A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
March 2020

On February 21, 2020, the Department of Medicine held its annual leadership retreat at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. This year's retreat focused on our educational mission. After a day of lively discussion, several recommendations regarding how to better support our trainees and educational staff were made; in the coming weeks, action plans will be developed around these recommendations. Read more on the retreat here.


Gabriela Schmajuk was named Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at SFVAHCS.

Edward Hsiao was elected to the ASCI, a prestigious honor society for physician-scientists.

Peter Chin-Hong was named Associate Dean of Regional Campuses for the UME program.


Diane Havlir and Steven Deeks were elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP). The AAP was founded in 1883 by Sir William Osler “for the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.”


Maria Dall'Era and the Division of Rheumatology received a $1M donation from Robert Bernheim to create an endowment for the Lupus Program.

Marlene Martin and team received a $3M donation from Kaiser Permanente to support the Addiction Care Team (ACT). Martin was also named one of National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health.

John Chorba received the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) Young Physician Scientist Award and the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigator Basic Science Award.

Jennifer Lai received the American Gastroenterological Association Young Investigator Award in Clinical Science.

Steve Schroeder was recognized through a resolution by the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) for his long-term contributions to tobacco control and disease prevention.

Ralph Brindis was quoted in a U.S. News article regarding warning signs for coronary artery disease.

Charles Chiu was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article discussing his work to develop a simple diagnostic test to detect coronavirus.

Julia Adler-Milstein was quoted in Time Magazine discussing policy changes that could help promote telemedicine in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.

Lisa Winston was featured in a ABC7 News article explaining ZSFG's isolation policies in light of coronavirus concerns.


Please consider nominating staff for the STAR Achievement Award (due March 26). The award recognizes the outstanding work of our staff members who exemplify the UCSF Pride Values. Refer to the FAQ and read more about the program here.


Doximity has sent a survey to many physicians regarding the reputation of various specialties. These results are a key factor in U.S. News & World Report rankings. Please share your pride in UCSF and our department by completing the survey.


Congratulations to our staff who have achieved UC Service Milestones! Among them are (pictured left to right): Lance Pollack of UCSF Health Prevention Science (35 yrs), Amy Akbarian of ZSFG Gastroenterology (20 yrs), Leah Jarlsberg of ZSFG Pulmonary (20 yrs), and Mary Salome of VAMC Gladstone Center for AIDS Research (20 yrs). See the full list of awardees here.


Andrew Auerbach and team: a grant of $1.5M over 3 years from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for a project entitled, “Utility of predictive systems to identify inpatient diagnostic errors: the UPSIDE study.”

Ida Sim and team: a grant of $1.2M over 3 years from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for a project entitled, “Mobile patient-reported outcomes for value and effectiveness (mPROVE).”

Matthew Spinelli and team: a grant of $1.1M over 5 years from the National Institute of Mental Health for a project entitled, “PrEP point-of-care brief-intervention for adherence among young men who have sex with men (PrEP2-BAY Study).”

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training
All faculty members are encouraged to take the training!

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Past DOM Fireside Chats
David Shulkin
Former Secretary of the VA
Interviewed by Bob Wachter

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Budzik JM, Swaney DL, Jimenez-Morales D, et al. Dynamic post-translational modification profiling of M. tuberculosis-infected primary macrophages. Elife. 2020 Jan 17; 9; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.7554/eLife.51461. » PubMed citation

Kakande E, Greenhouse B, Bajunirwe F, et al. Associations between red blood cell variants and malaria among children and adults from three areas of Uganda: a prospective cohort study. Malar J. 2020 Jan 15; 19(1):21. »PubMed citation

Kathiriya JJ, Brumwell AN, Jackson JR, Tang X, Chapman HA. Distinct airway epithelial stem cells hide among club cells but mobilize to promote alveolar regeneration. Cell Stem Cell. 2020 Jan 23; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2019.12.014. » PubMed citation

Neinstein A, Thao C, Savage M, Adler-Milstein J. Early insights from health system deployment of patient-facing application programming interfaces (APIs): progress and opportunities. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Jan 26; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.2196/16813. » PubMed citation

Ortiz-Munoz G, Yu MA, Lefrançais E, et al. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator dysfunction in platelets drives lung hyperinflammation. J Clin Invest. 2020 Jan 21; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1172/JCI129635. » PubMed citation

Santhosh L, Babik JM. Diversity of the ID trainee pipeline: the future looks bright, but we must not be complacent. J Infect Dis. 2020 Jan 16; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiz690. » PubMed citation

Wachter RM, Cassel CK. Sharing health care data with digital giants: overcoming obstacles and reaping benefits while protecting patients. JAMA. 2020 Jan 16; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.21215. » PubMed citation

See all 198 DOM-authored publications last month here.



World TB Day Symposium
The day-long event will feature keynote talks and panel discussions by international leaders in TB research, policy, and clinical and programmatic practice.
Tuesday, March 24 | 7am-5pm
Oberndorf Auditorium @ Mission Bay
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Medicine Grand Rounds
See here for this month’s calendar at all our sites.
Thursdays | 12pm-1pm
HSW-301 Auditorium @ Parnassus

Tuesdays | 12pm-1pm
• Carr Auditorium @ ZSFG » Information
• Building 7 Auditorium @ VAMC » Information


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