A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
July 2019

We are thrilled to welcome our 63 new interns, each with a remarkable set of talents and backgrounds, hailing from 27 different schools. Fourteen entering interns are from a group traditionally underrepresented in medicine, and 10 are in our Molecular Medicine track.


Anne Schafer was named Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at VAMC.

Monica Gandhi was named Director of the UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).

Uzair Chaudhary was named interim Chief of Medicine for UCSF Fresno.

Leonard Telesca was named division manager for UCSF Health Infectious Diseases.

Andrew Lai received the UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award.

Renuka Nayak received the School of Medicine Irene Perstein Award.


David Anderson, Jocelyn Ko, Lev Malevanchik, and Kapil Saxena received the School of Medicine Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished Housestaff (T.E.A.C.H).

Brian Block, Katherine Julian, and Sue Sheehan received the UCSF GME Excellence and Innovation Award.

Christine Cassel was appointed DOM Senior Advisor for Strategy and Policy to advise the department on a variety of policy issues, including around data sharing and analytics.

Gurpreet Dhaliwal received the School of Medicine Osler Distinguished Teaching Award.

Jessica Eng, Harry Lampiris, Katie Sarmiento, and Michi Yukawa received the Federal Employee of the Year Award from the San Francisco Bay Area Federal Executive Board.

Jeff Kohlwes, Farhan Lalani, Gabe Ortiz, and Josue Zapata received the School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching for Clinical Faculty Award.


Each year, the Department of Medicine offers grants of up to $100,000 to initiate new patient cohorts or expand the use of existing cohorts into new areas. The goal is to develop cohorts that are widely used by both clinical and bench investigators and have high potential for sustained future funding.

The 2019 awardees are Michael Kattah (top photo) and Joshua Vasquez.

Michael Kattah’s project, "Clinical Cohort and Corresponding Cell Atlas for Patients with Intestinal Inflammation," will establish a clinical cohort and corresponding biospecimen repository to enable a comprehensive study of individual cells in the intestine and circulating blood.

Joshua Vasquez's project, “Inflammation, Aging, Microbes & Obstructive Lung Disease Enhanced Research (I AM OLDER) Cohort,” will enhance the existing I AM OLD cohort by collecting viably cryopreserved cells from blood and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid.


Each month, we interview a member of the DOM community. Antonio Gomez is Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary at ZSFG. Read his interview to learn how his career has been influenced by his Cuban background, his love of cooking, and his chess playing.


“5B," a powerful documentary about the early days of the AIDS epidemic, highlights the work of nurses and physicians on ZSFG’s ward 5B, the nation's first dedicated AIDS unit. Paul Volberding, who led the HIV/AIDS division in the 1980s, was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR podcast "Fresh Air."

Louise Aronson was interviewed on NPR podcast "Fresh Air," discussing her book, "Elderhood," and her observations regarding care of older patients and end-of-life care.

Robert Grant was interviewed on New York Times podcast "The Daily" about the HIV epidemic and why PrEP, though effective, has not yet ended the AIDS crisis.

Stephen Lazarus was featured in a Wall Street Journal article on longstanding asthma treatments, discussing new ways for treating different kinds of asthma.


Steven Yukl and team: a grant of $4.2M over 5 years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for a project entitled, “Novel single genome approaches to determine the mechanisms of HIV latent infection in blood, gut, and lymph nodes."

Sulggi Lee and team: a grant of $4M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Host genetic predictors of plasma IL-1β levels and pharmacogenomics of in vivo IL-1β blockade during treated HIV disease.”

Judy Tan and team: a grant of $3M over 4 years from the National Institute of Mental Health for project entitled, “LetSync: An mHealth approach to HIV care engagement among black men in couples.”

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Igbaria A, Merksamer PI, Trusina A, Tilahun F, Johnson JR, Brandman O, Krogan NJ, Weissman JS, Papa FR. Chaperone-mediated reflux of secretory proteins to the cytosol during endoplasmic reticulum stress. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2019; 116(23):11291-11298.
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Khoong EC, Cherian R, Matta GY, Lyles CR, Schillinger D, Ratanawongsa N. Perspectives of English, Chinese, and Spanish-speaking safety-net patients on clinician computer use: Qualitative analysis. J Med Internet Res 2019; 21(5):e13131. » PubMed citation

Lachowicz-Scroggins ME, Dunican EM, Charbit AR, Raymond W, Looney MR, Peters MC, Gordon ED, Woodruff PG, Lefrançais E, Phillips BR, Mauger DT, Comhair SA, Erzurum SC, Johansson MW, Jarjour NN, Coverstone AM, Castro M, Hastie AT, Bleecker ER, Fajt ML, Wenzel SE, Israel E, Levy BD, Fahy JV. Extracellular DNA, neutrophil extracellular traps, and inflammasome activation in severe asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2019; 199(9):1076-1085.
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Lazarus SC, Krishnan JA, King TS, Lang JE, Blake KV, Covar R, Lugogo N, Wenzel S, Chinchilli VM, Mauger DT, Dyer AM, Boushey HA, Fahy JV, Woodruff PG, Bacharier LB, Cabana MD, Cardet JC, Castro M, Chmiel J, Denlinger L, DiMango E, Fitzpatrick AM, Gentile D, Hastie A, Holguin F, Israel E, Jackson D, Kraft M, LaForce C, Lemanske RF, Martinez FD, Moore W, Morgan WJ, Moy JN, Myers R, Peters SP, Phipatanakul W, Pongracic JA, Que L, Ross K, Smith L, Szefler SJ, Wechsler ME, Sorkness CA. Mometasone or tiotropium in mild asthma with a low sputum eosinophil level. N Engl J Med 2019; 380(21):2009-2019. » PubMed citation

Wachter RM, Murray SG, Adler-Milstein J. Restricting the number of open patient records in the electronic health record: Is the record half open or half closed? JAMA 2019; 321(18):1771-1773. » PubMed citation

See all 44 DOM-authored publications last month here.



UCSF 2019 Staff Engagement Town Hall- Results
Gallup will share our 2019 staff engagement survey results, followed by a short presentation to increase staff engagement.
Thursday, July 11 | 12-1:30pm
Oberndorf Auditorium @ Mission Bay
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UCSF Team at AIDS Walk San Francisco
Join one of the many UCSF teams and help UCSF reach a fundraising goal of $100,000.
Sunday, July 14 | 8am-4pm
Golden Gate Park
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