A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
December 2020

We're thrilled that our residents enjoyed a wonderful fellowship match, with matches in many of the nation's top programs across a broad range of specialties. We're particularly pleased that 26 of our 52 medicine residents applying this year matched in a UCSF fellowship!


Michelle Albert received the Population Research Prize from the American Heart Association.

Eric Goosby was named board member to the Biden-Harris Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board.

Kathy Julian was named UCSF School of Medicine's Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education.


Bryn Boslett, Sarah Doernberg, Chaz Langelier, and Debbie Yokoe (pictured left to right) were the first team to receive the UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Recognition Award for their exemplary leadership and patient care during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Chienying Liu (left) and Ana Velázquez Mañana received the 2020 UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award for outstanding patient care during the pandemic.


Julia Adler-Milstein was elected to the AMIA Board of Directors.

Louise Aronson was featured on NBC Nightly News discussing the impact of the pandemic on isolated older adults. She, along with Ashwin Kotwal, was also featured on KQED and NPR’s Marketplace discussing why some seniors are more resilient during the pandemic.

Peter Chin-Hong was quoted in the New York Times advising against wearing the N95 mask for exercise. He was also quoted, along with Monica Gandhi, in SF Gate describing how mask-wearing can decrease the viral load and severity of a coronavirus infection.

Monica Gandhi was quoted on NPR describing the stigma of taking PrEP for HIV prevention.

Eric Goosby was featured in the SF Chronicle and CNN about his appointment to the Covid-19 Advisory Board by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Diane Havlir and Carina Marquez were featured in a Mission Local article about the UCSF/Latino Taskforce’s Covid-19 testing campaign in the San Francisco’s Mission district.

Philip Hopewell received the Union Medal Award from The Union.

Alka Kanaya was quoted in SF Gate and the Washington Post describing how South Asian Americans face disproportionately higher risks of heart disease and other cardiovascular ailments.

Margot Kushel was interviewed on a KQED podcast about how to help the homeless during the pandemic and what’s being done to find permanent solutions to the housing crisis.

Bob Wachter was featured in several media outlets (including NPR, New York Times, USA Today, KQED, and Fox 2 KTVU) regarding the Bay Area’s approach to Covid-19 vaccine distribution.

See all DOM coronavirus-related news here.


The SPIRIT of DOM Award - COVID Edition recognizes exemplary work of staff members during the pandemic. Nominations are due today, December 4.


Submit your creative holiday/winter-themed virtual Zoom background to our DOM contest by December 8 for a chance to win a $50 gift card.


Amy Conroy and team: a grant of $2.6M over 4 years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a project entitled, “Dyadic management of HIV cardiometabolic comorbidities among couples in Malawi.”

Dean Schillinger and team: a cooperative agreement of $2.2M over 5 years from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for a project entitled, “Evaluation of natural experiments of nutrition assistance to prevent and control diabetes among low-income communities.”

Julie Zikherman and team: a grant of $2M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Nuclear receptors in B cell tolerance and humoral immune responses.”

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Algazi AP, Othus M, Daud AI, et al. Continuous versus intermittent BRAF and MEK inhibition in patients with BRAF-mutated melanoma: A randomized phase 2 trial. Nat Med. 2020 Oct; 26(10):1564-1568. doi: 10.1038/s41591-020-1060-8. [Epub ahead of print]. » PubMed citation

Briggs J, Teyssier N, Nankabirwa JI, Rek J, Jagannathan P, Arinaitwe E, Bousema T, Drakeley C, Murray M, Crawford E, Hathaway N, Staedke SG, Smith D, Rosenthal PJ, Kamya M, Dorsey G, Rodriguez-Barraquer I, Greenhouse B. Sex-based differences in clearance of chronic plasmodium falciparum infection Elife. 2020 10 27; 9. doi: 10.7554/eLife.59872. » PubMed citation

Cassandras M, Wang C, Kathiriya J, Tsukui T, Matatia P, Matthay M, Wolters P, Molofsky A, Sheppard D, Chapman H, Peng T. Gli1+ mesenchymal stromal cells form a pathological niche to promote airway progenitor metaplasia in the fibrotic lung. Nat Cell Biol. 2020 Oct 12. doi: 10.1038/s41556-020-00591-9. [Epub ahead of print]. » PubMed citation

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 Oct 05. doi: 10.1172/JCI138136. » PubMed citation

Farrington LA, Callaway PC, Dorsey G, et al. Opsonized antigen activates Vδ2+ T cells via CD16/FCγRIIIa in individuals with chronic malaria exposure. PLoS Pathog. 2020 Oct 21; 16(10):e1008997. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1008997. [Epub ahead of print]. » PubMed citation

Harrison KL, Kotwal AA, Smith AK. Palliative care for patients with noncancer illnesses. JAMA. 2020 10 13; 324(14):1404-1405. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.15075. » PubMed citation

Linderman SW, Appukutty AJ, Javaherian K, et al. Advancing healthcare technology education and innovation in academia. Nat Biotechnol. 2020 Oct; 38(10):1213-1217. doi: 10.1038/s41587-020-0689-7. » 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. 2020 Oct 29. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.20539. [Epub ahead of print]. » PubMed citation

See all 241 DOM-authored publications last month here, and DOM-authored coronavirus-related publications here.



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