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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.

June 2, 2022
Advocacy
Community
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

A shooting yesterday at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospital took the lives of four people, unsettling a nation already reeling from the tragedies in Buffalo and Uvalde. While words of condolences and comfort can feel inadequate in the face of this growing public health crisis, we share in the grief for those who lost their lives, as well as the families they leave behind.

Training for Our Community

The fact that this latest gun violence occurred in a place of healing brings the issue closer to home for our community of health professionals and staff. Prior to these recent events, UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) had been preparing a series of training programs, which are more timely than ever.

Beginning next week, UCSF and ZSFG will offer active threat training. Participants will learn how to protect themselves from an active shooter, how to report an incident, and what to expect from the police response. 

  • The UCSF Police Department will offer training for the UCSF community, with in-person and Zoom options. UCSF Police Chief Mike Denson will send more information in a separate communication.
  • San Francisco Sheriff's Department is planning an upcoming active shooter training for the ZSFG campus. More details on this effort are forthcoming.
Town Hall on Gun Violence

UCSF also will hold a town hall to help our community understand the growing epidemic of gun violence. Experts engaged across research, education and training, health policy and care delivery will talk about their work in our communities and what more can be done to prevent gun violence. More information about...

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May 25, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Days before they were to begin their summer break, 19 elementary school students and two of their teachers were killed yesterday by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas. This heartbreaking tragedy follows another mass shooting that occurred less than two weeks ago in Buffalo, New York, by a self-avowed white supremacist who targeted the Black community. 

As President Joe Biden declared last night, the epidemic of gun violence is a crisis that must be confronted immediately. Our own Bay Area community is not immune to the suffering caused by this public health crisis. We experience its effects every day.

In light of these recent tragedies, UCSF researchers and clinicians will hold a town hall to discuss the work we are doing to address the traumatic health consequences of gun violence, which disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable communities. More information on this town hall will be shared with the UCSF community soon.

On June 3, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we will have additional opportunities to focus on education and advocacy for common-sense public safety laws that can reduce gun violence and save lives. Our colleagues at ZSFG have shared ways to demonstrate solidarity via the Wear Orange movement June 3-5 and the Wear Orange Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge on June 4.

In the meantime, please make use of UCSF services if you need support or know someone who does:

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May 19, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

The UC Board of Regents today approved our plans to build a state-of-the-art hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, marking an exciting milestone in the transformation of our oldest campus.

This is great news for our providers, staff, and trainees who work there and, importantly, for our patients whom we are privileged to serve. The new hospital has been designed as a human-centered environment that will dramatically enhance the patient experience. Built with facilities to accommodate the latest medical technology, it also will amplify the high-quality care we provide and help address our critical capacity limitations.

I am grateful for the scores of supporters and stakeholders, including many of you, who have participated in dozens of planning sessions, meetings, surveys, and town halls. I extend my deep appreciation to the project team, which has guided the development process, as well as to our donors, including the Helen Diller Foundation and family, who have generously contributed to the project.

When the new hospital opens in 2030, it will be a beacon of pride and hope for San Francisco, providing innovative care backed by UCSF’s research and education for generations to come. You can read more about the new hospital on UCSF.edu.

Sincerely,

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

May 17, 2022
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and on campus. While we have not seen an increase in on-site transmission at UCSF, we are seeing a steep rise in community transmission in several Bay Area counties, including San Francisco.

As a reminder, we strongly recommend wearing medical-grade (surgical, N95 or KN95) masks in all indoor locations across campus. Masks remain mandatory in all clinical or health care areas where patients are present, on campus shuttles and in elevators.

Because of the increased community transmission of COVID-19 infection, we also strongly encourage everyone to wear masks when in public indoor settings like grocery stores, restaurants, and other crowded places.

We will continue to track the latest developments and are prepared to return to mandatory masking in all indoors settings at UCSF when necessary, in alignment with guidance and recommendations from public health officials.

In the meantime, please be vigilant about taking all precautions to reduce transmission of the virus: wash your hands frequently, avoid crowded indoor places, and get a booster shot if you are eligible. In addition, you are required to take the following steps to help minimize the spread of COVID-19:

  • Complete the Daily Health Screener before coming to any UCSF location
  • Report positive cases through the screener
  • In case of a positive test result, complete the separate contact tracing survey as soon as possible, so that we can take steps to stop further transmission quickly...
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May 17, 2022
Honors and Awards
People

Dear UCSF Community,

To commemorate Founders Day, an annual tradition when we celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of members of our UCSF community, I am pleased to honor 13 individuals with the 2022 UCSF Founders Day Awards.

I was delighted to recognize the recipients, listed below, for their remarkable work in service of our university and its mission at a reception last Friday.

Please join me in congratulating these faculty, staff, students, and trainees who have committed themselves to public and university service, innovative research, and patient-centered care. I invite you to learn about them and their remarkable efforts by watching these short videos.

Chancellor Award for Public Service

  • Faculty: Daniel Grossman, MD
  • Staff: Hoa Su, MPH
  • Learner: Taia Sean Wu
  • Thomas N. Burbridge Public Service Award: Shira Shavit, MD
  • Edison T. Uno Public Service Award: Roberto Efraín Díaz

Chancellor Award for Exceptional Management

  • Molly Frances Battistelli, MPH
  • Michael L. Helle, MBA, MHA, FP-C, NRP/CCP
  • Janelle Smith Hernandez, MHA
  • Tristin Penland, MS, RN, CCRN

Chancellor Award for Exceptional Service

  • Sue Forstat 
  • Diane B. Ngo, MPA
  • Morgan Vaisset-Fauvel, BEPA...
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May 16, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

The news of the mass shooting targeting a Black community in Buffalo, New York, this past weekend reminds us of the urgency behind the ongoing need to confront racism. My heart breaks for the victims, their families and friends, the entire Buffalo community, and all those who have been touched by this senseless violence.

An unremarkable Saturday at a grocery store turned tragic as 10 people were killed and three more were wounded by a white supremacist who had previously written about his racist views, then planned and carried out mass murder fueled by hate and amplified with gun violence.

This incident echoes too many prior tragedies in which innocent people were targeted for no more than the color of their skin, sexual orientation or identity, political views, or religion. If you would benefit from UCSF’s support services, please avail yourself of these resources for students, faculty, and staff:

Despite how challenging it can be in moments like these, it is important to reinforce our resolve in our own communities, including our UCSF community, to confront racism and bias in all of their forms. In the days ahead, let’s look out for one another and offer each other the support we need.

Sincerely,

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

May 4, 2022
Leadership

Dear UCSF Community,

I am delighted to announce that after a nationwide search we have selected pharmacist-scientist Kathy Giacomini, PhD, as the new dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

Kathy is a professor in the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, a joint department of the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine that she chaired for more than a decade. Internationally renowned for her pioneering research on pharmacogenomics—how a person’s genetic makeup affects their response to drugs—Kathy has helped to overturn the one-size-fits-all approach to treating common conditions in the era of precision medicine and biotherapeutics.

A national leader, Kathy co-directs the UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Sciences and Innovation, which partners with the Food and Drug Administration to modernize the development and approval of new medical products.

Kathy has won many honors and awards, most recently becoming the first woman to receive the 2021 Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award, the highest honor given by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. During her 30-year career at UCSF, she has mentored students and championed the advancement of women and underrepresented groups in science.

You can read more about Kathy’s extraordinary career in this UCSF story.

I want to thank Thomas Kearney, PharmD, who has served as interim dean since January 4, and members of the search committee, led by School of...

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April 21, 2022
Advocacy
Partnerships
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I am pleased to share with you that today UC President Michael Drake and I will welcome U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and other leaders to our Mission Bay campus, where she will address Black maternal health with the goal of finding solutions to persistent health inequities.

Vice President Harris will meet with families and health practitioners who are part of UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences’ EMBRACE, an innovative care program that helps Black families get the perinatal care they need for healthy pregnancies and births.

You are invited to watch Vice President Harris address the disparities in Black maternal health during a news conference to be presented live via the White House livestream at 2:30 p.m. (PT).

Sincerely,

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

April 8, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Yesterday, we witnessed history: The U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to sit on the highest court in our nation since it first assembled in 1790.

Judge Jackson will be the 116th justice to serve on the Supreme Court when she replaces retiring Justice Stephen Breyer at the end of the court’s session this summer.

As we followed, perhaps anxiously, her nomination hearings, we saw the boundaries of what is possible redefined. Judge Jackson’s confirmation gives us all, but especially Black women and girls, a new vision of limitless professional possibility. This vision—this hope—is why diverse representation is essential. Today, as I reflect on this moment, I feel a sense of pride and joy.

According to the American Bar Association (ABA), Black women represent only 4.7 percent of all lawyers nationwide. And just 70 Black women have ever served as a federal judge. These numbers highlight that we still have much work ahead of us to achieve diversity and equity. However, as we work to make UCSF a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, Judge Jackson’s confirmation reminds us that we can make change. So today, let us rejoice in this historic moment. 

Sincerely,

J. Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer

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April 4, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Once again, we mourn the lives lost and those injured in another mass shooting, this time early Sunday morning in Sacramento.

As our colleagues at UC Davis Health provide care to many of the shooting victims, this incident reminds us of the ongoing epidemic of gun violence. Our society must do more to address this public health crisis.

This news comes as the war in Ukraine enters its sixth week, with new reports over the weekend of atrocities targeting civilians.

The weight of these horrendous events can feel overwhelming. If you need support, I encourage you to seek UCSF’s resources for students, faculty, and staff:

Especially during times like these, let’s show each other kindness and compassion, embodying our PRIDE Values, both on campus and in our communities.

Sincerely,

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

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