The Power of Philanthropy

reprinted from Issue 15, Fall 2012 of Frontiers of Medicine (PDF)

Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD, Chair, Department of Medicine

As this issue’s cover story describes, the UCSF Department of Medicine is seeing the first fruits of Nina Ireland’s extraordinary gift to support pulmonary medicine. We look forward to many decades of exciting discoveries that her generous bequest will make possible.

At UCSF, we are fortunate to receive many private donations, whether they come as bequests, as endowed chairs or distinguished professorships to support a specific position, as noted on p. 9, or gifts that provide much-needed operational support for the four parts of our mission: patient care, research, education and public policy. As state support and federal grant funding dwindle, the power of philanthropy is becoming increasingly vital to fueling innovations at UCSF that will change the face of medicine. We are committed to choosing wisely, making thoughtful decisions about how to best use each gift.

In this era of constrained resources and immense challenges, we cannot do everything. However, we have a great opportunity to invest in initiatives that have the most potential to transform health and health care for our patients, and we can then disseminate our findings nationally and internationally. As noted in the profile on p. 8, Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA, one of our many distinguished alumni, eloquently outlines a grantmaker’s perspective on making wise choices.

At the heart of the Department of Medicine are our outstanding faculty and staff. I hope the listing of their recent awards and the profiles of our most recent Master Clinicians help to illustrate the breadth of their accomplishments. We are continuing our Departmental strategic planning efforts to best utilize the talents of all our members, as we work to advance our mission. Our patients are the inspiration for all our efforts, and the Quality & Safety Corner highlights ways that we are working to provide more effective, efficient and coordinated outpatient care at all three of our campuses.

We are truly grateful for your support of the UCSF Department of Medicine, and are working diligently to be good stewards of the gifts that you have entrusted to us. Thank you for helping us to achieve our goals.


Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD
Chair, Department of Medicine
Julius R. Krevans Distinguished Professorship in Internal Medicine

Frontiers of Medicine Main Page