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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.

July 16, 2019
Leadership
People

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointments of two key leadership positions: Won Ha as vice chancellor for Communications and Francesca Vega as vice chancellor for Community and Government Relations.

Won and Francesca will lead teams that formerly made up the Office of University Relations. As I previously announced, the accelerated growth of the University and its associated community impact highlighted a need to create two robust units – the Office of Communications and the Office of Community and Government Relations. Staff in these two offices will continue to work closely together to strengthen our relationships and to raise the visibility of UCSF’s excellence across our enterprise.

Won Ha joins UCSF from the Energy Foundation, where he is currently vice president of Strategic Communications, setting the strategic vision and communications objectives for policy and public engagement regarding the foundation’s climate change advocacy programs. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Won is deeply rooted in the health care industry, having previously worked at Kaiser Permanente for many years. At Kaiser, he successfully led national issues and brand management for the integrated health care system – hospitals, health plans, and physician groups – in eight states and the District of Columbia. He also advised leadership amid evolving competitive and legislative changes during health care reform and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Won’s broad experience building and leading strategic communications and managing complex issues in large, decentralized organizations like UCSF positions him well to serve as vice chancellor for Communications. ...

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June 20, 2019
Leadership
People

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you about several upcoming changes to the Office of Strategic Communications and University Relations.

Vice Chancellor Barbara J. French will retire from UCSF on June 27, after 14 years of exemplary service. As head of Strategic Communications and University Relations, Barbara has provided invaluable counsel to me and my leadership team as well as former chancellors on issues related to communications, media relations, brand stewardship, government affairs, and community relations. She has led an award-winning team in elevating how we tell the UCSF story to our communities and to the world during a critical period in the growth of our enterprise.

Under Barbara’s leadership, University Relations has played a crucial role in advancing UCSF’s strategic priorities, including fostering constructive relationships with Mission Bay and Dogpatch residents to inform and support the expansion of UCSF programs; partnering with Parnassus Heights neighbors to create and adopt a 20-year Mount Sutro Reserve Management Plan and lay the groundwork for engaging the community in the re-envisioning of our historic Parnassus Heights campus; engaging communities in Oakland and Alameda County in support of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals; revitalizing and strengthening the UCSF brand identity system; developing UCSF’s presence across a broad and rapidly changing digital landscape; collaborating to create opportunities for San Francisco residents to relaunch...

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February 20, 2019
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to share some exciting news with you regarding Ron Vale, PhD, professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. Ron has been named executive director of the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), in Ashburn, Virginia, and an HHMI vice president. He will begin this new post in early 2020 and will continue to hold a faculty appointment at UCSF.

A gifted and versatile researcher, Ron has made fundamental contributions to biology and is a champion of openness and clarity in communicating research, whether among scientists themselves or between scientists and the general public. We are privileged to count him as a colleague, and he is an ideal choice to lead the world-class scientific enterprise at Janelia.

For his seminal research on the molecular motors known as kinesin and dynein, Ron has received some of the most prestigious prizes in biomedical research, including the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine.

Our faculty are world-renowned, and their accomplishments are a source of great pride for the university. UCSF is known for attracting great leaders, but just as importantly for celebrating those who embark on a new chapter.

Please join me in congratulating Ron Vale on his remarkable achievements and in sending him our best wishes for continued success.

Read more online about Ron’s career at UCSF and his HHMI appointment.

Sincerely,

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

September 12, 2018
People

Dear Colleagues:

We write to share the sad news that Alexander (Alex) R. Margulis, MD, former chair of the Department of Radiology and steadfast member of the UCSF community, passed away on Friday, September 7, at the age of 97.

Alex was a visionary radiologist. During his 26-year tenure as chair of the Department of Radiology, UCSF rose to international prominence in imaging research, clinical care, and education. Throughout this period of unparalleled discovery and innovation, UCSF became a top destination for leaders interested in enhancing the roles of digital imaging techniques.

Alex was a risk-taker. He invested in untested ideas, supporting the dreams of his faculty who went on to make astounding contributions to imaging in modalities including CT, MRI, ultrasound, ultrafast CT, PET CT, and SPECT CT. Under Alex’s leadership, the department acquired the second head CT scanner in any academic institution in the U.S. He was truly a man ahead of his time, and his vision for the future of imaging and image-guided therapy would ultimately shape the field of radiology at UCSF and beyond.

Alex was a beloved mentor and colleague. Innumerable radiologists and scientists who were trained and mentored by Alex went on to lead outstanding academic institutions across the U.S. and abroad. UCSF was deeply important to Alex; he maintained close ties over the years, attending the gala event of the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging’s alumni organization – the UCSF Margulis Society – and serving as mentor and colleague to many members of the UCSF faculty.

His many friends and colleagues at UCSF and throughout...

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June 18, 2018
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

It is with sadness that we share the news that Lloyd “Holly” Smith, Jr., MD, professor and chairman emeritus of the UCSF Department of Medicine, passed away yesterday at home at the age of 94. Holly was a luminary in the fields of medical education and research, and his absence will be felt not only at UCSF but well beyond.

When Holly joined UCSF in 1964 as the chairman of the Department of Medicine, there were only fifty full-time members (it now numbers approximately 750). He led the department through a period of exceptional and unprecedented growth, recruiting and mentoring faculty in record numbers, many of whom went on to be outstanding leaders in their fields.

Known for his witty aphorisms, Holly once said, “Experiment. Take some chances. Remember the Peter Pan Principle, ‘most things peter out but some will pan out.’” Undoubtedly, many of UCSF’s greatest successes were realized as a direct result of Holly’s innovative ideas and unwavering devotion to leading by example.

Despite receiving innumerable awards and accolades throughout his career, Holly always emphasized his debt to his colleagues and UCSF for his successes. His humble nature, humor, and grace are exemplified by the recipients of the annual Lloyd Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine, established in 2000 to recognize outstanding career service that has resulted in broad and long-lasting benefit to the School of Medicine. To learn more about Holly’s remarkable life and career,...

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December 11, 2017
Partnerships
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mayor Ed Lee. He was an extraordinarily decent, upbeat, and dedicated leader of San Francisco, and a staunch ally of UCSF in our mission to provide high-quality health care for all, teach the next generation of innovators and caregivers in the health sciences, and drive breakthroughs in research. I had the pleasure and honor of working closely with Mayor Lee over the past several years on a variety of UCSF-City partnerships.

Among his many contributions, the Mayor played an integral role in working with UCSF to enable us to construct the new UCSF Research and Academic Building at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and to purchase property at Mission Bay that will serve as the future home of the UCSF Center for Vision Neuroscience.

On behalf of UCSF, I will be sending heartfelt condolences to his family. Indeed, San Francisco has lost a very special person and one of its great champions.

Sincerely,

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

August 16, 2017
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are writing to pay tribute to two of our most highly regarded faculty members, Drs. Jeffrey Pearl and Art Ablin, who passed away in recent days.

An outstanding surgeon

Dr. Pearl is most remembered for his indefatigable dedication to UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, where he served as associate dean and associate medical director and was a tireless advocate for its patients and their care. Jeff held the Fishbon Endowed Chair in Ambulatory Surgery and was a committed teacher to students and trainees. He also was an enthusiastic participant at our annual UCSF Founders Day luncheon where he presented the UCSF at Mount Zion Milton and Helen Pearl Award for Outstanding Service. The recipients were selected based on their exceptional willingness to render additional service of distinction to others.

A world-renowned pediatric oncologist

Dr. Ablin was a role model and mentor, advancing the careers of countless students, trainees, and junior faculty. Not only will we remember his kindness, integrity, and tenacious spirit, we are eternally grateful for his generosity. With his visionary commitment to patients and their families, he founded Family House, which provides a place for families to stay during a child’s medical treatment. He also was the impetus for several philanthropic gifts that resulted in the Roma and Marvin Auerback Distinguished Professorship; Deborah and Arthur Ablin, MD, Endowed Chair in Pediatric Molecular Oncology; and Mildred V. Strouss Endowed Chair in Translational Research in Pediatric Oncology.

Both Drs. Pearl and Ablin were steadfast professionals with an unwavering...

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November 17, 2015
People

Dear Colleagues:

I wanted to share some exciting news with you regarding Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. After 25 years at UCSF, Liz will be leaving to become president of the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, effective January 1, 2016.

A wonderful colleague, collaborator, mentor, and friend to many, Liz has exemplified the values of UCSF, including inquisitiveness and a spirit of collaboration—reaching out to basic researchers and clinical researchers in different disciplines across our university and beyond. A role model for many, she has fostered the training and careers of countless students and postdoctoral scholars.

Her Illustrious scientific career studying telomeres and the enzyme telomerase, recognized in her receiving the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, has been an inspiration to many.

Her new appointment is very good news for the Salk, as she will be a superb leader. We will of course miss her daily presence at UCSF, but she assures us that she will remain in touch.

Liz’s tenure with UC began in 1978 when she joined the faculty at UC Berkeley. In 1990, she came to UCSF, and from 1993 to 1999, she served as chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Our faculty members are world renowned, and their accomplishments are a source of great pride for the UCSF community. One of our strong points is not only attracting great leaders but applauding members who leave UCSF to embark on a new chapter of their lives.

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth Blackburn on her tremendous achievements and sending her our best wishes for continued success.

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July 22, 2015
People

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 http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2015/07/131031/chancellor-emeritus-julius-krevans-transformative-leader-ucsf-dies-91

Sincerely,

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

July 20, 2011
Administrative
People

Dear Colleagues:

The UCSF community suffered a great loss this last week with the tragic accidental death of psychiatrist Kevin Mack, MD, MS. On behalf of our entire campus, I want to again convey my deepest condolences to Dr. Mack’s family, friends and colleagues.

I also want to acknowledge that others were injured in this accident, and to wish them a speedy and full recovery.