A monthly newsletter of honors and accomplishments
April 2021

In the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, the Dept. of Medicine was ranked as the best internal medicine department in the nation. UCSF School of Medicine was the only school ranked in the top five for both research and primary care. Read more here.


Alicia Fernandez received UCSF's Dr. Thomas N. Burbridge Award for Public Service.

Mike Harper was named president-elect of the American Geriatrics Society.

Diane Havlir received the 2021 Woman of the Year Award from Assemblymember Phil Ting.

Margot Kushel received the 2021 Woman of the Year Award from Senator Nancy Skinner.

Angela Marks received the Chancellor Award for Exceptional University Management.

Carina Marquez received a Certificate of Honor from San Francisco Mayor London Breed.


We had another terrific match this year! We matched 17 UCSF students, while also drawing from a broad array of schools (25 in total). Of the 62 entering interns, 21 are from groups underrepresented in medicine. There are nine physician-scientists joining the program, six of whom are women. See the list here.


We stand with our AAPI communities to condemn the hate and racism fueling past and recent intolerable acts. We encourage you to check in with each other, engage in self-care, and take the Bystander Training. DOM will host a series of Healing Circles to bring us together in a safe space to share difficult experiences. More details soon. Contact Meshell Johnson with any questions.


Louise Aronson was quoted in several media outlets (including NPR, KQED Forum, and SF Chronicle) describing the pandemic year for seniors and how isolation and inactivity for people in nursing facilities can cause a decline in physical and mental health.

Peter Chin-Hong was quoted in several media outlets (including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, SF Chronicle, and SF Gate) regarding pandemic fatigue, vaccine side effects, and post-vaccination life. He, along with Monica Gandhi and Bob Wachter, was also quoted in SF Gate describing how to decrease risk during indoor activities.

Catherine Dao was featured in a KQED article highlighting how she, along with four other Asian American mothers, organized a rally against anti-Asian hate and racism.

Alicia Fernandez, Monica Gandhi, Diane Havlir, Carina Marquez, and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo were featured in a Mission Local article spotlighting how a group of trailblazing female UCSF physicians spearheaded Covid-19 research and community initiatives.

Margot Kushel was quoted in STAT and the SF Chronicle describing the lack of data on Covid-19 deaths among unhoused people and San Francisco’s strategy in homeless housing.

Nathan Lo was quoted in the SF Chronicle describing how standardized coronavirus tests and shorter quarantine times could make air travel safer as the pandemic continues.

Greg Marcus was quoted in The New York Times on data from the Health eHeart study that point to an average gain of 1.5 pounds per month during the pandemic.

Anthony Muiru was featured in the SF Chronicle on the challenges in funding a UC Berkeley program that has helped thousands of disadvantaged students enter STEM careers.

Michael Peluso was quoted in The New York Times cautioning that it’s too early to know whether vaccines are effective in treating Covid patients with long-term symptoms.

Carla Perissinotto was quoted in ABC 7 News describing how the Bay Area's homebound senior patients and caregivers struggle to access vaccines.

Neil Powe and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo were quoted in the SF Chronicle expressing concerns over Oakland Coliseum’s vaccine demographic data, where communities of color were underrepresented. Powe was also featured in a video campaign for the National Academy of Medicine urging Black Americans to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

Leslie Sheu received the 2020 PISCES Teaching Award for her outstanding dedication to teaching in the PISCES Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship.

Emily Silverman was interviewed in a CBS This Morning segment describing how the Nocturnists is archiving the history of the pandemic.

Michael Steinman was quoted in the SF Chronicle describing the creation of the Opioid Industry Documents Archive at UCSF and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Bob Wachter was featured in several media outlets (including SF Chronicle, SF Gate, and Plenary Session) describing our successes and failures in the first year of the pandemic.

Brie Williams was quoted in The Associated Press describing the impact prison workers can have in reducing future outbreaks.

See all DOM coronavirus-related news here.


Nominate deserving staff colleagues for the STAR Spot Award to recognize significant contributions for a specific project.


Please complete the one-hour UCSF Foundations of DEI course by April 25. It is available via the UC Learning Portal.


Charles Chiu and team: a grant of $1.7M over 2 years from the National Institute for Child Health & Human Development for a project entitled, “Discovery and clinical validation of host biomarkers of disease severity and multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) with Covid-19.”

Steve Schroeder and team: a grant of $1.3M over 2 years from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a project entitled, “Leveraging the Covid-19 pandemic to promote smoking cessation among those with behavioral health issues.”

Mark Anderson and team: a grant of $1.3M over 3 years from L. M. & H. B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for a project entitled, “Identification and analysis of extreme forms of type 1 diabetes, establishment of patient registry.”

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Adimora AA, Ramirez C, Poteat T, Archin NM, Averitt D, Auerbach JD, Agwu AL, Currier J, Gandhi M. HIV and women in the USA: What we know and where to go from here. Lancet. 2021 Feb 18; S0140-6736(21)00396-2. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00396-2.
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Adler-Milstein J. From digitization to digital transformation: Policy priorities for closing the gap. JAMA. 2021 Feb 23; 325(8):717-718. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.27014. » PubMed citation

Brooks J, Zikherman J. The BAFFling persistence of memory B cells. J Exp Med. 2021 Feb 01; 218(2):e20202057. doi: 10.1084/jem.20202057. » PubMed citation

Kadire SR, Wachter RM, Lurie N. Delayed second dose versus standard regimen for Covid-19 vaccination. N Engl J Med. 2021 Mar 4;384(9):e28. doi: 10.1056/NEJMclde2101987. Epub 2021 Feb 17. » PubMed citation

Koss CA, Havlir DV, Ayieko J, Kwarisiima D, Kabami J, Chamie G, Atukunda M, Mwinike Y, Mwangwa F, Owaraganise A, Peng J, Olilo W, Snyman K, Awuonda B, Clark TD, Black D, Nugent J, Brown LB, Marquez C, Okochi H, Zhang K, Camlin CS, Jain V, Gandhi M, Cohen CR, Bukusi EA, Charlebois ED, Petersen ML, Kamya MR, Balzer LB. HIV incidence after pre-exposure prophylaxis initiation among women and men at elevated HIV risk: A population-based study in rural Kenya and Uganda. PLoS Med. 2021 Feb; 18(2):e1003492. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003492. eCollection 2021 Feb. » PubMed citation

Ku E, Hsu R, Johansen K, McCulloch C, Mitsnefes M, Grimes B, Liu K. Recovery of kidney function after dialysis initiation in children and adults in the US: A retrospective study of United States renal data system data. PLoS Med. 2021 Feb 19; 18(2):e1003546. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003546. eCollection 2021 Feb. » PubMed citation

Mourad M. Donning and doffing. JAMA. 2021 Feb 09; 325(6):536. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.26468. » PubMed citation

Spinelli MA, Glidden DV, Gennatas ED, Bielecki M, Beyrer C, Rutherford G, Chambers H, Goosby E, Gandhi M. Importance of non-pharmaceutical interventions in lowering the viral inoculum to reduce susceptibility to infection by SARS-CoV-2 and potentially disease severity. Lancet Infect Dis. 2021 Feb 22;S1473-3099(20)30982-8. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30982-8. » PubMed citation

See all 203 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.
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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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Racism and Race: The Use of Race in Medicine and Implications for Health Equity Event Series
Join SOM in this four-session series on the use of racial categories in medicine and how to incorporate a race-conscious approach into clinical care, medical education, and research.
Wednesday, March 24 - End of April | Various Times
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The Annual Faculty Research Lectureship –
Clinical Science with Dr. John Fahy

Lecture: A Physician in Lung Science - Opportunity to Help Personalize Treatment for Asthma
Each year, this distinction proudly acknowledges the outstanding scientific achievements made by an Academic Senate member.
Wednesday, May 12 | 1pm-3pm
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