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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.

June 24, 2022
Advocacy
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

The U.S. Supreme Court today overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that for nearly 50 years has protected the constitutional right to choose an abortion. We are profoundly disappointed over the devastating impact that this decision will have on people’s control over their own bodies and lives.

This verdict will criminalize abortion in many states, reduce access to reproductive health care, and put lives at risk. As expressed by University of California President Michael Drake, today’s decision stands in stark contrast to our belief that every person has a fundamental right to make their own informed decisions about their health care.

In light of today’s ruling UCSF’s work in reproductive health care has never been more important. We are proud of, and support, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences’ leadership in these efforts. We remain firmly committed to serving all those who seek our care. We pledge to teach and train the next generation of health care providers, and conduct research that saves and improves lives.

We also will continue to advocate for equitable health care policies, including a focus on underserved communities. This is an unprecedented rollback of a constitutional right that people have relied on for decades, and will make accessing essential, evidence-based care immensely challenging for millions of people. This decision will fall hardest on people who already face structural barriers to care, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color,...

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May 25, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Days before they were to begin their summer break, 19 elementary school students and two of their teachers were killed yesterday by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas. This heartbreaking tragedy follows another mass shooting that occurred less than two weeks ago in Buffalo, New York, by a self-avowed white supremacist who targeted the Black community. 

As President Joe Biden declared last night, the epidemic of gun violence is a crisis that must be confronted immediately. Our own Bay Area community is not immune to the suffering caused by this public health crisis. We experience its effects every day.

In light of these recent tragedies, UCSF researchers and clinicians will hold a town hall to discuss the work we are doing to address the traumatic health consequences of gun violence, which disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable communities. More information on this town hall will be shared with the UCSF community soon.

On June 3, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we will have additional opportunities to focus on education and advocacy for common-sense public safety laws that can reduce gun violence and save lives. Our colleagues at ZSFG have shared ways to demonstrate solidarity via the Wear Orange movement June 3-5 and the Wear Orange Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge on June 4.

In the meantime, please make use of UCSF services if you need support or know someone who does:

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May 19, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

The UC Board of Regents today approved our plans to build a state-of-the-art hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, marking an exciting milestone in the transformation of our oldest campus.

This is great news for our providers, staff, and trainees who work there and, importantly, for our patients whom we are privileged to serve. The new hospital has been designed as a human-centered environment that will dramatically enhance the patient experience. Built with facilities to accommodate the latest medical technology, it also will amplify the high-quality care we provide and help address our critical capacity limitations.

I am grateful for the scores of supporters and stakeholders, including many of you, who have participated in dozens of planning sessions, meetings, surveys, and town halls. I extend my deep appreciation to the project team, which has guided the development process, as well as to our donors, including the Helen Diller Foundation and family, who have generously contributed to the project.

When the new hospital opens in 2030, it will be a beacon of pride and hope for San Francisco, providing innovative care backed by UCSF’s research and education for generations to come. You can read more about the new hospital on UCSF.edu.

Sincerely,

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

May 17, 2022
Honors and Awards
People

Dear UCSF Community,

To commemorate Founders Day, an annual tradition when we celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of members of our UCSF community, I am pleased to honor 13 individuals with the 2022 UCSF Founders Day Awards.

I was delighted to recognize the recipients, listed below, for their remarkable work in service of our university and its mission at a reception last Friday.

Please join me in congratulating these faculty, staff, students, and trainees who have committed themselves to public and university service, innovative research, and patient-centered care. I invite you to learn about them and their remarkable efforts by watching these short videos.

Chancellor Award for Public Service

  • Faculty: Daniel Grossman, MD
  • Staff: Hoa Su, MPH
  • Learner: Taia Sean Wu
  • Thomas N. Burbridge Public Service Award: Shira Shavit, MD
  • Edison T. Uno Public Service Award: Roberto Efraín Díaz

Chancellor Award for Exceptional Management

  • Molly Frances Battistelli, MPH
  • Michael L. Helle, MBA, MHA, FP-C, NRP/CCP
  • Janelle Smith Hernandez, MHA
  • Tristin Penland, MS, RN, CCRN

Chancellor Award for Exceptional Service

  • Sue Forstat 
  • Diane B. Ngo, MPA
  • Morgan Vaisset-Fauvel, BEPA...
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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 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

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
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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