A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
October 2020

Mark Anderson (left) and Bob Wachter were elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Anderson is professor in the Division of Endocrinology at UCSF Health and Diabetes Center. Wachter is professor and chair of the Department of Medicine. Their election raises the UCSF representation in the NAM to a total of 114 members, of whom 22 are DOM faculty. See the announcement here.


Priscilla Hsue was named Chief of the Division of Cardiology at ZSFG.

Kathleen Liu received the Midcareer Distinguished Leader Award from the American Society of Nephrology.

Neil Powe received the John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine from the American College of Physicians.


Devora Keller received the Special Recognition Teaching Award.

Ashely McMullen received the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in a Classroom Setting.

Josué Zapata received the Maxine Papadakis Award for Faculty Professionalism and Respect.


Gabriel Chamie received the 2020 Research Award from the HIV Medicine Association.

Helen Kao received the 2020 Elizabeth Wessinger Award from the Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

Alex Marson and Oren Rosenberg received the 2020 Excellence in Research Award from the Laboratory for Genomics Research.

Arun Padmanabhan received the Sarnoff Scholar Award from the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

The recipients of the Bridges Curriculum Foundations 1 and 2 Teaching Awards are: Gurpreet Dhaliwal (Excellence in Innovative Teaching Modalities Award), James Frank (Outstanding Coach Award), and Mitchell Luu (Commitment to Teaching Award).

The Multi-disciplinary Advancement of Transplant-Centered Health (MATCH) Outcomes Research Center has been launched in partnership with the Division of Transplant Surgery. MATCH, led by nephrologist Elaine Ku, aims to improve clinical outcomes in liver or kidney transplant recipients and their living donors.


Sneha Daya, James Frank, Sarah Goglin, Daphne Lo, Abigail Phillips, Atif Qasim, Leticia Rolon, Vanessa Thompson, Susan Wlodarczyk, and Josue Zapata (pictured from left to right, top to bottom) were elected to the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.


Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Academy of Medical Educators 2020 Excellence in Teaching Awards: Chris Bautista, Paul Fitzgerald, Iris Huang, Sara Lewin, Meghan O'Brien, Margaret Park, Binh An Phan, Radhika Ramanan, Harini Sarathy, and Neeta Thakur (pictured from left to right, top to bottom).


Vanessa Grubbs and Neil Powe were featured in a Consumer Reports article about race adjustment discrepancies in clinical algorithms.

Diane Havlir and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo were highlighted in the SF Chronicle discussing UCSF’s free coronavirus testing initiative at San Francisco’s transportation hubs to aid low-income Latinos.

Franklin Huang and Sor Piawah co-wrote an op-ed in the SF Chronicle about racial disparities in Black colon cancer patients following Chadwick Boseman’s death.

Peter Chin-Hong was quoted in the SF Chronicle regarding Trump’s medical outlook after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was also quoted, along with Bob Wachter, in ABC7 News and SF Gate describing concerns over President Trump’s early hospital exit and potentially exposing others to Covid-19.

Alicia Fernandez was quoted in the New York Times advocating for unionized workforces to better protect employees from the coronavirus.

Annie Luetkemeyer was featured in the SF Chronicle and KRON4 regarding how UCSF researchers are testing a promising COVID-19 drug that could lessen symptoms and keep people out of the hospital.

Lekshmi Santhosh was featured on CNN and in the New York Times describing UCSF Health’s Post-Covid Optimal Clinic, where recovering patients receive post-Covid care.

Bob Wachter was featured in several media outlets (including Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Wired, SF Chronicle, SF Gate, KCBS Radio, and KQED) regarding Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and return to the White House. Wachter was highlighted in the elemental as one of 50 health and science experts to trust in a pandemic. He was also quoted, along with Michael Rabow, in the SF Chronicle describing how the next six months will bring new challenges, as individuals balance risk and exposure to Covid-19. Finally, he appeared on several national and international news shows, including Rachel Maddow, amJoy (MSNBC), CBS News, TMZ, BBC World Service, Times of London podcast, and the Australian Broadcast Corp.

Ethan Weiss was quoted in a New York Times article describing his concern that blood oxygen readings on the new Apple watch could upset people and lead them to take unnecessary tests.

See all DOM coronavirus-related news here.


Diane Havlir and team: a grant of $24M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “A multisectoral strategy to address persistent drivers of the HIV epidemic in East Africa.”

Adithya Cattamanchi, Payam Nahid and team: a grant of $19.7M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Rapid research in diagnostics development for TB Network (R2D2 TB Network).”

Kenneth Covinsky and team: a grant of $7.2M over 5 years from the National Institute on Aging for a project entitled, “UCSF older Americans independence center.”

Anne Schafer and team: a grant of $2.8M over 4 years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for a project entitled, “Skeletal health in type 1 diabetes and the role of diabetic kidney disease.”

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Avram R, Olgin JE, Kuhar P, et al. A digital biomarker of diabetes from smartphone-based vascular signals. Nat Med. 2020 Aug 17. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1038/s41591-020-1010-5. » PubMed citation

Berwick DM, Cassel CK. The NAM and the quality of health care - inflecting a field. N Engl J Med. 2020 Aug 06; 383(6):505-508. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2005126. » PubMed citation

Chambers HF, Bayer AS. Native-valve infective endocarditis. N Engl J Med. 2020 08 06; 383(6):567-576. doi: 10.1056/NEJMcp2000400. » PubMed citation

Lucey CR, Johnston SC. The transformational effects of COVID-19 on medical education. JAMA. 2020 Aug 26. [Epub ahead print]. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.14136. » PubMed citation

Maynard A, McCoach CE, Rotow JK, et al. Therapy-induced evolution of human lung cancer revealed by single-cell RNA sequencing. Cell. 2020 Sep 3;182(5):1232-1251.e22. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.07.017. Epub 2020 Aug 20. » PubMed citation

Tan C, Hiwa R, Mueller JL, et al. NR4A nuclear receptors restrain B cell responses to antigen when second signals are absent or limiting. Nat Immunol. 2020 Aug 31. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1038/s41590-020-0765-7. » PubMed citation

Whitman JD, Hiatt J, Mowery CT, et al. Evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 serology assays reveals a range of test performance. Nat Biotechnol. 2020 Aug 27. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1038/s41587-020-0659-0. » PubMed citation

See all 184 DOM-authored publications last month here, and DOM-authored coronavirus-related publications here.



Medicine Grand Rounds (Zoom Only)
To address the rapidly evolving science and policy issues surrounding Covid-19, DOM Grand Rounds will focus on the pandemic every other week, alternating with more traditional content, for the foreseeable future.
Thursdays | 12pm
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UCSF Health and Campus COVID-19 Response Town Hall (Zoom Only)
Join UCSF leaders to hear the latest about our response to the novel coronavirus, Covid-19.
Every other Friday | 4pm-5pm
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Maurice Sokolow Lecture: Cardiology Grand Rounds - Maria Rosa Constanzo, MD
Central Sleep Apnea: How to Screen, How to Treat
Wednesday, October 28 | 12pm-1pm
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Chancellor's 2020 State of the University Address
Join Chancellor Sam Hawgood for his State of the University address as he reflects on a challenging year of converging pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice.
Friday, October 30 | 12pm
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