Dr. Rochelle Dicker is a native Californian with a Bachelors Degree from UC San Diego. She graduated medical school in 1995 from the University of Vermont making AOA. Her surgical residency started at UC San Francisco and was completed at the University of Vermont. She then went on to complete her Trauma and Critical Care fellowship at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital.
Dr. Rochelle Dicker has spent most of her academic life focused on injury prevention programs and research, particularly in violence prevention. She is also heavily involved in capacity building for surgery in low and middle income countries.
In 2005 she founded the Wraparound Project at San Francisco General Hospital. Wraparound is a hospital-based violence intervention program based on a public health model. The program has served as a model for other fledgling hospital-based programs and is one of the six start-up programs that formed the National Network of Hospital Based Violence Intervention Programs. NNHVIP is now home to over 30 programs. Dr. Dicker has conducted extensive research on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of violence intervention and is the PI of a multi-institutional database studying the value of these programs. Dr. Dicker is the co-Chair of the Committee on Trauma’s sub-committee of Violence Prevention.
In addition to violence prevention work, Dr. Dicker has developed a hospital based Fall Prevention program and works closely with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and now the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.
Previously she held the position of Professor of Surgery and Anesthesia at the University of California, San Francisco and she is now the Vice Chair of Critical Care and the Associate Trauma Director at UCLA. She also works closely with the Dean’s Office to develop a Theme at UCLA centered on health equity and social justice.