Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Structural Competency:  New Medicine for the Inequalities that Make Us Sick

Speaker: Kelly Knight, PhD

Kelly Ray Knight is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at UCSF.  Her research centers on the social and clinical experience of addiction, racialized health disparities, and health conditions produced or exacerbated by structural violence. She teaches in the UCSF/UCB medical anthropology graduate program and UCSF Institute of Global Health Sciences, serves as curricular advisor and lecturer in addiction medicine and structural competency for the UCSF School of Medicine, and is faculty mentee in the Department of Psychiatry. This structural competency curricular work was recently recognized with the UCSF School of Medicine’s 2017-2018 Bridges Curriculum – Foundations 1 and 2 Teaching Award for Excellence in Innovative Teaching Modalities.

Dr. Knight is currently principal investigator of two NIH-funded, ethnographic studies.  Examining the Consequences of Reductions in Opioid Prescribing on Patients, Clinical Care, and Community Health (RO1DA043631) explores the positive and negative consequences of reductions in opioid prescribing for chronic non-cancer pain in primary care, safety net clinical settings. Family Assisted Housing for Older Homeless Adults (RO1AG050630), in collaboration with Margot Kushel, MD, examines the role of housing policy and family kinship networks in reducing homelessness. Dr. Knight’s book-length ethnography, addicted.pregnant.poor (Duke University Press, 2015), was awarded the British Sociological Association’s Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness 2016 Book Award, was a finalist for the 2015 C. Wright Mills Award, and received an Honorable Mention for the Society of Medical Anthropology’s Eileen Basker 2016 Book Prize.  

Dr. Knight received a B.A. (Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology) from Georgetown University, a M.Ed. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the joint doctoral program in medical anthropology at University of California – San Francisco/Berkeley.


Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Parnassus Campus, HSW-300 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143

Event Type

Grand Rounds


School of Medicine


Students, Faculty, Local Community, Alumni



Department of Medicine
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