A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
April 2020


Thank you for your remarkable efforts during this difficult time. As we continue to shelter in place, please visit UCSF’s official Covid-19 website for updates and our new DOM webpage for life continuity resources. Our virtual grand rounds will keep you informed about the science of Covid-19 (Part 1, Part 2) and its impact on our educational and research programs. Please stay safe and healthy!


Maria Dall'Era was named Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at UCSF Health.

Margot Kushel received the 2020 Dr. Thomas N. Burbridge Award for Public Service.

David Scarbeary-Simmons was named manager of the Division of Prevention Science.


In 2019, the Department of Medicine (DOM) received the most NIH funding of any department in the U.S. for the 8th year in a row, with more than $216M in NIH funding, representing 35% of the $618M received by the School of Medicine (which was also first in the nation). Read more about the rankings here.


We had another terrific match this year! In addition to matching 15 UCSF students, we drew from a broad array of schools (32 in total). Sixteen of the 63 entering interns are from groups underrepresented in medicine, and there are 12 physician-scientists joining the program. See the list here.


Louise Aronson appeared in Bloomberg Media CityLab and KQED News articles discussing how the relationship to age and aging is affecting the way we have come to understand the Covid-19 crisis.

John Balmes was featured in a NBC Bay Area article addressing the lack of hospital resources in the Bay Area to combat increasing cases of Covid-19.

Charles Chiu was highlighted in a SF Chronicle article regarding his work in sequencing coronavirus genomes in the Bay Area.

Steven Pantilat discussed in a KQED News article how to provide care remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Carla Perissinotto was featured in articles in CNN News and Kaiser Health News explaining how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in older people, and how to care for elderly people living at home during the pandemic.

Bob Wachter was quoted in several media outlets (CNN, SF Gate, Bloomberg) and wrote an op-ed in USA Today regarding San Francisco's response to Covid-19. He and Peter Chin-Hong were also featured in a SF Chronicle article about UCSF faculty using social media to educate the public about the pandemic.

Brie Williams appeared in a San Francisco Examiner article advocating for a reduction in SF inmate population to get ahead of a possible coronavirus outbreak.

Michi Yukawa was interviewed in New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle articles regarding coronavirus in nursing homes.

See all DOM coronavirus-related news here.


The STAR Achievement Award nomination due date has been extended to April 17. The award recognizes the work of staff members who exemplify the UCSF Pride Values.


In the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, our department was ranked as 2nd best internal medicine department in the U.S. Read more about the rankings here.


Jeffrey Olgin, Mark Pletcher, and Gregory Marcus have launched the global Covid-19 Citizen Science Study using the Eureka Mobile Research platform. We encourage everyone to participate. To enroll, text “COVID” to 41411 or download the app.


John F. Murray, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, died in Paris on March 24, 2020 at the age of 92. John was chief of pulmonary medicine at ZSFG for 23 years and had a huge impact on the field of pulmonary medicine locally, nationally, and internationally. Read the DOM note here and the New York Times obituary here.


Joel Palefsky and team: a cooperative agreement of $7M over 5 years from the National Cancer Institute for a project entitled, “California-Mexico-Puerto Rico Partnership (CAMPO) Center for Prevention of HPV-related Cancer in HIV+ Populations.”

Zian Tseng and team: a grant of $3.2M over 4 years from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for a project entitled, “Molecular phenotyping for autopsy-defined sudden cardiac death.”

Dean Sheppard and team: a grant of $3M over 4 years from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for a project entitled, “Interventional targeting of the IRE1alpha-TGFbeta signaling loop in pulmonary fibrosis.”

Life Continuity Resources for Staff and Faculty

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

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Chou J, Quigley DA, Robinson TM, Feng FY, Ashworth A. Transcription-associated cyclin-dependent kinases as targets and biomarkers for cancer therapy. Cancer Discov. 2020 Feb 18; 10(3):351-370. » PubMed citation

Dhruva SS, Ross JS, Mortazavi BJ, et al. Association of use of an intravascular microaxial left ventricular assist device vs intra-aortic balloon pump with in-hospital mortality and major bleeding among patients with acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock. JAMA. 2020 Feb 10; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.0254. » PubMed citation

Kaltenbach T, Anderson JC, Burke CA, et al. Spotlight: US multi-society task force on colorectal cancer recommendations for endoscopic removal of colorectal lesions. Gastroenterology. 2020 Feb 12; 158(4):1130. » PubMed citation

Peters MC, Wenzel SE. Intersection of biology and therapeutics: type 2 targeted therapeutics for adult asthma. Lancet. 2020 Feb 01; 395(10221):371-383. » PubMed citation

Rudrapatna VA, Butte AJ. Opportunities and challenges in using real-world data for health care. J Clin Invest. 2020 Feb 03; 130(2):565-574. » PubMed citation

See all 179 DOM-authored publications last month here, and DOM-authored coronavirus-related publications here.



Medicine Grand Rounds (Zoom Only)
For the next few weeks, there will be a DOM grand rounds featuring some aspect of the science of Covid-19 and/or the UCSF response to it. We will email the details by Tuesday of each week. Please contact Lisa Tran if you have any questions.
Thursdays | 12pm
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UCSF Health and Campus COVID-19 Response Town Hall (Zoom Only)
Join UCSF leaders to hear the latest about our response to the novel coronavirus, Covid-19.
Fridays | 4pm-5pm
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