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Eugenia Catarina South, MD

Eugenia Catarina South, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia

Dr. South is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Emergency Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Emergency Medicine, 2017

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Washington University
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Washington University, St. Louis
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. South is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


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:

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): 2019.

South EC: Doc, My Neighborhood Is Killing Me! An ER Doctor’s Perspective Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations : 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): 2018.

Kondo MC, Jacoby SF, South EC: Does spending time outdoors reduce stress? A review of real-time stress response to outdoor environments Health Place 51 : 136-150,2018.

Kondo MC, Andreyeva E, South EC, MacDonald JM, Branas CC: Neighborhood Interventions to Reduce Violence Annu Rev Public Health 39 : 253-271,2018.

Branas CC, South EC, Kondo MC, Hohl BC, Bourgois P, Wiebe DJ, MacDonald JM: Citywide cluster randomized trial to restore blighted vacant land and its effects on violence, crime, and fear Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 15 (12): 2946-2951,2018.

Smith LS, Wilkins N, Marshall SW, Dellapenna A, Pressley JC, Bauer M, South EC, Green K: The Power of Academic-Practitioner Collaboration to Enhance Science and Practice Integration: Injury and Violence Prevention Case Studies the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice : 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 : 2018.

Kondo MC, South EC, Branas CC, Richmond TS, Wiebe DJ: The association between urban tree cover and gun assault: a case-control and case-crossover study American Journal of Epidemiology : 2017.

Blutinger EJ, South EC, Solnick R: Preserving the Safety Net: What is the True Cost of the Uninsured? EM Resident : 2017.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Department of Emergency Medicine
3400 Spruce Street - Ground Ravdin

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 746-5609
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)