UC San Diego Division of Hospital Medicine Faculty


Robert El-Kareh, MD, MS, MPH
Dr. Robert El-Kareh



Robert El-Kareh, MD, MS, MPH
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor


Telephone (619) 471-9186

Mail Code 8485



Academic Profile

Dr. Robert El-Kareh joined the Division of Hospital Medicine faculty in 2010.

He received his MD degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 2003. He subsequently completed his residency in internal medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2006, followed by a fourth year as chief resident. Following residency, Dr. El-Kareh completed a research fellowship in biomedical informatics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University in 2010, during which he received an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. El-Kareh has a joint appointment between the divisions of Biomedical Informatics and Hospital Medicine. He conducts research in clinical informatics and quality improvement focusing on the use of health information technology to improve the accuracy, speed and efficiency of the diagnostic process, as well as improving medication reconciliation, communication and test result management.



  • El-Kareh, R., Gandhi, T.K., Poon, E.G., Newmark, L.P., Ungar, J., Lipsitz, S., Sequist, T.D. (2009). Trends in primary care clinician perceptions of a new electronic health record. J Gen Intern Med, 24(4), 464-8.
  • 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. (2011) J Am Med Inform Assoc. 18(2), 160-3.
  • El-Kareh R, Roy C, Brodsky G, Perencevich M, Poon EG. Incidence and Predictors of Microbiology Results Returning Post-Discharge and Requiring Follow-up. (2011) J Hosp Med. May;6(5):291-6.
  • Jiang X, El-Kareh R, Ohno-Machado L. Improving predictions in imbalanced data using pairwise expanded logistic regression. (2011) AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011:625-34. Epub 2011 Oct 22.
  • Kim H, El-Kareh R, Goel A, Vineet F, Chapman WW. An approach to improve LOINC mapping through augmentation of local test names. (2011) J Biomed Inform. Dec 21.
  • 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. (2012) J Gen Intern Med. Jan 26.
  • 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 support. J Am Med Inform Assoc. (2012) 19(e1):e137-e144. Jun 1;19(e1):e137-e144.