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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.

September 29, 2014
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to report that the search for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) – Research Infrastructure and Operations has been completed and that Brian E. Smith, MBA, JD has accepted the position, commencing October 1.

As AVC – Research Infrastructure and Operations, Brian will report to me and will be responsible for day-to-day operations, management, and oversight of several key components of our research enterprise: research management services, government and business contracts, environmental health and safety, and laboratory animal research. He will collaborate with others on the Office of Research team, the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, the medical center, faculty leaders and entities outside of UCSF, to identify potential improvements and best practices. Brian also will represent the Office of Research in campuswide planning and on selected UC systemwide committees and councils.

Brian comes to UCSF from UC San Diego, where he was assistant vice chancellor for Health Sciences Affairs, with responsibilities encompassing health sciences education, research and general administration, and liaison functions to Health Sciences Development, Marketing and Communications, and the UCSD Health System. Prior to his three years at UCSD, Brian served for seven years at the University of Oregon, Eugene, first in the Office of Technology Transfer, and subsequently as assistant vice president and chief of staff in the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and his MBA and JD from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Finally, I am most grateful to Marge O’...

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September 11, 2014
Leadership

Dear UCSF Community:

I write to inform you that Bruce Wintroub, MD, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the School of Medicine, effective September 15, while we embark on the search for my successor. Dr. Wintroub, a distinguished dermatologist, has served UCSF for 32 years. Most recently he has served as Vice Dean – School of Medicine since 2004 as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology since 1985. Dr. Wintroub will maintain his responsibilities in the Department of Dermatology including his position as chair. I am confident that he will serve with distinction and ably steer the School through this transition.

Dr. Wintroub earned a medical degree at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, with residencies and fellowships at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston (Internal Medicine) and Harvard Medical School (Immunology and Dermatology). He earned his AB at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Read more at: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/09/117211/wintroub-appointed-interim-dean-...

I have appointed a search committee for my successor as dean, and Drs. Catherine Lucey, Professor and School of Medicine Vice Dean—Education, and Shaun Coughlin, Professor and Director—Cardiovascular Research Institute will serve as co-chairs. The committee is charged to work with the search firm of Isaacson, Miller to identify distinguished academicians who have demonstrated their ability to successfully advance all mission areas and whose values align with the core values of...

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March 31, 2014
Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to be writing to you today in my new role as Interim Chancellor of UCSF.

UCSF is at an exciting point in its evolution, and I look forward to working with many of you in the coming months to continue to advance excellence across our mission areas of research, education, patient care, and community service.

I know I speak on behalf of the entire UCSF community in thanking Sue Desmond-Hellmann for her leadership over the last four-and-a-half years and in wishing her the very best in her role as chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

UCSF made great progress under Sue’s leadership. Her legacy includes the strong leadership team she built, the financial strength she fostered and the scale of the projects this campus has undertaken in such a short time. The Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet is fully committed to partnering with me to ensure the current transition is a seamless one.

The coming months promise to be rewarding. Later this month, UCSF is planning to launch a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Toland Medical College, a celebration that in February 2015 will include the opening of three new hospitals at UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus. We also will continue advancing key initiatives, including UCSF 2.0, which is focused on charting a future vision for the entire institution, and the UCSF Health System, a clinical enterprise strategy to ensure we are well positioned as the healthcare landscape continues to evolve.

The breadth of what we do at UCSF is unsurpassed, from fundamental, curiosity-driven science to the application of those discoveries to patient care and...

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March 27, 2014
Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

I am extremely pleased to announce that Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS, an acclaimed cancer scientist, will become the new director for the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. His appointment will officially begin January 1, 2015.

Dr. Ashworth currently is professor of molecular biology, leader of the Gene Function Team in the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre and chief executive officer of the Institute of Cancer Research in London. Together with its partner hospital, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, the ICR is one of the top cancer centers globally.

Dr. Ashworth is renowned for his research on genes that determine cancer risk, especially for his key role in the discovery of BRCA2 in 1995. His is also known for his innovative approaches to exploiting genetic weaknesses in cancer cells as a way to generate new therapies and for his passion for the development of precision cancer medicine, translating laboratory studies into improvements in patient care.

Dr. Ashworth is an elected member of EMBO and the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is the recipient of a number of scientific prizes and awards including The European Society of Medical Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award, the David T. Workman Memorial Award of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation and the Meyenburg Foundation’s Cancer Research Award.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the search committee who so ably assisted me in Dr. Ashworth’s recruitment.

Dr. Ashworth will succeed Dr. Frank McCormick as director of the Cancer Center at USCF. Dr. McCormick joined UCSF in 1997, launched our cancer center and...

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August 14, 2012
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that John B. Ford, a longtime leader in fundraising for top universities, has been named Vice Chancellor—University Development and Alumni Relations at UCSF. John’s appointment has been approved by The UC Regents. Reporting to me, he will begin his post as vice chancellor on September 17.

Bringing more than forty years of experience to the position, John has a career that includes 30 years at Stanford University, beginning at the medical center and eventually leading development for the School of Medicine and Stanford University Hospital. He also directed the capital campaign to build Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Additionally, John helped organize and successfully implement three campaigns with goals of more than $1 billion, including the first billion dollar campaign in support of undergraduate education in the United States.

With deep knowledge and extensive experience in philanthropy, John has a proven capacity to design and direct a comprehensive and dynamic development program for a world-renowned health sciences university and medical center.

John is arriving at a fiscally challenging and exciting time in the history of UCSF. Philanthropy plays an increasingly critical role in supporting our faculty and students and in strengthening the excellence of our world-class programs. I am confident that he has the ability to ensure that our mission is broadly understood and widely supported.

I am extremely grateful to Jennifer Arnett for her leadership this past year in helping the development and alumni relations team advance several important UCSF initiatives. John and I are pleased that she will partner with him...

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July 19, 2012
Community
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

On Wednesday, July 18, I presented to the UC Regents a plan to appoint a group of dedicated directors with operational and strategic expertise to guide UCSF so we can deliver on our public mission. I am pleased to report that The Regents supported the plan as an important step to ensure UCSF's strong financial future. You can read more about the plan and watch a short video on ucsf.edu

http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2012/07/12358/chancellor-appoint-board-directors-ensure-ucsfs-ability-deliver-its-public'

Thank you for all you do for UCSF.

Sincerely,

Sue

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

June 11, 2012
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, has been named Interim Dean of the School of Pharmacy, effective July 1. His appointment has been approved by The UC Regents, and a search is under way for a permanent dean to replace Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, who will retire from UCSF at the end of June.

In its decades as the pre-eminent school of pharmacy, the school has never been stronger. It continues to lead the nation in NIH support for pharmacy-related research and to serve as a bellwether for the field. The school not only is successfully recruiting the top faculty and most promising students and conducting world-class research, but also is advancing into new territories such as bioengineering, devices and diagnostics.

Joe has ably served the school and University for 33 years and has been closely involved with the continuing development of the school's top-ranked doctor of pharmacy curriculum, while leading his department in attracting record research funding. Joe is chairman of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, a position he has held since 2006, and serves as the assistant director of Pharmaceutical Services for the UCSF Medical Center, enabling it to build upon the most advanced clinical research in pharmaceutical care to constantly improve medication use and safety. In addition, Joe holds the Thomas A. Oliver Endowed Chair in Clinical Pharmacy and served the campus as chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel for the Academic Senate from 2003-2005.

Joe earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California and joined the UCSF School of Pharmacy in 1979 after a UCSF residency in pharmacy practice. He is a...

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May 11, 2011
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jaime Sepúlveda, MD, MPH, DrSc, as Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences. Dr. Sepúlveda is a world-renowned leader in public health, with extensive international experience and a record of tackling enormous public health issues with a measurable impact.

January 2, 2011
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD, will become UCSF’s first Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Outreach.

Diversity and inclusion are values strongly held by the UCSF community. One of my top priorities as Chancellor is ensuring that we have not only a diverse workforce and student body but also a welcoming campus climate in which everyone has the opportunity to excel. I believe that the best way to harness the campus’s collective energy and enthusiasm for this important work is to consolidate it under an exceptional leader.

December 6, 2010
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of David Vlahov, PhD, RN as our new Dean for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing.

David joins us from the New York Academy of Medicine, where he currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Research and Director of the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies. He is also Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Adjunct Professor of the New York University College of Nursing. From these roles and his prior work as a scientist and as a registered nurse, David brings an exciting combination of community-based research and intervention to UCSF. His unique blend of experience, leadership skills and interests is highly relevant given the continually evolving landscape of health care.

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