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

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia
Senior Fellow , Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Faculty Director, Penn Urban Health Lab, Penn Medicine
Vice Chair for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity , Department of Emergency Medicine
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

Ortiz R, Joseph J, Branas C, MacDonald M, Nguemeni M, Oyekanmi K, South E: Advancing Health Equity through Integrated Biology and Population Health Research: A community-based sample cortisol feasibility and exploratory study. Comprehensive Psychoneuroendocrinology Aug 2022 Notes:

Nguemeni Tiako MJ, Ray V, South EC: Medical schools as racialized organizations: How race-neutral structures sustain racial inequality in medical education. Journal of General Internal Medicine June 2022.

South EC, Lee K, Oyekanmi K, Buckler D, Nguemeni Tiako MJ, Martin T, Kornfield S, Srinivas S: Nurtured in Nature: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial to Increase Time in Greenspace Among Urban Dwelling Postpartum Women Journal of Urban Health 98(6), December 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s11524-021-00544-z.

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 1, Dec 2021 Notes:

Aronowitz SV, Engel-Rebitzer E, Dolan A, Oyekanmi K, Mandell D, Meisel Z, South E, Lowenstein M: Telehealth for opioid use disorder treatment in low-barrier clinic settings: an exploration of clinician and staff perspectives. Harm Reduct J 18(1): 119, Nov 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1186/s12954-021-00572-

Vasan A, South EC: Children are suffering from gun violence — even if it’s blocks away from their home. The Washington Post Nov 2021 Notes:

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 201, October 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111620.

Stokes DC, Pelullo AP, Mitra N, Meisel ZF, South EC, Asch DA, Merchant RM: Association Between Crowdsourced Health Care Facility Ratings and Mortality in US Counties. JAMA Netw Open 4(10), Oct 2021 Notes: doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.27799.

South EC: To Combat Gun Violence, Clean Up the Neighborhood. New York Times Oct 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 175(12): 1244-1251, Sept 2021 Notes: doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.3512.

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