A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
August 2020

UCSF Medical Center was ranked 8th best hospital in the U.S. in the 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Survey. Many DOM divisions’ specialty ranking contributed significantly to our health system’s overall success (our divisions make up 8 of the 16 specialties that are ranked) — particularly diabetes and endocrinology (#3), rheumatology (#7), geriatrics (#8), nephrology (#8) pulmonology (#9), cancer (#10) and GI (tied #17). See the announcement here.


Maria Byron was named Assoc. Chief Medical Information Officer for Ambulatory Care at UCSF Health.

Anna Chodos was named Director of Whole Person Geriatrics for the San Francisco Health Network.

Sara Murray was named Assoc. Chief Medical Information Officer for Inpatient Care and Data Science at UCSF Health.


If you are a new or second-year faculty member who has never attended a DOM orientation, please join us at one of the new faculty orientation sessions in September and October. For more information, contact Zac Concepcion, DOM Administrative Coordinator.


Nicholas Clem (Post-Award Manager) and Evelin Trejo (Clinical Research Coordinator) are the recipients of the SPIRIT of DOM Staff Award. Join us on August 21 at 12:30 pm for the virtual award ceremony!


Let's celebrate our diverse traditions by contributing to the DOM Quarantine Kitchen Cookbook. Send us your favorite recipes and the stories that go with them by Friday, August 21. Click here for more information.


Bryan Greenhouse and team: a cooperative agreement of 5.8M over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Computational models of naturally acquired immunity to falciparum malaria.”

Elise Riley and team: a grant of 3.9M over 5 years from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a project entitled, “Cocaine use, viral suppression and precursors of stroke in HIV infection.”

Philip Rosenthal and team: a grant of 3.7M over 5 years from the National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Diseases for a project entitled, “Pharmacological insights into antimalarial exposure, clinical outcomes, and drug resistance in Africa.”

Life Continuity Resources for Staff and Faculty

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Monica Gandhi was featured in the SF Chronicle about how the International AIDS Conference was virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gandhi was also quoted in the New York Times discussing how masks may reduce viral dose, making the disease less severe.

Antonio Gomez was quoted in the SF Chronicle explaining how coronavirus patients may be left with long-term consequences after recovery.

Peter Chin-Hong was quoted in LA Times about the coronavirus setbacks in California. He, along with Brie Williams, was also quoted in the SF Chronicle urging the state to reduce San Quentin State Prison’s population by half to control the outbreak.

Alex Marson was quoted in a New York Times article about the societal implications of gene-editing technologies and its opportunities to treat genetic diseases.

Brian Schwartz was interviewed on KCBS Radio about how Covid-19 treatments have changed since the early part of the pandemic.

Rebecca Sudore was quoted in a NPR article recommending families to plan for advance directives amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bob Wachter was quoted or appeared in several media outlets (including NPR's Morning Edition, The Atlantic, SF Chronicle, ABC 7) regarding California‘s response to Covid-19, potential treatments, and vaccines. Wachter, Peter Chin-Hong, and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo were also quoted in a recent Washington Post article.

Margaret Wheeler was interviewed on the Science Friday podcast on how to prepare for long-term health effects of Covid-19.

See all DOM coronavirus-related news here.


Bond A. Socially distanced medicine. JAMA. 2020 Jun 16; 323(23):2383. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.8975. » PubMed citation

Cohn LB, Deeks SG. The immune response fails to control HIV early in initial virus spread. J Clin Invest 2020 Jun 01; 130(6):2803-2805. doi: 10.1172/JCI136886. » PubMed citation

Kardashian A, Ge J, McCulloch CE, et al. Identifying an optimal liver frailty index cutoff to predict waitlist mortality in liver transplant candidates. Hepatology. 2020 Jun 03. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1002/hep.31406. » PubMed citation

Oguri Y, Shinoda K, Kim H, et al. CD81 controls beige fat progenitor cell growth and energy balance via FAK signaling. Cell. 2020 Jun 26; S0092-8674(20)30753-4. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.06.021. » PubMed citation

Oh DY, Kwek SS, Raju SS, et al. Intratumoral CD4 + T cells mediate anti-tumor cytotoxicity in human bladder cancer. Cell. 2020 Jun 25; 181(7):1612-1625.e13. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.05.017. Epub 2020 Jun 3. » PubMed citation

Shieh Y, Fejerman L, Lott PC, et al. A polygenic risk score for breast cancer in US Latinas and Latin American women. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 Jun 01; 112(6):590-598. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djz174. » PubMed citation

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



Medicine Grand Rounds (Zoom Only)
To address the rapidly evolving science and policy issues surrounding Covid-19, DOM grand rounds will focus on the pandemic every week through August 20th, and then every other week (alternating with more traditional content) for the foreseeable future.
Thursdays | 12pm
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UCSF Health and Campus COVID-19 Response Town Hall (Zoom Only)
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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