Campus Messages

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

August 14, 2016

Dear Colleagues:

David Vlahov, PhD, RN, has informed me of his intent to step down as Dean of the School of Nursing to return to the faculty and focus on his research and passion for mentoring. Dean Vlahov came to UCSF in April 2011 from the New York Academy of Medicine, and his accomplishments over the past five years have had a significant effect on UCSF and the greater community.

During his tenure, David has fostered the School’s tradition of excellence and strong rankings. The School ranked #1 in 2015 among all schools of nursing in funding from the National Institutes of Health and, earlier this year, secured the #3 position on the 2017 US News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Rankings for schools of nursing.

His impact extends beyond UCSF. David joined forces with other deans across the country to advocate for better and more effective training of the next generation of health professionals to address the health risks their patients and communities face as a result of climate change. He encourages the nursing community to think globally and act locally, and he supported the School’s creation of a Center for Global Health. A long-time advocate of reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health, David also has added his voice to the public health crisis resulting from gun violence, supporting a lift of the NIH ban on funding of related research.

I am deeply grateful for all that David has achieved while Dean on behalf of the faculty, students, staff, and health professionals. David’s last day as Dean will be August 31. Like me, I know you will wish him well with his future endeavors. Read more about his tenure at

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August 1, 2016
Honors and Awards
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to inform you that UCSF Medical Center is once again on the U.S. News Honor Roll—the “best of the best.” UCSF Medical Center ranks seventh in the 2016-2017 America’s Best Hospitals survey, published by U.S. News & World Report. In fact, we moved up one spot this year. You can read the story here.

We are proud of every member of the UCSF Health team—our physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, and staff. Each of you contributes to the excellence of our organization through your commitment to working together to deliver the highest quality and safest patient care.

Impressively, UCSF Medical Center is among the nation’s top ten hospitals in eight specialties: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; rheumatology; and urology. In addition, we are on the Honor Roll for seven other medical specialties: cardiology and heart surgery; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; ophthalmology; psychiatry; and pulmonology.

It is also important to acknowledge the integral links among the clinical care, learning, and discovery priorities that define UCSF. Each area reinforces the other, strengthening our ability to continually improve and advance the state of health care. This is especially true as we move to population health, more patient-centered care, and increasing our health care value.

Validations such as the U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings and the continued excellence of our schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy—each again number one in the nation in federal biomedical research...

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