Katie Raffel, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine-Hospital Medicine

Graduate School :
  • MD, University of Chicago (2013)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Xavier University (OH) (2009)
  • University of California (San Francisco)/University of California School of Public Health Program (General Preventive Medicine), Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (2016)
Department: Medicine-Hospital Medicine

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Recognition & Awards

  • Fellow in Hospital Medicine, Society of Hospital Medicine (2021)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators (2018)
  • Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished Housestaff (TEACH), University of California San Francisco SOM (2015)

Research Interests

Dr. Raffel's research efforts have focused on identifying and describing diagnostic error among hospitalized adults. In 2017-2018, she conducted a one-year single-site retrospective cohort evaluating diagnostic error among 7-day readmissions. This work demonstrated the presence of diagnostic error in 1/20 cases of early readmission with a variety of diagnoses and multifactorial provider and systems root causes. The methodology of this study subsequently led to an ongoing AHRQ-funded multi-site study evaluating diagnostic error among ICU escalations or inpatient death. In the UPSIDE (Using Predictive Systems to identify Inpatient Diagnostic Error) study, over 20 hospital sites are collaborating to review >2,000 triggered cases.


  • 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. Palliat Med. 2021 Dec 17;:2692163211065928. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34920691
  • 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. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 Nov;62(5):893-901. PubMed PMID: 34000334
  • Lim H, Raffel KE, Harrison JD, Kohlwes RJ, Dhaliwal G, Narayana S. Decisions in the Dark: An Educational Intervention to Promote Reflection and Feedback on Night Float Rotations. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Nov;35(11):3363-3367. PubMed PMID: 32875511
  • 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 Qual Saf. 2020 Dec;29(12):971-979. PubMed PMID: 32753409
  • Raffel KE, Gupta N, Vercammen-Grandjean C, Hohman J, Ranji S, Pierluissi E, Mourad M. A Discharge Time-Out: A Case Study on Physician-Nurse Discharge Communication and the Challenge of Sustainability in Resident-Led Quality Improvement. Am J Med Qual. 2019 Jul Aug;34(4):381-388. PubMed PMID: 30345785

Practice Locations

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • Denver Health Medical Center

Specialty Information

  • Internal Medicine, Board Certification
  • Learning Health System Coaching Program, UCSF, Other (2019)
  • Diversity Equity Inclusion Training, UCSF, Other (2019)
Clinical Interests
Dr. Raffel recognizes the importance of the system of care in achieving excellent patient outcomes. She was one of a small inaugural cohort of faculty within the Learning Health System Coaching program at UCSF. This was a two-year intensive program to enhance faculty Lean Certification, mentorship of residents/fellows and coaching improvement efforts both within their Division and across the health system. During that training time period, she was chosen as the medical director for the hospital medicine Unit-Based Leadership Team, an interprofessional improvement team, that led quality/safety efforts on the three largest medicine units at UCSF. Dr. Raffel currently serves as core faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Quality Safety and Efficiency, an organization dedicated to transforming people, processes and outcomes. In this role, she provides QI/safety education and direct coaching of improvement.

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MD, University of Chicago (2013)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Xavier University (OH) (2009)
Residency Programs:
  • University of California (San Francisco)/University of California School of Public Health Program (General Preventive Medicine), Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (2016)
Department: Medicine-Hospital Medicine
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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