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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.

February 1, 2015
Partnerships
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues:

Yesterday, Sunday, February 1, was a very special moment in UCSF’s history. It also was an emotional one, as hundreds of physicians, nurses and other staff helped move 131 patients - many of them extremely ill – by ambulances from our Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses to their new rooms at the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, leaving behind units and spaces where countless stories of lives saved and lives changed were forged over the past several decades.

The emotion was matched by the tremendous planning and logistical effort to move the patients, the first one leaving Parnassus at 7:04 a.m. and the last arriving at Mission Bay at 3:33 p.m. There was great excitement at the new hospitals on the part of the patients and families as well as faculty trainees and staff. Our first baby was born there at 12:11 p.m., a health little boy who entered the world at a little more than seven pounds.

Comprising UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital, UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital, and the new outpatient UCSF Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building, UCSF Medical Center represents more than ten years of planning and construction. The three hospitals are the first in decades to open in San Francisco.

The vision and construction of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay were driven by the dedication of hundreds of our faculty and staff, as well as more than two hundred architects, engineers and contractors. It also involved the invaluable advice of our community advisors and patient advisory members, who not only shared their stories of the health care received at UCSF, but recommended ways to make that experience...

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January 28, 2015
Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that UC President Janet Napolitano has approved the appointment of Dan Lowenstein, MD, as the next executive vice chancellor and provost at UCSF.

Dan will collaborate with other members of my leadership team and me to develop and implement campus priorities across our mission areas of research, education, and patient care.

An internationally renowned UCSF physician-scientist specializing in epilepsy research and an award-winning medical educator, Dan is a champion on issues related to cultural diversity and civil rights. He exemplifies excellence in all aspects of our mission and has a deep commitment to our community and its success. His principles align closely with those of UCSF, and I am very glad to have him join me in leading this great University.

Dan succeeds Jeffrey A. Bluestone, PhD, who has done a superb job of guiding and setting priorities within the research and academic enterprise, including developing a visionary precision medicine platform. Jeff has made significant contributions toward the advancement of a broad and innovative approach to advance the translation of UCSF discoveries into public benefit, and I am deeply grateful to him for his leadership.

You can read more about this appointment at: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2015/01/122921/driven-science-humanism-and-service-dan-lowenstein-joins-ucsf-leadership-team. Please join me in congratulating Dan in his new role.

Sincerely,
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock...

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January 15, 2015
Community

Dear Colleagues,

Last month our medical students started a national movement called #whitecoats4blacklives in response to events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. They were able to connect with students across the country to bring attention to issues of race in medicine and health care disparities among underserved populations. More than 80 schools and thousands of students, faculty, trainees, and staff participated in December’s white coat “die-in.”

Their courage in standing up for social justice has resonated throughout UCSF. The most profound example is the School of Medicine’s decision to change the topic of its leadership retreat to issues of race and racism in higher education and in health care. At times it was an uncomfortable conversation, but it was an important discussion to have.

As we look forward to “life after the die-in,” we want to continue the momentum started by our students and focus on making UCSF an even more inclusive place. While we may have a long way to go, we have some great minds working on tangible solutions. We’ll tell you more as initiatives are finalized, but I want to leave you with this article that describes how we have responded to our students’ concerns so far and some of the things in progress.

I urge you to read the story at: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2015/01/122666/life-after-‘die-in’ and strengthen our commitment to diversity.

Sincerely,

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

January 14, 2015
Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce that we have successfully recruited Atul Butte, MD, PhD, a world-famous leader in medical technology. Atul will lead a new UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences. This institute will be key in mining the flow of health data to find effective cures faster and help fulfill the promise of precision medicine.

A renowned expert in pediatrics and medical informatics at Stanford University, Atul brings with him a rare combination of deep knowledge in medicine and biomedical research and in technological fluency. He will join us on April 1, 2015. We are delighted to welcome Atul to UCSF.

Please read details in this press release.

Sincerely,

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

Bruce Wintroub, MD
Interim Dean, School of Medicine

December 9, 2014
Community

UCSF Student Learners, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members,

The recent events in Ferguson and New York City have brought national attention to long-felt issues surrounding systemic inequalities that disproportionally impact underrepresented minorities, particularly Black men. We extend our condolences to the families of Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, and those touched by these incidents. Our nation has witnessed a response, which has brought together communities of color and allies, many who have engaged in peaceful protests and non-violent demonstrations. Inherent in the tenants of our values, UCSF and the Office of Diversity and Outreach (ODO) know that “Black Lives Matter”. As a public institution, we work tirelessly to address health disparities and promote social justice in our work as learners, educators, clinicians, and researchers.

On behalf of the UCSF leadership, I want to acknowledge how proud we are of our UCSF Community for living these values, and we want to commend our student leaders who have organized and engaged in peaceful demonstrations that acknowledge the relation of racism and violence to health, as awareness is the first step towards change. The Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Committee, The Office of Diversity and Outreach, the Multicultural Resource Center, and countless campus partners are working together to implement effective strategies to address unconscious bias, increase cultural competencies, and engage in socially just practices. The wisdom of Dr. King reminds us that as human beings, our freedom is inextricably bound together. All lives matter, and our UCSF community stands united in this journey.

In Solidarity,

J. Renee Navarro,...

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December 4, 2014
Emergency
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of both the campus and medical center UCSF Ebola Response Task Forces, we write with an update to our current efforts. As you know, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has designated UCSF Medical Center as an Ebola treatment center – the only hospital in San Francisco to earn this designation. This is a reflection of the hard work of hundreds across the medical center and campus who continue to prepare for and respond to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), both here and in West Africa. Read more at: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/12/121596/ucsf-receives-national-designati...

Altogether, 35 hospitals nationally were identified by U.S. officials as Ebola treatment centers, based on their ability to provide the necessary staff, training, equipment, and other resources to treat patients with the unique care requirements of EVD.

We strongly believe that we have a societal obligation to protect the people of California from an epidemic spread of EVD and that the best way to do this is to control EVD at its source. Thus, we have created a system to facilitate volunteers’ participation in care, treatment and disease control activities in West Africa as well as to minimize barriers that might have an impact on involvement. We have updated the guidelines for these travelers to reflect the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This also includes requirements that all travelers complete a checklist,...

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November 21, 2014
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce that UCSF’s 20-year Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) has been approved by the UC Board of Regents, following five years of planning and extensive consultation within UCSF and with our neighbors and civic leaders. The plan, along with the accompanying Environmental Impact Report, was approved at the Regents’ meeting on November 20th.

The LRDP is a comprehensive physical-land-use plan that provides a blueprint for the university’s growth in its academic, clinical and research programs through the year 2035. It reflects the extensive feedback that UCSF received throughout the planning process. Approval followed an almost five-month public comment period.

This planning effort was expertly led by Lori Yamauchi, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning, Kevin Beauchamp, Director of Physical Planning, and the other members of Lori’s campus planning team.

I also want to recognize the invaluable contributions of Barbara Bagot-Lopez, Director of Community Relations, and her team in engaging neighborhoods adjacent to our campus sites and in soliciting important community input.

Unlike the previous LRDP, which focused largely on expanding future growth to a major new campus site – and resulted in the development of the Mission Bay campus site – this plan seeks to consolidate, renovate and optimize existing space, while still allowing sufficient growth to accommodate our needs. Other chief objectives include enhancing environmental sustainability, minimizing facility costs, ensuring seismic safety, and developing our plan in the context of the city’s and our neighboring communities’ needs and concerns....

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November 2, 2014
Community

Dear UCSF Community:

Every October the University of California joins the nation to recognize Mental Health Awareness. This year, UCSF's Student Health & Counseling Services is proud to launch “Mental Health Matters.” This is an awareness campaign to emphasize to our students – the future of patient care, education, and scientific research – that taking care of their mental health is a key component to being successful. It also reflects the University’s ongoing efforts to encourage faculty, staff, students, and trainees to take care of their mental health and to reduce mental health stigma.

Visit the “Mental Health Matters” campaign website https://studenthealth.ucsf.edu/MentalHealthAwareness2014 to learn about how I and other campus leaders answer the basic question, “How do you take care of your mental health?” The aims are to: 1) reduce stigma regarding mental health, 2) normalize seeking help and self-care, and 3) demonstrate that role models and mentors manage their emotional health and recognize the significant impact it has on their success.

Please join us in promoting a culture at UCSF in which addressing mental health needs is a normalized part of attaining personal success for all members of the UCSF community.

Sincerely,

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

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October 24, 2014
Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

After nearly five years of outstanding service to UCSF as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP), Jeff Bluestone has informed me of his intention to step down. He will be focusing on his exciting research program in the Diabetes Center, while continuing to assist me and the University in a number of strategic ways.

As EVCP, Jeff served as our campus chief academic officer, guiding the research and academic enterprise wisely and carefully during a challenging recessionary period as well as advancing campus research, educational and strategic priorities in close collaboration with the Chancellor and the campus leadership team.

In the role of EVCP, Jeff led many significant initiatives of long-term strategic value to UCSF. Early in his tenure, Jeff led a highly successful effort to secure major funds through the American Recovery and Investment Act, enabling the campus to maintain its research momentum. Jeff has actively overseen the development of a strong core infrastructure and operations to support our faculty in their sponsored research activities, directed a strong ethics and compliance program, and created and managed a technology fund while enhancing the technology transfer office to promote robust industry and academic partnerships. His vision for and management of the high impact Mid-Career Faculty Recruitment Fund have helped departments recruit outstanding faculty to UCSF. Jeff has worked collaboratively with others toward helping set our research priorities, including developing a visionary precision medicine platform and establishing campuswide space principles that will serve UCSF well for years to come. Jeff‘s determination has helped us...

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October 24, 2014
Emergency
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues:

While there are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease in California, today Governor Brown and the California Health and Human Services Agency will announce that all five University of California medical centers, including UCSF, have been identified as priority hospitals to treat confirmed patients with Ebola.

We at UCSF Medical Center are committed to providing the highest quality and safest care to the patients we serve, which is why so many of you - our physicians, nurses, clinical laboratory scientists and staff -- have spent a significant amount of time and thought preparing to care for a potential patient with Ebola.

In recent weeks, after much consideration, we identified a site for an isolation unit to treat any patients who may seek our care. The isolation unit is being constructed in one of the existing intensive care (ICU) units on the Mount Zion campus. The construction design and specifications were based on detailed information from the biocontainment units at Emory University and Nebraska Medical Center, two hospitals that have successfully treated patients with Ebola virus infection. The location of this unit is designed to allow for the proper facilities, equipment and resources, as well as infection control practices, to ensure patient and staff safety. A temporary isolation unit with the same specifications has already been set up in this ICU.

If UCSF receives a patient with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus infection, all other patients will be moved out of the ICU to other comparable locations at UCSF prior to the arrival of the Ebola patient.

Access to the isolation unit will then be tightly restricted and...

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