Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP is the Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor in Clinical Translational Research and Aging at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She is a board certified geriatrician and palliative care physician with long-standing experience in clinical care delivery and advanced illness research. Dr Ritchie has assisted in the development of comprehensive clinical programs for seriously ill older adults in Louisville, where she started a Veterans Affairs (VA)-based Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care Program, and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
In Louisville, Dr. Ritchie helped design and open a VA Hospice Unit, a Palliative Care Consult Service, and Home-based Primary Care Program. For this work, she received the National VA Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Delivery.
In 2004, she was recruited to UAB to direct the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care and the Palliative and Supportive Care Section of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care. At UAB, she oversaw the opening of two palliative care units, led the expansion of the Center’s educational, research and community outreach activities and directed the UAB Geriatrics Education Center and Reynolds Program. She directed UAB’s Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)-designated Palliative Care Leadership Center and the NIA-funded Advanced Illness and Multi-morbidity Research Program.
Dr Ritchie’s research focuses on quality of life and health care issues surrounding multimorbidity. She is studying the impact of symptom burden on health care utilization in individuals with multiple chronic conditions. She is also evaluating how technology can be used to support patients and families with serious illness in their transition from the hospital to home.
At UCSF, Dr Ritchie is creating an implementation science infrastructure for the care of those with serious illness and is facilitating the growth of clinical programs and research that focus on quality of life and health care delivery models for those with chronic serious illness and multimorbidity. She is developing national quality of care metrics and a national database to evaluate quality of house calls care for home-limited patients and their families.