Recent News & Highlights

Popular Mobile Health Apps Fail to Serve Vulnerable Populations

“We’ve seen a recent glut of mobile apps that are meant to help people monitor their fitness levels and enhance their health,” said Urmimala Sarkar, MD, who led the study, “But many of the patients we see don’t appear to be able to use or access this technology."

White House, Gates Foundation Summit Explores Applying Precision Medicine to Public Health

“We are embarking on a journey together to explore what is possible in precision public health,” said summit organizer Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD.

$7.5M Award to Evaluate Breast Imaging Strategies

Karla Kerlikowske, MD is part of the team awarded $7.5 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) board of governors to determine the effectiveness of two supplemental breast screening and diagnostic workup strategies.

2015 NIH Funding: A Look at the Researchers Behind the Numbers

Read about some Department of Medicine researchers who received the most NIH funding and how their NIH grants can change the future of health.

Mindful Eating, Meditation May Lead to Better Metabolic Health

“Mindful eating practices promote awareness of experiences related to the desire to eat, actual sensations of hunger, fullness, satisfaction and enjoyment,” said first author Jennifer Daubenmier, PhD.

Pliant Therapeutics Launches to Treat Fibrotic Diseases

“Pliant’s founders include world-renowned researchers from UCSF who have discovered key insights into the biology behind fibrosis and developed small molecule therapeutics to target this devastating disease process."

Drug Provides Better Kidney Transplant Survival Rates

“Belatacept is potentially a transformational drug in kidney transplantation because unlike the currently used calcineurin inhibitor drugs cyclosporine and tacrolimus, it is not toxic to the kidney,” said lead author Flavio Vincenti, MD.

How Measurement Fails Doctors and Teachers

"Our businesslike efforts to measure and improve quality are now blocking the altruism, indeed the love, that motivates people to enter the helping professions. While we’re figuring out how to get better, we need to tread more lightly in assessing the work of the professionals who practice in our most human and sacred fields," wrote Bob Wachter, MD.

Study Finds E-Cigarettes Not Helping Smokers Quit

“The irony is that quitting smoking is one of the main reasons both adults and kids use e-cigarettes, but the overall effect is less, not more, quitting,” said study co-author Stanton A. Glantz, PhD.

$20M Grant from amfAR Funds Institute for HIV Cure Research

“For those of us who saw the AIDS epidemic explode and who watched helplessly as thousands died, the opportunity to try to develop an HIV cure is truly amazing,” said Paul Volberding, MD.

Dr. Dick Fine

Dr. Dick Fine passed away on November 10. Dick gave much to the SFGH and UCSF communities. To learn more about his fascinating story, watch the documentary film, “A Biker with a Moral Compass: Dick Fine and the Evolving Culture of SFGH.”

The Unintended Pain of Computerized Medicine

"Even good folks are beginning to crumble under the weight of technology in medicine. It’s a completely new way of practicing medicine. If you don’t approach it that way, you can get it wrong and then you start to see burnouts and errors," said Robert Wachter, MD.

Better Management of Diabetes Through Nutritious Food and Education

“We have not traditionally thought of food pantries as places to provide diabetes education and diabetes support, but they are in fact ideal places because they reach so many vulnerable people who suffer from diabetes and because they have unique expertise in the distribution of food,” said first author Hilary Seligman, MD.

NIH Awards $9.75 Million for Health ePeople

“The primary goal of Health ePeople is to provide a resource enabling convenient and efficient mobile and wireless health research,” said co-principal investigator Jeffrey Olgin, MD.

Joys of Public Medical Writing

Louise Aronson, MD, was on NPR with a KQED Perspectives piece on “The Joys of Writing” and her work teaching public medical writing to doctors, nurses and health professions students.

For Older Adults, Questioning a Diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease

“Probably a majority of older patients we see have some degree of impaired renal function,” said Mike Steinman, MD.

EatSF offers Vouchers for Fruits, Veggies

“Fruits and vegetables are just out of reach for so many people who are living in the Tenderloin,” said architect of the program Hilary Seligman, MD.

Ephraim Engleman Passes Away at 104

“Eph was a treasured member of the UCSF community,” said Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS. “Not only did he put UCSF on the map in arthritis research during his extraordinary career, he lived an incredibly rich and vibrant life that inspired his patients, his colleagues and countless others who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be hugely missed.”

Agricultural Intervention Improves HIV Outcomes

“While this was a pilot study, these results prove the concept that improving food insecurity and alleviating poverty can affect HIV clinical outcomes,” said co-primary investigator, Sheri D. Weiser, MD, MPH.

2016 Tech Challenge Winners

The DOM is pleased to announce the winners of our Tech Challenge, designed to promote the use of digital tools and strategies to advance our missions. The two winning proposals will each receive $75,000 plus additional technical support. Thanks to all who participated in the Tech Challenge.

UCSF Care at Home

Watch a short video portraying a day in the life of Dr. Helen Kao, medical director of UCSF Geriatrics Clinical Programs, and the importance of caring for patients in the home.

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."