Brian Smith | Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor – Research Infrastructure & Operations

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Brian Smith is the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at UCSF. He also serves as the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Research, Infrastructure & Operations.


Brian Smith

Brian Smith, JD, MBA, was appointed Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) in October 2019, after serving in an interim capacity since November 2017. He serves in this role concurrently with his other responsibilities as senior associate vice chancellor, research infrastructure and operations.

In the CECO role, Mr. Smith oversees a wide range of compliance-related matters for the campus and health system, including clinical compliance, research integrity, financial conflicts of interest, and whistleblower and retaliation complaints.

Mr. Smith concurrently serves UCSF as the senior associate vice chancellor – research infrastructure and operations, where he is responsible for day-to-day operations, management, and oversight of key components of the UCSF enterprise: human and animal research oversight; laboratory animal resource center; research cores; research development; international research support; and environment, health and safety.

Mr. Smith is also designated as UCSF’s:

  • Institutional Official for Human Subjects Research; CIRM-Funded Research; and Laboratory Animal Research
  • Locally Designated Official
  • Research Integrity Officer

Mr. Smith brings experience from his positions at other leading universities. Before joining UCSF in 2014, Smith worked at both the University of Oregon and UC San Diego, where his responsibilities included research, education, and business administration offices.