Campus Messages

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Announcement: Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD, will become UCSF’s first Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Outreach.

Diversity and inclusion are values strongly held by the UCSF community. One of my top priorities as Chancellor is ensuring that we have not only a diverse workforce and student body but also a welcoming campus climate in which everyone has the opportunity to excel. I believe that the best way to harness the campus’s collective energy and enthusiasm for this important work is to consolidate it under an exceptional leader.

Renee brings to this role a deep understanding of UCSF, a long-standing commitment to diversity and a demonstrated track record for working collaboratively across multiple groups to achieve results.

In 1982, Renee joined UCSF as a medical school student and, in 1990, she completed her residency in the Department of Anesthesia. Since then, her career at UCSF has progressed rapidly and she has held several clinical leadership positions at the San Francisco General Hospital, including Acting Chief of Anesthesia, Medical Director of Perioperative Services, and Chief of the Medical Staff.

Renee’s deep personal and professional commitment to diversity and outreach is valued and respected by her colleagues and distinguishes her as a leader in these areas. Her work in mentoring, diversity, and women’s leadership has been recognized campuswide, citywide, and nationwide. Renee has served on UCOP’s Task Force on Faculty Diversity and, for the past three years, has held the role of the first Director of Academic Diversity at UCSF. In the community, she has served on the San Mateo Commissions on the Status of Women and Disabilities. On a nationwide level, Renee has served on the Council of the AMA’s Minority Affairs Consortium and as Chair of the AAMC Women in Medicine and Science Committee. Her professionalism, inspirational communication style, and collaborative approach are assets that will enable her to accomplish her vision of establishing UCSF as a national leader in diversity and outreach efforts.

In the first six months of her new role, Renee will develop a strategic plan to enhance UCSF’s aim to nurture diversity and strengthen outreach initiatives, in alignment with the University’s mission and priorities. She will report directly to me and become a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet.

Finally, I am very pleased with the excellent work of the search committee and would like to thank the following: Bobby Baron (chair), Sheila Antrum, Farid Chehab, John Featherstone, Elena Fuentes-Afflick, Lauren Goins, Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, Judith Martin-Holland, Angelique Loscar, Nancy Milliken, Uchenna Okoye, Eliseo Perez-Stable, Neil Powe, and Shane Snowdon.

The appointment is effective immediately and, in January, I will host a reception for all faculty, staff, and students to meet Renee. Additional information will be sent shortly.


Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor