Rita Redberg, MD – Quality Talks 2020 Q&A

Yes, less can be more. You might say that’s the professional motto for Dr. Rita Redberg, a cardiologist at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). Her substantial research focuses on appropriate care—the right care, in the right place and at the right time.


She specifically looks at how the government approves and regulates high-risk medical devices like coronary stents. She looks at the data used to fuel approvals and whether women are appropriately included in clinical trials.


Redberg strongly presses for improved data to support the safety and effectiveness for these devices both before and after the devices are approved and marketed. The objective is to equip clinicians with as much information as possible to deliver the highest quality care and advice for their patients.


So committed to this approach, Dr. Redberg spearheaded a long-term article series about it in the JAMA Internal Medicine (where she’s also Editor-in-Chief). The series is aptly titled Less is More and focuses on avoiding unnecessary tests and interventions with little or no clinical benefit.


Right care. Right place. Right time.