Recent News & Highlights

DOM in 2018: A Look Back and a Look Ahead

2017 was a year of tremendous accomplishment by the faculty, trainees, and staff of the UCSF Department of Medicine (DOM). Read the Chair’s Corner here for Bob Wachter's thoughts on where we have been, and the opportunities and challenges ahead.

DOM Fireside Chats - Dr. Paul Volberding

Our fourth fireside chat with Dr. Paul Volberding is now available (via UCTV). He discusses the remarkable progress in turning HIV into a manageable chronic disease and the possibility of finding a cure for AIDS. Click here to view all fireside chats.

Too Many Older Patients Get Cancer Screenings

Louise Walter and Sei Lee were featured in a New York Times article on cancer screenings for older patients. For many older patients, screening for cancer is not their most pressing need.

SF Moves Toward Zero New HIV Infections with Help from UCSF

Diane Havlir and Monica Gandhi were featured in a news article on UCSF's contributions toward San Francisco's goal of achieving zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-associated deaths, and zero HIV stigma.

DOM Annual Report: Inventing the Future of Medicine

Our first-ever DOM annual report highlights the many accomplishments of our faculty, trainees, and staff, as they reinvent the way we provide clinical care, teach, and seek answers to the hardest questions in health care. Read the full report here .

Criswell named Vice Chancellor of Research for UCSF

Lindsey Criswell, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at UCSF Health, was named Vice Chancellor of Research for UCSF. In her new role, Criswell will direct UCSF’s efforts to advance innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research across the University’s professional schools and graduate programs.

In Memoriam: Marvin Sleisenger

Marvin Sleisenger, who served as Chief of the Medical Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Vice Chair of our Department of Medicine for nearly 40 years, passed away at the age of 93 on October 19, 2017. A celebration of his life was held on Tuesday, November 14, 4-5:30pm at Cole Hall.

DOM Innovators in Clinical Informatics

In a first for hospital infection control, a team of researchers led by Sara Murray used electronic health record (EHR) geospatial data to track down the source of a common hospital-acquired infection, C diff. The UCSF Health Informatics Team will continue to push the boundaries of EHR data to tackle healthcare's hardest problems. Read more here.

DOM Fireside Chats - Dr. Lloyd

Our second fireside chat with Dr. Lloyd "Holly" Smith is now available (via UCTV) and by podcast. From a small town in South Carolina to joining UCSF as chair of the Department of Medicine in 1964, Holly Smith helped transform UCSF into a leader in research, medical education and patient care. Click here to access both.

Welcome to our new DOM Faculty members

There are 73 of them, with 55 based at a UCSF Health site, 16 at ZSFG, and 2 at the VA. Our new faculty are a vital source of energy and innovation, and we are confident that they will take UCSF and our department to even greater heights. See the list of new faculty and orientation dates here.

AVON 39: The Walk to End Breast Cancer

The 15th annual San Francisco AVON 39 raised $3.1 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer. Our very own UCSF/ZSFG Genome Team raised over $29,000 and was one of the top 10 fundraising teams.

2017 UCSF Learning Healthcare System Project Awards

Sajan Patel and Rebecca Sudore each received 2017 UCSF Learning Healthcare System Project Awards for projects that use the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) platform to improve care.

Next DOM Fireside Chat - August 11, 2017

The next Fireside Chat will be held on Friday, August 11, in room M989, from noon to 1 pm, at the UCSF Parnassus campus. Bob Wachter will be interviewing Lloyd Hollingsworth (Holly) Smith, MD, about his formidable and transformative career in medicine.

Just launched! Repro Health Toolkit for Providers of MLHIV

HIVE has just launched a toolkit for providers of men living with HIV. The toolkit features lessons learned from our Positive Reproductive Outcomes for HIV+ Men (PRO Men) program, recommendations for shifting clinic practice and policy, disclosure counseling tips, and other resources.

Welcome to our new UCSF Medicine Interns

Our 60 new interns are an extraordinary group, hailing from 31 different medical schools, with a remarkable set of talents and backgrounds. More than 25 percent are from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in medicine. We are thrilled that they are joining us.

DOM Cohort Initiative

Each year, the Department of Medicine offers grants of up to $100,000 either to initiate the development of new cohorts or to expand the use of existing cohorts into new areas. The goal of funded projects is to develop cohorts that are widely used by both clinical and bench investigators. The 2017 awardees are: Carolyn Hendrickson and Edward Hsaio.

DOM Fireside Chats

DOM is launching a new series — Fireside Chats. These events will consist of DOM Chair Bob Wachter interviewing a prominent UCSF faculty member (or visiting professor) about her/his life in medicine. The first chat will be held Friday, July 7, from noon to 1 pm, in room M989 at the UCSF Parnassus campus. Bob will be interviewing Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo.

Master Clinicians

David Daikh, Umesh Masharani, and Francis Yao (pictured above, left to right) are this year's Master Clinicians. The Council of Master Clinicians was established by our department to honor members of our faculty whose main professional focus is clinical care, and who provide such care with uncommon skill and grace. See the complete list of of Master Clinicians here.

2017 DOM Star Achievement Award Winners

Congratulations to the DOM staff recipients of the Achievement Awards! The awards are part of the UCSF STAR Program, which recognizes staff members' significant contributions and/or sustained, exceptional performance over time. See the complete list of awardees here.

Meet our New Chief Residents

We are pleased to introduce our 2017-2018 Chief Medical Residents! Our chief residents serve as critical teachers, mentors, and program leaders. Please join us in thanking these eight outstanding individuals and welcoming them to this crucial role.

2017 School of Medicine Graduation Teaching Awards

Each year, the graduating medical school class presents awards to faculty and housestaff who have been outstanding teachers, mentors, and role models to medical students at UCSF. Read more about the DOM awardees here.

ZSFG Medicine Faculty and Fellow Awards

Every year the Department of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General celebrates its hard-working, talented and dedicated members through the ZSFG Medicine Service Awards. Read more about the awardees here.

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.