Campus Messages

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

July 26, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

As you may have heard, UCSF has been in negotiations regarding the proposed Warriors arena and events center on 11 acres located at the intersection of 16th and Third Streets, diagonally across the street from the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. Our focus has been on ensuring that the appropriate mitigations are in place to effectively manage the projected increase in traffic to facilitate access to the hospitals for our patients, their families, and our health care workers.

UCSF is announcing today that its support for the proposed Warriors Arena and Events Center is contingent on a binding agreement to address traffic concerns that are projected to result when large, dual or overlapping events occur at the proposed Warriors complex and nearby AT&T Park.

To encourage support for this position, the University is launching the “WinWinSF” campaign. It will explain the challenges and opportunities presented by the project and encourage support, in part through signature on a petition, for finding a “Win-Win” approach that brings the Warriors to San Francisco while ensuring safe and timely access to the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.

In the coming days and weeks, you will likely hear more about the Warriors project. It is important to me that you know UCSF’s position on this project and that you know we are diligently working to secure a win-win solution. I invite you to learn more about the “Win-Win” campaign by visiting

I am pleased to report that due to the commitment of both the City and the Warriors, our efforts have...

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July 22, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing to inform you that one of UCSF’s biggest champions, Chancellor Emeritus Julius “Julie” R. Krevans, MD, died peacefully in Maine on July 12. A distinguished physician, educator, and transformative leader, Dr. Krevans led UCSF into greatness while serving as dean of the School of Medicine from 1971 to 1982 and as chancellor from 1982 to 1993.

During his eleven-year tenure as UCSF’s fifth chancellor, he nurtured the University’s remarkable growth and development across its missions of education, research, patient care, and community service. He also strengthened UCSF’s community outreach programs and advanced efforts to draw more women and minority students to careers in health sciences.

Renowned for his leadership in health policy and medical education, Dr. Krevans received numerous honors and awards. In 1993, he was awarded the UCSF Medal, the University’s highest honor, for his extraordinary contributions locally and nationally over more than two decades.

UCSF will host a memorial tribute to honor Chancellor Emeritus Krevans later this year. Information will be made available via Pulse of UCSF.

Please read more about his illustrious career and achievements at


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

July 20, 2015
Honors and Awards
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to share the news that UCSF Medical Center is one of the nation’s premier hospitals for the 14th consecutive year, ranking as the eighth best hospital in the country in the 2015-2016 America’s Best Hospitals survey, which was published by U.S. News & World Report today. This ranking also places UCSF Medical Center on the U.S. News Honor Roll – the “best of the best” – for another year. You can read the story here.

The annual rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care. UCSF ranked among the nation’s top ten hospitals in seven specialties: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; rheumatology; and urology. In addition, UCSF ranked on the Honor Roll for seven other medical specialties: ear, nose and throat; psychiatry; geriatrics; orthopedics; gastroenterology; pulmonology; and cardiology.

We should all be very proud of how our patient care givers have embraced and advanced our mission of caring, healing, teaching and discovering over the past year. Their excellence in innovative and compassionate patient-centered care is the reason why we are one of the best hospitals in the nation. They are making a difference to countless individuals in the Bay Area and beyond.

It is gratifying that U.S. News has again recognized this exceptional work. Consumers rely on these independent tools for evaluating quality, so it is important that we continue to excel. Thank...

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July 16, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Recent cyber attacks in the news are striking closer to home. These incidents can be detrimental on both an institutional and individual level. They require continued diligence by everyone within the university. I need each of you to take immediate action to assist in further securing the IT assets and data that you use and create at UCSF.

The following steps are mandatory and require your immediate action:

  • Any computer (laptop or desktop; UCSF-owned or individually owned) that you use to conduct UCSF business must have the BigFix program installed on it immediately. BigFix is a tool that allows us to track a computer to determine if a system meets UCSF minimum IT security requirements.
  • Individuals or departments who independently manage their own servers are required to immediately update security patches.
    • If an application will not operate with up-to-date critical security patches you are required to contact the application vendor immediately for resolution.
    • Per UCSF policy, unpatched computers will be subject to removal from the UCSF network.

While our Information Technology and Security teams continue to work diligently to secure our...

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July 15, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to share the outcome of the 2015 Staff Engagement Survey. UCSF’s overall score rose modestly from 3.81 to 3.86 points on a five-point scale, and over the four annual surveys completed since 2011, we have had an increase of .26. While this constitutes a meaningful increase and could indicate a higher sense of engagement, I encourage all of us to use this information as the impetus for further significant progress.

We all have a role to play in this critical effort. Survey results show that units that work on action plans as a team have significantly higher engagement. Each of us can participate in important ways:

  • Contribute to your unit’s action planning activities. You can expect to hear your unit’s specific results in the coming weeks.
  • Share your ideas with your managers and peers in support of actions to promote engagement in your unit.
  • Collaborate with your colleagues and look for opportunities to integrate engagement into daily work.

Together we make UCSF a great place to work and also ensure that UCSF continues to position itself as a leader in research, education, and patient care. I join you in sharing the responsibility for fostering engagement and am deeply grateful for all you do for UCSF.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor