David J Heller

David J Heller, MD

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Medicine, General Internal Medicine


Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

David Heller is a practicing internist and clinician-investigator who studies how to adapt primary care health systems in developing countries for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. As an assistant professor in the Department of Health System Design and Global Health and the Division of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Heller focuses his work on cardiovascular disease control in Uganda and Ghana. As a Fogarty fellow in Mbale, Uganda, Dr. Heller conducted an evaluation of hypertension control programs associated with the SEARCH study, a randomized controlled trial of universal test-and-treat programs for HIV prevention and control. As a primary care research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Heller studied the impact of university-policymaker partnerships on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the comparative effectiveness of statin use guidelines for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. In addition to peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Heller’s writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Lancet editorial series.


American Board of Internal Medicine


AB, Brown University

MD, University of California (San Francisco)

MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Residency, Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Fellowship, Primary Care, University of California (San Francisco)

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