Sarah Stella, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine-Hospital Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (2005)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Michigan State University (MI) (2001)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (2005)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Internal Medicine (2008)
Department: Medicine-Hospital Medicine

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Recognition & Awards

  • Bill Burman Community Service Award, Denver Health Medical Staff (2020)
  • Advocacy and Community Service Award, Society of General Internal Medicine, Mountain West Region (2020)
  • Alumni Inductee, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2017)

Research Interests

I am passionate about advancing health equity through community-partnered, action-oriented research at the intersection of housing and health. My primary academic interests relate to systems improvement in a vertically-integrated safety-net healthcare system and improving health outcomes among patients experiencing housing instability.

Teaching

  • Clinical Preceptor, Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum (2015)
    School of Medicine, Medicine
  • Core Faculty, Scholarship Director for Health Equity Pathway in Internal Medicine Residency (2017)
    School of Medicine, Medicine

Publications

  • Cunningham JM, Persoff J, Piper C, Burger A, Shinnar E, Cunnius P, Stella SA, Frank MG. A Framework for Hospital Medicine's Involvement in Disaster Preparedness and Response. Health Secur. 2022 Mar 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 35333614
  • Ramadurai D, Knoeckel J, Stace RJ, Stella S. Feasibility and Impact of Trauma-Informed Care Training in Internal Medicine Residency: A Pilot Study. Cureus. 2022 Feb;14(2):e22368. PubMed PMID: 35321063
  • Rowan SE, McCormick DW, Wendel KA, Scott T, Chavez-van de Hey J, Wilcox K, Stella SA, Kamis K, Burman WJ, Marx GE. Lower Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among People Experiencing Homelessness Tested in Outdoor Encampments Compared with Overnight Shelters - Denver, Colorado, June - July 2020. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 35040947
  • Scott E, Rowan S, Chandler K, Fisher A, Hill B, Hill J, Marx GE, Farrell E, Wendel K, Stella SA. Lessons Learned through Implementing SARS-CoV-2 Testing and Isolation for People Experiencing Homelessness in Congregate Shelters. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2022;16(2S):13-22. PubMed PMID: 35912653
  • Stella SA, Balaban E, Sarcone E, Scott E, Rowan SE. We Cannot Address COVID-19 without Addressing Homelessness. SGIM Forum, May 2021.
  • Stella SA, Thompson L, Havranek K, Cassie C, Perkins S, Hora T, Loeb R, Nunnaley M, Wessley J, Bellofatto T. Engaging Community Stakeholders to Develop a Peer-Led Care Transitions Intervention for Hospitalized Patients Experiencing Homelessness. SGIM Annual Meeting, 4/21 (Virtual). Published in: Abstracts from the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine. J Gen Intern Med DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-06830-5 J Gen Intern Med 36(Suppl 1):S91.
  • Nepal S, Keniston A, Indovina KA, Frank MG, Stella SA, Quinzanos-Alonso I, McBeth L, Moore SL, Burden M. What Do Patients Want? A Qualitative Analysis of Patient, Provider, and Administrative Perceptions and Expectations About Patients' Hospital Stays. J Patient Exp. 2020 Dec;7(6):1760-1770. PubMed PMID: 33457641
  • Trent SA, Stella S, Skinner A, Salame G, Hanratty RL, Prandi-Abrams M, French A, Krantz MJ. Improving Atraumatic Chest Pain Evaluation in an Urban, Safety-net Hospital Through Incorporation of a Modified HEART Score. Crit Pathw Cardiol. 2020 Dec;19(4):173-177. PubMed PMID: 33009073
  • Stella SA, Stace RJ, Knepper BC, Reese SM, Keniston A, Burden M, Young HL. The effect of eye images and a social norms message on healthcare provider hand hygiene adherence. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Jul;40(7):748-754. PubMed PMID: 31072412
  • Stella SA, Thompson LM, Bellofatto T, Leslie SE, Sarcone EE, Bredenberg E, Cervantes L. Building a Partnership to Improve Hospital Care and Care Transitions for Persons Experiencing Homelessness. Presented at SGIM Annual Meeting, 5/2019. Retrieved from: Abstracts from the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 May;34(Suppl 2):99-867
  • Stella SA. Capsule Commentary on Dalal et al., The Impact of Automated Notification on Follow-up of Actionable Tests Pending at Discharge: a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Jul;33(7):1139. PubMed PMID: 29667087
  • Palabindala V, Sehgal R, Stella S. Concerns Regarding Resource Use and Outcomes in Subsets of Clinicians. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Apr 1;178(4):579-580. PubMed PMID: 29610876
  • Stella SA, Prandi-Abrams M, Moldenhauer K, Abdelhamid S, Lyden J, Sarcone S, Babbitt L, Smith SK, Lynn-Lee V, Goetz K, Wise S, Albrecht K, Vlasimsky TB, Sarcone E. Building a Better Discharge: utilizing Lean to develop structured interdisciplinary discharge rounds and an electronic discharge readiness tool. J Gen Intern Med 2018; 33(Suppl2):765-766.
  • Knoeckel J, Sarcone S, Stella SA. The Health Equities Pathway: Development of a novel curriculum addressing the health. J Gen Intern Med 2018; 33(Suppl2):739.
  • Zoucha J, Hull M, Keniston A, Mastalerz K, Quinn R, Tsai A, Berman J, Lyden J, Stella SA, Echaniz M, Scaletta N, Handoyo K, Hernandez E, Saini I, Smith A, Young A, Walsh M, Zaros M, Albert RK, Burden M. Barriers to Early Hospital Discharge: A Cross-Sectional Study at Five Academic Hospitals. J Hosp Med. 2018 Dec;13(12):816-822. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3074. PMID: 30496327.
  • Sarah Stella. Homelessness: Whose job is it? The Hospitalist. Dec 2017.
  • Scott E, Rowan S, Chandler K, Fisher A, Hill B, Hill J, Marx G, Farrell E, Wendel K, Stella SA. Lessons Learned through Implementing SARS-CoV-2 Testing and Isolation for People Experiencing Homelessness in Congregate Shelters. Progress in Community Health Partnership, Accepted 11/7/2021.
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Practice Locations

Denver Health
777 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
303-436-6000

Hospital Affiliation
  • Denver Health Medical Center

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Hospital Medicine, Board Certification
  • Editorial Fellow, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Specialized Training (2022)
  • Society of General Internal Medicine Leadership in Health Policy (LEAHP) Scholar, Specialized Training (2020)
  • Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Certificate (2016)
Clinical Interests
Healthcare systems improvement in a vertically-integrated healthcare system.

Care Philosophy
I am passionate about advancing health equity and creating partnerships to address unmet health-related social needs.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (2005)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Michigan State University (MI) (2001)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (2005)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Internal Medicine (2008)
Department: Medicine-Hospital Medicine
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