A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
February 2020

The School of Medicine (SOM) held its annual leadership retreat in January, focusing on UCSF’s digital transformation. SOM, health system, and campus leaders joined frontline stakeholders to explore how best to leverage emerging technologies and data science to support our faculty, learners, patients, and staff. The SOM will share a summary of the retreat in the coming weeks.


Meshell Johnson was named Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep at SFVAHS.

Neda Ratanawongsa was named Interim Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at ZSFG.

Gato Gourley was named Division Manager of the Center for Vulnerable Populations at ZSFG.


Aparna Sundaram was named Associate Director of the Molecular Medicine Pathway for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Catherine Koss and Judy Tan were selected to become Dean's Population Health and Health Equity Scholars.

Margot Kushel was featured in a New York Times article discussing methods to end homelessness.

Matthew Springer was highlighted in a Rolling Stone article describing the effects of vaping Juul products in teenagers and adolescents.

Neeta Thakur was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article for her work in developing a tool to detect adverse childhood experiences.


Please consider nominating staff for the STAR Spot Award (due May 11). The award recognizes the outstanding work of our staff members. It only takes a few minutes to recognize our colleagues!


In our next Fireside Chat (March 13, 12-1pm, in M989 at Parnassus), Bob Wachter will interview Pat Cornett, Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine. Past Fireside Chats can be seen here.


Our department requires every faculty member to have an annual meeting with their division chief (or the chief’s designee) to discuss performance, goals for the coming year, and career planning. All faculty members with a paid UCSF appointment and/or faculty members who are affiliated with UCSF (e.g., VAMC, HHMI, Gladstone) are included. Read Bob Wachter's announcement here.


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. The RFA for the cohort grant is now open. Assistant and Associate Professors are eligible to apply. Applications are due April 30, 2020.


Trevor Bivona and team: a cooperative agreement of $3.5M over 3 years from the National Cancer Institute for a project entitled, “Bay Area Team Against Resistance.”

Peter Hunt and team: a grant of $2.25M over 3 years from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a project entitled, “Treatment interruption to characterize the HIV-1 latent reservoir and identify biomarkers of viral rebound.”

Brie Williams and team: a grant of $1.9M over 5 years from the National Institute on Aging for a project entitled, “Advancing health disparities research in aging: The Aging Research in Criminal justice and Health (ARCH) Network.”

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

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Past DOM Fireside Chats
Catherine Lucey
Interviewed by Bob Wachter

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Get to Know
Your Colleagues


Diana Alba
Valy Fontil
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Ascher SB, Scherzer R, Estrella MM, et al. HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine and changes in kidney function and tubular health. AIDS. 2019 Dec 02; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002456. » PubMed citation

Ndung'u T, McCune JM, Deeks SG. Why and where an HIV cure is needed and how it might be achieved. Nature. 2019 12; 576(7787):397-405. »PubMed citation

Nguyen DN, Roth TL, Li PJ, et al. Polymer-stabilized Cas9 nanoparticles and modified repair templates increase genome editing efficiency. Nat Biotechnical. 2020 Jan; 38(1):44-49. » PubMed citation

Nyathi S, Karpel HC, Sainani KL, et al. The 2016 California policy to eliminate nonmedical vaccine exemptions and changes in vaccine coverage: An empirical policy analysis. PLoS Med. 2019 Dec; 16(12):e1002994. » PubMed citation

Prasad PA, Fang MC, Abe-Jones Y, et al. Time to recognition of sepsis in the emergency department using electronic health record data: A comparative analysis of systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sequential organ failure assessment, and quick sequential organ failure assessment. Crit Care Med. 2019 Dec 03; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000004132. » PubMed citation

See all 185 DOM-authored publications last month here.



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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