Jennifer Quartarolo, MD

Clinical Professor
Physician Director, Clinical Documentation Improvement

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​Academic Profile

Dr. Jennifer Quartarolo received her MD degree and completed her internal medicine residency training at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She served as a faculty member of a newly formed academic Hospital Medicine Division at Washington University prior to heading back to the west coast and joining the Division of Hospital Medicine at UC San Diego.

As a hospitalist, Dr. Quartarolo has an interest in quality improvement and has pursued projects with the goal of improving patient care in the acute care setting. She received additional training in quality improvement through the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, and she has been involved in quality improvement projects at the local and national level. She completed the UCSD Health Leadership Academy in 2017.  She has served as physician lead for efforts in transitions of care, including representing UCSD in the San Diego collaborative for Medicare's CCTP Program (Community Care Transitions Program) and the UC Office of the President (UCOP) Readmission Reduction Collaborative.  She served as a mentor to hospitals throughout the nation through Society of Hospital Medicine's Project BOOST (Better Outcomes by Optimizing Safe Transitions). She participates in clinical teaching of both medical students and residents, and is one of the faculty members for the Value Improves Quality rotation for internal medicine residents.

From 2012-2018, she served as a Medical Director to Clinical Resource Management, and currently is the Physician Director to the Clinical Documentation Improvement Program at UCSD. She looks forward to continuing to lead efforts to improve the quality and value of health care delivery.

Representative Publications

Schaefer G, El-Kareh R, Quartarolo J, Seymann G. Evaluation of the Yale New Haven Readmission Risk Score for Pneumonia in a General Hospital Population. Am J Med. 2017 Sep;130(9):1107-1111.e1.

Osorio G, Hoenigl M, Quartarolo J, Barger K, Morris SR, Reed SL, Lee J, Little SJ. Evaluation of opt-out inpatient HIV screening at an urban teaching hospital. AIDS Care. 2017 Aug;29(8):1014-1018.

Clay BJ, Quartarolo J. Medication Reconciliation. e472-e480. Hospital Medicine Clinics 2013; 2(3): e305-e480. Eds. Ian Jenkins and Nasim Afsar-manesh.

Quartarolo, J; Thoelke, M; Schafers, S.  Reporting of Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate: Effect on Physician Recognition of Chronic Kidney Disease and Prescribing Practices for Elderly Hospitalized Patients.  Journal of Hospital Medicine.  March/ April 2007.

Awards and Honors

2013            Recognized as a Top Reviewer for Journal of Hospital Medicine

2012            Elected Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine

2010            Elected Fellow in Hospital Medicine

2008-2009   Excellence in Teaching Award for UCSD 3rd Year Medicine Clerkship


I am proud to be a part of UC San Diego Health Hospital Medicine because I am constantly inspired by my colleagues.