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

Aronowitz SV, Engel-Rebitzer E, Lowenstein M, Meisel ZF, Anderson E, South EC: “We have to be uncomfortable and creative”: Reflections on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on overdose prevention, harm reduction & homelessness advocacy in Philadelphia. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health Dec 2021 Notes:

Vasan A, Mitchell HK, Fein JA, Buckler DH, Wiebe DJ, South EC: Association of Neighborhood Gun Violence with Mental Health-Related Pediatric Emergency Department Utilization. JAMA Peds Sept 2021.

Association of Neighborhood Gun Violence With Mental Health–Related Pediatric Emergency Department Utilization: Vasan A, Mitchell HK, Fein JA, Buckler DG, Wiebe DJ, South EC. JAMA Pediatrics Sept 2021 Notes: Published online September 20, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.3512.

Nguemeni Tiako MJ, McCarthy C, Meisel, ZF, Elovitz MA, Burris HH, South EC : Association Between Low Urban Neighborhood Greenness and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy. American Journal of Perinatology Aug 27 2021 Notes: online ahead of print DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1733786.

Nguemeni Tiako MJ, South EC: Medical Schools as Racialized Organizations. American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Section on Medical Sociology: Black Health Matters: Racism, Health, and Health Care Aug 2021.

Nguemeni Tiako MJ, South E, Shannon MM, McCarthy C, Meisel ZF, Elovitz MA, Burris HH: Urban residential tree canopy and perceived stress among pregnant women. Environ Res Jul 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111620 Epub ahead of print.

Agarwal AK, South EC: Op ed: In our ER, it’s more common to care for victims of gun violence than patients with heart attacks. The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul 2021 Notes:

South EC, MacDonald J, Reina V: Association Between Structural Housing Repairs for Low-Income Homeowners and Neighborhood Crime. JAMA Netw Open Jul 2021 Notes: DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.17067.

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.

South EC, Stillman K, Bucker DG, Wiebe D: Association of gun violence with emergency department visits for stress-responsive complaints. Annals of Emergency Medicine 77(5): 469-478, May 2021.

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Last updated: 10/12/2021
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