2022 Class

Dr. Carina Marquez


Carina Marquez, MD

Carina Marquez is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) and the Equity Lead of the UCSF Center For AIDS Research (CFAR).

Her research focuses on two areas (1) elucidating TB transmission dynamics in East Africa and developing interventions to improve the TB care continuum and (2) COVID-19 epidemiology in Latinx communities and interventions to reduce disparities.

She is a co-founder of Unidos en Salud, a community-academic partnership between UCSF and the San Francisco Latino Task-COVID 1. She is an ID and HIV specialist and directs the SALUD clinic, a clinic within the Positive Health Practice "Ward 86" at ZSFG, that is dedicated to providing multidisciplinary care to Latinx patients with HIV.

Dr. Nynikka Palmer


Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH

Nynikka Palmer is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

She has secondary appointments in the Departments of Urology and Radiation Oncology, co-leads the Prostate Cancer Task Force of the San Francisco Cancer Initiative, and is Director of the Research Education Component of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.

Her research focuses on developing actionable solutions with cultural influences to enhance delivery of high-quality prostate cancer care for African American men in low resource settings, such as peer navigation and training in relationship-centered communication to achieve health equity.

Dr. Mercedes Paredes


Mercedes Paredes, MD, PhD

Mercedes Paredes is an Associate Professor in the Weill Institute of Neuroscience and is part of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology and Biomedical Sciences graduate programs at UCSF.

Her lab investigates the cellular and molecular regulation of neuronal progenitor proliferation and migration that are enriched in the gyrated brain, as a model for human neurodevelopment.

She is a practicing neurologist with a focus on patients with epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders. She also serves as an Associate Director for the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program and holds a passion for mentoring trainees in careers in STEM, and neurology.

Dr. Gabriela Schmajuk


Gabriela Schmajuk, MD, MSc

Gabriela Schmajuk is an Associate Professor and Rheumatology Section chief at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

She is also core faculty at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and co-directs the Quality and Informatics Lab in the UCSF Division of Rheumatology.

Her research focuses on improving quality of care and medication safety through the use of health IT.

2020 (Inaugural) Class

Dr. Chao


Maria Chao, DrPH, MPA

Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA is an associate professor at the University of California San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Chao’s overarching goal is to investigate how complementary and integrative health approaches can advance health equity and improve quality of life among underserved populations living with chronic conditions.

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Dr. Lyles


Courtney Lyles, PhD

Courtney Lyles, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Departments of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is also core faculty in the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital and co-directs the UCSF CTSI Innovation in Research and Informatics Core. Her research specifically focuses on harnessing health information technology to improve chronic disease self-management and to ultimately reduce disparities in health and healthcare outcomes for marginalized populations.

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Dr. Sevelius


Jae Sevelius, PhD

Jae Sevelius, PhD, is the Director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) and the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. Dr. Sevelius is a licensed clinical psychologist whose research focuses on the investigation of risk and protective factors in transgender and gender diverse communities and relationships between intersectional stigma, gender affirmation, and health-related behaviors and outcomes. Most recently, their research has focused on developing and testing peer-led interventions to promote sexual health and resilience among transgender people by addressing intersectional stigma among transgender women of color and those affected by HIV in the San Francisco Bay Area and in São Paulo, Brazil.

Dr. Sevelius' Mentees: