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News Links July/August 2017

A Monthly Digest for Faculty and Staff at UCSF School of Medicine

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Feature Stories

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Photo: Elisabeth Fall

New medical education podcast The Spark shares Bridges Curriculum stories, covering topics ranging from global health research to new approaches in healthcare equity to novel ways to tackle today’s most challenging illnesses. Each episode provides a glimpse into how our medical students are being trained to think adaptively, grow continuously as learners, and adopt the habits of mind in scientific inquiry and discovery around complex health issues.

Elsewhere, our students are nurturing scientific curiosity in San Francisco Unified School District elementary school classrooms.


Our collective UCSF fundraising goal for this Sunday's AIDS Walk San Francisco is higher than ever this year. San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy recently joined Diane Havlir, MD, and Paul Volberding, MD, at a UCSF event to rally the UCSF community to give due to threatened HIV funding at the federal level. We invite you to visit our School of Medicine team page to learn how you can support our team as a walker or with a donation.

Courses and Certificate Program in Implementation Science now enrolling: UCSF’s Training in Clinical Research program and CTSI Online Education are pleased to offer a series of six courses focused on how to design, adapt, implement and evaluate health interventions in health systems and communities. Courses can be taken individually or completed over 1-2 years (in-person or online) as part of a certificate program. Trainees include clinical/public health researchers, clinicians, public health/public policy practitioners, and quality improvement officers.

The Clinical Sciences Building general contractor is hired and working behind the scenes (see update). Additional updates will be provided once an updated timeline is available.


Leadership & Alumni News

  • Elizabeth Fair, PhD, MPH, has been named director of the UCSF Health Sciences PhD program.
  • Alum Matthew Kuehnert, MD, was named medical director at the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, the world's largest tissue bank.
  • Diana Nicoll, MD, PhD, retired on July 7, after 40 years of distinguished service to the San Francisco VA Health Care System. Rina Shah, MD, SFVAHCS deputy chief of staff, has assumed the role of interim chief of staff and Theodora Maura, MD, has assumed the role of interim deputy chief of staff.
  • Shant Vartanian, MD, was appointed interim chief of the Department of Surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General on July 7. He assumes this position from Hobart Harris, MD, MPH, who served as interim chief since May 2016.



William Hamilton, MD, who, as chair, who built the Department of Anesthesia into one of the premier anesthesia departments in the world, has passed away. In 1983, he became the first vice dean for clinical affairs at UCSF.

Howard Kline, MD, a longtime clinical faculty member and beloved teacher, has passed away.

Tip of the Month

Bookmark Campus Life Services Construction Impacts website for up-to-date information on current construction work and how it affects your commute and campus travel.