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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 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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March 4, 2022
Leadership
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

On Tuesday, we welcomed Suresh Gunasekaran as President and CEO of UCSF Health.

In the coming days and weeks, he will be deeply immersed in learning about our organization and the people who comprise it. Suresh will be visiting clinical and non-clinical locations to meet as many of our staff and faculty as possible.

Meanwhile, we send this introductory video in which Suresh shares his thoughts on a number of topics, including why he chose UCSF Health, his commitment to patients, the well-being of our workforce, and teamwork.

I encourage you to scroll to the bottom of his bio page, which includes some fun facts that will help us get to know him better.

You also can read more about his background in this UCSF.edu story.

Suresh brings an impressive track record of health care leadership, and I am looking forward to working with him as our nationally recognized health system continues to evolve.

Sincerely,

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

January 18, 2022
Leadership
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce that after a nationwide search we have selected Suresh Gunasekaran as the next president and chief executive officer to lead UCSF’s clinical enterprise.

Suresh joins us from University of Iowa (UI) Health Care, where he serves as CEO of the UI Hospitals & Clinics. In his new role, Suresh will lead UCSF Health and join my executive team and Chancellor’s Cabinet, contributing strategic leadership and guidance to the overall UCSF enterprise.

A seasoned health care executive, Suresh brings an impressive track record of leadership, marked by a commitment to patients, strategic vision, and strong financial performance. His dedication to quality and safety, supporting staff, and serving vulnerable communities will strengthen UCSF Health as it grows to provide greater access to families throughout California.

Read more about him on UCSF.edu.

I also want to thank the members of the search committee, led by Tad Vail, for their excellent work and dedication. Please join me in welcoming Suresh to UCSF.

Sincerely,

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

November 15, 2021
Leadership

Dear UCSF Community,

I am pleased to announce that Erin Gore will join us early next year as our new senior vice chancellor of Finance and Administration.

Erin is a seasoned financial executive who joins us from Wells Fargo, where she is executive vice president of Growth Initiatives, Strategy & Communication, and previously led the Higher Education and Not for Profit division.

Previously, she served as UC Berkeley’s associate vice chancellor of Planning and Budget and chief financial officer from 2009-2014. During her tenure there, she created UC Berkeley’s first campuswide budget plan and oversaw major building projects, as well as new efforts to simplify financial aid processes, create data systems, and increase aid for first-generation students. She received a BA in political science from UCLA and an MPA in economic policy from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

In her new role, Erin will join my executive team and cabinet, and will provide strategic leadership and guidance to the UCSF enterprise across many areas that directly affect our performance. She will be responsible for UCSF’s operating budget of approximately $8 billion and for leading a service organization with an annual budget of $435 million and 1,800 full time employees.

Throughout her career, Erin has guided large-scale changes in administration, technology, finance, and staffing for a range of employers, including the City of New York. You can...

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September 28, 2021
Leadership

Dear UCSF Community,

I am writing to share the news that Jennifer Arnett, vice chancellor for University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR), has been named chief development officer at Mayo Clinic and will be leaving UCSF on October 22, 2021.

In her new role, Jennifer will be responsible for leading Mayo Clinic’s philanthropic strategies in support of the organization’s mission to transform health through integrated clinical practice, education, and research.

Jennifer’s 12-year tenure at UCSF has been marked by increasing responsibilities and contributions to our mission. She first joined us in 2010 as senior director of corporate and foundation relations, and assumed the role of vice chancellor in 2018. Under her leadership, UDAR completed the most successful fundraising campaign in UCSF’s history. Known as “UCSF: The Campaign,” this ambitious effort raised $6.2 billion over a seven-year period, closing early and exceeding its original goal of $5 billion.

The driving force behind Jennifer’s success has been her commitment to creating a collaborative fundraising culture at UDAR. Jennifer and her team have focused on building relationships with donors that connect their interests with UCSF’s research, education, and care delivery priorities. By anchoring this shared interest in our core mission, she has helped to strengthen and broaden the foundation for UCSF’s work for decades to come.

Jennifer has been a key member of the Chancellor’s Executive Team and Chancellor’s Cabinet, and I will miss working with her and receiving her reliable counsel.

We will soon start the process to fill Jennifer’s role. During this recruitment period, I have asked Erin...

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September 17, 2021
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Nicquet Blake will become the next leader of Student Academic Affairs (SAA) and the Graduate Division effective December 1, 2021. As Vice Provost of Student Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate Division, Dr. Blake will be a direct report to me in my capacity as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and she will be a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.

Dr. Blake comes to UCSF after a fourteen-year career in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at University of Texas Health San Antonio, most recently as senior associate dean for admissions and student affairs. In that role, she was responsible for the recruitment, admission, and retention of students, and directed three NIH training grants. Dr. Blake has a resounding record of success in transforming the student body at GSBS to reflect the diversity of the surrounding communities and virtually eliminating first-year attrition of underrepresented students. With diversity as an integral factor to both her professional and personal goals, she is an expert community-builder and champion for students becoming their best self-advocates.

As graduate dean at UCSF, Dr. Blake will have broad administrative oversight of the master's and doctoral programs offered by the Graduate Division as well as postdoctoral training at UCSF. She will work closely with her accomplished staff, graduate program directors, fellow deans, partners across the University, the chancellor, and me to craft and realize a comprehensive plan that will ensure equitable access, inclusivity, and continued excellence in graduate education and postdoctoral training.

Among her many charges as...

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June 17, 2021
Leadership

Dear UCSF Community,

After more than four decades of remarkable contributions to the field of pharmacy, as well as to UCSF, our students, faculty, staff, and the patients we serve, School of Pharmacy Dean Joe Guglielmo has decided to retire at the end of 2021.

Joe joined our faculty in 1979, after completing his residency here at UCSF in pharmacy practice. Those were the early years of clinical pharmacy – a field founded at UCSF – in which pharmacists serve as part of the clinical team in hospitals to guide therapeutic decisions for patients.

Early in his career, Joe recognized the tremendous need for antibiotic management in hospitals, where drug resistance had already become a significant danger. He went on to become a nationally recognized expert on the use of drugs to control infection. He turned that knowledge into direct improvements in the care we provide, creating and leading the antimicrobial management program at UCSF Medical Center, which became a model for hospitals nationwide.

Joe’s contributions to the School of Pharmacy will have a lasting impact. Over the course of his career, he has been a leading clinical pharmacist, researcher, teacher, and administrator. As chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy – which he assumed in 2006 – and now as dean, Joe has led the transformation of the curriculum for the School’s doctoral program and the way pharmacy is taught. It is widely viewed as one of the preeminent programs in the nation and has continued to evolve under his leadership as dean.

In research, Joe has built upon the School’s stellar record in innovative science, recruiting top-tier faculty and overseeing a 40% rise in the School’s NIH funding...

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January 25, 2021
Leadership
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

After more than four decades of exceptional leadership locally, statewide, and nationally, Mark Laret has informed me of his intention to retire from the University of California at the end of this calendar year.

Mark’s decision caps an incredible tenure at UC, and at UCSF. In 1980, he began his UC career at the UCLA Medical Center where he built the external relations and managed care functions, led the acquisition of Santa Monica Hospital, and positioned UCLA as a leading regional provider of care. In 1995, Mark was appointed CEO at UC Irvine Medical Center in the wake of significant challenges at their fertility center. In that role, he strengthened the management team and built an enduring values-based culture focused on always doing the right thing for patients and the community.

In 2000, we recruited Mark to become CEO of UCSF Medical Center. He joined us as a three-year merger with Stanford Hospital was ending, leaving UCSF in difficult financial and operational circumstances with a depleted management team.

Mark recruited a new leadership team and developed the medical center’s mission, vision, and PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence) values system, all of which endure to this day. With the support of then Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, and in partnership with then School of Medicine Dean Haile Debas and the clinical department chairs, Mark and the team developed and executed a strategic plan to make UCSF larger, stronger, and better able to serve our diverse community.

The fundamentals — quality of patient care, safety, positive patient experiences, health equity, employee engagement, and operational...

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December 14, 2020
Leadership

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to share the news that Paul Jenny, senior vice chancellor for finance and administration, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), effective January 25, 2021.

Since Paul joined UCSF in 2016, the University has undergone a period of rapid expansion, with significant growth in our clinical and research enterprises. During this period, UCSF also added more than one million square feet through capital projects such as the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building, the Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building, and the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision, to name just a few.

As UCSF has grown in size and complexity, we have benefited from Paul’s leadership and wise stewardship of resources. In leading UCSF’s Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) organization, he has helped to advance our public mission by strengthening UCSF’s operational backbone. During his tenure, Paul has led numerous critical projects spanning the entire UCSF enterprise, including those undertaken by Audit and Advisory Services, Finance, Campus Life Services, Real Estate, Human Resources, Information Technology, UCSF Police Department, the Program Management Office, and the Anchor Institution Initiative.

I have valued Paul’s strategic counsel over the years and will miss working with him in his roles on both the Chancellor’s Executive Team and Chancellor’s Cabinet. I have no doubt that he will make equally important contributions at CCMHC, which is one of most distinguished pediatric hospitals in the country.

In the coming weeks, we will be taking steps...

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December 11, 2020
Community
Leadership
People

Dear UCSF Community,

As we enter the final weeks of 2020, encouraging news on the COVID-19 vaccine front is helping to bring this difficult year to a close with a renewed sense of hope.

Yesterday, a vaccine advisory panel commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that the FDA grant Emergency Use Authorization to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA’s approval is expected any day, and preparations are already under way at UCSF.

Approval of the Pfizer vaccine will mark an important turning point, but it will take months before this and other vaccines become widely available. Even as the vaccine distribution expands, we must recognize the serious threat the coronavirus continues to pose to public health—especially at a time when community transmission, including in the Bay Area, is at an all-time high.

All of us, including those who have been vaccinated, must continue to adhere to public health orders, wearing masks, physically distancing, washing hands, and avoiding unnecessary travel and gatherings. Despite the fatigue we all feel, we must stay vigilant in taking all appropriate steps to slow the pandemic and avoid mistaking a vaccine for a cure.

Following FDA approval, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is expected to authorize use of the Pfizer vaccine in California. With the CDPH’s authorization, and aligned with public health guidance, UCSF will offer vaccinations to those on the front lines of the pandemic as early as next week.

As vaccine manufacturing capacity ramps up, a phased plan for distributing the vaccine is required. Initially, UCSF will offer the vaccine to those who have the highest risk of exposure to...

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