Fireside Chats

In 2017, DOM launched a new series — Fireside Chats. These events consist of DOM Chair Bob Wachter interviewing a prominent UCSF faculty member (or visiting professor) about her/his life in medicine.

All chats are videotaped and shown later on UCTV.
 

A Life in Medicine: People Shaping Healthcare Today

Dr. Kirsten Bibbins- Domingo

From self-described army brat to a renowned physician and scientist, Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo's career success is due in part to her many interests and her ability to pursue a job in which she could thrive. In this conversation, we learn how she is helping to shape healthcare through her work both at UCSF and as the immediate past-chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force.

Dr. Lloyd "Holly" Smith

From a small town in South Carolina to joining UCSF as chair of the Department of Medicine in 1964, Lloyd "Holly" Smith helped transform UCSF into a leader in research, medical education and patient care. Dr. Smith has earned many honors and had a lasting impact on UCSF. He reflects on his career and the challenges of shaking up the status quo with Dr. Robert Wachter.

Dr. Andy Josephson 

Andy Josephson is one of the most respected academic neurologists in the nation. In addition to serving as chair of UCSF's Department of Neurology, he is a founder of the neuro-hospitalist movement in the United States, an accomplished clinical researcher, the recipient of several teaching awards, and chair of UCSF's Ethics Committee. Our chair interviews him about academic medicine, the evolving science of clinical neurology, and how he combines his disparate interests into a meaningful career.

Dr. Paul Volberding

Dr. Paul Volberding, professor of medicine at UCSF, was perhaps the leading clinician in the United States in the early days of the HIV epidemic. As a young oncologist finishing his training in the early 1980's, Volberding recalls seeing a young gay man with a previously rare tumor: Kaposi's sarcoma. Little did he know that the underlying immunodeficiency that led to KS would come to define his career. Volberding went on to become the founding chief of the AIDS division at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Talmadge King 

Dr. Talmadge King, Jr. is Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at UCSF. Dr. King is an internationally known expert on interstitial lung diseases. In the interview with our current chair, Dr. King describes his remarkable journey from a small town upbringing – including segregated schools – to the pinnacle of academic medicine.
 

Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal 

Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal is a Professor of Medicine at UCSF and is generally considered one of the most skillful diagnosticians in the United States. He teaches medical students and residents in the ER, inpatient wards and outpatient clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.