research Symposium is an opportunity to showcase research on health disparities conducted by faculty and trainees at UC San Francisco and other Bay Area healthcare and research institutions. Our purpose is to inspire future collaborations and research direction by showcasing the breadth and depth of disparities research.

Registration and Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts must be submitted by 5:00 PM PST on Friday, July 20, 2018. If you're interested in presenting your research, get information about registration and submission of abstract.

When & Where

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place: Mission Bay Campus
600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Genentech Hall Building, Byers Auditorium – GH 106

Keynote Speaker

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
Director, The Disparities Solutions Center;
Senior Scientist, The Mongan Institute for Health Policy;
Director of Multicultural Education, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Massachusetts General Hospital;
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
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Dr. Betancourt is the founder and director of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC), Senior Scientist at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. He is also the founder and leader of Quality Interactions, an industry-leading company that focuses on training in cross-cultural communication for health care professionals. Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health care disparities and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees on this topic, including the one that produced the landmark report, Unequal Treatment. Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and advises private industry, government, and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits on the Boston Board of Health; the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system; and sat on the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow.

Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Further Information

For additional information, please contact the scientific organizers:
Tung Nguyen ([email protected]) or Victor Fujimoto ([email protected]).

Watch Previous Symposiums

Watch last year's symposium below and the 2016 symposiums here.


2017 Morning session.

2017 Mid-day session.

2017 Afternoon session.