Mitchell (Mitch) R. Lunn, MD, MAS, FASN is an Assistant Professor in Division of Nephrology of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the co-director of The PRIDE Study (pridestudy.org) – a national, online, longitudinal health cohort study of the physical, mental, and social health of sexual and gender minority (SGM) people with more than 10,000 participants.
Mitch is a long-standing advocate for SGM inclusion in research and higher education who lectures around the country on SGM medical education, SGM health, and SGM community engagement. He is a founding member of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Medical Education Research Group (LGBT MERG) at Stanford University School of Medicine. LGBT MERG’s study on SGM health-related content in medical school curricula has influenced individual institutions and national organizations to examine their policies, procedures, educational environments, and curricular content to improve the culture of academic medicine for SGM people.
As an internist and nephrologist with a strong interest in technology and SGM health, his research is designed to characterize the health and well-being of these populations. Through the use of existing and emerging technologies, he focuses on improving understanding of the factors that positively and negatively influence SGM health including research on SGM health disparities, SGM societal experiences (in and out of health care), provider education about SGM health, and institutional climate towards SGM people. The PRIDE Study employs innovative technologies to bridge research gaps in the health of medically underserved and vulnerable SGM communities. The PRIDE Study’s state-of-the-art web-based research platform enables robust participant recruitment, cohort management, real-time cohort statistics, comprehensive survey administration, facile deployment of ancillary studies to cohort segments (e.g., gay cisgender males aged 18-29), and linkage with mhealth devices.
Mitch co-directs PRIDEnet, a PCORI-funded participant-powered research network of SGM people that engages SGM communities at all stages of the biomedical research process: research question generation and prioritization, study design, recruitment, participation, data analysis, and results dissemination. PRIDEnet accomplishes its goals through a highly active Participant Advisory Committee (PAC) and a national Community Partner Consortium comprised of ~40 SGM-serving health centers, community centers, and service/advocacy organizations across the country.
PRIDEnet is also the Community Engagement Partner for the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program (joinallofus.org/lgbt). The All of Us Research Program (formerly known as the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program) is a grand initiative to create a diverse longitudinal cohort of at least 1 million people. PRIDEnet educates, engages, recruits, and retains SGM people in the All of Us Research Program in pursuit of this ambitious goal. To do so, PRIDEnet employs a comprehensive engagement strategy including SGM-appropriate recruitment materials and study procedures, engaged SGM community members in research question generation and prioritization, culturally competent and culturally humble All of Us staff, our national network of community-based partners, SGM-specific educational programs and ambassadors to drive enrollment from community-based organizations and online, presentations at SGM-focused conferences, continued engagement communications, and research result dissemination practices to foster retention.
Mitch earned his Bachelor of Science degree with highest thesis honors from Tufts University in 2004, his Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford School of Medicine in 2010, and his Masters in Advanced Studies degree in Clinical Research from UCSF in 2017. He completed internal medicine residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) in 2013 and nephrology fellowship at UCSF in 2016. In recognition of his SGM health work, he received the 2015 UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Leadership.