A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
September 2019

UCSF has received a $25 million gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff to launch a new center dedicated to predicting and developing next-generation therapies for a wide range of diseases that may relate to the microbiome. The center will be led by Susan Lynch, PhD, Professor of Medicine, in the Division of Gastroenterology. Read more about the Center here.


Tung Nguyen received the Chancellor's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award.

Susan Kegeles received the Chancellor's Award for LGBTQI Leadership.

Jason Rahman was named division manager for ZSFG Cardiology and Pulmonary.


Steve Hays and the post-lung transplant team received the 2019 UCSF "Voice of the Patient" Pinnacle Award by achieving the highest patient satisfaction ratings (mean score 98.2) among all outpatient clinics at the UCSF Medical Center.

Payam Nahid was named Associate Director of Clinical Trials Operations (CTO) for the UCSF Office of Research.

Arthur Weiss received the 2019 William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic Immunology from the Cancer Research Institute.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation made a $1.2M gift to the Division of Geriatrics to support the Criminal Justice and Health Program. The program, directed by Brie Williams, encourages the U.S. correctional systems to focus on health, humanity, and dignity.


The DOM will conduct 3 town halls (all 12pm-1pm; September 23 at Parnassus, September 27 at ZSFG, and October 11 at the VA) to review the results of last year's Culture Change Survey, administered to DOM faculty at all sites. Beth Harleman, Associate Chair for Faculty Experience, will lead the discussion, which will focus on strengthening our workplace culture. Register here.


Anand Dhruva, Megha Garg, Katherine Lupton, Sarah Schaeffer, Leslie Sheu, and Geoffrey Stetson (pictured from left to right) were elected to the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.


Era Kryzhanovskaya received the Maxine Papadakis Award for Faculty Professionalism and Respect.

Lowell Lo received the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in Inpatient Care Setting.

Brian Schwartz received the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in a Classroom Setting.


Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Academy of Medical Educators 2019 Excellence in Teaching Awards: Jessica Beaman, Rabih Geha, Yaron Gesthalter, Lawrence Haber, Molly Heublein, Meshell Johnson, Era Kryzhanovskaya, Mitchell Luu, Leticia Rolon, Pallabi Sanyal-Dey, David Sears, and Michele Tana (pictured from left to right, top to bottom).


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018-2019 Bridges Curriculum Foundations 1 and 2 Teaching Awards!

Justin Bullock - Excellence in Small Group Instruction by Student Instructor
Rabih Geha - Excellence in Innovative Teaching Modalities
Thomas Goslinga - Commitment to Teaching
Lekshmi Santhosh - Outstanding Lecture
Leslie Zimmerman - Outstanding Lecture Series


Each month, we interview a member of the DOM community. Lurit Bepo is a third-year medicine resident. Read her interview to learn about her journey to internal medicine and how the ZSFG Primary Care Program has shaped her goal of a career in health policy.


Please consider nominating staff by October 7 for the SPIRIT of DOM Award (MyAccess login required). This award is designed to recognize our outstanding staff members who exemplify UCSF's PRIDE Values and make UCSF a better place to work.


Donald Abrams was interviewed on the Integrative Oncology Talk podcast discussing the science and uses of cannabis in cancer patients.

Mallory Johnson was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article explaining the psychological effect of patients living with HIV.

Stephen Lazarus was featured in a story on NPR, discussing mainstay treatments for asthma, suggesting it's time to reevaluate guidelines for treating milder patients.

Surabhi Nirkhe wrote a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed addressing communication hurdles with patients without access to cellphones.

Jennifer Price and Annie Luetkemeyer were featured in an SF Weekly article, highlighting the success of UCSF’s mobile DeLiver van in treating the homeless population living with hepatitis C.

Omar Viramontes and his twin brother were featured on CBS News sharing their immigrant experience and how it has shaped their physician journeys.

Bob Wachter was quoted in a New York Times article discussing how medicine has become a more family-friendly profession, with doctors having more control over their hours.

Lisa Winston was interviewed by KQED News addressing the importance of vaccination before international travel.


Greg Rebchook and team: a cooperative agreement of $5.7M over 3 years from the Health Resources & Services Administration for a project entitled, “Providing capacity building assistance to support innovative program models in the Ryan White program.”

Rima Arnaout and team: a grant of $4.7M over 3 years from the US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity for a project entitled, “Optimizing cardiovascular disease diagnosis for mobile deployment using advanced machine learning.”

Trever Bivona and team: a grant of $2.3M over 5 years from the National Cancer Institute for a project entitled, “Defining a new mode of RAS signaling in cancer from cytoplasmic protein granules.”

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

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Past DOM Fireside Chats
Daniel Lowenstein
Interviewed by Bob Wachter

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Bauer DC. Clinical use of bone turnover markers. JAMA 2019; doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.9372.
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Bonser LR, Erle DJ. The airway epithelium in asthma. Adv Immunol 2019; 142:1-34.
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Cassel C, Bindman A. Risk, benefit, and fairness in a big data world. JAMA 2019; 322(2):105-106. » PubMed citation

Havlir DV, Balzer LB, Charlebois ED, Clark TD, Kwarisiima D, Ayieko J, Kabami J, Sang N, Liegler T, Chamie G, Camlin CS, Jain V, Kadede K, Atukunda M, Ruel T, Shade SB, Ssemmondo E, Byonanebye DM, Mwangwa F, Owaraganise A, Olilo W, Black D, Snyman K, Burger R, Getahun M, Achando J, Awuonda B, Nakato H, Kironde J, Okiror S, Thirumurthy H, Koss C, Brown L, Marquez C, Schwab J, Lavoy G, Plenty A, Mugoma Wafula E, Omanya P, Chen YH, Rooney JF, Bacon M, van der Laan M, Cohen CR, Bukusi E, Kamya MR, Petersen M. HIV testing and treatment with the use of a community health approach in rural Africa. N Engl J Med 2019; 381(3):219-229. » PubMed citation

Mehta N, Dodge JL, Grab JD, Yao FY. National experience on down-staging of hepatocellular carcinoma before liver transplant: Influence of tumor burden, AFP, and wait time. Hepatology2019; doi: 10.1002/hep.30879. » PubMed citation

Okimoto RA, Wu W, Nanjo S, Olivas V, Lin YK, Ponce RK, Oyama R, Kondo T, Bivona TG. CIC-DUX4 oncoprotein drives sarcoma metastasis and tumorigenesis via distinct regulatory programs. J Clin Invest 2019; 129(8):3401-3406. » PubMed citation

Redberg RF, Dhruva SS. Moving from substantial equivalence to substantial improvement for 510(k) devices. JAMA 2019; doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.10191. » PubMed citation

Rugo HS. Achieving improved survival outcomes in advanced breast cancer. N Engl J Med 2019; 381(4):371-372. » PubMed citation

Silverman E. Comic relief. JAMA 2019; 322(4):307-308. »PubMed citation

See all 199 DOM-authored publications last month here.



Celebrating DOM Research Program & Announcing New Research Initiatives
Friday, September 13 | 4-6:15pm
Lange Room @ UCSF Parnassus Library
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Elderhood Author & DOM faculty member Louise Aronson in Conversation with Sharon Kaufman | ARCHIVES TALK
Wednesday, September 18 | 12-1:15pm
Lange Room @ UCSF Parnassus Library
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DOM Women's Development Series: Family Friendly Policies at UCSF: What Exists and How to Implement
For DOM residents, fellows, and faculty at any stage of their career.
Tuesday, September 24 | 3pm-5pm
M989 @ Parnassus
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Medicine Grand Rounds
See here for this month’s calendar at all our sites.
Thursdays | 12-1pm
HSW-301 @ Parnassus

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