Distinguished Professorships and Endowed Chairs

An endowment brings together donors, a vision, and a leading faculty member who will carry this vision forward. This synergy of generosity, purpose and leadership generates a force that ripples out in multiple directions and for many years.

By creating an endowed faculty position, these donors have helped to assure the future quality and international pre-eminence of our University. All great institutions depend upon a foundation of endowments to provide a reliable source of funding for their premier talent. The prospect of an endowment is crucial to recruit new faculty, whose passions and aspirations we want to support. Endowments are also essential to retain our current top faculty, whose great successes draws the attention of other institutions. But the primary goal of an endowment is the work it generates and the results it makes possible. Endowments are the bedrock which supports our progress towards discoveries that directly benefit patients and the health of people everywhere.

Below are highlights of recently established chairs and current efforts to create endowed positions in honor of Department of Medicine faculty members.

Recently Established Chairs

Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Translational Research in Aging

Christine S. Ritchie, MD, MSPH

Christine S. Ritchie, MD, MSPH, was appointed as the first recipient of the Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Translational Research in Aging, which was created through a unique collaboration among UCSF, the Harris Fishbon Fund and the Jewish Home of San Francisco. She will lead the development of a UCSF research program, located at the Jewish Home of San Francisco, to improve the care and quality of life of older adults by translating research findings into clinical benefits for older adults with serious illnesses.

Ritchie was recruited from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she held numerous leadership positions. Her research focuses on advanced illness and multimorbidity, care transitions, supportive care in cancer and other serious illnesses, and informatics and emerging technology in chronic disease management. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical School, Chapel Hill. She completed her training in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatric medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a master of science in Public Health.

Kenneth Rainin Distinguished Professorship in Gastrointestinal Disease

James W. Ostroff, MD

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.

An exceptional inventor and entrepreneur, Kenneth Rainin founded the Rainin Instrument Company at the age of 25, which initially distributed laboratory instruments and supplies. He is perhaps best known for securing the rights to sell a line of laboratory pipettes, making design improvements that built the Pipetman into the dominant brand of pipettes used in laboratories ... » Read More

Rombauer Family Distinguished Professorship in Pancreas Cancer Clinical and Translational Science

Margaret Tempero, MD

Margaret Tempero, MD, was appointed as the first recipient of the Rombauer Family Distinguished Professorship in Pancreas Cancer Clinical and Translational Science. The professorship was created through the generosity of Koerner Rombauer, whose wife, Joan, received care from Tempero, and their children, Sheana and K.R.

Tempero earned her master’s degree in clinical pathology, and medical degree, and completed her internal medicine residency and oncology fellowship, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She served on the faculty there until her recruitment to UCSF in 2000, where she served as chief of medical oncology and deputy director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is currently the director of the UCSF Pancreas Center.

Current Efforts

Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair

Stephen J. McPhee, MD

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Stephen J. McPhee has been the core of the Division of General Internal Medicine and the primary care residency program. Dr. McPhee is the rare educator who has significantly improved general medicine education nationally and consistently inspires individual trainees locally. He is one of UCSF’s most-respected clinicians, is the Division’s most highly sought-after clinical preceptor, and is a source of friendship and personal strength to residents, graduates and faculty.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Division of General Internal Medicine and the primary care training program, the Division has elected to establish the Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair at UCSF. The formal creation of this chair is featured in the Spring 2013 issue of the Frontiers of Medicine.

A permanent endowment in Dr. McPhee’s name will be a lasting tribute to Dr. McPhee, but will also provide important resources to support the career of a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine. The Chair will be awarded to a faculty member who shares Steve’s incredible dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients while at the same time maintaining a passionate commitment to providing the best training for our residents.

John F. Murray Distinguished Professorship

John F. Murray, MD

The John F. Murray Distinguished Professorship will support a faculty member who will lead the SFGH Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in teaching, clinical care, research and support of junior faculty, will support the premier public teaching hospital at San Francisco General, and will honor Dr. Murray for his illustrious career and his ongoing contributions to SFGH and to world lung health. A fully-funded professorship will be an outstanding gift to the academic mission of our division in teaching, research and clinical care ... » Read More