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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.

May 29, 2019
Partnerships

Dear UCSF Community:

Partnerships with peer institutions and industry leaders are an important part of our strategy to accelerate our work across all of UCSF’s mission areas. When considering these relationships, we must ensure that potential partners can sufficiently protect and safeguard any sensitive data we share as part of our collaboration.

A task force comprising UCSF leaders in research, technology, and operations has been working to better understand the unique opportunities and challenges confronting UCSF in regard to our collaborations and partnerships with external entities that include sharing sensitive data. Generally, the task force recommended streamlining the process for setting up external collaborations and establishing efficient oversight of certain types of relationships that involve sharing sensitive data.

The work to implement these recommendations is underway. The first step is to activate an interim process to flag high-risk data sharing proposals for review by the UCSF Enterprise Information and Analytics Committee (EIA) led by Dr. Jennifer Grandis. Specifically, prior to executing a contract, our designated contracting teams will forward to the EIA proposed partnership contracts that involve:

  • Sharing any UC-protected health information (PHI) outside of IRB-approved clinical trials
  • Sharing sensitive UCSF data with high-risk countries or companies
    • Identified using Restricted Party Screening software from Visual Compliance® and information from government and law enforcement authorities (e.g., FBI)
  • ...
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May 28, 2019
Partnerships
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues, Friends, Concerned Citizens:

Over the past several weeks, and in particular at the recent meeting of the UC Board of Regents, we have seen and heard hundreds of thoughtful, principled, and impassioned statements about UCSF’s proposal to expand our relationship with Dignity Health’s four Bay Area hospitals.

Many of you have expressed strong concerns about a significantly expanded UCSF relationship with a health care system that has certain limits on women’s reproductive services, LGBTQ care, and end-of-life options. Meanwhile, many of you have been adamant that UCSF must build on its decades-long affiliation with Dignity Health in order to provide critically needed health care services to our Bay Area communities.

We respect and appreciate the diversity of opinions from multiple stakeholders both within UCSF and outside our University, and we have heard you all. In the past several days, we have met internally, with Dignity Health, and with leaders both in the University of California Office of the President and the Regents. Given the concerns, we will not continue to pursue the affiliation as it had been envisioned, which would have created a stronger link between UCSF Health and Dignity Health’s four Bay Area hospitals.

What remains true is that the critical patient needs that have driven our discussions with Dignity Health still exist, and we have a responsibility to meet them. Going forward, we will continue to work to identify a path to help meet those needs and increase access to crucial health services. We will develop solutions that address many of the concerns we have heard. We are particularly sensitive to addressing the unique needs of women,...

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May 13, 2019
Partnerships
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Many of you have heard about our intention to expand our collaboration with Dignity Health. Although a proposal has not yet been finalized, our efforts are being publicly discussed.

We want to be clear as to why we are exploring this collaboration with Dignity and how, together, we can expand patient access to quality health care – care for women, care for the LGBTQ community, and care for all patients. We want to underscore that UCSF’s PRIDE Values will be central to this affiliation and are central to all that we do.

In addition, we want to let you know where you can find information about our plans with Dignity. Information is available on our Dignity Health Affiliation page, including FAQs, a letter from the UCSF Academic Senate, and a faculty opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle.

What we are exploring is a broader affiliation between UCSF Health and Dignity Health. The aim is to expand our services at four Dignity hospitals – St. Mary’s Medical Center and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. This would be an expansion of our current relationship with Dignity, a relationship...

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June 12, 2018
Partnerships
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce two new options for adult and pediatric care in the East Bay, for you and other UCSF Health patients. This is especially important at a time when more people are looking for convenient, outpatient locations to receive their health care.

Berkeley Outpatient Center
Yesterday was the opening of the Berkeley Outpatient Center, our first jointly operated and staffed facility with John Muir Health. The center is located near the UC Berkeley campus and offers adult specialty and primary care, urgent care, and lab and imaging services. Specialties available now are dermatology, neurosurgery, neurology, ophthalmology (including the UC Berkeley Optometry and Optical Shop), orthopedics, gastrointestinal, rheumatology, and urology. Additional specialties will be added in the coming months.

We’ve had a long-standing partnership with John Muir Health, and the facility enables both organizations’ clinicians to work together to provide high-quality care under one roof in an easily accessible location for patients in the East Bay.

The center also expands opportunities for care within the Canopy Health network, which already has more than 5,000 doctors, dozens of care centers and numerous hospitals across seven Bay Area counties. You can read more about the Berkeley Outpatient Center in this press release and at its website.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Outpatient...

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March 11, 2018
Partnerships
Philanthropy
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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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

March 26, 2017
Advocacy
Partnerships

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

As a public university, UCSF is firmly grounded in the belief that the expansion of knowledge, through scientific discovery, is core to our society’s freedom and prosperity. We also believe that our strength as a university stems from a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, and respects every individual regardless of his or her religion or national origin.

To reaffirm and celebrate these values, UCSF will “Stand Up for Science” in solidarity with other members of the academic and scientific communities, including the Gladstone Institutes and the California Life Sciences Association. On Saturday, April 22, two morning events are scheduled to take place at Mission Bay:

  • “Stand Up for Science” Teach-In (8-10 a.m.), featuring UCSF faculty members who, during their careers, have pursued research that has clashed with political sentiments. Listen to stories from those experienced in advancing evidence-based health policy when politics interfered or presented seemingly immovable obstacles. RSVP to attend this event. The teach-in will be available via livestream.
  • “Stand Up for Science” Rally (10-10:45 a.m.), with the local life sciences community to speak out for our shared values of diversity and inclusion in advancing scientific discovery.

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March 16, 2017
Advocacy
Partnerships
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

The severe budget cuts to federal funding for scientific research proposed by the new administration, particularly a 19 percent reduction in support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are deeply concerning. UCSF is fortunate to have been a top recipient of NIH funds for many years and, as a public institution, it has been our privilege to fulfill our pact with taxpayers by conducting research that has improved the health of all Americans.

Be assured that our leadership team continues to work, in concert with the UC Office of the President, to stay apprised of federal actions and issues that have a significant impact on our university. We are strongly committed to keeping UCSF community members informed and taking appropriate actions to address these concerns and defend the values that are core to the University of California.

UCSF is advocating in our nation’s capital. Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy Keith Yamamoto is in Washington, DC working with Associate Director Natalie Alpert, our federal government relations lead, to actively represent UCSF. We remain aligned and in partnership with others who share our deep concerns, including our peer academic research institutions and national organizations such as the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). It is by working with our peers and colleagues that we can truly represent the breadth of support that exists for maintaining what has been consistent and long-standing bipartisan backing for the federal funding of biomedical research.

Related to these advocacy efforts, I want to acknowledge that many in our community have asked about UCSF participation...

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December 14, 2016
Partnerships

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) are partnering together to build a state-of-the-art research and academic facility that will bring together nearly 800 UCSF clinicians, clinical researchers, staff, and trainees currently dispersed among several existing buildings on the ZSFG campus. The new facility would be designed and built by UCSF and located at ZSFG.

As you may know, UCSF faculty and staff at ZSFG devote their time to make ZSFG one of the nation’s premier public hospitals by caring for the underserved, discovering new ways to prevent and cure disease, and treating traumatic injuries. Additional information about the UCSF partnership and research at ZSFG is available at ucsf.edu.

Please join me and other members of the UCSF community in reaching out to the members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to let them know that you support this project and UCSF’s work at ZSFG.

The ZSFG project is scheduled to be heard by the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday, January 18, and by the entire Board on Tuesday, January 24. The project has been endorsed by the San Francisco Health Commission and the UC Regents. Approval by the Board of Supervisors would allow UCSF to proceed with the design and construction of the research facility.

Please take a moment to send an email to the Board of Supervisors and make your voice heard on this important matter. Let’s...

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September 20, 2016
Partnerships

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to share the exciting news that Priscilla Chan, MD, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, have committed $600 million to establish the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a venture designed to create synergy among the UCSF, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley research enterprises, with the goal of advancing discovery in the health sciences.

An independent non-profit entity, Biohub will be based at 499 Illinois Street, adjacent to the UCSF Mission Bay campus, and will be co-directed by Joe DeRisi, PhD, UCSF professor and chair of biochemistry and biophysics, and Stanford’s Steve Quake, DPhil, professor of bioengineering and of applied physics.

Biohub is the first philanthropic science investment made by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and is an extraordinary opportunity to capitalize on our region’s unparalleled strength in technological and biomedical innovation in the service of improving health locally and worldwide.

It is just one part of an emphasis on science being launched by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. That overall program will be led by Cori Bargmann, PhD, the Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at The Rockefeller University.

One of the world’s leading neuroscientists, Cori was a member of our faculty from 1991 to 2004, and rose to the position of vice chair of the Department of Anatomy. In her new position, she will work out of 499 Illinois Street, so her new role represents a homecoming of sorts, and I know you will join me in welcoming her back to San...

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