Recent News & Highlights

Joys of Public Medical Writing
Louise Aronson, MD, was on NPR with a KQED Perspectives piece on “The Joys of Writing” and her work teaching public medical writing to doctors, nurses and health professions students.
For Older Adults, Questioning a Diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease
“Probably a majority of older patients we see have some degree of impaired renal function,” said Mike Steinman, MD.
EatSF offers Vouchers for Fruits, Veggies
“Fruits and vegetables are just out of reach for so many people who are living in the Tenderloin,” said architect of the program Hilary Seligman, MD.
Ephraim Engleman Passes Away at 104
“Eph was a treasured member of the UCSF community,” said Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS. “Not only did he put UCSF on the map in arthritis research during his extraordinary career, he lived an incredibly rich and vibrant life that inspired his patients, his colleagues and countless others who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be hugely missed.”
Agricultural Intervention Improves HIV Outcomes
“While this was a pilot study, these results prove the concept that improving food insecurity and alleviating poverty can affect HIV clinical outcomes,” said co-primary investigator, Sheri D. Weiser, MD, MPH.
2015 Strategic Planning Retreat

The sixth annual Strategic Planning Retreat will be held on October 30th. The topic of the retreat is "Digital Medicine: The DOM's Role as We (Finally) Become a Wired Industry".

UCSF Care at Home
Watch a short video portraying a day in the life of Dr. Helen Kao, medical director of UCSF Geriatrics Clinical Programs, and the importance of caring for patients in the home.
Donald Abrams Honored as a LGBT Hero
The California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus recognized Donald Abrams among 10 outstanding people who are making a difference in our communities.
360 Positive Care Center and Women's HIV Program Receives NCQA Recognition
360 Positive Care Center and Women's HIV Program has received Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition.
Traumatic life events may threaten women's heart health
Michelle Albert, MD, MPH, found that the death of a loved one, a life-threatening illness, or financial issues may have an especially negative effect on the heart health of middle aged and older women.
Eliseo Pérez-Stable Joins NIH
After 37 years of exemplary service to UCSF, Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable will take on a new role as Director of National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).
Wachter Named Nation’s ‘Most Influential’ Physician Executive
Robert Wachter, MD, has landed at number one on Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual list of the most influential physician executives.
Robert Wachter on Health IT's 'Hope, Hype and Harm'
Robert Wachter, MD, discusses his new book The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age which looks at the consequences of the past five years of electronic health records.
Dean Schillinger: Helping Kids Slam Diabetes – with Poetry
“I’ve become extremely interested in trying to engage young people in tackling this epidemic and bringing younger people’s voices into the conversation,” says Dean Schillinger, MD.
Carla Perissinotto: Keeping Seniors Healthy at Home
"My favorite part of my job is when I ask older adults the questions that most doctors don’t ask, such as, 'How are you getting along at home? Do you need help with what you’re doing? What are your goals in your life?'" says Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS.
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo: Seeing Health as Social Justice
"Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo's goal is to help improve health and prevent chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in these vulnerable groups."
Kanu Chatterjee, MD, Passes
It is with deep sadness that we report the recent passing of Professor Kanu Chatterjee. Dr. Chatterjee, the University’s Ernest Gallo-Kanu Chatterjee Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cardiology, retired from UCSF in 2009 after more than three decades of legendary clinical work and groundbreaking research. He was a beloved teacher and master clinician. There will be a memorial service in his honor at cardiology grand rounds on March 18 (5-6 pm) in room N-217.
DGIM Receives NCQA Recognition
The DGIM Clinic at Post Street has received Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition.
TAVR Expertise Creations Options for Cardiovascular Patients
Vaikom Mahadevan, MD and the TAVR/Heart valve team perform the first transcatheter mitral valve replacement at UCSF. The UCSF team has now performed transcatheter valve implants in all four cardiac positions in patients at UCSF. Learn more by reading the HVC Newsletter.
Brand Identity Update
The Department of Medicine website has a new look, with bolder and brighter colors, as part of UCSF's new brand identity.
Dr. Ephraim Engleman, 103, on longevity and why he'll never retire
"I think it’s important to remain engaged in life, and music and my work are ways to do that," said Ephraim Engleman in an interview by Today.
Can AIDS be cured?
The New Yorker Magazine interview Steven Deeks and Mike McCune regarding whether a cure for AIDS is possible.
HIV/AIDS Division Featured in Time Magazine
The HIV/AIDS Division is featured in Time Magazine for their innovative, 'breakthrough' programs and goal of 'zero new infections'.
Academy of Medical Educators Interviews Brian Schwartz
"A priority for my role as an Endowed Chair holder is to 'raise up' education in the DOM. I want to create grants for on the ground educators to go to meetings or do educational research projects. I am excited about the future of medical education," said Brian Schwartz.
S.F. Officers Get Training for Policing Seniors
Brie Williams' class for police officers is profiled in the Chronicle. Her class helps officers to understand how to relate to seniors and to quickly figure out when they are in danger.
Study Shows Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Damage
Exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke damages your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, Matthew Springer's preliminary research study suggests.
Phuoc Le to Travel to West Africa in Early November
Phuoc Le and Madhavi Dandu were interviewed on NBC News regarding Le's travel to West Africa to join the fight against Ebola.
Fall 2014 Frontiers of Medicine
The Fall 2014 Issue of the Department of Medicine newsletter, Frontiers of Medicine, is now online.
CDC teaches crash course for health care workers headed to hot zone
Phuoc Le was interviewed about his three-day CDC training course on treating Ebola. Watch the interview on CNN.
Wireless Implant Allows Doctors to Monitor UCSF Heart Patient at Home
UCSF is the first health institution in the western United States with the new CardioMEMS. You can watch the KPIX-TV news segment featuring Dr. Liviu Klein, Assistant Professor of Cardiology and Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Failure Device Program.
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