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An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

May 16, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

The news of the mass shooting targeting a Black community in Buffalo, New York, this past weekend reminds us of the urgency behind the ongoing need to confront racism. My heart breaks for the victims, their families and friends, the entire Buffalo community, and all those who have been touched by this senseless violence.

An unremarkable Saturday at a grocery store turned tragic as 10 people were killed and three more were wounded by a white supremacist who had previously written about his racist views, then planned and carried out mass murder fueled by hate and amplified with gun violence.

This incident echoes too many prior tragedies in which innocent people were targeted for no more than the color of their skin, sexual orientation or identity, political views, or religion. If you would benefit from UCSF’s support services, please avail yourself of these resources for students, faculty, and staff:

Despite how challenging it can be in moments like these, it is important to reinforce our resolve in our own communities, including our UCSF community, to confront racism and bias in all of their forms. In the days ahead, let’s look out for one another and offer each other the support we need.

Sincerely,

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

May 4, 2022
Leadership

Dear UCSF Community,

I am delighted to announce that after a nationwide search we have selected pharmacist-scientist Kathy Giacomini, PhD, as the new dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

Kathy is a professor in the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, a joint department of the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine that she chaired for more than a decade. Internationally renowned for her pioneering research on pharmacogenomics—how a person’s genetic makeup affects their response to drugs—Kathy has helped to overturn the one-size-fits-all approach to treating common conditions in the era of precision medicine and biotherapeutics.

A national leader, Kathy co-directs the UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Sciences and Innovation, which partners with the Food and Drug Administration to modernize the development and approval of new medical products.

Kathy has won many honors and awards, most recently becoming the first woman to receive the 2021 Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award, the highest honor given by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. During her 30-year career at UCSF, she has mentored students and championed the advancement of women and underrepresented groups in science.

You can read more about Kathy’s extraordinary career in this UCSF story.

I want to thank Thomas Kearney, PharmD, who has served as interim dean since January 4, and members of the search committee, led by School of...

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April 21, 2022
Advocacy
Partnerships
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I am pleased to share with you that today UC President Michael Drake and I will welcome U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and other leaders to our Mission Bay campus, where she will address Black maternal health with the goal of finding solutions to persistent health inequities.

Vice President Harris will meet with families and health practitioners who are part of UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences’ EMBRACE, an innovative care program that helps Black families get the perinatal care they need for healthy pregnancies and births.

You are invited to watch Vice President Harris address the disparities in Black maternal health during a news conference to be presented live via the White House livestream at 2:30 p.m. (PT).

Sincerely,

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

April 8, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Yesterday, we witnessed history: The U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to sit on the highest court in our nation since it first assembled in 1790.

Judge Jackson will be the 116th justice to serve on the Supreme Court when she replaces retiring Justice Stephen Breyer at the end of the court’s session this summer.

As we followed, perhaps anxiously, her nomination hearings, we saw the boundaries of what is possible redefined. Judge Jackson’s confirmation gives us all, but especially Black women and girls, a new vision of limitless professional possibility. This vision—this hope—is why diverse representation is essential. Today, as I reflect on this moment, I feel a sense of pride and joy.

According to the American Bar Association (ABA), Black women represent only 4.7 percent of all lawyers nationwide. And just 70 Black women have ever served as a federal judge. These numbers highlight that we still have much work ahead of us to achieve diversity and equity. However, as we work to make UCSF a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, Judge Jackson’s confirmation reminds us that we can make change. So today, let us rejoice in this historic moment. 

Sincerely,

J. Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer

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April 4, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Once again, we mourn the lives lost and those injured in another mass shooting, this time early Sunday morning in Sacramento.

As our colleagues at UC Davis Health provide care to many of the shooting victims, this incident reminds us of the ongoing epidemic of gun violence. Our society must do more to address this public health crisis.

This news comes as the war in Ukraine enters its sixth week, with new reports over the weekend of atrocities targeting civilians.

The weight of these horrendous events can feel overwhelming. If you need support, I encourage you to seek UCSF’s resources for students, faculty, and staff:

Especially during times like these, let’s show each other kindness and compassion, embodying our PRIDE Values, both on campus and in our communities.

Sincerely,

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

April 1, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

This month of April is an important month of holy days for Christians, Jews, and Muslims around the world. This evening, April 1, Muslims in the U.S. will honor the start of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. Because this holiday centers around daily fasting, it is important for us at UCSF to be aware of the needs of our patients, colleagues, students, staff, faculty, and community members who observe this holy month by fasting. Fasting includes refraining from consuming any food or drink, including water, during daylight hours.

There are nearly two billion Muslims worldwide, comprising almost a quarter of the world’s population. Nearly 250,000 Muslims live in the San Francisco Bay Area, about 3.5% of the region’s total residents. Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the revelation of the Qur’an.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and the month begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon, so the dates of Ramadan’s beginning and ending may vary in different locations. Lasting for 30 days, in the U.S. Ramadan will end on Sunday, May 1, with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr starting on Monday, May 2.

Fasting during Ramadan, as well as increased prayer and acts of charity, are engaged to cultivate kindness, generosity, patience and forgiveness, and invite those observing to increase awareness of God’s presence in their lives.

Ramadan is seen as an opportunity to reflect on one’s actions and to engage in good deeds with family, friends, and communities. Some are exempt from fasting, such as children, those who are ill, travelers, and those who are menstruating, pregnant, or breastfeeding.

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March 31, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

Beginning today, March 31, UCSF will begin administering second COVID-19 booster shots for people 50 years and older and those who are immunocompromised to protect them against waning immunity following authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday.

UCSF continues to offer the primary COVID-19 vaccination series and first booster shots. Vaccines remain the most effective way to prevent severe disease and death due to coronavirus.  The recent Omicron variant further underscores the importance of vaccinations, boosters and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19.

UCSF and Benioff Children’s Hospital employees, learners and patients may drop-in at their convenience to a UCSF COVID-19 vaccine clinic location or schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine (primary series, first and second booster shots) by calling (415) 476-3307. Scheduling is also available through the online patient portal MyChart.

Locations and extended hours of operation at UCSF’s COVID-19 clinics are posted on the vaccination page on the coronavirus website. More information about this new round of booster shots will be provided during the UCSF COVID-19 Response Town Hall this Friday, April 1.

Specifically, here’s what you should know:

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March 9, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

It is heartbreaking to see the magnitude of the devastation, as the war in Ukraine has lasted almost two weeks. As the humanitarian crisis escalates, I write to update you on actions we are taking at UCSF.

I have activated the UCSF Global Disaster Assistance Committee (GDAC) to support members of the UCSF community who may be interested in volunteering their time with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders to provide care and support outside the war zone. I expect that the global response to medical needs in Ukraine and neighboring countries will be huge, so the exact opportunities for us are not yet certain. Nonetheless, please reach out to GDAC if you have questions by emailing [email protected].

We also are organizing a fundraising drive to raise money to support Ukrainian scholars at risk, like we did for Afghan scholars. Thanks to the contributions of many of you in our UCSF community, we raised about $150,000 in the Afghan scholars initiative. More information on this latest effort focused on Ukraine will be forthcoming.

In addition, we also are looking into ways in which UCSF Health can provide medical equipment and supplies to aid victims while we balance our own supply chain challenges and needs.

Many of you have asked what you can do to support the people of Ukraine. One way is to donate money to help support the more than two million refugees who have reportedly fled the country since Russia’s invasion began on February 24. We urge you to donate to credible non-profit organizations that are assisting the people of Ukraine. They include:

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March 4, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

We are excited to invite you to the fourth annual UCSF celebration of International Women's Day (March 8) and the start of Women's History Month. This week of events, which takes place March 7 through March 11, is an opportunity for us to join in community to celebrate, recognize, and honor the amazing women at UCSF.

The program for the week — sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women, Office of Diversity and Outreach, Women of UCSF Health, and Women in Tech @ UCSF — features a wide array of programming, including a deep dive into the latest research on the disparities faced by women in medicine; a Fireside Chat with UCSF Presidential Chair Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, on the intersection of race and gender; a discussion with UCSF women leaders about how mentorship has shaped their careers; complimentary headshots; and more. Please visit the event website for the full schedule of events.

This year's International Women's Day campaign theme is #BreaktheBias, a call to action for all of us to challenge, call out, and stop gender stereotypes, discrimination, and bias. Much progress has been made on the path toward gender equity for all, but there is more work to be done. So let us join in the collective effort to break the bias and work toward gender equity within our organization and beyond.

​​We hope that you attend UCSF International Women's Day events. All genders are welcome.

Sincerely,

Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief...

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March 4, 2022
Leadership
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

On Tuesday, we welcomed Suresh Gunasekaran as President and CEO of UCSF Health.

In the coming days and weeks, he will be deeply immersed in learning about our organization and the people who comprise it. Suresh will be visiting clinical and non-clinical locations to meet as many of our staff and faculty as possible.

Meanwhile, we send this introductory video in which Suresh shares his thoughts on a number of topics, including why he chose UCSF Health, his commitment to patients, the well-being of our workforce, and teamwork.

I encourage you to scroll to the bottom of his bio page, which includes some fun facts that will help us get to know him better.

You also can read more about his background in this UCSF.edu story.

Suresh brings an impressive track record of health care leadership, and I am looking forward to working with him as our nationally recognized health system continues to evolve.

Sincerely,

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

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