Campus Messages

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

November 21, 2022

Dear UCSF Community,

In Colorado Springs this past weekend, on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, five people lost their lives and at least 25 more were injured in another hate crime against the LGBTQ+ community. If not for the heroic actions of the patrons of the LGBTQ+ nightclub that was targeted, more lives undoubtedly would have been lost.

We at UCSF stand together with our LGBTQ+ colleagues, friends, and family.  

We will continue to love and support them as we call upon lawmakers to pass legislation to protect LGBTQ+ individuals who are facing the growing prevalence of hate-filled language and crimes. Our elected officials also must take more aggressive action to arrest the epidemic of gun violence, which too often is used against individuals and groups simply because of their sexual, gender, racial, religious, or political identity.

The tragic news out of Colorado Springs has been very difficult for many. For anyone who needs assistance, please avail yourself to the counseling and support of our UCSF resource teams:

Read more »
November 16, 2022

Dear UCSF Community:

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Catherine Lucey, MD, as UCSF’s next executive vice chancellor and provost (EVCP). Her depth of experience, leadership savvy, and insight into our mission make her an excellent match for this role.

I recruited Catherine as vice dean for education when I was dean of the School of Medicine, and in the decade since, she has been instrumental in ensuring UCSF’s success. As a practicing physician, an educator, and a key member of the leadership group under Dean Talmadge E. King, Jr., she has helped to oversee every part of UCSF’s mission: education, patient care, research, and public service.

As School of Medicine executive vice dean and vice dean for education, Catherine co-chaired our recent highly successful UCSF: The Campaign, led a redesign of the school’s curriculum, and co-chaired the Differences Matter initiative. When the pandemic struck, she was part of a core group that found ways to sustain our educational mission through the disruption.

Please join me in congratulating Catherine on her new role, which will take effect in the new year. She will be a strong partner to help us continue moving UCSF forward in the years to come.

Read more about Catherine’s career and her aspirations as EVCP.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

November 16, 2022
Honors and Awards
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

Nurses comprise almost one-third of UCSF Health’s employees and enable us to deliver the high-quality, patient-centric care for which we are known. Even in the toughest circumstances, nurses are advocates for our patients, always ensuring our organization is doing its best for patients and families.

That’s why we are especially pleased to announce a well-deserved recognition. UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco have again earned the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Only 9.86% of all registered hospitals in the United States achieve Magnet status, which recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Redesignation takes place every four years, and this is our third time achieving Magnet status. We remain the only hospital in San Francisco to hold this distinction. In addition, all UC Health medical centers have achieved Magnet status. You can read more here.

The requirements to achieve Magnet status are rigorous.

In collaboration with colleagues across the campus and health system, we filed an extensive application document highlighting the leadership, exemplary practice, innovations and commitment to research and education of UCSF nurses. In addition, we outperformed the majority of national benchmarks for our nurse-sensitive indicators. Our...

Read more »