A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
July 2020

Welcome to our new DOM faculty members! There are 74 of them, with 60 based at UCSF Health, 8 at ZSFG, and 6 at the VA. Our new faculty are a vital source of energy and innovation, and we are confident that they will take UCSF and our department to even greater heights. See the list of new faculty and orientation dates here.


Beth Harleman was named Vice Chief of the Medical Service at ZSFG.

Suneil Koliwad was named Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at UCSF Health.

Jennifer Perkins was named DOM Associate Chair for Ambulatory Care and Population Health.

Maria Chao, Courtney Lyles, and Jae Sevelius (pictured left to right) received the UCSF Mid-career Development Award for their exemplary commitment to advancing discovery, mentorship, and health equity at the UCSF School of Medicine and beyond.


Scott Bauer and Daniel Calabrese received the 2020 Grunfeld Scholars Development Award.

Adithya Cattamanchi received the 2020 Mid-Career Assembly Award from the American Thoracic Society.

Harold Collard received the Clinical Problems Assembly Mentoring Award from the American Thoracic Society.

Pamela Ling was named interim director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

Annie Luetkemeyer and Priscilla Hsue received a $250,000 donation from the Marti and Steve Diamond Charitable Foundation to support their randomized controlled trial examining the effectiveness of convalescent plasma in treating Covid-19 in hospitalized patients.

Rita Redberg received the University of Pennsylvania's 2021 Perelman School of Medicine Distinguished Graduate Award.

Lekshmi Santhosh received the Alison Clay Early Career Educator Award from the American Thoracic Society.

Pliant Therapeutics, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company founded based on technology co-developed by Dean Sheppard at UCSF, went public, raising $144M.

Mary Whooley received the Harold S. Luft Mentoring Award from the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.


The SPIRIT of DOM Award returns for the Spring/Summer cycle! Please nominate our outstanding staff colleagues who exemplify the UCSF PRIDE values. All nominations must be received by July 17.


The School of Medicine is launching a grant program to help bolster morale within our communities. For more information and to submit a proposal, visit the SOM website. Deadline for the first cycle is July 30.


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 into new areas. The goal is to develop cohorts that are widely used by both clinical and bench investigators and have high potential for sustained future funding.

The 2020 awardee is Michele Tana. Her project, "Expanding Prospective Observational Study to Understand Liver Diseases (POSULD) to Investigate Disparities in Autoimmune Hepatitis," will expand a clinical cohort and search for metagenomic sequences of pathogens in blood and liver tissue.


David Erle and team: a cooperative agreement of $8.6M over 2 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “UCSF Covid-19 immunophenotyping clinical study and core laboratories.”

Adithya Cattamanchi and team: a grant of $7.2M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Childhood ‘Omics’ and Mycobacterium tuberculosis-derived BiOsignatures (COMBO) for TB diagnosis in high HIV prevalence settings.”

Grant Dorsey and team: a cooperative agreement of $6M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Optimal chemopreventive regimens to prevent malaria and improve birth outcomes in Uganda.”

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Jennifer Babik was featured in Medscape and Mercury News detailing the clinical manifestations of Covid-19 and discussing the problems with the distribution of remdesivir.

Peter Chin-Hong was quoted in a NBC News article describing how a bilingual media program and virtual town halls helped improve communication with the Chinese community.

Anna Chodos was quoted in a Wired article describing how locking down long-term care facilities and isolating infected residents helped abate the coronavirus outbreak.

Sarah Doernberg was quoted in a New York Times article discussing reservations about hydroxychloroquine, emphasizing a need for clinical trials to assess the drug’s value.

Alicia Fernandez, Lev Malevanchik, and Nick Iverson were featured in the SF Chronicle discussing how medical interpreters’ services have taken on deeper importance during the coronavirus pandemic. Fernandez also co-wrote an op-ed with Alana Pfeffinger in SF Examiner about the disproportionate number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalization in San Francisco among the Latinx community.

Alex Marson was interviewed on 60 Minutes describing the challenges in interpreting Covid-19 antibody test results, and the need for more reliable testing.

Rupa Marya co-wrote an op-ed in the SF Chronicle urging the city to offer hotel lodging for people experiencing homelessness to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Marya was also featured in the Wall Street Journal and Mercury News about how medical experts are providing emergency care and compassion at anti-racism protests.

Bob Wachter was quoted or appeared in several media outlets (including NPR's All Things Considered, the New York Times, Wired, KCBS Radio, KQED, Today Show, ProPublica) describing the alarming spike in coronavirus cases and the end of the "California Miracle." He was also quoted, along with Maya Kotas, Michael Peters, Ethan Weiss, and Michelle Yu, in a CNBC article discussing UCSF’s role in providing clinical support to the New York Presbyterian Hospital System during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Algazi AP, Twitty CG, Tsai KK, et al. Phase II trial of IL-12 plasmid transfection and PD-1 blockade in immunologically quiescent melanoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2020 May 06. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-2217. » PubMed citation

DeJong C, Chen AH, Lo B. An ethical framework for allocating scarce inpatient medications for Covid-19 in the US. JAMA 2020 May 15. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.8914.
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Gandhi M, Yokoe DS, Havlir DV. Screening for Covid-19 in skilled nursing facilities. Reply. N Engl J Med. 2020 May 29; 382. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc2017362. » PubMed citation

Haynes N, Cooper LA, Albert MA. At the heart of the matter: Unmasking and addressing Covid-19's toll on diverse populations. Circulation. 2020 May 04. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.048126. » PubMed citation

Kelley RK. Atezolizumab plus bevacizumab - A landmark in liver cancer. N Engl J Med 2020 05 14; 382(20):1953-1955. » PubMed citation

Kerkhoff AD, Sikombe K, Eshun-Wilson I, et al. Mortality estimates by age and sex among persons living with HIV after ART initiation in Zambia using electronic medical records supplemented with tracing a sample of lost patients: A cohort study. PLoS Med. 2020 May; 17(5):e1003107. » PubMed citation

See all 237 DOM-authored publications last month here, and DOM-authored coronavirus-related publications here.



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