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.

Last month our medical students started a national movement called #whitecoats4blacklives in response to events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. They were able to connect with students across the country to bring attention to issues of race in medicine and health care disparities among underserved populations. More than 80 schools and thousands of students, faculty, trainees, and staff participated in December’s white coat “die-in.”

I am extremely pleased to announce that Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS, an acclaimed cancer scientist, will become the new director for the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. His appointment will officially begin January 1, 2015.

I’m pleased to be writing to you today in my new role as Interim Chancellor of UCSF. UCSF is at an exciting point in its evolution, and I look forward to working with many of you in the coming months to continue to advance excellence across our mission areas of research, education, patient care, and community service.

As you know, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital has affiliated with Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland (CHO). Together, the two partners will become even stronger advocates for young patients on both sides of the San Francisco Bay.

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