A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
February 2021

Black History Month is an opportunity to honor and learn more about the rich heritage and vibrant culture of African Americans. The events of this past year have highlighted the need for us to revisit this history to lend context to the discussions of anti-racist policies, race-conscious medicine, Black Lives Matter, and health disparities. We encourage you to participate in the many activities at UCSF and beyond taking place throughout the month.


Jessica Beaman and Maria Garcia were selected to become Deans' Population Health and Health Equity Scholars.

Alicia Fernández was elected to the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors.

Diane Havlir and the Unidos en Salud team received $500,000 from the McKinnon Family Foundation and $100,000 from Carl Kawaja and Wendy Holcombe to support Covid-19 vaccination and continued testing efforts in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Edward Hsiao received the 2020 Jeannie Peeper - President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association.

Suneil Koliwad was selected to be a part of the UC-CORO Faculty Leadership Collaborative Class of 2020.

Pamela Ling was appointed Director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

Marlene Martin was selected to be a part of the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Fellowship to create a network of leaders who are focused on improving health care for all Californians.


Nominate eligible staff for the STAR Achievement Award (due Feb 25). The award recognizes our staff’s sustained, exceptional performance and significant contributions. Refer to the FAQ and submit nomination here.


Our department requires every paid faculty member to have an annual meeting with their division chief (or designee) to discuss performance and goals for the coming year. Read Bob Wachter's announcement here.


Peter Chin-Hong was quoted in the SF Chronicle commenting on the difficulty of administering Aplidin outside of a hospital setting, which may limit its potential reach.

Charles Chiu and his lab were featured in the SF Chronicle about their discovery of the new coronavirus variant, L452R. Chiu, Melanie Ott, and Bob Wachter were also quoted in the SF Chronicle describing the urgency to mass vaccinate the population before additional variants evolve and emerge.

Steven Deeks and Michael Peluso were quoted in the New York Times describing how Covid survivors are experiencing long-term health issues.

Joel Ernst and Melanie Ott were quoted in the SF Chronicle describing their concerns about the emergence of more variants, potentially with mutations that could undermine efforts to control the virus.

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

Monica Gandhi was featured in several media outlets (including the Washington Post, New York Times, and SF Gate) regarding the importance of wearing a mask. She, Warner Greene, and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo were also quoted in the SF Chronicle regarding Biden’s plan for rapid action on vaccine distribution.

Bob Wachter was featured in several media outlets (including the New York Times, Forbes, CNN, SF Chronicle, KQED, KCBS Radio, and ABC News) regarding strategies to expedite the vaccine rollout.

See all DOM coronavirus-related news here.


Timothy Henrich and team: a grant of $3.7M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “In vivo PET imaging of HIV infection.”

Philip Rosenthal and team: a grant of $3.3M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Resistance of malaria parasites to artemisinin-based combination therapies in Uganda.”

Andrei Goga, Eric Collisson, and team: a grant of $3M over 3 years from the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research for a project entitled, “Understand and eliminate metastatic cancers.”

DOM Quarantine Kitchen Cookbook

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DOM Grand Rounds
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Calabrese DR, Aminian E, Mallavia B, Liu F, Cleary SJ, Aguilar OA, Wang P, Hoover J, Singer JP, Hays SR, Golden JA, Kukreja J, Dugger DT, Nakamura M, Lanier LL, Looney MR, Greenland JR. Natural killer cells activated through NKG2D mediate lung ischemia-reperfusion injury. J Clin Invest. 2020 Dec 08. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1172/JCI137047. » PubMed citation

Christopoulos KA, Neilands TB, Koester KA, Sauceda JA, Dilworth SE, Mugavero MJ, Crane HM, Fredericksen RJ, Cachay ER, Mayer KH, Moore RD, Napravnik S, Johnson MO. The HIV index: Using a patient-reported outcome on engagement in HIV care to explain sub-optimal retention in care and virologic control. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Dec 29. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1892. » PubMed citation

Epstein A, Namuganga JF, Kamya EV, Nankabirwa JI, Bhatt S, Rodriguez-Barraquer I, Staedke SG, Kamya MR, Dorsey G, Greenhouse B. Estimating malaria incidence from routine health facility-based surveillance data in Uganda. Malar J. 2020 Dec 02; 19(1):445. doi: 10.1186/s12936-020-03514-z. » PubMed citation

Fozouni P, Son S, Díaz de León Derby M, Knott GJ, Gray CN, D'Ambrosio MV, Zhao C, Switz NA, Kumar GR, Stephens SI, Boehm D, Tsou CL, Shu J, Bhuiya A, Armstrong M, Harris AR, Chen PY, Osterloh JM, Meyer-Franke A, Joehnk B, Walcott K, Sil A, Langelier C, Pollard KS, Crawford ED, Puschnik AS, Phelps M, Kistler A, DeRisi JL, Doudna JA, Fletcher DA, Ott M. Amplification-free detection of SARS-CoV-2 with CRISPR-Cas13a and mobile phone microscopy. Cell. 2020 Dec 04. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.12.001.
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Iverson NR, Lau CY, Abe-Jones Y, Fang MC, Kangelaris KN, Prasad P, Shah SJ, Najafi N. Evaluation of a novel metric for personalized opioid prescribing after hospitalization. PLoS One. 2020; 15(12):e0244735. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0244735. eCollection 2020. » PubMed citation

Matthay MA, Wick KD. Corticosteroids, COVID-19 pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. J Clin Invest. 2020 Dec 01; 130(12):6218-6221. doi: 10.1172/JCI143331.
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Pilarowski G, Marquez C, Rubio L, Peng J, Martinez J, Black D, Chamie G, Jones D, Jacobo J, Tulier-Laiwa V, Rojas S, Rojas S, Cox C, Petersen M, DeRisi J, Havlir DV. Field performance and public health response using the BinaxNOW TM Rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen detection assay during community-based testing. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Dec 26. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1890. » PubMed citation

See all 192 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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Hearts in SF 2021
Join SFGH Foundation for this year’s free virtual fundraising event as we honor and support our frontline health workers at ZSFG.
Thursday, February 11 | 6pm
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Antiracism Curriculum Conference Series:
Structural Racism in Medicine

Hosted by the UCSF IM Residency Diversity Committee &
IM Solidarity Coalition.

Speaker: Jyothi Marbin, MD, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
Monday, February 15 | 12pm-1pm
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