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An Update: Future of UCSF


Yesterday I gave a presentation regarding our campus and our plan for the future to the UC Regents. Video highlights are available at: This presentation has attracted attention, and I wanted to be sure that you heard, from me, what was presented and also what our next steps will be.

In our Three-Year Plan, we have outlined an ambitious vision—to be the world’s preeminent health sciences innovator—along with four equally ambitious goals around patients, research, education/students and our faculty and staff. Our fifth goal—to create a financially sustainable business model—will enable us to deliver on our plan and vision.

At UCSF, we are working hard on our Operational Excellence efforts to reduce costs and improve efficiency, and I have charged several committees with evaluating potential revenue growth opportunities. Beyond this, we also need to consider solutions related to UCSF’s relationship with the larger UC system.

At the Regents meeting, I proposed that we form a working group to examine new approaches for UCSF specifically related to our governance structure and financial relationship with the UC system. I am pleased that The Regents were supportive of our proposal and expect that the working group will be formed and begin meeting within a month. My leadership team and I will keep you informed on the progress. We expect to report back to The Regents with findings and recommendations in July 2012.

Finally, I want to be very clear that UCSF is committed to the UC system and that our public mission will not change. UCSF’s contributions to our community are an integral part of our DNA: caring for underserved patients at San Francisco General Hospital, Glide Health Services, and free dental clinics; staffing the State of California’s poison control center; caring for our veterans at the VA Medical Center; and partnering with the city of San Francisco to provide science education opportunities for K-12 students. However, in order to continue to deliver on our public mission, we need to ensure that UCSF is financially stable with adequate resources.

Thank you for your support as we work toward ensuring that UCSF continues to thrive and advance health worldwide.



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

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