Dear Colleagues:

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD, as our new Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor – Medical Affairs, effective July 1.

Dear Colleagues, Like you, I am greatly saddened by the tremendous loss of life and widespread devastation resulting from Saturday’s powerful earthquake in Nepal. Our thoughts are with the victims and people of Nepal and members of the UCSF community who have family, friends or colleagues in the affected areas.

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

More than one year has passed since UCSF implemented a Tobacco Free at Work policy. As a reminder, this policy applies to all UCSF faculty, staff, students, and trainees. The policy states that all are required to be tobacco-free while at work and refrain from tobacco and e-cigarette use during any scheduled work shift (including all breaks), whether on or off campus.

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:
I am writing with an update regarding the progress of the campus-wide exercise that the UCSF community completed in late 2013 and early 2014 – the UCSF2025 online game and subsequent workshops. These efforts, to generate big ideas for the future of UCSF, engaged a diverse and large proportion of our community, and many of you have asked what the follow-up has been thus far. The following provides a status of the overall UCSF 2.0 initiative.

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased and proud to inform you that our Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy topped the nation in federal biomedical research funding in their fields in 2014 for the second year in a row, with the graduate-level university as a whole receiving the most of any public recipient and second most overall in funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to its annual figures.

Dear Colleagues:

Senior Vice Chancellor John Plotts has informed me that he plans to retire as of June 30, 2015. John has provided the University of California with nearly twenty years of exemplary service, beginning at the UC Office of the President and, since 2010, at UCSF.

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Theresa O’Lonergan, PhD, MA, as UCSF’s next Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO). Terri’s appointment is effective March 1, 2015, and she will report directly to me, as well as to Sheryl Vacca, Senior Vice President – Ethics, Compliance, and Audit Services in the Office of the President. Her office will be based at Laurel Heights.

I am very pleased to announce that UC President Janet Napolitano has approved the appointment of Dan Lowenstein, MD, as the next executive vice chancellor and provost at UCSF. Dan will collaborate with other members of my leadership team and me to develop and implement campus priorities across our mission areas of research, education, and patient care.

Yesterday, Sunday, February 1, was a very special moment in UCSF’s history. It also was an emotional one, as hundreds of physicians, nurses and other staff helped move 131 patients - many of them extremely ill – by ambulances from our Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses to their new rooms at the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, leaving behind units and spaces where countless stories of lives saved and lives changed were forged over the past several decades.

We are excited to announce that we have successfully recruited Atul Butte, MD, PhD, a world-famous leader in medical technology. Atul will lead a new UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences. This institute will be key in mining the flow of health data to find effective cures faster and help fulfill the promise of precision medicine.

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