Solmaz Manuel, MD

Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Solmaz Poorsattar Manuel is a physician-educator-researcher in the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care. She is a graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine and the Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital Anesthesiology Residency Program. Clinically, Dr. Manuel specializes in Acute Pain, Regional Anesthesia, and Neuroanesthesia. She is passionate about providing each patient with the safest, highest quality, and most compassionate care.

Academically, Dr. Manuel focuses on medical education, mentorship, disparities and quality improvement in perioperative care. She is an Assistant Course Director for the ABC (core cardiac, respiratory and hematology) block for first year medical students; anesthesiology clerkship site director; and career advisor for students pursuing a residency in anesthesiology. She additionally serves as an advisor in the anesthesiology residency program.

Dr. Manuel’s excellence as a medical educator has been recognized through multiple competitive awards nominated by both trainees and colleagues. Under her advising and coordination, the UCSF Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG) received national ASA recognition as most outstanding AIG. She has been awarded the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award, the UCSF School of Medicine Class of 2020 Convocation Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching by Clinical Faculty, the UCSF Ronald D. Miller Award for Excellence in Resident Mentorship, and inducted into the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. She was honored to have been the keynote speaker for the ASA Medical Student House of Delegates in 2020.

Dr. Manuel is involved in several collaborative research projects across departments and institutions that reflect her interests in health disparities, quality improvement, and medical education. Her current research efforts are focused on disparities in perioperive healthcare and pain management. In addition, Dr. Manuel is a dedicated champion for diversity and equity within the fields of anesthesiology and medical education.  She has led efforts to reduce bias and improve the educational environment for rotators and trainees in anesthesiology, engages in research to uncover disparities in the perioperative environment, and mentors through multiple pipeline program for undergraduate and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Coss NA, Gaitán JM, Adans-Dester CP, Carruthers J, Fanarjian M, Sassano C, Manuel SP, Perakslis E. Does clinical research account for diversity in deploying digital health technologies? NPJ Digit Med. 2023 Oct 10; 6(1):187.
Joshi M, Prasad PA, Hubbard CC, Iverson N, Manuel SP, Fang MC, Rambachan A. Racial, Ethnic, and Language-Based Inequities in Inpatient Opioid Prescribing by Diagnosis from Internal Medicine Services, a Retrospective Cohort Study. Pain Res Manag. 2023; 2023:1658413.
Joo H, Fernández A, Wick EC, Moreno Lepe G, Manuel SP. Association of Language Barriers With Perioperative and Surgical Outcomes: A Systematic Review. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 07 03; 6(7):e2322743.
Rambachan A, Noorulhuda H, Fang MC, Bazinski M, Manuel S, Hubbard C, Prasad P. Pain Assessment Disparities by Race, Ethnicity, and Language in Adult Hospitalized Patients. Pain Manag Nurs. 2023 08; 24(4):393-399.
Shah AC, Przybysz AJ, Wang K, Jones IA, Manuel SP, Dayal R, Jung MJ, Schlömerkemper N, Gandhi S. Knowledge Gaps in Anesthetic Gas Utilization in a Large Academic Hospital System: A Multicenter Survey. Cureus. 2023 Mar; 15(3):e35868.
Nguyen KH, Suarez P, Sales C, Fernandez A, Ward DT, Manuel SP. Patients Who Have Limited English Proficiency Have Decreased Utilization of Revision Surgeries After Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2023 08; 38(8):1429-1433.
Nguyen KH, Sales C, Suarez P, Fernandez A, Ward DT, Manuel SP. Limited English proficiency correlates with postoperative complications after knee arthroplasty. Musculoskeletal Care. 2023 06; 21(2):576-581.
Nguyen KH, Rambachan A, Ward DT, Manuel SP. Language barriers and postoperative opioid prescription use after total knee arthroplasty. Explor Res Clin Soc Pharm. 2022 Sep; 7:100171.
Manuel SP, Chia ZK, Raygor KP, Fernández A. Association of Language Barriers With Process Outcomes After Craniotomy for Brain Tumor. Neurosurgery. 2022 10 01; 91(4):590-595.
Poorsattar SP, Blake CM, Manuel SP. In Reply to Nakajima and to Davis and Park. Acad Med. 2022 06 01; 97(6):765.
Manuel SP, Nguyen K, Karliner LS, Ward DT, Fernandez A. Association of English Language Proficiency With Hospitalization Cost, Length of Stay, Disposition Location, and Readmission Following Total Joint Arthroplasty. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 03 01; 5(3):e221842.
Suleiman L, Bakhtary S, Boscardin CK, Manuel SP. Development and validation of the safe transfusion assessment tool. Transfusion. 2022 04; 62(4):897-903.
Suleiman, L; Manuel, SP; Bakhtary, S. Transfusion. Pilot and Validation of Trainee Transfusion Medicine Assessment Tool. 2021; 61:110A-111A.
Poorsattar SP, Blake CM, Manuel SP. Addressing Microaggressions In Academic Medicine. Acad Med. 2021 06 01; 96(6):927.
Manuel SP. Artist's Statement: Looking Outward. Acad Med. 2021 05 01; 96(5):640.
Ho N, Dixit AA, Inglis-Arkell C, Manuel SP. Limited use of nonopioid analgesics after pediatric ambulatory surgery. J Opioid Manag. 2021 Mar-Apr; 17(2):101-107.
Alhadi, R; Bakhtary, S; Manuel, SP; Tang, CJ; Leung, J. Anesthesia and Analgesia. Lower preoperative hemoglobin is associated with early postoperative delirium in older adults. 2021; 130; S2:331-334.
Anesthesia and Analgesia. Differences in Utilization of Opioid Analgesic Prescriptions after Ambulatory Surgery for Patients with Limited English Proficiency. 2021; 795-796(130; S2).
Lee, W ; Siegmueller, C; Manuel, SP. Anesthesia and Analgesia. The Effect of Patient Characteristics on Pain Assessment and Opioid Administration Practices in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. 2021; 130; S2:834-835.
Jung MJ, Libaw JS, Manuel SP, Kathiriya IS, Srejic U, Gandhi S. Interactive anesthesiology educational program improves wellness for anesthesiologists and their children. J Clin Anesth. 2021 06; 70:110192.
Suleiman L, Bakhtary S, Manuel SP. Defining core competencies in transfusion medicine for resident physicians: A multi-specialty Delphi consensus study. Transfusion. 2021 03; 61(3):939-947.
Dixit AA, Elser H, Chen CL, Ferschl M, Manuel SP. Language-Related Disparities in Pain Management in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit for Children Undergoing Laparoscopic Appendectomy. Children (Basel). 2020 Oct 04; 7(10).
Manuel SP, Poorsattar SP. Mentoring up: Twelve tips for successfully employing a mentee-driven approach to mentoring relationships. Med Teach. 2021 04; 43(4):384-387.
Kwan SY, Lancaster E, Dixit A, Inglis-Arkell C, Manuel S, Suh I, Shen WT, Seib CD. Reducing Opioid Use in Endocrine Surgery Through Patient Education and Provider Prescribing Patterns. J Surg Res. 2020 12; 256:303-310.
Manuel SP, Dixit A, Inglis-Arkell C. Regarding "Opioid Prescription Usage After Benign Gynecologic Surgery: A Prospective Cohort Study". J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2021 02; 28(2):374-376.
Dixit AA, Chen CL, Inglis-Arkell C, Manuel SP. Assessment of Unused Opioids Following Ambulatory Surgery. Am Surg. 2020 Jun; 86(6):652-658.
Manuel SP, Anand N, Poorsattar SP. . Problem-Based Learning Discussions for Teaching Fundamentals of Anesthesia. AAMC iCollaborative. 2020.
Alhadi, R; Manuel, S; Bakhtary, S; Leung, J . Anesthesia and Analgesia. Preoperative hemoglobin is an independent risk factor for early postoperative delirium in older adults undergoing elective orthopedic surgery. 2020; 129; S1:8-9.
Corpman D, Bakhtary S, Manuel SP. Overtransfusion after unexpected intraoperative hemorrhage: A retrospective study. J Clin Anesth. 2020 Jun; 62:109720.
Ramos, JG; Bakhtary, S; Chen, LL; Lager, J; Manuel, SP; Leavitt, A. Transfusion. Preoperative Anemia Is Prevalent in Patients With Heavy Menstrual Bleeding but Iron Status Is Rarely Determined. 2019; 59; S3:170A-170A.
Dixit, A; Manuel, SP; Inglis-Arkell, C. Anesthesia and Analgesia. High Rates of Postoperative Opioid Overprescription Following Ambulatory Breast Surgery. 2019; 128; S2:46.
Vargas A, Chen L, Lieberman J, Manuel SP. Anesthesia and Analgesia. Perioperative Multimodal Analgesic Regimens Decrease Hospital Length of Stay and Expedite Recovery Following Spinal Fusion Surgery. 2019; 128; S2:802-803.
Anesthesia and Analgesia. High Autologous Wastage Rate Identifies Opportunities for Improving Patient Blood Management. 2019; 127(3):53.
Perez A, Bakhtary S, Nedelcu E, Manuel S. Overtransfusion of Autologous Blood Identifies Opportunities for Improving Patient Blood Management. Cureus. 2019 Mar 07; 11(3):e4202.
Manuel SP, Roberts JP, Bakhtary S. Preoperative Autologous Blood Collection in Adult Living Liver Donors: Are We Wasting Donor Blood and Increasing Exposure to Risk? Transplantation. 2019 02; 103(2):387-391.
Ho NN, Dixit A, Inglis-Arkell CM, Manuel SP. Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine News. Assessment of Opioid and Non-Opioid Analgesic Prescriptions after Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery. 2019; (Fall).
Bakhtary, S; Nedelcu, E; Manuel, S. Transfusion. Gender Differences Unmasked by Suboptimal Interval between Perioperative Autologous Blood Donation and Surgery. 2018; 58; S2:105A-105A.
Manuel SP, Grewal GK, Lee JS. Millennial Resident Study Habits and Factors that Influence American Board of Anesthesiology In-Training Examination Performance: A Multi-Institutional Study. J Educ Perioper Med. 2018 Apr-Jun; 20(2):E623.
Solmaz P. Manuel, M.D., David Corpman, B.S., Sara Bakhtary, M.D.. American Society of Anesthesiologists Abstracts. Overtransfusion during Non-Traumatic Unexpected Intraoperative Hemorrhage. 2018.
Tina M Yu, Mastoora Nasiri, Solmaz P Manuel. Surgical Management of the Retained Epidural Catheter Fragment Complicated by Postoperative Phlegmon. J Anest & Inten Care Med. 2018; 2(5).
Manuel SP, Spitzer TR, Ishizawa Y. Preoperative autologous blood donation in healthy bone marrow donors contributes to pre-procedure anemia. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2017 08; 52(8):1191-1193.
Manuel SP, Mai C. In: Matthes K, Laubach A, Wang E, Anderson TA (Eds.), Pediatric Anesthesiology: A Comprehensive Board Review. Anesthesia for Orthopedic Surgery. 2015.
Manuel SP, Mai C. In: Matthes K, Laubach A, Wang E, Anderson TA (Eds.), Pediatric Anesthesiology: A Comprehensive Board Review. Professional Issues in Pediatric Anesthesia. 2015.
Manuel SP, Pian-Smith M. In: Pino R (Ed.), Handbook of Clinical Anesthesia Procedures of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Safety in Anesthesia. 2015.
Chakkittakandiyil A, Phillips R, Frieden IJ, Siegfried E, Lara-Corrales I, Lam J, Bergmann J, Bekhor P, Poorsattar S, Pope E. Timolol maleate 0.5% or 0.1% gel-forming solution for infantile hemangiomas: a retrospective, multicenter, cohort study. Pediatr Dermatol. 2012 Jan-Feb; 29(1):28-31.
Poorsattar SP, Hornung RL. . Tanning addiction: current trends and future treatment. Expert Rev Dermatol. 2010; 2(5).
Poorsattar SP, Hornung RL. Television turning more teens toward tanning? J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Jan; 58(1):171-2.
Magee KH, Poorsattar S, Seidel KD, Hornung RL. Tanning device usage: what are parents thinking? Pediatr Dermatol. 2007 May-Jun; 24(3):216-21.
Hornung RL, Hansen LA, Sharp LK, Poorsattar SP, Lipsky MS. Skin cancer prevention in the primary care setting: assessment using a standardized patient. Pediatr Dermatol. 2007 Mar-Apr; 24(2):108-12.
Poorsattar SP, Hornung RL. UV light abuse and high-risk tanning behavior among undergraduate college students. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007 Mar; 56(3):375-9.
Hornung RL, Poorsattar SP. . Indoor tanning: an emerging public health concern. Expert Rev Dermatol. 2007; 6(2):685-688 .
Calvert J, Shors AR, Hornung RL, Poorsattar SP, Sidbury R. Relapse of Wells' syndrome in a child after tetanus-diphtheria immunization. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 May; 54(5 Suppl):S232-3.
Sidbury R, Poorsattar S. Pediatric atopic dermatitis: should we treat it differently? Dermatol Ther. 2006 Mar-Apr; 19(2):83-90.
Honors and Awards: 
ASA Mentoring Award, American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Professional Diversity, 2021
Ronald D. Miller Award for Excellence in Resident Mentorship, UCSF Department of Anesthesia, 2021
Patricia Sander Research Award, UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, 2021
Hellman Fellow Award, UCSF Society of Hellman Fellows, 2021
Induction into Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, 2020
Excellence in Teaching for Clinical Faculty Award, UCSF School of Medicine Class of 2020 Convocation Teaching Awards, 2020
Outstanding Anesthesia Interest Group Award, Best Overall Chapter, American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2019
Nominated for Ronald D. Miller Award for Excellence in Resident Mentoring, UCSF Department of Anesthesia, 2019
Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, 2019
Highest Rated Improvement Initiative, Poster Leader Rounds, UCSF Health Improvement Symposium, 2019