A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
January 2021

While 2020 was brutally hard in many ways, there was also much that was powerful and inspiring. Read here for Bob Wachter's reflections on the past year. And if you haven’t seen it yet, take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video, which captures some of the accomplishments of the DOM in 2020.


Mark Anderson was named interim Director of the Diabetes Center at UCSF.

Diane Havlir was named interim Director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute.

Alex Smith was named Executive Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.


Alan Baik, Vanessa Kennedy, and Christopher Molina were selected as fellows for the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Physician-Scientist Fellowship Program, an immersive, hands-on experience in biomedical research.

Uma Mahadevan was appointed to the Vaccines and Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System (VAMPSS) Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Jennifer Mandal, Mimi Margaretten, and Jinoos Yazdany received a $1 million award from the BMS Foundation to expand access to rheumatology care and education in the Navajo Nation.

Paul Ogongo received a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship to pursue his interest in basic biomedical science and research.

The UCSF HEAL Initiative, led by Sri Shamasunder and Phuoc Le, received a $500,000 award from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation to sustain their emergency Covid response in Navajo Nation and other sites globally, and to build new HEAL hubs in East Africa and rural Mexico.

The Nocturnists, founded by Emily Silverman, received a $100,000 award from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation to launch new transformative storytelling projects and tend to the well-being of clinicians and caregivers.

Julie Zikherman was named Chair of the DOM Physician-Scientist Search Committee.


Congratulations to the recipients of the SPIRIT of DOM Award - COVID Edition! Pictured left to right: Brooksley Bigart (Executive Analyst, ZSFG Central Admin), Douglas Black (Clinical Research Analyst, ZSFG HIV), Michelle Cai (Quality Improvement Analyst, UCFS Health DHM), Gato Gourley (Division Manager, ZSFG CVP), Alejandra Jauregui (CRC, UCSF Health Pulmonary), and Emily Yeung (Administrative Officer, UCSF Health DGIM). Join us on Friday, January 22, at 12:30 pm for the virtual award ceremony.


Peter Chin-Hong was quoted in the SF Chronicle about the San Jose Kaiser ER outbreak, explaining how droplets might have spread from an inflatable costume.

Charles Chiu, Warner Greene, and Jay Levy were quoted in the SF Chronicle about the coronavirus’ unique feature in asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission, making it the perfect pathogen to sweep the globe and shut down our world.

Monica Gandhi was quoted in the SF Chronicle stating that mask compliance and a general trust of public health officials might be the reason for the Bay Area’s low rate of new infections.

Margaret Handley wrote an op-ed in the LA Times about how librarians in San Francisco have been redeployed as contact tracers, utilizing their research and information skills during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Diane Havlir and Carina Marquez were featured in The New Yorker regarding the Bay Area’s pandemic response and lessons learned from it.

Lingsheng Li and Elizabeth Dzeng wrote an op-ed in the SF Chronicle describing their interviews with volunteer clinicians in New York City's initial Covid-19 surge, urging the public to do its part in minimizing spread.

Vinay Prasad was quoted in the New York Times about reassessing routine medical care in the context of the pandemic.

Lekshmi Santhosh was quoted in the SF Chronicle describing the many challenges families endure with their loved ones dying alone.

Bob Wachter was featured in several media outlets (including the Washington Post, NPR, New York Times, USA Today, Bloomberg, KQED, and SF Chronicle) regarding coronavirus hospitalizations and Covid-19 vaccine roll-out.

See all DOM coronavirus-related news here.


Alex Marson and team: a grant of $11M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Inherited T cell defects: Diagnosis, mechanisms and treatments.”

Beth Cohen, Tonya Kaltenbach, Gabby Schmajuk, Mary Whooley, and team: a grant renewal of $5M over 5 years from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for a project entitled, “VA Measurement Science Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI).”

Sunny Wang, Jim Brown, and team: received a grant of $4.5 million over 5 years from the VA Office of Research and Development for a project entitled, “Lung precision oncology program.”

Carina Marquez and team: a grant of $3.4M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Socio-spatial networks and tuberculosis infection in youth in rural Uganda.”

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Cleary SJ, Kwaan N, Tian JJ, Calabrese DR, Mallavia B, Magnen M, Greenland JR, Urisman A, Singer JP, Hays SR, Kukreja J, Hay AM, Howie HL, Toy P, Lowell CA, Morrell CN, Zimring JC, Looney MR. Complement activation on endothelium initiates antibody-mediated acute lung injury. J Clin Invest. 2020 Nov 2; 130(11):5909-5923. doi: 10.1172/JCI138136. » PubMed citation

Deng Z, Chong Z, Law CS, Mukai K, Ho FO, Martinu T, Backes BJ, Eckalbar WL, Taguchi T, Shum AK. A defect in COPI-mediated transport of STING causes immune dysregulation in COPA syndrome. J Exp Med. 2020 Nov 2; 217(11):e20201045. doi: 10.1084/jem.20201045.
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Duwaerts CC, Siao K, Maher JJ, et al. Hepatocyte-specific deletion of XBP1 sensitizes mice to liver injury through hyperactivation of IRE1α. Cell Death Differ. 2020 Nov 20; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1038/s41418-020-00671-1. » PubMed citation

Kardashian A, Terrault NA, Price JC, et al. Addressing social determinants of liver disease during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond: A call to action. Hepatology. 2020 Nov 4; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1002/hep.31605. » PubMed citation

Kerlikowske K, Bissell MCS, Sprague BL, et al. Advanced breast cancer definitions by staging system examined in the breast cancer surveillance consortium. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 Nov 10; [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djaa176. » PubMed citation

Ku E, Whelan AM, McCulloch CE, et al. Weighing the waitlist: Weight changes and access to kidney transplantation among obese candidates. PLoS One. 2020; 15(11):e0242784. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0242784. » PubMed citation

Mehta N, Dodge JL, Yao FY, et al. A novel waitlist dropout score for hepatocellular carcinoma - identifying a threshold that predicts worse post-transplant survival. J Hepatol. 2020 Nov 11; S0168-8278(20)33750-8. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2020.10.033.
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Moron-Lopez S, Telwatte S, Sarabia I, Battivelli E, Montano M, Macedo AB, Aran D, Butte AJ, Jones RB, Bosque A, Verdin E, Greene WC, Wong JK, Yukl SA. Human splice factors contribute to latent HIV infection in primary cell models and blood CD4+ T cells from ART-treated individuals. PLoS Pathog. 2020; 16(11):e1009060. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009060.
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Teerlink JR, Diaz R, Malik FI, et al. Cardiac myosin activation with omecamtiv mecarbil in systolic heart failure. N Engl J Med. 2020 Nov 13; [Epub ahead of print].
doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2025797. » PubMed citation

See all 216 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.
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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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Special Keynote Endocrine Grand Rounds in Honor of David Gardner's Retirement
Speaker: Richard Lifton, MD, PhD, Professor and President, Rockefeller University
Wednesday, January 13 | 8:30am-11am
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Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology Symposium — Next Generation in Genomic Immunology
Hear from up-and-coming scientists who are using innovative technologies to answer key questions in human immunology.
Friday, January 22 | 9am-1pm
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The First Annual UCSF Health Services Research Symposium
Join this four-week series to explore the latest developments and innovations in health services research.
Wednesdays, January 27 - February 17 | 12pm-1pm
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Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) Meeting
Join Meshell Johnson and Urmimala Sarkar to learn about AMFDP's postdoctoral research grants and connect with possible mentors.
Friday, January 29 | 3pm-4pm
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