Harrison Alter

Lecturer, Joint Medical Program
Research Interests: 
  • Interplay of social forces and the emergency care system in influencing individual and community health and well-being
  • Role of health-related behaviors and social needs within emergency care
  • Overuse of medical care
Selected Publications: 

Fahimi J, Aurrecoechiea A, Alter HJ, Herring A, Anderson E. "Substance Abuse and Mental Health Visits Among Adolescents Presenting to US Emergency Departments." Pediatr Emerg Care, in press

Alter HJ. “Social determinants of Health: Bench to Bedside.” JAMA IM. 2014 Apr:174(4):543-545

Herring AA, Johnson B, Ginde AA, Camargo CA, Feng L, Alter HJ, Hsia R. “High-intensity emergency department visits increased in California, 2002-09.” Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Oct;32(10):1811-9.

Herring AA, Ginde AA, Fahimi J, Alter HJet al. “Increasing critical care admissions from U.S. emergency departments, 2001-2009.” Crit Care Med. 2013 May;41(5):1197-204.

Young MF, Hern HG, Alter HJet al. “Racial Differences in Receiving Morphine among Prehospital Patients with Blunt Trauma.” J Emerg Med. 2013 Jul; 45(1):46-52

Rosenson J, Clements C, Simon B, Vieaux J, Graffman S, Vahidnia F, Cisse B, Lam J, Alter H. “Phenobarbital for acute alcohol withdrawal: a prospective randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study.” J Emerg Med. 2013 Mar;44(3):592-598.e2

Fahimi J, Herring A, Harries A, Gonzales R, Alter H. “Computed Tomography Use Among Children Presenting to Emergency Departments With Abdominal Pain.” Pediatrics. 2012 Nov;130(5):e1069-75

White DAE, Alter HJ, Irvin NA, Clark MC, Frazee BW. “Low rate of syphilis screening among high-risk emergency department patients tested for gonorrhea and Chlamydia infections.”  Sex Transm Dis. 2012 Apr; 39(4):286-290.

White DAE, Sadoun T, Tran T, Alter HJ. “Increased acceptance rates of HIV screening using opt-out consent methods in an urban emergency department.” JAIDS. 2011 Nov; 58(3):277-282.

Alter HJ.  “Epistaxis.” In: UpToDate, Rose BD (Ed), UpToDate, Wellesley, MA, 1999.

Alter HJ, Braun R, Zazzali J.  “Health Status Discrepancies among Public and Private Emergency Department Patients.” Acad Emerg Med. 1999; 6(7):736-743.

Other interests: 
  • Associate Chair for Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Highland Hospital – Alameda Health System
  • Founding Executive Director, Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine
Profile Updated: August 25, 2014