It is with great sadness that we notify you that Ellen Hughes, MD, PhD passed away on June 17, 2015. Surrounded by her loving family, Ellen died at home after battling cancer.
Ellen was a professor of medicine who was honored to call UCSF her "medical home" for over 35 years, initially as a student in the class of 1984, medicine resident, faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Advisory College Mentor. She was awarded the prestigious Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching by clinical faculty at UCSF in 1996, the first Humanism in Medicine Award by the class of 2000, and has received six major teaching awards from medical school students. In September 2001, she was chosen as one of the founding members of the Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF. She especially enjoyed combining her love of teaching with patient care. Ellen had a special interest in alternative and complementary medicine, and was instrumental in establishing UCSF’S Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.
Ellen lived her life with grace and dignity. She will be remembered for her extraordinary kindness and for bringing out the best in everyone with whom she interacted.
Shelley R. Adler, PhD, Interim Director and Director of Education for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, remembers Ellen Hughes as a cherished colleague and friend. "Any of you who have had the pleasure and honor of spending time with Ellen also know that she was generously wise, gracefully insightful, kindly humorous, and intuitively mindful. She was a highly sought after, tremendously appreciated, and truly beloved clinician and educator--and she was one of the pioneers of genuinely integrative medicine. Ellen will continue to inspire us, both through the way she lived her life, as well as through her approach to the naturalness of death."
Her friend and colleague, Dr. Stephen McPhee said, "She was such a force for the good here -- I think not only of her personal kindness with patients, residents, and fellow faculty (including me) but also of her programmatic contributions to our DGIM at Doctoring to Heal, residents' well-being retreats, DGIM retreats, to name just a few examples--and her vital role in mentoring beginning students at their most vulnerable early stage."