Samuel L. Dickman
Resident Physician, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
1001 Potrero Ave., 1M3
San Francisco, CA 94110
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Dickman’s research focuses on disparities in access to care, prisoner health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics at Brown University.
"Medication Assisted Treatment in U.S. Drug Courts: Results from a Nationwide Survey of Availability, Barriers and Attitudes" (with Harlan Matusow, Josiah D. Rich, Chunki Fong, Dora M. Dumont, Carolyn Hardin, Douglas Marlowe, and Andrew Rosenblum). Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 44, no. 5 (May/June 2013): 473-480.
Uses an online survey to assess availability, barriers, and need for treatment (especially agonist medication) for opioid addiction in drug courts and argues that a substantial, targeted educational initiative is needed to increase awareness of the treatment and criminal justice benefits of medication assisted treatment in the drug courts.
"Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion: The Health and Financial Impacts" (with David Himmelstein, Danny McCormick, and Steffie Woolhandler). Health Affairs Blog (January 2014).
Estimates the number and demographic characteristics of people likely to remain uninsured as a result of states’ opting out of Medicaid expansion; predicts that many low-income women will forego recommended breast and cervical cancer screening; diabetics will forego medications; all low-income adults will face a greater likelihood of depression, catastrophic medical expenses, and death; and disparities in access to care based on state of residence will increase.
"Public Health and the Epidemic of Incarceration" (with Dora M. Dumont, Brad Brockmann, Nicole Alexander, and Josiah D. Rich). Annual Review of Public Health 33 (2012): 325-339.
Reviews the health profiles of the incarcerated, health care in correctional facilities, and incarceration's repercussions for public health in the communities – typically low-income, predominantly nonwhite, and more likely to be medically underserved – to which inmates return upon release. Recommends that public health and medical practitioners capitalize on the public health opportunities provided by correctional settings to reach medically underserved communities, while simultaneously advocating for fundamental system change to reduce unnecessary incarceration.
Samuel L. Dickman's research on failing to expand Medicaid discussed in Sean McElwee, "The Scary Lessons of Matt Bevin: What We Can Learn about American Politics from the Right Wing’s Destructive Anti-Medicaid Crusade," Salon, November 7, 2015.
Samuel L. Dickman's research on the effects of Republican obstructionism on public health (with David Himmelstein, Danny McCormick, and Steffie Woolhandler) discussed in Jon Perr, "GOP's ObamaCare Spite Means Death Toll for Red States," Daily Kos, March 30, 2014.