UCSF Medal

The UCSF Medal, initiated in 1975, is our most prestigious campus award. Awarded biennially, it recognizes individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions in areas associated with the university and its missions as well as those who inspire the work of those at UCSF to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

A replacement to granting honorary degrees, the UCSF Medal is an expression of appreciation by the UCSF community for individuals whose life work is consonant with UCSF’s mission and whose contributions are of a scope and quality that justify the campus’ highest recognition.

Founder's Day Medal

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees of the UCSF Medal must have attained preeminence in an area encompassed by any of the missions of UCSF:

  • attracting and educating the nation’s most promising students
  • providing our patients the best health care
  • encouraging and supporting research and scholarly activities
  • serving local and global communities through education and service programs

In addition, nominees may be an educator, a health care service provider, a research scientist/scholar, or a humanitarian. Accomplishments must reflect the core values of UCSF. A personal association with UCSF is not required.

Elected officials currently in office are not eligible for the award. Faculty members who fulfill the criteria, as described may be nominated but must have held emeritus status or have been retired for at least one year and not hold any current administrative or policymaking position within the university. An exception is made for Nobel Laureates.

UCSF Medal awardees are honored at an annual celebration.

Please direct questions to Maureen Gomes, Office of the Chancellor.

Past Recipients

2022

Jennie Chin Hansen
David Julius
Freeman Bradley, Charles Edgar Clary, and David Johnson

 

 

 

2010

Nancy C. Andreasen
Nancy A. Aossey
Melvin M. Grumbach
and Herbert and Marion Sandler

2009

Dorothy Bainton
William K. Bowes, Jr.
Dolores Huerta
Robert S. Langer

2008

Willie L. Brown, Jr.
F. Warren Hellman
Janet D. Rowley
Eugenie C. Scott

 

2007

Brook Byers
Robert Derzon
Wendy Kopp
Mamphela Ramphele

2006

Jane Brody
Andrew S. Grove
Rudi Schmid
Maxine F. Singer

2004

Lawrence K. Altman
Phillip W. Borges
Mary-Claire King
Nan McEvoy

 

2003

T. Robert Burke
Rosalynn Carter
Richard Goldman
Nancy Hopkins
Charles B. Wilson

2002

Harold P. Freeman
Dorothy P. Rice
Donna E. Shalala
Alejandro Zaffaroni

2001

Moses “Mish” Grossman
and Bernard and Barbro Osher
Lloyd H. “Holly” Smith, Jr.
Mimi Silbert

 

2000

Purnell W. Choppin
Alexander Margulis
David Perlman
Jeanne Robertson

1999

Gerson Bakar and Barbara Bass Bakar
Ephraim P. Engleman
John C. Greene

1998

Don and Doris Fisher
William B. Kerr
Joanne A. Lewis
Joseph B. Martin
Stanley B. Prusiner

 

1997

Shirley S. Chater
Marian Wright Edelman
J.S. Lee
Philip R. Lee

1996

Dorothy Frank
Jere Goyan
William J. Rutter
The Gladstone Foundation Trustees: Richard S. Brawerman, Albert A. Dorman, and Richard D. Jones

1995

Sarah Gomez Erlach
David Smith
George Thorn

 

1994

A. W. Clausen
Bruce Alberts

1993

Julius R. Krevans

1992

Herbert W. Boyer, Jr.
Eugene L. Friend
Yori Wada

 

1991

Clark Kerr
Samuel Thier
Eugene Trefethen

1990

J. Michael Bishop
C. Everett Koop
Barbara McClintock
Lewis Thomas
Harold Varmus

1989

William O. Reinhardt
Ellen Brown
James P. Livingston

 

1988

Dianne Feinstein
Jim Geary
Rev. Cecil Williams & Janice Mirikitani
George J. Wood

1987

David (Sallie) Allen
Arnold O. Beckman
William L. Gee
Walter Sullivan

1986

Father Alfred Boeddeker
Ruth Chance
Robert Kroc
Saul Robinson

 

1985

William K. Coblentz
Frank and Roxie Moradian
Charles A. Noble, Jr.
Elizabeth Thompson Sooy

1984

Francis J. Curry
Ernest Gallo
John J. Sampson

1983

Seymour M. Farber
Robert J. Glaser
Lucile P. Leone
Ellen Magnin Newman
Malcolm S. M. Watts

 

1982

Francis A. Sooy

1981

Saul and Ida Epstein
Carlotta Fleming
Nathan Malamud
Frances A. Torrey

1980

Eleanor Crum
Donald D. Doyle
J. Englebert Dunphy
Otto E. Guttentag
Alexander Simon

 

1979

Stuart C. Cullen
Jack D. Lange
Joseph M. Long
Clarence L. Malan
Howard C. (Louise) Naffziger

1978

Leslie L. Bennett
Julius H. Comroe, Jr.
Edward (Elinor) Heller
Walter S. Newman

1977

Cyril Magnin
Helen E. Nahm
Edward B. Shaw
Idaree Westbrook

 

1976

Troy C. Daniels
Gardiner Johnson
Mary B. Olney
Milo Rowell

1975

Morris Bernstein
Charles J. Hitch
Chauncey D. Leake
Tom Mellon
John B. de C. M. Saunders