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Robert El-Kareh

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Contact Information

UCSD Div of Biomedical Informatics
9500 Gilman Dr., #0728
La Jolla, CA 92093-0728


  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • MD, Medicine, Temple University
  • MPH, Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard University

Postdoctoral Training

  • 06/2003-06/2006: Resident, Internal Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • 07/2006-06/2007: Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • 07/2007-06/2010: Fellow, Medical Informatics, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA (advisor David Bates, MD MSc)

Appointments at Hospitals/Affiliated Institutions

  • 7/2010-present: Attending Physician, Department of Medicine, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA
  • 04/2008-6/2010: Fee Basis Attending, Department of Medicine, Providence VA Medical Center, RI

Research Interests

  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Diagnostic Errors

Selected publications

  • Shenvi E, El-Kareh R. Clinical criteria to screen for inpatient diagnostic errors: a scoping review. Diagnosis. doi: 10.1515/dx-2014-0047. Epub Oct 2014. 
  • El-Kareh R, Hasan O, Schiff GD. Use of health information technology to reduce diagnostic errors. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Oct;22 Suppl 2:ii40-ii51. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2013-001884. Epub 2013 Jul 13. PMID: 23852973
  • Khanna R, Kim S, Jenkins I, El-Kareh R, Afsarmanesh N, Amin A, Sand H, Auerbach A, Chia C, Maynard G, Romano P, White R. Predictive Value of the Present-On-Admission  Indicator for Hospital-acquired Venous Thromboembolism. (2013) Med Care. Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23552437 
  • Jiang X, Boxwala AA, El-Kareh R, Kim J, Ohno-Machado L. A patient-driven adaptive prediction technique to improve personalized risk estimation for clinical decision (2012) J Am Med Inform Assoc. 19(e1):e137-e144. Jun 1; PMID: 22493049
  • El-Kareh R, Roy C, Williams DH, Poon EG. Impact of Automated Alerts on Follow-Up of Post-Discharge Microbiology Results: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. J Gen Intern Med. Jan 26. PMID: 22278302
  • Kim H, El-Kareh R, Goel A, Vineet F, Chapman WW. An approach to improve LOINC mapping through augmentation of local test names. J Biomed Inform. 2011 Dec 21. (Epub ahead of print). PMID:22210167
  • Jiang X, El-Kareh R, Ohno-Machado L.  Improving predictions in imbalanced data using pairwise expanded logistic regression. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011;2011:625-34. Epub 2011 Oct 22. PMID:22195118
  • El-Kareh R, Roy C, Brodsky G, Perencevich M, Poon EG. Incidence and Predictors of Microbiology Results Returning Post-Discharge and Requiring Follow-up. J Hosp Med. 2011 May;6(5):291-6. PMID:21661103
  • El-Kareh R, Gandhi TK, Poon EG, Newmark LP, Ungar J, Orav EJ, Sequist TD. Actionable Reminders Did Not Improve Performance over Passive Reminders for Overdue Tests in the Primary Care Setting. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2011 Mar-Apr;18(2):160-3. PMID:21278102
  • El-Kareh R, Gandhi TK, Poon EG, Newmark LP, Ungar J, Lipsitz S, Sequist TD. Trends in primary care clinician perceptions of a new electronic health record. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Apr;24(4):464-8. PMID: 19156468