A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
December 2019

We're thrilled that our residents enjoyed a wonderful fellowship match, with matches in many of the nation's top programs across a broad range of specialties. We're particularly pleased that 23 of our 40 medicine residents applying this year matched in a UCSF fellowship!


Warner Greene received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Human Virology.

Paula Lum received the W. Anderson Spickard, Jr. Excellence in Mentorship Award from AMERSA.

Kim Koenigsberger was named Administrative Director of Education for DOM.


Under the leadership of Stephanie Rogers and team, the Division of Geriatrics was recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for helping make UCSF Health an Age-Friendly Health System Committed to Care Excellence.

The PRIMERO study, led by Esteban Burchard, was featured on the front page of El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico's largest newspaper.

Vanessa Grubbs co-authored an opinion piece in the San Francisco Examiner explaining how race-based medicine can create inequitable outcomes for black patients.

Margot Kushel was quoted in KQED News and KPIX News discussing the increasing population of people who are aging into homelessness.

Rebecca Sudore spoke with Helen Osborne on her Health Literacy Out Loud podcast about the Prepare For Your Care advanced care planning program.


Each month, we interview a member of the DOM community. Anjali Thakkar is a resident physician in the UCSF Department of Medicine. Read her interview to learn how her first-hand observation of healthcare barriers influenced her journey into a career in medicine.


We mourn the passing of Rakesh Mishra, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the VA, who died on November 29, 2019. Rakesh, shown here with his children and wife, UCSF Professor Monica Gandhi, inspired his patients, trainees and colleagues with his courage, humor, dignity, and quiet grace. Read more here.


John Fahy and team: a grant of $12.2M over 5 years from the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute for a project entitled, “Exploring the biology of persistent type 2 airway niches in asthma.”

Josette Rivera and team: a cooperative agreement of $3.75M over 5 years from the PHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a project entitled, “Expanding the optimizing aging collaborative: A national model for developing age-friendly health systems for underserved older adults.”

Michael McGrath and team: a grant of $2.8M over 5 years from the National Cancer Institute for a project entitled, “Pathogenesis of the cART unresponsive Kaposi's sarcoma tumor niche.”

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

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Past DOM Fireside Chats
Provost Daniel Lowenstein
Interviewed by Bob Wachter

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Get to Know
Your Colleagues


William Brown
Megha Garg
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Balmes JR. Vaping-induced acute lung injury: An epidemic that could have been prevented. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019;200:1342-1344. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201910-1903ED.
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Blakely CM. A new pathway emerges to interpret lung cancer genomic alterations. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Oct 14; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-2861.
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Herzig E, Kim KC, Packard TA, et al. Attacking latent HIV with convertible CAR-T cells, a highly adaptable killing platform. Cell. 2019;179:880-894. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.10.002.
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Leddy AM, Sheira LA, Tamraz B, et al. Food insecurity is associated with lower levels of antiretroviral drug concentrations in hair among a cohort of women living with HIV in the United States. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Oct 14; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz1007.
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Lo WL, Shah NH, Rubin SA, et al. Slow phosphorylation of a tyrosine residue in LAT optimizes T cell ligand discrimination. Nat Immunol. 2019;20:1481-1493. doi: 10.1038/s41590-019-0502-2.
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Tan C, Noviski M, Huizar J, Zikherman J. Self-reactivity on a spectrum: a sliding scale of peripheral B cell tolerance. Immunol Rev. 2019 Oct 20; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1111/imr.12818. » PubMed citation

Williams, S.A., Kivimaki, M., Langenberg, C., et al. Plasma protein patterns as comprehensive indicators of health. Nat Med. 2019;25(12):1851-1857. doi: 10.1038/s41591-019-0665-2.
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See all 211 DOM-authored publications last month here.



Staff Appreciation Holiday Breakfasts
Hosted by UCSF Executive Leadership
See here for schedule of breakfasts and other events.
» Information


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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