Campus Messages

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

February 26, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing with an update regarding the progress of the campus-wide exercise that the UCSF community completed in late 2013 and early 2014 – the UCSF2025 online game and subsequent workshops. These efforts, to generate big ideas for the future of UCSF, engaged a diverse and large proportion of our community, and many of you have asked what the follow-up has been thus far. The following provides a status of the overall UCSF 2.0 initiative.

Our current aim is to define strategic priorities for the future of UCSF, focusing on the three-year timeframe of 2015-18. To accomplish this, we will build on efforts undertaken by the schools, departments, and health system. Since the 2011 strategic plan, a number of inclusive forums have helped set the foundation for major themes. The goal for this next phase is to build upon these efforts and advance the broader concepts that emerged from the UCSF 2.0 initiative into strategic directions and actionable priorities that can then help guide programmatic planning decisions at the school and department levels.

Workgroups composed of faculty, staff, and student representatives are currently being formed to develop specific objectives and identify potential initiatives for the following themes:

  • Transformative Partnerships to Advance Health
  • Culture for Innovation
  • Climate of Inclusion
  • Destination for Continual Learning
  • Bringing Precision to...
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February 25, 2015
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased and proud to inform you that our Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy topped the nation in federal biomedical research funding in their fields in 2014 for the second year in a row, with the graduate-level university as a whole receiving the most of any public recipient and second most overall in funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to its annual figures.

These highly competitive funds, which totaled nearly $546.6 million at UCSF through contracts and grants combined, reflect the caliber of research on our campus. Through the four schools and the Graduate Division, these funds enable UCSF scientists to advance understanding of the fundamental workings of biology and the underlying causes of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and others, and work to develop improved therapies for them.

The projects these funds support at UCSF are driving advances in the biomedical sciences, from fundamental, curiosity-driven science to the application of those discoveries to patient care and populations, to training the next generation of scientists and health care professionals to carry those innovations forward. NIH funding is the lifeblood of that research and the heart of efforts by our faculty, staff, students and trainees to collectively transform health.

Whether directly or indirectly, we all have an impact on the success of UCSF. Thank you for all you do toward this effort.

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Sam Hawgood, MBBS
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February 19, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

Senior Vice Chancellor John Plotts has informed me that he plans to retire as of June 30, 2015. John has provided the University of California with nearly twenty years of exemplary service, beginning at the UC Office of the President and, since 2010, at UCSF.

His impeccable values and integrity, coupled with his extensive financial and operational experience and in-depth knowledge of the University of California system, equipped him superbly to fulfill and confront the considerable responsibilities and challenges inherent to the position of UCSF senior vice chancellor for finance and administration. He has led profound changes in our UCSF infrastructure that have greatly improved our financial management and integrated key functions of the campus and medical center. In addition, he has been a tireless advocate for UCSF within the university. We will miss his ability to find solutions to the most difficult problems as well as the genuine collegiality and warmth that he exhibits every day.

John always puts the interests of the university and the faculty, students and patients first. He demonstrates remarkable leadership to his organization comprising a diverse portfolio of units: Audit Services, Budget and Resource Management, Campus Life Services, Campus Planning, Capital Programs, Controller’s Office, Human Resources, IT, Procurement, Program Management Office, Real Estate Services, and the UCSF Police Department. These teams provide the foundation upon which we operate, and I am grateful to John for his expertise and strategic management of university resources.

Please join me in thanking John for his devotion and excellent service to UC and our UCSF...

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February 18, 2015
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, UCSF has been working on multiple fronts in the worldwide effort to contain Ebola, from preparing at home to treat a possible Ebola patient to training health care workers in infection control in West Africa. Please join UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood as he recognizes UCSF volunteers who have responded to the Ebola epidemic during a special town hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at Mission Bay in Rock Hall – Pottruck Auditorium.

We are exceptionally proud of all of our volunteers – doctors, nurses, scientists, and others – who have responded to this public health crisis, often putting their own lives on the line. This is an opportunity to recognize them and hear about their work in West Africa and at UCSF.

The town hall will be streamed live on the web. For more details about the town hall and the link to the stream as well as to watch a video highlighting global Ebola responders, please see this story:


Theresa O’Brien, PhD
Associate Chancellor
Co-Chair, Chancellor’s Ebola Task Force

George Rutherford, MD
Director, Global Health Sciences Prevention and Public Health Group
Co-Chair, Chancellor’s Ebola Task Force

February 11, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Theresa O’Lonergan, PhD, MA, as UCSF’s next Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO). Terri’s appointment is effective March 1, 2015, and she will report directly to me, as well as to Sheryl Vacca, Senior Vice President – Ethics, Compliance, and Audit Services in the Office of the President. Her office will be based at Laurel Heights.

The position of Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer is a critical role for UCSF, providing leadership, direction and oversight for the UCSF Ethics and Compliance Program. In her capacity as CECO, Terri will be responsible for overseeing and implementing key compliance programs that ensure that UCSF fulfills its missions of high-quality research, clinical care and teaching while preventing fraud, abuse, and waste. She will be reaching out to leaders across UCSF to assess needs, risks and issues toward developing sustainable and strategic solutions associated with the challenging and complex nature of regulatory compliance.

Given her extensive background in the field of ethics and compliance, Terri is ideal for this role. She has a diverse career path that includes a leadership position at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center, where she had oversight responsibilities for research and ethics in its adult and pediatric research centers. Most recently, Terri was National Director of Research Compliance and Research Integrity Officer for Catholic Health Initiatives – a large national health system that includes community and tertiary care facilities, academic medical centers and insurance carriers. In this function, she built compliance infrastructures...

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February 1, 2015
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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