A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
March 2019

In 2018, the Department of Medicine (DOM) received the most NIH funding of any department in the U.S. for the 7th year in a row, with more than $200M in NIH funding, representing 35% of the $578M received by the School of Medicine. Read more about the rankings here.


Brian Graham was named division chief of ZSFG Pulmonary and Critical Care.

Hal Collard was named Associate Vice Chancellor of Clinical Research.

Chi Hsu was elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

Christine Ritchie and Alex Smith received the 2019 UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Awards at the Professor and Associate level, respectively.

Justin Moore is the new division manager for ZSFG Experimental Medicine.


Henry Crevensten was named Deputy Director of VA Primary Care.

Maya Dulay was named Director of the VA Medical Practice Clinic.

Beth Harleman will serve as the School of Medicine's Strategic Plan Implementation Leader.

Oanh Nguyen received the 2019 Junior Investigator Award from the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM).

Ross Okimoto received the 2019 Young Physician-Scientist Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).

Shalini Patel was named Director of VA Primary Care.

Lekshmi Santhosh received the 2019 APCCMPD, CHEST, and ATS Education Research Award from the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors.

Elad Ziv and Niharika Dixit and team received the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) Award for Reducing Cancer Disparities through Collaborative Precision Medicine Care.


On February 8, 2019, the Department of Medicine held its annual leadership retreat at the UCSF Aldea Center. The retreat, attended by division chiefs, managers, and other department leaders, focused on the recruitment and retention of faculty in the department. Read more about the retreat here.


The next Fireside Chat will be held on Tuesday March 19, 12-1pm, Room M989, Parnassus. Bob Wachter will interview Steve Schroeder, professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and director of the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. Past Fireside Chats, including interviews with Talmadge King, Rebecca Berman, and the late Holly Smith, can be seen here.


Each month, we interview a member of the DOM community. Beth Harleman is a Professor of Medicine and the department's Associate Chair for Faculty Experience. In the interview, she describes her upbringing and path to academic medicine.


Please consider nominating staff for the SPIRIT of DOM Award (due April 5) or STAR Achievement Award (due March 28). These awards are designed to recognize our outstanding staff members who make UCSF a better place to work.


Neal Benowitz was featured in a New York Times article discussing the effectiveness of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation.

Steven Deeks was featured in a New York Times article discussing a patient who appears to have been cured of H.I.V. infection.

Goop Dhaliwal was featured in an NPR article discussing how the show Car Talk is being used to teach clinical reasoning.

Alka Kanaya was featured in a New York Times article discussing why South Asians have high rates of heart disease.

Margot Kushel was featured in a New York Times article discussing the benefits of increasing the minimum wage.

Paul Volberding was featured in a KQED article discussing his cautious optimism about President Trump’s plan to end HIV transmission by 2030.


Gregory Marcus and team: a grant of $2.8M over 4 years from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a project entitled, "Transseptal versus Retrograde Aortic Approach to Left Ventricular Catheter Ablation."

Joel Ernst and team: a grant of $1.3M over 2 years from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Antigen export in M. tuberculosis evasion of CD4 T cells.”

Joshua Vasquez and team: a grant of $1M over 5 years from the NIH National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute for a project entitled, "The impact of the HIV reservoir on pulmonary myeloid cells: virology, phenotype, and function."

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Aran D, Looney AP, Liu L, Wu E, Fong V, Hsu A, Chak S, Naikawadi RP, Wolters PJ, Abate AR, Butte AJ, Bhattacharya M. Reference-based analysis of lung single-cell sequencing reveals a transitional profibrotic macrophage. Nat Immunol 2019; 20(2):163-172. » PubMed citation

Arasu VA, Miglioretti DL, Sprague BL, Alsheik NH, Buist DSM, Henderson LM, Herschorn SD, Lee JM, Onega T, Rauscher GH, Wernli KJ, Lehman CD, Kerlikowske K. Population-based assessment of the association between magnetic resonance imaging background parenchymal enhancement and future primary breast cancer risk. J Clin Oncol 2019; JCO1800378. » PubMed citation

Balyan R, Crossley SA, Brown W 3rd, Karter AJ, McNamara DS, Liu JY, Lyles CR, Schillinger D. Using natural language processing and machine learning to classify health literacy from secure messages: The ECLIPPSE study. PLoS One 2019; 14(2):e0212488. » PubMed citation

Flint LA, David DJ, Smith AK. Rehabbed to Death. N Engl J Med 2019; 380(5):408-409.
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Leddy AM, Roque A, Sheira LA, Frongillo EA, Landay AL, Adedimeji AA, Wilson TE, Merenstein D, Wentz E, Adimora AA, Ofotokun I, Metsch LR, Cohen MH, Tien PC, Turan JM, Turan B, Weiser SD. Food insecurity is associated with inflammation among women living with HIV. J Infect Dis 2019; 219(3):429-436. » PubMed citation

Xu Y, Poggio M, Jin HY, Shi Z, Forester CM, Wang Y, Stumpf CR, Xue L, Devericks E, So L, Nguyen HG, Griselin A, Gordan JD, Umetsu SE, Reich SH, Worland ST, Asthana S, Barna M, Webster KR, Cunningham JT, Ruggero D. Translation control of the immune checkpoint in cancer and its therapeutic targeting. Nat Med 2019; 25(2):301-311. » PubMed citation

See all 180 DOM-authored publications last month here.



4th Annual UCSF Staff Resource Day
Staff Resource Day offers information and presentations to support the personal and professional lives of UCSF staff.
Tuesday, March 26 | 11am-2pm
Millberry Union Gym @ Parnassus
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Medicine Grand Rounds
See here for this month’s calendar at all our sites.
Thursdays | 12-1pm
HSW-300 @ Parnassus

Tuesdays | 12-1pm
Carr Auditorium @ ZSFG
Building 7 Auditorium @ VAMC
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