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.
The position of Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer is a critical role for UCSF, providing leadership, direction and oversight for the UCSF Ethics and Compliance Program. In her capacity as CECO, Terri will be responsible for overseeing and implementing key compliance programs that ensure that UCSF fulfills its missions of high-quality research, clinical care and teaching while preventing fraud, abuse, and waste. She will be reaching out to leaders across UCSF to assess needs, risks and issues toward developing sustainable and strategic solutions associated with the challenging and complex nature of regulatory compliance.
Given her extensive background in the field of ethics and compliance, Terri is ideal for this role. She has a diverse career path that includes a leadership position at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center, where she had oversight responsibilities for research and ethics in its adult and pediatric research centers. Most recently, Terri was National Director of Research Compliance and Research Integrity Officer for Catholic Health Initiatives – a large national health system that includes community and tertiary care facilities, academic medical centers and insurance carriers. In this function, she built compliance infrastructures with particular focus on systemwide conflict of interest reporting and promotion of best practices to improve synchronization of research and clinical compliance efforts across disparate institutions. Terri’s experience in academic medical centers that are in the midst of transition and change will be immensely valuable to UCSF as we maintain our excellence in research, education, and patient care on both local and global scales while also navigating a course for our future.
I also take this opportunity to convey my immense appreciation to Vice Provost Brian Alldredge and the members of the CECO Search Committee, who worked diligently to identify candidates for this vital role.
Please join me in welcoming Terri to our UCSF community.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor