Campus Messages

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

April 26, 2018
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We have received notice from several unions that they will strike or participate in a sympathy strike at UCSF and across the University of California (UC) system beginning the week of May 7, ending May 10, 2018. Please read below for more details.

We value our employees and respect their rights to representation and freedom of speech; that said, striking is a serious matter, especially when it directly affects vital public services such as patient care. Every day, our patients entrust their lives to us, and in turn, we are responsible for ensuring that they receive the highest quality care in a safe and secure environment.

At all times, our top priorities are ensuring the safety and security of the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, learners, patients and visitors.

We hope for an amicable resolution to the ongoing labor negotiations that have been underway for the past year with six unions. The UC Office of the President is conducting negotiations on behalf of the entire UC system, which is committed to reaching a negotiated agreement on compensation and benefits with all unions.

We have created a contingency plan to support our ongoing work and to minimize the strike’s impact. Even so, we expect disruptions to various services across the campus, particularly at UCSF Health, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the UCSF Dental Center.

More information about operational impacts and important bargaining updates will be posted at the In the Know website next week.

This strike will be challenging for all...

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April 10, 2018

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

On April 24, you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2018 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey. This survey is important for helping us understand the progress toward our shared goal of making UCSF a great place to work.

Since 2011, Gallup has conducted five engagement surveys at UCSF. Over the years, you and your managers have worked hard to develop and implement action plans across departments and units, which have resulted in a steady increase in overall staff engagement.

I am pleased to share a few highlights of our recent findings and progress. You can read more about the survey and activities across the university in Pulse of UCSF.

  • In comparison to Gallup’s nationwide benchmarks, UCSF’s strengths exist within the strong connections our staff feel to UCSF’s mission and within our shared commitment to doing quality work.
  • Following the 2015 survey, we prioritized opportunities for staff professional development, and these efforts were reflected as our greatest improvements in the 2017 survey.
  • Last year, we launched UCSF Recognize, an online platform to spotlight colleagues and thank them for their excellent work, further enhancing a culture of appreciation and engagement.
  • To build a unified and collaborative community at UCSF, the campus formally embraced the core PRIDE Values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence, already adopted within UCSF Medical Center.

In order to continue our collective progress, your participation in the 2018 Staff Engagement Survey is essential....

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March 28, 2018

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Last Friday, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, an annual funding bill that included a $3 billion increase in NIH research funding, as well as significant increases to the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and other important federal research programs. This remarkable growth in research funding reflects determined advocacy efforts that spanned the academic community.

We are especially proud that UCSF took an active role in supporting the funding of the NIH against proposed cuts that would have diminished scientific discovery and threatened our nation’s world-renowned research enterprise. Over the past year, our community came together in an unprecedented way to stand up for publicly funded science. And those efforts paid off, proving that our collective voices do matter.

We thank our students, faculty, and staff who engaged with elected officials over the last year through advocacy training, UCSF’s Stand up for Science events, postcard campaigns, and phone banks, which were ably organized by UCSF’s University Relations team. We also commend our students and faculty that traveled to DC to lobby our federal representatives, including the 45 students and faculty who participated in the first UCSF in DC day last April. As always, Keith Yamamoto, UCSF’s vice chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy, was a constant presence on Capitol Hill and expertly defended NIH funding in numerous meetings with members of Congress and a critical hearing before the House Appropriations Committee.

While we take a moment to enjoy this victory for biomedical research, the fight...

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March 11, 2018
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

We write to share our thanks for the unwavering commitment of our faculty and staff to providing the best quality care for our patients and for the positive impact this is having on patients’ lives. While this is always true, we recognize that the last few months have been particularly challenging as we have seen a record number of inpatients.

For the first time in our history, more than 800 inpatients are receiving care in our hospitals each day. This unprecedented patient demand is a reflection of the tremendous accomplishments of our faculty and staff in improving patients’ health, their experiences with UCSF Health, as well as, the operations of our organization.

Patients have many choices about where to receive care for themselves and their families, and doctors have options about where to refer patients. Our numbers demonstrate the confidence of the community in UCSF Health and UC San Francisco.

To meet the growing demand, we expect to continue to add clinical capacity – either within our own facilities or with our partners. We have started to expand our clinical programs into space at our affiliates, such as St. Mary’s Medical...

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February 19, 2018

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Reddy, DMD, DMSc, as our new dean for the UCSF School of Dentistry, effective June 1, 2018.

Dr. Reddy joins UCSF from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry, where he has been on the faculty since 1989. Currently the eighth dean of Alabama’s only dental school, he served as interim dean from June 2011 and dean since March 2012. He was chair of the Department of Periodontology from 2004 to 2011, former assistant dean for Planning and Clinical Activity, and senior scientist in multiple UAB research centers, including the centers for Metabolic Bone Disease and for Aging.

An internationally recognized master clinician in periodontal therapy and dental implants, Dr. Reddy’s research focuses on interrelationships between oral infections and overall health, and regenerative medicine approaches in the oral cavity.

His vision is to build on the UCSF School of Dentistry’s reputation as the preeminent research and clinical dental school in the country, expanding its research program, developing more diverse revenue sources, increasing philanthropic efforts, enhancing curriculum innovation, and orchestrating integrated, collaborative practice opportunities. Dr. Reddy brings a lifelong commitment to equity and inclusion. Based on his highly successful efforts at UAB, he is intent on strengthening UCSF’s culture of diversity to embrace the contributions of each individual and looks forward to fostering a collaborative environment in which faculty, staff, students, and trainees can succeed.

I am deeply grateful to Mark Kirkland, DDS, FACD, associate dean for...

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February 7, 2018
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are honored to share an important announcement for UCSF: The Helen Diller Foundation has made a $500 million commitment to UCSF to build a new, world-class hospital on our Parnassus Heights campus.

This extraordinary commitment will enable us to begin the extensive planning process for a state-of-the-art, 21st-century hospital that is designed and equipped to provide an unsurpassed level of care for our patients. The Diller family’s generosity also is a testament to the excellence of the clinicians and staff who have made UCSF Medical Center the highest ranked hospital in California and the fifth-best in the country, according to US News & World Report. The new hospital will enable us to relocate inpatient care, currently at Moffitt Hospital, by 2030 and meet the state’s seismic requirements.

In honor of this remarkable commitment, current and future clinical buildings at the Parnassus campus — including the new hospital, Moffitt-Long Hospital and the Crede Ambulatory Care Center — will be renamed the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. You can read more about this commitment and the vision for the new hospital at

UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center will be part of a planned broader revitalization of our flagship Parnassus Heights campus that also will modernize facilities supporting our research and education priorities. As we embark on this once-in-a-generation planning process for the Parnassus campus, we will draw upon input from you — our faculty, staff, students — as well as other stakeholders in our community.

The new commitment...

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January 15, 2018

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am pleased to congratulate renowned scientist Deepak Srivastava, MD, on his new role as the third president of the Gladstone Institutes.

Deepak is recognized for his contributions in the fields of cardiology and stem cell biology. His laboratory has been a leader in deciphering how embryonic stem cells form a heart, learning how that process is genetically disrupted in heart disease, and using that knowledge to regenerate damaged hearts. Deepak will maintain his research laboratory activities at Gladstone during his tenure as president.

Gladstone, a nonprofit life sciences research institution, shares a decades-long academic affiliation with UCSF. The Gladstone mission closely aligns with ours – to bring together visionary scientists with the technology to treat unsolved diseases and to train the next generation of researchers.

A pediatric cardiologist, Deepak himself is an example of our pioneering trainees having completed his residency in pediatrics at UCSF Medical Center in 1992. He then served fellowships at both the Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center before joining the Gladstone Institutes in 2005.

Prior to being named president, Deepak was a senior investigator and director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, Younger Family Director, and director of the Roddenberry Stem Cell Center.

Deepak succeeds R. Sanders “Sandy” Williams, MD, who as Gladstone president from 2010 to 2017 founded several biotechnology companies based on the translation of discoveries into the development of novel therapeutics. Sandy will continue his affiliation with Gladstone.

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December 19, 2017

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As this year ends, I express my heartfelt appreciation for the great work you have done at UCSF on behalf of our students, patients, their families, and community.

This year, thanks to your contributions and support, we accomplished a great deal, as told in UCSF’s year-in-review story. Each feat is a testament to the vision, determination, collaborative spirit, and compassion in our community.

Without a doubt, this has been a year of extreme global challenges. I am proud that our community continues to show that we are resilient, united in our mission to advance health worldwide. I am equally proud that each and every day we aspire to embody our values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence.

As we usher in a new year, take time to appreciate the strength of our diversity and continue to take actions to ensure that every member of our community feels welcome, included, and supported.

Finally, I encourage you in 2018 to help us solve the most intractable problems in health and human biology as an ambassador for UCSF: The Campaign. Our grand challenges – Decoding Life to Improve Health, Leveraging Discovery to Revolutionize Care, and Partnering to Achieve Health Equity – encompass our collective priorities, define us as a community, and call us to action.

Let us look to the future and move forward together.

I wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season and a happy new year.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS...

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December 12, 2017

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

The revelations of serious sexual misconduct across the nation over the last several months have underscored its devastating impact on individuals and organizations. These highly-publicized instances of workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault call on all institutions, including UCSF, to redouble their efforts to end abusive behaviors. We are committed to a UCSF community that is free from harassment and discrimination.

Consistent with our Principles of Community, we also are dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming environment where every person benefits from the highest principles of openness, integrity, and accountability. We encourage all those who feel they have experienced harassment to report it. They will be protected against retaliation via the Whistleblower Policy & Whistleblower Protection Policy.

We have been aggressively working to get to zero incidents at UCSF through mandatory education and training; enhanced required reporting; investigations that are fair for all parties; and appropriate sanctioning. However, there is still more work to be done.

We all must hold each other accountable for creating a climate that is free from discrimination, harassment, and assault. Everyone at UC — students, faculty, academic appointees, and staff — has a responsibility to know and comply with UC’s Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, our PRIDE values, and relevant state laws. Everyone...

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December 11, 2017

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.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor