Launching the Division of Palliative Medicine at UCSF Health

Palliative care has revolutionized the care of patients near the end of life, and helped transform our approach to symptom management, care across the continuum, communication, and medical ethics. To respond to the growth and complexity of the field, the DOM will create a new Division of Palliative Medicine (DPM) at its UCSF Health sites.


News & Highlights


Lloyd Damon and his team received a $1M donation from Barbara and Philip O’Hay to establish the Nicole O’Hay Endowed Fellowship in Hematologic Malignancies Research. This gift was made in memory of their daughter Nicole, who passed away from leukemia at age 45. Read more here.


Bryan Greenhouse, Alex Marson, and Oren Rosenberg were among the 15 UCSF researchers selected as the first cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators. Each investigator will receive a five-year appointment and up to $1.5M in unrestricted funding to conduct life science research.


Esteban Burchard and team were approved by the NIH to Whole Genome Sequence (WGS) samples from 15,580 minority children with asthma and drug response. This will be the largest WGS study of ethnically diverse populations in the world and will make UCSF one of the largest genomic centers in the US. Read more here.

Residency Program
A Happy Group of Residents

Become Leaders of Internal Medicine

Residents in our program are exposed to the broadest range of patients and faculty, leading to an incredibly rich clinical experience.

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Awards & Recognition

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Maria Novelero was named the DOM Associate Chair for Administration.

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Michael Chen was named the DOM Associate Chair for Finance.

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Mitch Feldman was appointed the new Chief of DGIM at UCSF Health.

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Training Tomorrow's Healthcare Leaders

The educational programs in the Department of Medicine offer students, residents, and fellows learning at the highest level in internal medicine and its subspecialties. Our goal is to attract the best learners in the country and to provide them experiences that will advance their careers in exciting, fun...

Training Tomorrow's Healthcare Leaders

"I am grateful to have trained and stayed at such a generous and welcoming institution..."

— Julie Zikherman, MD

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Medical Student's Point of View

PISCES: Better Teaching and Care

When Chris Krajewski was hospitalized last summer, she met third-year medical student Jenny Cohen, who was on an inpatient rotation. "From the time she introduced herself, I've been really closely in touch with Jenny," says Krajewski. "She's been the most incredible advocate for me, and working with her has made a huge difference in my medical care."

Specialty Highlights

The Department of Medicine is made up of 16 specialties in four medical centers in the cities of San Francisco and Fresno, and dozens of affiliated institutes, centers, programs, and groups. Here are noteworthy news from highlighted specialties:

Dr. Anna Chodos Elected to the Board of the National Association for Geriatric Education

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Hospital Medicine ZSFG
Hospital Medicine ZSFG
The Academy of Medical Educators has recognized Elizabeth Imbert, MD with a 2016 Excellence in...

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CVP's director Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo and associate faculty Courtney Lyles are leading a new...

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General Internal Medicine
General Internal Medicine
Dr. Nicole Appelle Receives 2016 Excellence in Teaching AwardThe UCSF Academy of Medical Educators...

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Faculty & Staff

The Best Environment for the Generation of Leaders

The people of the Department of Medicine are its greatest strength. We work hard to attract, retain and support the most outstanding faculty and staff found at any medical research university in the country. Our goal is to create the best possible environment in which to work and to build careers...

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Message from the Chair

"My job as chair is simple: to help all of our faculty, fellows, and residents be the best physicians, researchers, teachers, and leaders they can be; help them fashion meaningful and productive careers; and help them make a positive difference in the lives of their patients, their trainees, and their colleagues. It is a true privilege to have this opportunity."

Bob Wachter

Robert M. Wachter, MD
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The Department of Medicine is #1 in NIH Funding

From bench to bedside, the Department of Medicine focuses on generating knowledge from research that will alleviate human suffering through the prevention and treatment of disease.

Charles Ryan, MD

"It provides me the security to be creative and take risks, and that's incredibly exciting. It's very humbling to think that the same person who has supported ventures such as Genentech and Google is now investing in our work. He inspires us to think about novel approaches to cancer in an intellectually rigorous way."

— Charles Ryan, MD

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Patient Care

Providing the Highest Quality, Patient-Centered Care

Our goal is to provide patients with the highest quality of care possible, in a manner that respects patient values, preferences and goals of care. Our faculty includes world-renowned clinical experts across the full spectrum of default care and medical specialties, and multiple specialties consistently rank...

Margaret Wheeler, MD

"Lisa (Murphy), cares so passionately about our patients' welfare," says SFGH internist Margaret Wheeler, MD, herself a Master Clinician. "She is a born teacher and has an infectious interest in endocrinological problems."

— Margaret Wheeler, MD

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ZSFG Medicine Grand Rounds

Antimicrobial resistance
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