Molly Kantor, MD

Associate Professor

Molly Kantor is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Molecular Biology and certificate in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy from Princeton University. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and completed internship and residency in internal medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. After completing residency, she joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego in the Division of Hospital Medicine. At UCSD, Molly had roles in quality improvement, patient safety, medical education, and clinical care. She led quality improvement projects on reducing daily laboratory test ordering, development of a physician performance dashboard, and served as the physician co-chair of the Safe Medication Practice subcommittee. She served as the Associate Clerkship Director for the UCSD Hillcrest site for the third-year medical student clerkship with responsibilities in curriculum development, formal teaching in a monthly lecture, evaluation of clerkship students, and clerkship administration.

Molly joined the faculty at UCSF in 2017. She serves as the Assistant Director of the UCSF Health Medical Service, helping to lead clinical operations of the teaching wards. She also serves at the Assistant Director of Quality and Safety for the Division of Hospital Medicine. Clinically, Molly attends on the inpatient teaching wards and direct care medicine service. She is involved in quality improvement projects on reducing length of stay, advanced care planning, high value care, and diagnostic errors. She teaches medical students and residents on the teaching wards. Her academic interests include quality improvement, patient safety, high-value care, diagnostic errors, medical informatics, clinical operations, and medical education.
2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
06/2015 - internal medicine internship and residency, Stanford University School of Medicine
MD, 05/2012 - medicine, Harvard Medical School
BA, 06/2008 - molecular biology, public policy, Princeton University
Honors and Awards
  • Nominee, 2017 Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 2017
  • Winner in Clinical Vignettes, 2016 Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes Poster Competition, Society of Hospital Medicine National Meeting, 2016
  • First Place–Best Poster in Innovations, Society of General Internal Medicine, California Hawaii Regional Meeting, 2015
  • Charles Dorsey Armstrong Award for Clinical Excellence in Patient Care, Stanford University Internal Medicine Residency, 2015
  • Outstanding Research Abstract, Selected for Oral Presentation, Society of General Internal Medicine, California-Hawaii Regional Meeting, 2014
  • Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholar, Yale Schools of Medicine, Stanford Schools of Medicine, 2014
  • First Place Runner-Up in Quality Improvement, American College of Physicians, Northern California Chapter, 2013
  • National Essay Contest Winner, Costs of Care, 2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 2008
  • Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence 2005-2006, Princeton University, 2006
  1. Auerbach AD, Astik GJ, O'Leary KJ, Barish PN, Kantor MA, Raffel KR, Ranji SR, Mueller SK, Burney SN, Galinsky J, Gershanik EF, Goyal A, Chitneni PR, Rastegar S, Esmaili AM, Fenton C, Virapongse A, Ngov LK, Burden M, Keniston A, Patel H, Gupta AB, Rohde J, Marr R, Greysen SR, Fang M, Shah P, Mao F, Kaiksow F, Sterken D, Choi JJ, Contractor J, Karwa A, Chia D, Lee T, Hubbard CC, Maselli J, Dalal AK, Schnipper JL. Prevalence and Causes of Diagnostic Errors in Hospitalized Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19. Journal of general internal medicine 2023. PMID: 36952085

  2. Sun F, Lipinsky DeGette R, Cummings EC, Deng LX, Hauser KA, Kopp Z, Penner JC, Scott BS, Raffel KE, Kantor MA. Capturing what matters: A retrospective observational study of advance care planning documentation at an academic medical center during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Are Telehealth Visits Feasible for Vulnerable Patients?" 2021. PMID: 34920691

  3. Arogyaswamy S, Vukovic N, Keniston A, Apgar S, Bowden K, Kantor MA, Diaz M, McBeth L, Burden M. The Impact of Hospital Capacity Strain: a Qualitative Analysis of Experience and Solutions at 13 Academic Medical Centers. "Are Telehealth Visits Feasible for Vulnerable Patients?" 2021. PMID: 34902096

  4. Kantor MA, Scott BS, Abe-Jones Y, Raffel KE, Thombley R, Mourad M. Ask About What Matters: An Intervention to Improve Accessible Advance Care Planning Documentation. Journal of pain and symptom management 2021. PMID: 34000334

  5. Kantor MA, Apgar SK, Esmaili AM, Khan A, Monash B, Sharpe BA. The Importance of Emotional Intelligence When Leading in a Time of Crisis. Journal of hospital medicine 2020. PMID: 32853143

  6. Raffel KE, Kantor MA, Barish P, Esmaili A, Lim H, Xue F, Ranji SR. Prevalence and characterisation of diagnostic error among 7-day all-cause hospital medicine readmissions: a retrospective cohort study. BMJ quality & safety 2020. PMID: 32753409

  7. Bhatia P, Temple J, Kantor M. Not Your Garden-Variety Bacteremia: Gardnerella in an Immunocompromised Man. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2018. PMID: 29194493

  8. Lee LW, Narang NS, Postolova A, Seminara N, Kantor MA. Anti-MDA5-Positive Dermatomyositis Presenting as Fever of Unknown Origin. Journal of general internal medicine 2016. PMID: 27350281

  9. Kantor MA, Evans KH, Shieh L. Pending Studies at Hospital Discharge. Journal of general internal medicine 2015. PMID: 25869020

  10. Fang DZ, Kantor MA, Helgerson P. Quality improvement in academic medical centres: a resident perspective. BMJ quality & safety 2015. PMID: 25991868

  11. Gupta M, Kantor MA, Tung CE, Zhang N, Albers GW. Transient global amnesia associated with a unilateral infarction of the fornix: case report and review of the literature. Frontiers in neurology 2015. PMID: 25628601

  12. Kantor M, Wright A, Burton M, Fraser G, Krall M, Maviglia S, Mohammed-Rajput N, Simonaitis L, Sonnenberg F, Middleton B. Comparison of Computer-based Clinical Decision Support Systems and Content for Diabetes Mellitus. Applied clinical informatics 2011. PMID: 23616877

  13. Kantor M. The role of rigorous scientific evaluation in the use and practice of complementary and alternative medicine. Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR 2009. PMID: 19327658