Marissa Boeck, MD, MPH

Advisory Board, Surgery Lead
UCSF Department of Surgery and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
+1 415 502-4745

Dr. Marissa Boeck is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, and serves as an acute care surgeon at Parnassus and as an acute care and trauma surgeon and surgical critical care intensivist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). She is a Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia (CHESA), as well as the Director of General Surgery/Trauma within the Center. Her professional passions include global public health, especially as it relates to injury prevention (road traffic, gun violence), vulnerable populations, emergency response, and trauma and surgical system strengthening in low-resource settings. She also champions diversity in the surgical workforce, and the power of social media in medicine. Her research spans both domestic in the United States and abroad across multiple countries including Bolivia, Kenya, Cameroon, Nepal, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Dr. Boeck earned her BA in Philosophy from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, City University of New York, her MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, and her Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her general surgery residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia and a two-year fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Surgery at UCSF.


Defining the Surgical Trainee's Role in Global Surgery.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Boeck MA

In-Hospital Obstetric Delays in Rural Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of a Hospital Cohort.

World journal of surgery

Poppens M, Oke R, Carvalho M, Ledesma Y, Okullu S, Ariokot MG, Agwang E, Ekuchu P, Wange H, Boeck M, Juillard C, Ajiko MM, Dicker R

Outcomes of Early Versus Late Tracheostomy in Patients With COVID-19: A Multinational Cohort Study.

Critical care explorations

Harrell Shreckengost CS, Foianini JE, Moron Encinas KM, Tola Guarachi H, Abril K, Amin D, Berkowitz D, Castater CA, Douglas JM, Grant AA, Khullar OV, Lane AN, Lin A, Niroula A, Nizam A, Rashied A, Reitz AW, Roser SM, Spychalski J, Arap SS, Bento RF, Ciaralo PPD, Imamura R, Kowalski LP, Mahmoud A, Mariani AW, Menegozzo CAM, Minamoto H, Montenegro FLM, Pêgo-Fernandes PM, Santos J, Utiyama EM, Sreedharan JK, Kalchiem-Dekel O, Nguyen J, Dhamsania RK, Allen K, Modzik A, Pathak V, White C, Blas J, Talal El-Abur I, Tirado G, Yánez Benítez C, Weiser TG, Barry M, Boeck M, Farrell M, Greenberg A, Miller P, Park P, Camazine M, Dillon D, Smith RN

COVID-19, Racial Injustice, and Medical Student Engagement With Global Health: A Single-Institution Survey.

The Journal of surgical research

Miller P, Laverde R, Thompson A, Park P, Ozgediz D, Boeck MA

The Third Delay in General Surgical Care in a Regional Referral Hospital in Soroti, Uganda.

World journal of surgery

Starr S, Kim WC, Oke R, Carvalho M, Ledesma Y, Okullu S, Ariokot MG, Wange AH, Agwang E, Ekuchu P, Boeck M, Juillard C, Ajiko MM, Dicker RA

Outcomes after emergency general surgery and trauma care in incarcerated individuals: an EAST multi-center study.

The journal of trauma and acute care surgery

Bryant MK, Tatebe LC, Siva NR, Udekwu PO, Wurzelmann M, Crandall ML, Zuniga YD, Tran V, Santos A, Krause C, Turay D, Nordham KD, Taghavi S, Dreesen EB, Scarlet S, Snyder A, Applewhite M, Patel P, Schroeppel TJ, Rodriquez J, Kornblith LZ, Boeck MA, Bonne S, Tufariello A, Maine RG

Evaluating Shifts in Perception After a Pilot Trauma Quality Improvement Training Course in Cameroon.

The Journal of surgical research

Nguyen NT, Ding K, Oke R, Tanjong MS, Mbuh L, Mbianyor MA, Carvalho M, Dissak Delon FN, Boeck M, Collins C, Yenshu EV, Etoundi GA, Juillard C, Mefire AC

Structural Violence Trap: Disparity in Homicide, Chronic Disease Death, and Social Factors across San Francisco Neighborhoods.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Boeck MA, Wei W, Robles AJ, Nwabuo AI, Plevin RE, Juillard CJ, Bibbins-Domingo K, Hubbard A, Dicker RA

The DISTANCE Study: Determining the Impact of Social Distancing on Trauma Epidemiology During the COVID-19 Epidemic-An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis.

The journal of trauma and acute care surgery

Matthay ZA, Kornblith AE, Matthay EC, Sedaghati M, Peterson S, Boeck M, Bongiovanni T, Campbell A, Chalwell L, Colwell C, Farrell MS, Kim WC, Knudson MM, Mackersie R, Li L, Nunez-Garcia B, Langness S, Plevin RE, Sammann A, Tesoriero R, Stein DM, Kornblith LZ

Surgical and Trauma Capacity Assessment in Rural Haryana, India.

Annals of global health

Bhatia MB, Mohan SC, Blair KJ, Boeck MA, Bhalla A, Sharma S, Helenowski I, Tatebe LC, Nwomeh BC, Swaroop M

The Bolivian trauma patient's experience: A qualitative needs assessment.


Rook JM, Wood E, Boeck MA, Blair KJ, Monroy A, Ludi E, Keller EJ, Victorson D, Foíanini E, Swaroop M

Baseline Patient Safety Culture in Cameroon: Setting a Foundation for Trauma Quality Improvement.

The Journal of surgical research

Ding K, Nguyen N, Carvalho M, Dissak Delon FN, Mekolo D, Nkusu D, Tchekep MS, Oke RA, Mbianyor MA, Yenshu EV, Boeck M, Collins C, Jackson N, Mefire AC, Juillard C

What is trauma? Qualitatively assessing stakeholder perceptions in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

Global public health

Blair KJ, Monroy A, Rook JM, Wood E, Foianini JE, Haider AH, Swaroop M, Boeck MA

Global Impact of Social Media on Women in Surgery.

The American surgeon

Corsini EM, Boeck M, Hughes KA, Logghe HJ, Pitt SC, Stamp N, Antonoff MB

Ensuring safe surgical care across resource settings via surgical outcomes data & quality improvement initiatives.

International journal of surgery (London, England)

Eyob B, Boeck MA, FaSiOen P, Cawich S, Kluger MD

Geriatric Trauma in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

The Journal of surgical research

Ludi E, Boeck M, South S, Monasterio J, Swaroop M, Foianini E

SOSAS Study in Rural India: Using Accredited Social Health Activists as Enumerators.

Annals of global health

Cherukupalli S, Bhatia MB, Boeck MA, Blair KJ, Nagarajan N, Gupta S, Tatebe LC, Sharma S, Bhalla A, Nwomeh BC, Swaroop M

The academic tweet: Twitter as a tool to advance academic surgery.

The Journal of surgical research

Logghe HJ, Selby LV, Boeck MA, Stamp NL, Chuen J, Jones C

Best Practices for Surgeons' Social Media Use: Statement of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Logghe HJ, Boeck MA, Gusani NJ, Hardaway JC, Hughes KA, Mouawad NJ, Kulaylat AN, Hoffman RL, Turner P, Jones C, Leichtle SW

The development and implementation of a layperson trauma first responder course in La Paz, Bolivia: A pilot study.


Boeck MA, Callese TE, Nelson SK, Schuetz SJ, Fuentes Bazan C, Saavedra Laguna JMP, Shapiro MB, Issa NM, Swaroop M

Acute care surgery’s role in expanding the surgical workforce in Latin America

ACS Bulletin

Peck G, Blitzer D, Boeck MA, de Moya M, Ferrada P, Vaz Ferreira R, Gracias V, Meara JG, Mejia Toro D, Ribeiro M, Rodas E, Sakran JV, Schroeder ME, Milena del Valle A, Zakrison TL

Assessment of Surgical and Trauma Capacity in Potosí, Bolivia.

Annals of global health

Blair KJ, Boeck MA, Gallardo Barrientos JL, Hidalgo López JL, Helenowski IB, Nwomeh BC, Shapiro MB, Swaroop M

Assessing access to surgical care in Nepal via a cross-sectional, countrywide survey.


Boeck MA, Nagarajan N, Gupta S, Varadaraj V, Groen RS, Shrestha S, Gurung S, Kushner AL, Nwomeh B, Swaroop M

Implementation of a Hospital-Based Trauma Registry in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia: Methodology, Preliminary Results, and Lessons Learned

Panamerican Journal of Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Surgery

Boeck MA, Blair KJ, Foianini JE, Perry HB, Mata LV, Aboutanos MB, Haider AH, Swaroop M

The Role of Public Health in a Global Surgery Fellowship.

Journal of surgical education

Boeck MA, Nagarajan N, Swaroop M

Resident awareness of documentation requirements and reimbursement: a multi-institutional survey.

The Annals of thoracic surgery

Yount KW, Reames BN, Kensinger CD, Boeck MA, Thompson PW, Forrester JD, Upchurch GR, Gauger PG, Kron IL, Lau CL

Incremental increase in VEGFR1? hematopoietic progenitor cells and VEGFR2? endothelial progenitor cells predicts relapse and lack of tumor response in breast cancer patients.

Breast cancer research and treatment

Jain S, Ward MM, O'Loughlin J, Boeck M, Wiener N, Chuang E, Cigler T, Moore A, Donovan D, Lam C, Cobham MV, Schneider S, Christos P, Baergen RN, Swistel A, Lane ME, Mittal V, Rafii S, Vahdat LT