Recent News & Highlights

20th Anniversary of the Cardiology Council

On March 19, 2017, Jeff Olgin and the Division of Cardiology welcomed 112 donors to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bill Grossman's arrival at UCSF and the founding of Cardiology Council. Read more about the Cardiology Council here.

UCSF Department of Medicine #1 in 2016 NIH Funding

The Department of Medicine received the most funding of any department in the U.S. from the NIH. In doing so, it is likely that DOM is the first department to ever receive more than $200 million from the NIH in a single year. Read more about the rankings here.

UCSF Raised the Most in Private Contributions of Any Public U.S. University in 2016

UCSF has raised the most in private contributions of any public U.S. university for the second straight year in 2016. UCSF’s private contributions place it as the fifth-highest of all universities nationwide. Read more here.

New Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan (STAR)

A Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan (“STAR Program”) for policy-covered staff and represented staff in the clerical (CX) bargaining unit will recognize employees’ outstanding efforts and accomplishments in two ways: SPOT and ACHIEVEMENT Awards. See the chair’s announcement here.


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.


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.

UCSF Health Palliative Care Program $3 Million Grant

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.

UCSF Ranked One of the Top 20 Universities in the World

UCSF ranked as one of the top 20 universities in the world, according to the 2017 Best Global Universities rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The only health sciences university in the top ranks, UCSF ranked 3rd in the world in Clinical Medicine.

UCSF to Collaborate on Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

UCSF, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley will join forces in a new biomedical science research center funded by a $600 million commitment from Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan. The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub will emphasize foundational science and biotechnology research.

Hangouts with HIVE

HIVE presents: Beyond Compassion, Caring for Women with a History of Trauma. Join us *live* for a discussion via Google+ Hangouts on Air on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 10am PT/12 noon CT/1pm ET. We will hear from our esteemed panel of women’s care champions. Register here.

Staff Service Milestones

Congratulations to our phenomenal staff who have achieved UC Service Milestones in 2016! Among them are (pictured left to right, top to bottom): Sue Sheehan (35 yrs), Patricia Winston (35 yrs), Violet Garcia (30 yrs), Jep Poon (30 yrs), Sadie McFarlane (30 yrs), and Rochelle Blanco (25 yrs). See the full list of awardees here.

October is UCSF's Diversity Month

This year’s theme is “Building Community at UCSF.” See the full lineup of UCSF’s Diversity Month events here.

The School of Medicine's Bridges Curriculum

The School of Medicine launched Bridges, a radically innovative curriculum designed to train the doctors of the future. Read the article here.

Margaret Fang Awarded $3.5 Million from PCORI

Margaret Fang was awarded $3.5 million from PCORI to compare the effectiveness of blood thinners for the long-term treatment of venous thromboembolism. Read more here.

UCSF Medical Center Ranked 7th Best Hospital in the U.S.

UCSF has been ranked 7th best hospital in the US by US News & World Report, with several DOM specialties among the nation's best.

New Division Managers

DOM welcomes new Division Managers: Jena Desai for Hospital Medicine at ZSFG; Ryan Rieger for Nephrology at UCSF Health; Nyya Lark-Wilson for Endocrinology and Rheumatology at ZSFG; and Jon Rueter for General Internal Medicine at UCSF Health.

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.