A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
April 2019

In the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, our clinical and educational programs continue to do very well, with the Department of Medicine being ranked as 3rd best internal medicine department. UCSF was the only medical school ranked in the top five in all eight of the specialty areas covered by the survey this year. Read more about the rankings here.


In the first year under new Residency Director Rebecca Berman, we had another terrific match. In addition to matching 16 UCSF students, we drew from a broad array of schools (27 in total). Fourteen of the 63 entering interns are from groups underrepresented in medicine, and 10 are in our Molecular Medicine track. See the list here.


On March 27, on what would have been his 95th birthday, DOM chair Bob Wachter presided over a touching memorial to our late chair Holly Smith. Speakers included former DOM chair and currently Columbia Dean Lee Goldman (pictured far right), Chancellor Sam Hawgood and Dean Talmadge King, former UCSF Chancellor and now Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellman (pictured 2nd to the left), and Holly's daughter Ginny Broudy, interim chair of the DOM at the University of Washington. See a short video tribute here.


Jeffrey Bluestone, Richard Locksley, and Arthur Weiss were named 2019 Distinguished Fellows of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI).

Daniel Calabrese received the Joel D. Cooper Career Development Award from the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Raman Khanna was named Program Director for the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program.

Marlene Martin received the 2019 Young Physician of the Year Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association.


The next Fireside Chat will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 12-1pm, Room M989, Parnassus. Bob Wachter will interview Atul Butte, Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the UCSF Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute, and Chief Data Scientist of UC Health. Past Fireside Chats, including interviews with Talmadge King, Rebecca Berman, and the late Holly Smith, can be seen here.


Each month, we interview a member of the DOM community. Peter Chin-Hong is a Professor in the UCSF Health Division of Infectious Diseases. Read his interview and learn how his serendipitous pathway from a village in Trinidad led to his UCSF career in medical education.


Please consider nominating staff for the SPIRIT of DOM Award (due April 5). This award is designed to recognize our outstanding staff members who exemplify UCSF's PRIDE Values and make UCSF a better place to work. It only takes a few minutes to recognize our colleagues.


Ari Johnson was featured in an article in The Guardian commenting on Mali's healthcare reform and its promise to provide free healthcare for pregnant women and children under five.

Andrew Ko was interviewed on KPIX 5 offering insights on pancreatic cancer treatments following Alex Trebek's diagnosis.

Margot Kushel was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article discussing her study on the aging homeless population.

Eddy Machtinger and the UCSF Center to Advance Trauma-informed Health Care (CTHC) were highlighted in a New York Times article discussing how trauma is a key obstacle to "ending AIDS."

Carla Perissinotto was featured in a Time magazine article discussing ways in which loneliness can be reversed.


Karin Gaensler and team: a grant of $4.2M over 1 year from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for a project entitled, "Developing engineered autologous leukemia vaccines to target residual leukemic stem cells."

Mark Looney and team: a grant of $2.3M over 4 years from the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute for a project entitled, “Mechanisms of antibody-mediated lung injury after blood transfusion.”

Rima Arnaout and team: a grant of $2M over 3 years from the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub for a project entitled, "Multi-scale deep learning and single-cell models of cardiovascular health."

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Collisson EA, Bailey P, Chang DK, Biankin AV. Molecular subtypes of pancreatic cancer. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 2019; doi: 10.1038/s41575-019-0109-y. » PubMed citation

Le GM, Radcliffe K, Lyles C, Lyson HC, Wallace B, Sawaya G, Pasick R, Centola D, Sarkar U. Perceptions of cervical cancer prevention on Twitter uncovered by different sampling strategies. PLoS One 2019; 14(2):e0211931. » PubMed citation

Pai CS, Huang JT, Lu X, Simons DM, Park C, Chang A, Tamaki W, Liu E, Roybal KT, Seagal J, Chen M, Hagihara K, Wei XX, DuPage M, Kwek SS, Oh DY, Daud A, Tsai KK, Wu C, Zhang L, Fasso M, Sachidanandam R, Jayaprakash A, Lin I, Casbon AJ, Kinsbury GA, Fong L. Clonal deletion of tumor-specific T cells by interferon-γ confers therapeutic resistance to combination immune checkpoint blockade. Immunity 2019; 50(2):477-492.e8. » PubMed citation

Rodriguez-Barraquer I, Costa F, Nascimento EJM, Nery N, Castanha PMS, Sacramento GA, Cruz J, Carvalho M, De Olivera D, Hagan JE, Adhikarla H, Wunder EA, Coêlho DF, Azar SR, Rossi SL, Vasilakis N, Weaver SC, Ribeiro GS, Balmaseda A, Harris E, Nogueira ML, Reis MG, Marques ETA, Cummings DAT, Ko AI. Impact of preexisting dengue immunity on Zika virus emergence in a dengue endemic region. Science 2019; 363(6427):607-610.
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Saxena K, Vu K, Nye HE. A 54-year-old man with pancytopenia. JAMA 2019; doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.21899. » PubMed citation

See all 93 DOM-authored publications last month here.



2019 Last Lecture with Dr. David Wofsy
The students have spoken. David Wofsy, MD will deliver the 8th annual Last Lecture. All are welcome.
Wednesday, April 17 | 5:30pm
Cole Hall @ Parnassus
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Black Men in Medicine (BMIM): Building Community
For students, residents, fellows, post-docs, and faculty who identify as BMIM.
Monday, April 29 | 6pm-7pm
Millberry Union @ Parnassus
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Medicine Grand Rounds
See here for this month’s calendar at all our sites.
Thursdays | 12-1pm
HSW-300 @ Parnassus

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