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.

After a national search for a new dean to carry on the school’s legacy of excellence, we have found the best leader here among our own community. Chair of the Department of Medicine, Dr. King’s stellar career and tenure at UCSF extends back to 1997. His focus in patient care is interstitial lung diseases, in particular idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis, connective tissue disease, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, drug-induced lung fibrosis and other rare diffuse lung disorders. Dr. King's research interests include pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of inflammatory and immunologic lung disease.

Consistently ranked among the nation’s top medical schools, the UCSF School of Medicine has never been stronger, and we have identified the ideal individual to guide it into the future. Talmadge is both an inspirational leader and an international expert in his field, and he will provide a clear course for the school as it not only navigates but continues to thrive in the changing world of health care.

I am deeply grateful to Dr. Bruce Wintroub for his extraordinary service as interim dean during the search process. He has ably led both the School of Medicine and the Department of Dermatology during this period. I also thank the members of the search committee, led by Drs. Catherine Lucey and Shaun Coughlin, for their investment of time that has resulted in this exceptional selection.

Please join me in congratulating Talmadge on his new role in leading the School of Medicine – one of the best in the nation. Learn more at: http://tiny.ucsf.edu/QswJFR

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor