A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
March 2021

March is Women’s History Month. In keeping with the spirit, we encourage you to learn about 48 remarkable women of UCSF (some of whom are current and former DOM members) and participate in the upcoming activities at UCSF to celebrate women.


Michelle Albert was named president-elect of the American Heart Association, the national’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The AHA has 40 million volunteers and 2,800 employees. In addition, this year Michelle will serve as president of the Association of University Cardiologists.


Jinoos Yazdany and Julie Zikherman were elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), a prestigious honor society for physician-scientists.


In 2020, the Department of Medicine (DOM) received the third most NIH funding of any department in the U.S., with more than $229M in NIH funding, representing 38% of the $602M received by the School of Medicine, which was #1 in the nation. The $229M represents a 6% increase over 2019. Read more about the rankings here.


Adithya Cattamanchi was named co-director of PRISE Center, a new initiative of DOM/ZSFG and Epi/Bio.

Peter Chin-Hong was quoted in the SF Chronicle and SF Gate addressing some of the most pressing questions about second vaccine shots and when San Francisco can return to normal.

Charles Chiu was quoted in the SF Chronicle and SF Gate expressing concerns about new variants and the possibility of reduced vaccine effectiveness.

Monica Gandhi was featured in several media outlets (including Forbes, SF Chronicle, and SF Gate) regarding the importance of masks and her view on harm reduction protocols. She and Bob Wachter were also quoted in the Washington Post discussing how people should navigate a post-vaccine world.

Maria Garcia was quoted in SF Chronicle expressing concern regarding the lack of state-level demographic data on vaccine recipients.

Megha Garg was named interim co-director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy.

Antonio Gomez was featured in KQED describing his experience of being the first person in San Francisco to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

Eric Goosby and Neil Powe were quoted in the New York Times expressing concerns about Covid disinformation among the Black community and urging the public to get vaccinated. Powe was also quoted in the SF Chronicle describing the need for more Black and Latino frontline healthcare workers to improve vaccine messaging in communities of color.

Ashwin Kotwal and Carla Perissinotto were quoted in the East Bay Times describing disparities in vaccinating older residents in Bay Area counties.

Kenneth Lam and Sei Lee were quoted in the New York Times recommending a case-by-case approach in treating older, prediabetic adults.

Greg Marcus was quoted in a CNN article describing how excess alcohol consumption can trigger atrial fibrillation.

Carina Marquez was quoted in the SF Chronicle describing the need to support low-income workers who are directed to quarantine.

Emily Silverman was selected as one of the San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 (YBCA100), highlighting innovators who are boldly making a difference in the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Leonard Telesca was named division manager for UCSF Health Pulmonary and ZSFG Lung Biology. Nick Clem will become interim manager for the UCSF Health ID division.

Bob Wachter was featured in several media outlets (including the Washington Post, New York Times, SF Chronicle, SF Gate, Huffpost, and NBC Bay Area News) regarding the growing threat of Covid variants and strategies to expedite the vaccine rollout.

See all DOM coronavirus-related news 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, 2021.


Steven Deeks and team: a grant of $9M over 3 years from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for a project entitled, “Anti-HIV duoCAR-T cell therapy for HIV infection.”

Chaz Langelier and team: a grant of $1.5M over 3 years from the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute for a project entitled, “Integrated host/microbe metagenomics to improve lower respiratory tract infection diagnosis in critically ill children.”

Charlie Wray and team: a grant of $1.4M over 5 years from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for a project entitled, “Improving access for socially vulnerable veterans through targeted delivery of telemedicine.”

DOM Quarantine Kitchen Cookbook

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DOM Grand Rounds
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Bacchus-Souffan C, Fitch M, Symons J, Abdel-Mohsen M, Reeves DB, Hoh R, Stone M, Hiatt J, Kim P, Chopra A, Ahn H, York VA, Cameron DL, Hecht FM, Martin JN, Yukl SA, Mallal S, Cameron PU, Deeks SG, Schiffer JT, Lewin SR, Hellerstein MK, McCune JM, Hunt PW. Relationship between CD4 T cell turnover, cellular differentiation and HIV persistence during ART. PLoS Pathog. 2021 Jan 19;17(1):e1009214. eCollection 2021 Jan. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009214. » PubMed citation

Borrell LN, Elhawary JR, Fuentes-Afflick E, Witonsky J, Bhakta N, Wu AHB, Bibbins-Domingo K, Rodríguez-Santana JR, Lenoir MA, Gavin JR, Kittles RA, Zaitlen NA, Wilkes DS, Powe NR, Ziv E, Burchard EG. Race and genetic ancestry in medicine - a time for reckoning with racism. N Engl J Med. 2021 Feb 4;384(5):474-480. [Epub 2021 06]. doi: 10.1056/NEJMms2029562.
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Combes AJ, Courau T, Kuhn NF, Hu KH, Ray A, Chen WS, Chew NW, Cleary SJ, Kushnoor D, Reeder GC, Shen A, Tsui J, Hiam-Galvez KJ, Muñoz-Sandoval P, Zhu WS, Lee DS, Sun Y, You R, Magnen M, Rodriguez L, Im KW, Serwas NK, Leligdowicz A, Zamecnik CR, Loudermilk RP, Wilson MR, Ye CJ, Fragiadakis GK, Looney MR, Chan V, Ward A, Carrillo S, UCSF COMET Consortium , Matthay M, Erle DJ, Woodruff PG, Langelier C, Kangelaris K, Hendrickson CM, Calfee C, Rao AA, Krummel MF. Global absence and targeting of protective immune states in severe COVID-19. Nature. 2021 Jan 25. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03234-7. » PubMed citation

Lo NC, Nyathi S, Chapman LAC, Rodriguez-Barraquer I, Kushel M, Bibbins-Domingo K, Lewnard JA. Influenza, varicella, and mumps outbreaks in US migrant detention centers. JAMA. 2021 Jan 12; 325(2):180-182. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.20539. » PubMed citation

Lynch SV, Vercelli D. Microbiota, epigenetics and trained immunity: Convergent drivers and mediators of the asthma trajectory from pregnancy to childhood. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2021 Jan 25. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202010-3779PP. » PubMed citation

Nayak RR, Alexander M, Deshpande I, et al. Methotrexate impacts conserved pathways in diverse human gut bacteria leading to decreased host immune activation. Cell Host Microbe. 2021 Jan 07;S1931-3128(20)30670-3. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2020.12.008.
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Quer G, Arnaout R, Henne M, Arnaout R. Machine learning and the future of cardiovascular care: JACC state-of-the-art review. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2021 Jan 26; 77(3):300-313. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.11.030. » PubMed citation

See all 204 DOM-authored publications last month here, and DOM-authored coronavirus-related publications here.



Medicine Grand Rounds
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 » Information
• VA/ZSFG — Tuesdays | 12pm-1pm » Information


UCSF Health and Campus COVID-19 Response Town Hall
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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Racism and Race: The Use of Race in Medicine and Implications for Health Equity Event Series
Join SOM in this four-session series on the use of racial categories in medicine and how to incorporate a race-conscious approach into clinical care, medical education, and research.
Wednesday, March 24 - End of April | Various Times
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2021 Last Lecture with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong
The students have spoken. Peter Chin-Hong, MD will deliver the 10th annual Last Lecture. All are welcome.
Tuesday, April 6 | 5:30pm
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