Eugenia Catarina South, M.D., M.S.P.H.

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia
Department: Emergency Medicine

Contact information
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Department of Emergency Medicine
3400 Spruce Street - Ground Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-746-5609
Fax: 215-573-2701
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA , 2003.
MD (Doctor of Medicine)
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO , 2008.
MSPH (Master of Science in Health Policy)
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine , 2012.
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Description of Research Expertise

Eugenia South, MD MS is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. South’s research focuses on how neighborhood context impacts health and safety in urban environments. She is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical attributes of where people live, work, and play influence chronic stress, cardiovascular and mental health, and violent crime. She worked with the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society to pilot a randomized controlled trial of vacant lot greening, the first prospective experimental analysis of a community greening intervention. This trial found that people felt safer after greening, a trend toward decreased violent crime, and physiologic evidence of decreased stress. This work resulted in several published manuscripts and has been featured in national media outlets including NPR, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Washington Post, as well as multiple international media outlets. Currently, Dr. South is developing several projects, including an evaluation of the impact of abandoned building remediation on chronic stress, and an evaluation of NatureRx, a park prescription program aimed at increased youth exposure to urban green space.

Selected Publications

Vasan A, Mitchel H, Fein J, Weibe D, South EC: Association of Neighborhood Gun Violence with Increased Mental Health-Related Pediatric Emergency Department Utilization. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2021 Virtual Meeting May 2021.

Nguemeni Tiako MJ, Friedman A, Culhane J, South E, Meisel ZF: Predictors of Initiation of Medication for Opioid Use Disorder and Retention in Treatment Among U.S. Pregnant Women, 2013-2017. Obstet Gynecol Mar 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004307. Epub ahead of print.

Polite FC, South EC: Op-Ed: Vaccine hesitancy is common among Black healthcare workers. We’re trying to resolve it. Los Angeles Times Feb 2021 Notes:

South EC: I'm a Black doctor who didn't trust the Covid vaccine. Here's what changed my mind. Jan 2021 Notes:

South, Eugenia, Butler, Paris, Merchant, Raina: Toward an equitable society: Building a culture of antiracism in health care Journal of Clinical Investigation July 2020.

South EC, Kondo MC, Razani N. : Nature as a Community Health Tool: The Case for Healthcare Providers and Systems. American Journal of Preventive Medicine Page: 105, July 2020.

Kondo MC, Oyekanmi KO, Gibson A, South EC, Bocarro J, Hipp JA : Nature Prescriptions for Health: A Review of Evidence and Research Opportunities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health June 2020.

South EC, Merchant RM: How can you responsibly enjoy nature during coronavirus? The Philadelphia Inquirer Mar 2020 Notes:

South EC, Delgado MK: Coronavirus and spirituality: Preserving the faith at a safe distance. The Philadelphia Inquirer Mar 2020 Notes:

Khatri U, Aronowitz S, South EC: The opioid crisis shows why racism in health care is always harmful, never ‘protective’ The Philadelphia Inquirer Dec 2019.

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Last updated: 04/02/2021
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