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

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.

Sefcik JS, Kondo MC, Klusaritz H, Sarantschin E, Solomon 5, Roepke A, South EC, Jacoby SF: Perceptions of Nature and Access to Green Space in Four Urban Neighborhoods. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16(13), Jun 2019 Notes:

South EC: Doc, My Neighborhood Is Killing Me! An ER Doctor’s Perspective. Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations Page: 20-21, 2019.

South, Eugenia Hohl, Bernadette Kondo, Michelle MacDonald, John Branas, Charles: Effect of Greening Vacant Land on Mental Health of Community-Dwelling Adults: A Cluster Randomized Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open 1(3), July 2018.

Blutinger EJ, Meisel ZF, South EC: Going Beyond Zip Code: Can a person’s address help us improve their acute care. Acad Emerg Med 25(6): 702-704, Jun 2018 Notes: doi:10.1111/acem.13412. Epub 2018 Apr 20.

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Last updated: 10/28/2020
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