Donor Profiles

Read stories and profiles of Department of Medicine donors from the Department's newsletter, Frontiers of Medicine.

Cardiology 2020: New Frontiers in Cardiology Issue 20, Spring 2015

The UCSF Division of Cardiology has launched Cardiology 2020, a bold plan to advance key areas of cardiologyrelated research, patient care and education in the coming decades. "In recent years, we have made... » Read More

Recruiting Top Talent for Tough ProblemsIssue 19, Fall 2014

The people at UCSF are an incredibly dedicated group of outstanding medical professionals and scientists," says Rich Kushel. "But they are competing for great talent with a lot of other big universities and medical centers, some of which have a real funding advantage. My wife and I wanted to help UCSF attract the best early- career faculty, and help ... » Read More

Hellman Foundation In Tune with Patients’ Deepest ValuesIssue 18, Spring 2014

Warren Hellman – private equity pioneer, philanthropist, founder of San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival and banjo player – finished writing one last song while hospitalized for leukemia in 2011. Hellman was about to play "The Big Twang Theory” for the first time when members of the palliative care team arrived – including Steven Pantilat, MD, the ... » Read More

Nina Ireland: Transforming Lung HealthIssue 15, Fall 2012

Nina Ireland suffered from emphysema for decades. But with excellent self- care and the help of her longtime doctor, UCSF pulmonologist Jeffrey Golden, MD, she lived an active life, tending her beautiful gardens and walking the San Francisco hills with her beloved German shepherds. After a brief illness, Ireland, 67, died in October 2010 ... » Read More

Great Loss Inspires Search for IPF Cure Issue 14, Spring 2012

In 1975, Virginia and Raymond Harroun lost their 35-year-old son, John, to pulmonary fibrosis – a disease that scars the lungs, for reasons that are still unknown. In addition to his parents, John also left behind his sister, Anne, and his wife, Ivory. Tragically, John’s father, Raymond, also developed the disease, and died in 1988 ... » Read More

Nina Ireland Bequests $48 Million to UCSF Issue 12, Spring 2011

On October 7, 2010, Nina Ireland, a long-time supporter and friend of UCSF, passed away at UCSF Medical Center after a brief illness. Her generosity to UCSF spanned three decades and included establishment of ... » Read More

Dr. James W. Ostroff Named to Rainin Professorship Issue 12, Spring 2011

James W. Ostroff, MD, the Lynne and Marc Benioff Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology, has been named the first faculty member to hold the Kenneth Rainin Distinguished Professorship in Gastrointestinal Disease. Ostroff, the director of the endoscopy unit and gastrointestinal consultative service at UCSF Medical Center, will hold both endowed positions ... » Read More

Ralph Hewett Fellowship Established Issue 11, Fall 2010

Ralph Hewett, an entrepreneur who ran a maritime supply business on the San Francisco waterfront, passed away a week before his 95th birthday from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). “His doctors at UCSF were terrific to him during the course of his illness, and we wanted to do something to memorialize him,” says ... » Read More

Rotasa Foundation Supports Center for Vulnerable Populations Issue 10, Spring 2010

The Rotasa Foundation has awarded a $500,000 matching grant to the Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP), a pioneering center based at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). The CVP conducts and disseminates innovative research and advances health communication to prevent and treat chronic diseases ... » Read More