A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
May 2020

Our 2018-2019 DOM biennial report, Transforming Medicine Through Collaboration, highlights the many thoughtful and intentionally designed collaborations across UCSF disciplines and sites to contribute to discoveries and practices that transform health and healthcare. See Bob Wachter’s message here.


Michelle Albert was appointed President of the Association of Black Cardiologists.

David Erle was named Director of UCSF CoLabs.


Monica Gandhi received the Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Award.

Alex Marson was named Director of the Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology.

Melanie Ott was named Director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology.

Jon Rueter received the 2020 Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine.


Michelle Albert was featured in multiple news outlets (SF Chronicle, South China Morning Post, Philadelphia Tribune, KDKA Radio) discussing how racial disparities impact access to Covid-19 testing for African American communities.

Louise Aronson wrote op-eds in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and Vox explaining how to care for elderly people during the coronavirus pandemic. Aronson also contributed to several media outlets (NPR's Here and Now and On Point, NEJM, LA Times, Beaumont Enterprise) highlighting the need for a more comprehensive approach in offering medical care for elderly patients during the Covid-19 crisis. Her 2019 book, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

Carolyn Calfee and Annie Luetkemeyer were interviewed in the SF Chronicle regarding their work in understanding and developing a treatment for SARS-CoV-2.

Sneha Daya, Maya Kotas, Andy Lai, Rashmi Manjunath, Michael Peters, Sanjay Reddy, and Michelle Yu were among the 20 UCSF Health workers who flew to New York to volunteer at the New York-Presbyterian hospital (NYP) system.

Alicia Fernández was featured in USA Today and SF Examiner discussing how LatinX communities have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus.

Bassem Ghali, Abhi Kole, Sri Shamasunder, and Aylin Ulku, along with 3 ICU physicians and 14 nurses, traveled to the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico to provide Covid support.

Warner Greene, Priscilla Hsue, and David Waters were quoted in the SF Chronicle regarding their research on colchicine and leronlimab, drugs that could potentially reduce coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths.

Michael Reid appeared in articles in Politico and MIT Technology Review discussing a contact tracing program launched by the City of San Francisco and UCSF to track the coronavirus. He and his colleagues received an $8.7 million contract from the state of California to build a state-wide contract tracing program.

Lekshmi Santhosh received the APCCMPD Emerging Educator Award.

Bob Wachter did a weekly "Ask the Expert" segment on KCBS radio, and was quoted in many media outlets including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Wired, NBC Nightly News, as well as multiple local outlets explaining Covid-19 symptoms, transmission, and testing.

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The SPIRIT of DOM Award returns for the Spring/Summer cycle! Please nominate our outstanding staff colleagues who exemplify the UCSF PRIDE values. All nominations must be received by Thursday, June 18.


Our contest inspired 121 poem submissions that relate to our experiences in the time of Covid-19. Thanks to those who participated and congratulations to the 15 winners! Read the wonderful poems here.


Harold Chapman and team: a grant of $6.8M over 7 years from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for a project entitled, “Program to promote lung regeneration and block fibrosis.”

James Rubenstein and team: a grant of $3.25M over 5 years from the National Cancer Institute for a project entitled, “Application of hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance imaging to detect target inhibition of NF-kB activation in primary CNS lymphoma.”

Jody Baron and team: a grant of $2.25M over 4 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Identifying and modulating therapeutic targets in a model of hepatitis B.”

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Thwaites G, Nahid P. Triumph and tragedy of 21st century tuberculosis drug development. N Engl J Med. 2020 Mar 05; 382(10):959-960. » PubMed citation

See all 208 DOM-authored publications last month here, and DOM-authored coronavirus-related publications here.



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