A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
November 2019

Julia Adler-Milstein (left) and Diane Havlir were elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Adler-Milstein is associate professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF Health and director of Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR). Havlir is professor and chief of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at ZSFG, and associate chair for clinical research for the Department of Medicine. Their election raises the UCSF representation in the NAM to a total of 110 members, of whom 20 are DOM faculty. See the announcement here.


Michelle Albert was named associate dean for admissions for the UCSF School of Medicine.

Eunice Chang was named division manager for HIV/AIDS, ID and Global Medicine at ZSFG.

John Imboden received the Medical Award of Excellence from the Northern California Arthritis Foundation.


The Stupski Foundation awarded $2.5 million to the Palliative Care Program at ZSFG and $1.5M to the Division of Palliative Medicine at UCSF Health to enhance outpatient services, advance care planning, caregiver support, psychosocial needs assessment, and community links for patients with serious illness.

POP-UP, the new medical program at ZSFG's Ward 86 serving homeless patients living with HIV, received a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Paula Lum received the Norman E. Zinberg Award for Achievement in the Field of Medicine at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

John Balmes was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article explaining the impact of green spaces on stress and cardiovascular health.

Neal Benowitz was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article and a New York Times article regarding his concerns about the use of vaping products.

Chris Cassel was quoted in a Washington Post article discussing how systemic changes are needed to alleviate physician burnout. Cassel co-chaired a major National Academy of Medicine report on clinician burnout and well-being.

Steven Deeks was quoted in a Science magazine article discussing in vivo gene editing as a potential cure for HIV.

Nisha Parikh was interviewed on KQED News discussing research on the health effects of lowering red meat consumption.

Emily Silverman wrote an op-ed in the New York Times describing how it feels when your electronic health record is constantly reminding you of your "deficiencies."

Maya Vijayaraghavan wrote a poignant Washington Post perspective describing her grief process after her husband's (a UCSF radiologist) passing from a form of ALS.


Each month, we interview a member of the DOM community. Denise Connor is an Associate Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the San Francisco VA Health Care System. Read her interview to learn how the serious illnesses of family members influenced her focus on human connection and her career in medicine.


In our next Fireside Chat (November 12, 12-1pm, in M989 at Parnassus), Bob Wachter will interview Esteban Burchard, professor in the School of Pharmacy and the Lung Biology Center. He is a world leader in precision medicine, particularly as it relates to underserved populations. Past Fireside Chats can be seen here.


Kathryn Fontwit (physician assistant, ZSFG Division of Nephrology; left) and Rosemary Yau (administrative analyst, UCSF Health Division of Hospital Medicine) are the recipients of the semiannual SPIRIT of DOM Award, which recognizes exceptional DOM staff members.


Elaine Ku and team: a grant of $3.5M over 5 years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for a project entitled, “Reaching equity for adults and children in transplant.”

Laurence Huang, Susan Lynch, Prescott Woodruff, Stephanie Christenson, and team: a grant of $3M over 4 years from the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute for a project entitled, “Integrated analysis of microbial and genomic data in obstructive lung disease study.”

Kathleen Liu and team: a grant of $2.7M over 5 years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for a project entitled, “Code-AKI: Conservative dialysis to enhance AKI recovery.”

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training
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Past DOM Fireside Chats
Provost Daniel Lowenstein
Interviewed by Bob Wachter

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Lai AR, Sheu L, Gensler LS, McQuaid K, Dhaliwal G. A terminal event. N Engl J Med. 2019;381:970-976. doi: 10.1056/NEJMcps1813698. » PubMed citation

Rotow JK, Gui P, Wu W, et al. Co-occurring alterations in the RAS-MAPK pathway limit response to MET inhibitor treatment in MET exon 14 skipping mutation-positive lung cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Sep 23; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-1667. »PubMed citation

Sim I. Mobile devices and health. N Engl J Med. 2019;381:956-968. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1806949. » PubMed citation

Shieh Y, Fejerman L, Lott PC, et al. A polygenic risk score for breast cancer in U.S. Latinas and Latin-American women. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Sep 25; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djz174. » PubMed citation

Tessema SK, Raman J, Duffy CW, Ishengoma DS, Amambua-Ngwa A, Greenhouse B. Applying next-generation sequencing to track falciparum malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Malar J. 2019;18:268. doi: 10.1186/s12936-019-2880-1. » PubMed citation

See all 174 DOM-authored publications last month here.



Open Enrollment
For faculty, staff & UCSF Health employees.
Thursday, October 31 - Tuesday, November 26 | 5pm
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UCSF Academic Senate’s 19th Annual Faculty Research Lectureship- Clinical Science: Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD
Tuesday, November 12 | 3:30pm-6:30pm
Byers Auditorium @ Mission Bay
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DOM Women's Development Series - One Calendar: Life/Work Integration Strategies
For DOM residents, fellows, and faculty at any stage of their career.
Tuesday, November 19 | 3pm-5pm
M989 A/B @ Parnassus
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School of Medicine Dean's Forum - Our Public Service Mission
Thursday, November 21 | 1pm-2pm
HSW-301 Auditorium @ Parnassus
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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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