Despite being an odd and disconcerting year, 2016 was an exceptional year for the Department of Medicine, and 2017 promises to be even better. That’s not to say that there aren’t some storm clouds on the horizon, and some difficult choices that we’ll need to make. But we are well positioned to thrive and to lead. Read the rest of the Chair's Corner.
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.
Alka Kanaya received a $1M donation from the family of a grateful patient to support her research on South Asian cardiovascular health. She plans to use this gift to expand the MASALA cohort study to enroll second generation young adults to determine the effects of acculturation on lifestyle factors and cardiometabolic risk.
The UCSF Health Palliative Care Program, led by Steve Pantilat, will receive a grant of $3 million over three years from the Stupski Foundation to create a system of care that provides scalable, comprehensive, and coordinated palliative care for all patients who need it.
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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...
"I am grateful to have trained and stayed at such a generous and welcoming institution..."
— Julie Zikherman, MD
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."
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:
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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...
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."
Robert M. Wachter, MD
Department of Medicine
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.
"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
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...
"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