Recent News & Highlights

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.
Tseng Receives Funding to Study HIV/AIDS, Sudden Cardiac Death
Zian H. Tseng received a four-year $2.14 million grant from the NIH to expand on his research of people with HIV/AIDS and their increased risk of sudden cardiac death.
2014 Strategic Planning Retreat

The fifth annual Strategic Planning Retreat was held on October 10th. The retreat featured TED-like talks from six of our talented faculty members. Their TED-like talks will be available for viewing in early 2015.

Robert Wachter Named Top Influencer
Robert Wachter has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare due to his "strength of ideas and ability to influence the way people think about important issues in healthcare."
Bay Area Must Invest in Health Services for Older Adults
"So the problem isn't what we do have here in the Bay Area, it's what we lack: health care and philanthropic giants focused on the segment of our population that does routinely need medical care: older adults," wrote Louise Aronson.
Bone Drugs May Not Protect Osteoporotic Women from Breast Cancer
"Women should not take these drugs thinking they will protect them from breast cancer," said Co-Author Steven Cummings.
Progress Since 2013 Strategic Retreat
Progress has been made since the 2013 Strategic Planning Retreat in three major project areas: decreasing the clinical care delivery burden, increasing leadership opportunities in the DOM and making virtual meetings easier.
Personalized Medicine for Kidney Transplant Recipients
Flavio Vincenti is the principal investigator in a new seven-year, $17 million multicenter study funded by the NIH to determine if certain immune system cells and/or a drug now used for treating rheumatoid arthritis can be effective in improving and maintaining the long-term health of kidney transplant recipients.
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