ZSFG Department of Medicine Newsletters

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Volume 6: Academic Year July 2022 - June 2023

 

Newsletter cover with photo of cardiology team in upper right with 8 people in scrubs smiling and headshot photo of John MacGregor on leftVolume 6, Issue 5, November 2022

Interventionalists: Engineering Heart and Gut Health

Main Story: ZSFG cares for residents of San Francisco, many of whom have health and social issues which increase the complexity of their care. Fortunately, ZSFG has a number of interventional specialists who provide potentially life-saving procedures which are less invasive alternatives to surgery. These state-of-the-art approaches require a high level of training, skill and teamwork. In this issue we feature some of the latest innovations in interventional cardiology and endoscopy. Featuring: John MacGregor, MD, PhD; Lukas Zier, MD; Patrick Avila, MD

Spotlight: Native American Heritage Month, ZSFG DOM Clothing Drive, UCSF/ZSFG/OSR Toy Drive

front page of newsletter with graphic of earth with wave and thermometer.Volume 6, Issue 4, October 2022

Addressing The Health Impacts of Climate Change

Main Story: Climate change is one of the most important public health crises of our day. The impact of this threat may fall most heavily on populations such as the patients we treat at ZSFG and similar ones globally. This month, the Annals of Internal Medicine highlighted this focus in an American College of Physicians Position Paper on Environmental Health. In this issue we highlight faculty members who are taking leadership roles in addressing this challenge. .Featuring: Sheri Weiser, MD; Neeta Thakur, MD; Anna Chodos, MD

Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2022

Newsletter front page with photo of zoom celebrations screenshot at top of page and headshot photo of Asher O'Donnell smilingCelebrating Our Dedicated Staff With Heart

Main Story: Each year, our department honors staff who excel beyond expectations in the areas of Administrative Service, Leadership, Patient Care, and Research. Staff are nominated by colleagues, reviewed by a committee of staff and faculty, and finalized by department leadership. This year's awardees hold a wealth of professional and personal experience in creating compassionate care. All demonstrate a dedication to our mission of serving our community with excellence. We recognized awardees in a virtual ceremony on Friday, September 25, 2022.Featuring: Asher O'Donnell, Rahitha Maria Thomas, Dave Graham-Squire, Ghezal Saffi

Spotlight: Latinx Heritage Month, flu shots and COVID boosters

BICEP program participant and residents loo at monitor in hospital roomVolume 6, Issue 2, August 2022

Reaching Back To Prime The Pipeline

Main Story: California and the U.S. are becoming increasingly diverse, yet Black and Latinx communities are underrepresented both in medical schools and the health professions. It is vital to have clinicians and researchers who come from the communities most affected by health disparities as illuminated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet this challenge, faculty members in the ZSFG Department of Medicine lead several innovative programs which help high school and college students from communities underrepresented in medicine develop science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills and provide early exposure to medicine and research. With their deep lived experience of health inequities, community connections, and cultural wealth, these youth will transform the future of medicine. Featuring: Antonio Gomez, MD; Neeta Thakur, MD; Delphine Tuot, MD; Raymond Hsu, MD; Alicia Fernández

Spotlight: David Chia, MD; Meghan O'Brien, MD; Edgar Pierluissi, MD

Chief residents with Chief Powe smiling, cropped from waist upVolume 6, Issue 1, July 2022

A Love Supreme: Learning, Teaching, and Leading

Main Story: This month we welcome our new chief residents, who ascended to their new roles after finishing  UCSF’s three-year internal medicine residency program last month. In this 2022-2023 new academic year, these exceptional young physicians will help teach, support and mentor the 180 interns and residents who rotate through the Medicine inpatient and outpatient services at ZSFG.
Our chief residents are Cati Crawford, MD, for ambulatory care, and Jessie Holtzman, MD, and Veronica Manzo, MD, MS, for inpatient care. They bring passion and radiance for caring for vulnerable populations, helping trainees connect with the joy of learning, and transforming systems of care.

Spotlight: Welcome to New ZSFG DOM Faculty

Volume 5: Academic Year July 2021 - June 2022

VCover of newsletter with small photos of three award winners - Vivek Jain, Bethlehem Churnet, Marlene Martinolume 5, Issue 12, June 2022

Creating Art From The Heart

Main Story: In addition to their incredible work in clinical care,research, education and advocacy, the faculty and staff of the ZSFG Department of Medicine have an astonishing wealth of other talents. Some of these talents are in creative artistry in its many forms – painting, crafting, drawing and singing. This month we share the artistic endeavors of four members of our department whose life passions complement and balance the roles for which they are best known at ZSFG.Featuring: Julia Kay; Robert Brody, MD; Constance Wu, MD; Kamran Atabai, MD

Spotlight: Alexandra Velasquez; Mimi Margaretten, MD; Steven Deeks, MD; Priscilla Hsue, MD; Carina Marquez, MD; Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH

 

VCover of newsletter with small photos of three award winners - Vivek Jain, Bethlehem Churnet, Marlene Martinolume 5, Issue 11, May 2022

Honoring Our Extraordinary Teammates

Main Story: The Department of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General celebrates our talented, innovative, and dedicated members through the 2022 ZSFG Medicine Service Awards. These awards are an opportunity to express gratitude for faculty commitment to the hospital and department’s goals. Peers, through comments, provided nominations.Featuring: Vivek Jain, MD; Bethlehem Churnet, MD; Marlene Martin, MD; Soraya Azari, MD; Scott Steiger, MD; Gabe Ortiz, MD; Priya Shete, MD; Surabhi Nirkhe, MD; Courtney Lyles, MD; Barry Zevin, MD; Will Huen, MD; Camille Beaudoy, PharmD; Alan Wu, PhD; Joseph Caballero, PT

Spotlight: STAR Achievement Staff Awards featuring: Melissa Akers, Zahra Atai, Douglas Black, Cissie Bonini, Jennifer Evans, Raeni Miller, Kenny Perez, Kevin Reeder, Francine Rios-Fetchko, Kara Young

Front page of newsletter with photo of COVID test site in right corner and photo of LukeJohn Day smiling in left bottom corner

Volume 5, Issue 10, April 2022

Dos largos Años: Reflecting back, looking forward

Main Story: Last month marked two long years (dos largos años) since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The ZSFG Department of Medicine rose to this unprecedented challenge – discovering more about this mysterious new disease, caring for the patient populations hit hardest, and pioneering new treatments and approaches to care delivery that helped San Francisco achieve among the lowest mortality rates of any American city. This was an enormous team effort, and every person at ZSFG continues to play a vital role in caring for our patients and communities. We invited four members of our Department to reflect on lessons learned, how they can be applied in the future, and what the road ahead might look like. Featuring: Lukejohn Day, MD; Carina Marquez, MD; Vivek Jain, MD; Raeni Miller

Special Section: ZSFG DOM Physician COVID-19 Clinical Service Recognition Awards: Kamran Atabai, MD; Katie Brooks, MD; Judy Cheng, MD; Lukejohn Day, MD; Antonio Gomez, MD; Mary Gray, MD; Carolyn Hendrickson, MD; Mark Jacobson, MD; Vivek Jain, MD; Mandana Khalili, MD; Margot Kushel, MD; Michael Lee, MD; Annie Luetkemeyer, MD; Jaya Mallidi, MD; Mimi Margaretten, MD; Zaw Muang, MD; Lisa Ochoa-Frongia, MD; Anne Rosenthal, MD; Ramin Sam, MD; Justin Sewell, MD; George Su, MD; Vanessa Thompson, MD; Lisa Winston, MD; Christina Yoon, MD

 

front page of newsletter with photo of orange statues of women scientistsVolume 5, Issue 9, March 2022

The Remarkable Work of Women

Main Story: During Women's History Month, we honor the extraordinary contributions of all the women in the ZSFG Department of Medicine. This issue features six outstanding women as exemplars who demonstrate remarkable achievements in the area of research, education, administration, clinical care and performance improvement. Featuring: Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD; Sarah Goglin, MD; Jep Poon; Michele Tana, MD; Laurae Pearson; Delphine Tuot, MD.

Tribute: Anitha Toke, MD and Teri Liegler, PhD

Spotlight: ZSFG Women in Research - Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators - Oanh Nguyen, MD, MAS; Isabel Rodriguez-Barraquer, MD, PhD; Sara Suliman, PhD, MPH 

 

Front page of newsletter with photo of Dean SchillingerVolume 5, Issue 8, February 2022

Shaping National Policy

Main Story: A core pillar of the ZSFG Department of Medicine’s mission is to be a trusted authority in the public sphere, particularly to shape policy to promote health equity. Two of our faculty members recently led national efforts to improve the health and healthcare of patients with diabetes and kidney disease, producing landmark reports which will transform lives. Featuring: Dean Schillinger, MD; Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA; Cynthia Delgado, MD.

Spotlight: Black History Month at UCSF; SFGH Foundation's Hearts in SF honoring Sue Carlisle, MD, and Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA named as 2022 Hero. 

 

Front page of newsletter with Neil PoweVolume 5, Issue 7, January 2022

A Department Leading Resolutely With Care

Main Story: Almost two years into a pandemic of epic proportions, our talented faculty, staff and trainees have shown what dedication, teamwork and caring for each other can yield in fulfilling our mission. Here, we report on the state of the UCSF Department of Medicine at ZSFG. 

 

 

newsletter front page with photo of support group as imageVolume 5, Issue 6, December 2021

Illuminating the Impact of Community Connection

Main Story: In this issue, we celebrate ZSFG Department of Medicine programs that illuminate community connection and care. Ignited with a spark of an idea, these initiatives have grown with shining impact, demonstrating our deep commitment to advocacy, empowerment, and access. Featured: Nynikka Palmer, DrPh, MPH; Neeta Thakur, MD; Cindy Curiel, Marina Schechter, Brie Williams, MD.

Spotlight: Nora Goldschlager, MD; Brie Williams, MD

 

newsletter front pageVolume 5, Issue 5, November 2021

Coordinating Clinical Research Exquisitely 

Main Story: The ZSFG Department of Medicine, with $145 million in FY22 awards, is a powerhouse of clinical research. Our extraordinary clinical research coordinators work behind the scenes to enroll patients, coordinate study visits, collect biosamples and qualitative data, and more. Like Swiss Army knives, clinical research coordinators possess a broad range of abilities, including organizational skills, attention to detail, facility with both words and numbers, and the ability to communicate clearly, ethically, and compassionately with patient populations that are underrepresented in research.This month we highlight a few of our outstanding clinical research coordinators: Paul Couey, Shreya Swaminathan, Deanna Lee, Viet Nguyen, Alexandra Velasquez.

Spotlight: Dean Schillinger, MD; Anna Chodos, MD, MPH and Health at Home; Commonwealth Club Distinguished Citizens 2021 - Alicia Fernandez, MD; Margot Kushel, MD; Monica Gandhi, MD; Diane Havlir, MD; Carina Marquez, MD

 

front page of newsletterVolume 5, Issue 4, October 2021

Excellence in Caring for Older Adults

Main Story: The number of older adults is increasing in the U.S. So is the number at ZSFG. The percentage of patients age 65 or older at ZSFG has increased from 13% in 2014 to 18% in 2021.  Now, over 16,000 patients at ZSFG are age 65 or older. Older adults want to age gracefully, preserving cognitive function, physical abilities and independence.  We asked our geriatricians, specialists trained to evaluate and manage the healthcare needs and treatment preferences of older people, about their work at ZSFG.  

Spotlight: Flu vaccines, UCSF Diversity Month

 

front page of newsletterVolume 5, Issue 3, September 2021

Celebrating Our Dynamic and Caring Staff

Main Story: ZSFG Department of Medicine Staff Excellence Awards 2021. Each year, our department honors staff who have excelled beyond expectations in the areas of Administrative Support, Leadership, Patient Care, and Research. Staff are nominated by colleagues, reviewed by a committee of staff and faculty, and finalized by department leadership. This year's recipients reflect an exemplary commitment to care and innovation, with two awardees selected in each category. All demonstrate a dedication to our mission of serving our community with excellence. We recognized award recipients in an online ceremony on Friday, September 10, 2021. 

Spotlight: Flu vaccines, Women in Medicine Month and Latinx Heritage Month, Paul Blanc, MD; Jennifer Mandal, MD; Mike Reid, MD; Binh An Phan, MD; Dean Sheppard, MD; Payam Nahid, MD; In Memoriam - Anitha Toke, MD

 

Front page of newsletter showing chief residents from 1963-1964 with chief residents of 2021 - 2022. Volume 5, Issue 2, August 2021

Inspiring Chief Residents Throughout the Years

Main Story: Chief residents are an important cornerstone in the education and leadership of the many residents in the UCSF Department of Medicine. Selected for their exceptional clinical and leadership skills, chief residents have multiple roles. In this issue, we recognize the talent and diversity that present, recent, and past chief residents have brought to the DOM at ZSFG over six decades with Chiefs of Medicine Norman Sweet, MD; Henry Brainerd, MD;  Hibbard Williams, MD; Merle Sande, MD; Talmadge King, MD;  and Neil Powe, MD. Many remain at UCSF and others are making important contributions to patient care and American Medicine elsewhere.  We asked past chief residents about their most meaningful experiences while in the position and advice they would bestow upon current residents starting their medical careers. 

 

front page of newsletter showing new chief residents with Chief of ZSFG Medicine Neil PoweVolume 5, Issue 1, July 2021

ZSFG Medicine Chief Residents: Supporting Our Learners

Main Story: At the beginning of this 2021-2022 academic year, we welcome our three new chief residents. These outstanding, dedicated young physicians are recent graduates of our internal medicine residency program who will help teach, mentor, and support the 180 interns and residents who rotate through the Department of Medicine at ZSFG. Raphaela Lipinsky DeGette, MD, MS, and Adalí Martínez, MD, MPH, will focus on inpatient care, and Andreas Mitchell, MD, MPP, will focus on ambulatory care. 

Spotlight: ZSFG Department of Medicine faculty and staff honors and announcements including: Diane Havlir, MD; Anna Chodos, MD; Lucas Zier, MD; Leonard Telesca; Andrew Kim, MD; Jillian Kadota

Volume 4: Academic Year July 2020 - June 2021

 

Cover of June 2021 newsletterVolume 4, Issue 12, June 2021

Of Noble Status: Emeriti Faculty

Main Story: The ZSFG Department of Medicine is fortunate to have several emeriti faculty, who choose to contribute after retirement. This month we honor three emeriti faculty who are sharing their wisdom and applying a wealth of experience to advance our missions. We also celebrate all of our emeriti faculty in a photo tribute (see last page). Highlighted: Morrie Schambelan, MD; Jacqueline Tulsky, MD; Henry "Chip" Chambers, MD

Spotlight: ZSFG Department of Medicine faculty recipients honors and announcements including: Diane Havlir, MD; Marcela Zhou Huang, MD, MPH; Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, MS; Monica Gandhi, MD; Dean Sheppard, MD; Vivek Jain, MD; Beth Harleman, MD; Emily Silverman, MD; Ashley McMullen, MD.

 

Cover of May 2021newsletterVolume 4, Issue 11, May 2021

Celebrating the Talents of Our Team: ZSFG Medicine Faculty Awards

Main Story: The Department of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General celebrates its hard-working,
talented and dedicated members through the 2021 ZSFG Medicine Service Awards. These awards are an opportunity to express gratitude for faculty commitment to the hospital and department’s goals. Peers, through comments, provided nominations.

Additional: STAR Achievement Staff Awards

 

Cover of April 2021 newsletterVolume 4, Issue 10, April 2021

Research and Equity Reinforced by Epic

Main Story: ZSFG is home to world-class care teams and scientists, and the August 2019 launch of the Epic electronic health record (EHR) opened up new opportunities to improve patient care, health equity, and research. Epic replaced more than 20 older EHR systems, enabling clinicians to easily share notes, lab test results, and other information with others caring for the same patient across the San Francisco Health Network (SFHN).

Spotlight: Faculty honors, announcements, and events including: Larissa Thomas, MD; Digital Health Equity Summit; Courtney Lyles, PhD; Urmimala Sarkar, MD; Amy Ou, MD; Alicia Fernandez, MD; Jessica Holtzman, MD; Veronica Manzo, MD; Catherine Crawford, MD

 

Cover of March 2021 newsletterVolume 4, Issue 9, March 2021

Guiding the Way to Better Health: ZSFG Patient Navigation

Main Story: Under the best of circumstances, it can be difficult for patients to find their way through the complex health care system – but many can fall through the cracks if they struggle with additional challenges, such as poverty, limited English proficiency, or social isolation. Patient navigators help remedy this dilemma, providing practical resources and a reassuring presence to patients throughout their journey. ZSFG has several outstanding patient navigation programs, each tailored to meeting patients where they are in their lives.​​​​​ Navigators interviewed include: Laurel Puffert; Barbara Cicerelli, MPA; Rebeca Garcia, MPH.

Spotlight: PRISE Center launch and faculty honors including: Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MAS; Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH; Alicia Fernandez, MD; Urmimala Sarkar, MD; Margot Kushel, MD; Diane Havlir, MD; Carina Marquez, MD.

 

Cover of February 2021 newsletterVolume 4, Issue 8, February 2021

ZSFG Research And Academic Building: A Future Home For Research Becomes A Reality

Main Story: UCSF's state-of-the-art Research and Academic Building (RAB) at ZSFG is scheduled for move-in in 2023. ZSFG Department of Medicine faculty and staff who serve as co-chairs on planning workgroups are interviewed including Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH; Laurae Pearson; Gideon St. Helen, PhD; Peter Hunt, MD; Rebecca Hoh, MS, RD

Spotlight: ZSFG Department of Medicine faculty recipients of awards and honors including: Emily Silverman, MD; Marlene Martin, MD.

 

Cover of January 2021newsletterVolume 4, Issue 7, Special Edition - January 2021

A Dedicated Department In A Challenging Time

Main Story: A special State of the Department issue highlighting achievements and marking progress in achieving goals. Areas of focus include ZSFG Department of Medicine mission, values, and goals; leaders and workforce; clinical operations; performance improvement; education; COVID-19 response; anti-racism; clinical expansion; research; challenges; and the future.

 

Cover of December 2020 newsletterVolume 4, Issue 6, December 2020

Caring For Our Community With Outreach And Action

Main Story: In this issue we celebrate initiatives at ZSFG Department of Medicine that exemplify our commitment to the community, including the EatSF program, patient and staff voter outreach, and the annual toy drive. Faculty and staff interviewed include: Hilary Seligman, MD; Ilana Garcia-Grossman, MD; and Olive Giovannetti.  

 

Cover of November 2020 newsletterVolume 4, Issue 5, November 2020

Cultivating The Quintessential Physician: The Bridges Coaches Program

Main Story: UCSF School of Medicine's Bridges Curriculum engages clinician-educators in a program that helps medical students develop the professional and personal skills essential for becoming a doctor. ZSFG Department of Medicine faculty Bridges coaches include: Binh An Phan, MD; Lawrence Haber, MD; and Sarah Goglin, MD.

Spotlight: ZSFG Department of Medicine faculty recipients of awards and honors including: Eric Goosby, MD; Philip Hopewell, MD; Marlene Martin, MD; Neil Powe, MD, MPH, MBA. San Francisco Health Commission honored all ZSFG Hospital Staff members and recognized the Infection Control team including Lisa Winston, MD; Vivek Jain, MD; Antonio Gomez, MD; Jessica Chuang, MD 

 

Cover of October 2020 newsletterVolume 4, Issue 4, October 2020

Gratitude For Navigating The Unforeseen: COVID-19

Main Story: Reflections of ZSFG Department of Medicine faculty and staff in divisions and workgroups on the frontlines of COVID-19, in their own words, including: Jessica Chuang, MD; Gabriel Chamie, MD; Melody Davenport-McLaughlin; Elizabeth Imbert, MD; Annie Luetkemeyer, MD; Justin Moore, PhD, MPA; David Pearce, MD; Jason Rahman; Sumant Ranji, MD; Lisa Winston, MD

Spotlight: Registration open for Promoting Research in Social Media and Health Symposium (PRISM), December 3-4, with ZSFG DOM faculty Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH and Courtney Lyles, PhD, on the steering committee.

 

Cover of September 2020 NewsletterVolume 4, Issue 3, September 2020

Celebrating Our Innovative & Amazing Staff

Main Story: ZSFG Department of Medicine Staff Excellence Awards 2020 recipients, including Julius Cervania; Rebecca Crowder; Jon Oskarsson, RN; and Binh Tran.

Spotlight: Flu shots available at ZSFG; ZSFG DOM faculty recipients of awards and honors: Sarah Goglin, MD; Meghan O'Brien, MD; Binh An Phan, MD; Harina Sarathy, MD; Neeta Thakur, MD; Antonio Gomez, MD; Scott Steiger, MD; Vanessa Thompson, MD.

 

Cover of August 2020 NewsletterVolume 4, Issue 2, August 2020

Epic At One Year: A Magnificent Team Effort

Main Story: ​​​​​Epic, the enterprise-wide electronic health record (EHR), has accelerated communication and outstanding care at ZSFG. We look at this first year of implementation, interviewing Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH; Seth Goldman, MD; and George Su, MD

Spotlight: ZSFG DOM faculty recipients of awards and directorships: Nora Goldschlager, MD; Scott Steiger, MD; Anna Chodos, MD

 

Cover of July 2020 NewsletterVolume 4, Issue 1, July 2020

Welcome To Our New Chief Residents

Main Story: This month we welcome our new chief residents, Lurit Bepo, MD, MPH; Thuy Trang Jennie "TJ" Nguyen, MD; and Saundra Nguyen, MD, MPH.

Spotlight: ZSFG DOM faculty recipients of awards and directorships: Suneil Koliwad, MD, MPH; Courtney Lyles, PhD; Priscilla Hsue, MD; Adithya Cattamanchi, MD; Alicia Fernandez, MD; Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH; Beth Harleman, MD, named Vice Chief of Medicine at ZSFG.

 

Volume 3: Academic Year July 2019 - June 2020

Cover of June 2020 newsletterVolume 3, Issue 12, June 2020

Nurturing A Partnership of Equals: University and City

Main Story: The shared mission of UCSF and San Francisco Department of Public Health, featuring interviews with ZSFG CEO Susan Ehrlich, MD; Vice Dean of UCSF School of Medicine at ZSFG Sue Carlisle, MD; and Chief of the Medical Staff at ZSFG Claire Horton, MD

Spotlight: Vigil for George Floyd, Talmadge E. King Jr, MD receives the Elliot Rapaport Award; Catherine Crawford, MD, receives the Krevans Award; Lisa Winston, MD, elected ZSFG Chief of Staff

 

Cover of May 2020 NewsletterVolume 3, Issue 11, May 2020

Celebrating the Talents of our Team

Main Story: ZSFG Medicine Faculty Award recipients, including Sumant Ranji, MD; Megan O'Brien, MD; Elaine Khoong, MD; Jessica Beaman, MD, MPH; Jonathan Davis, MD; Sarah Leyde, MD; David Chia, MD; Binh An Phan, MD; Joseph Clement, MS, RN, CCNS; Hana Lim, MD; Glenn Egrie, MD.

Spotlight: ZSFG DOM faculty recipients of national and university awards including Antonio Gomez, MD; Alicia Fernandez, MD; Priscilla Hsue, MD; Nynikka Palmer, MD; Dean Schillinger, MD; Claire Horton, MD

 

Cover of April 2020 NewsletterVolume 3, Issue 10, April 2020

Navigating Social Media with Grace

Main Story: ​​​​​Considering the positive and negative impact that healthcare providers and leaders can have in harnessing social media featuring interviews with Department of Medicine Associate Chair for Faculty Experience Beth Harleman, MD and Chair of UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS. 

Spotlight: ZSFG DOM recipients of 2020 Chancellor Award for Exceptional University Management, Laurae Pearson and Clarice Estrada; Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Award recipient Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH.

 

Cover of March 2020 NewsletterVolume 3, Issue 9, March 2020

Dedicated and Prepared to Protect

Main Story: ZSFG's Infection Prevention and Control Program and Occupational and Employee Health Services work to protect from COVID-19, featuring interviews with Co-Medical Director of ZSFG Infection Prevention and Control Program Vivek Jain, MD; Infection Prevention and Control Program Manager Elaine Dekker, RN; ZSFG OEHS Medical Director Jessica Chuang, MD, MPH, and Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Paul D. Blanc, MD

 

Cover of February 2020 NewsletterVolume 3, Issue 8, February 2020

Caring For An Expanding Number Of Inpatients

Main Story: Since ZSFG opened the new hospital in May 2016, the number of inpatients has increased by about 7 percent per year. This issue looks at challenges, sharing the load, optimizing resident experiences, and realizing performance improvement. Interviews with ZSFG Department of Medicine faculty include Sumant Ranji, MD; David Chia, MD; Lisa Winston, MD.

Spotlight: The Addiction Care Team, led by Marlene Martin, MD, and Hannah Snyder, MD, was awarded a $ million donation.

 

newsletter front pageVolume 3, Issue 7, January 2020

A New Year, A Dynamic Department

Main Story: It's a new year and 2020! This is an opportunity to affirm our values, review the state of our department, highlight achievements, and mark our progress in achieving our goals. This issue is devoted to key points of information for our department.

 

front page of newsletterVolume 3, Issue 6, December 2019

Cultivating Leaders of Care at ZSFG

Main Story: To help leaders work most effectively in this complex environment, Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief of Medicine at ZSFG and Constance B. Wofsy Distinguished Professor, and Dr. Harleman established the Clinical Leaders Professional Development Program at ZSFG. This fall, 16 leaders nominated by their division chiefs met once a month for three-hour sessions on topics including personality type and leadership, the power of inquiry, the matrix structure of UCSF and DPH, approaches to conflict, diversity and inclusion. Featuring: Beth Harleman, MD; Vivek Jain, MD; Carolyn Hendrickson, MD; Sarah Kim, MD

Spotlight: ZSFG Research and Academic Building; Cynthia Nagendra; Paula Lum, MD, MPH; John Imboden, MD

 

front page of newsletterVolume 3, Issue 5, November 2019

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Main Story: In 1736 when fire endangered the city of Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” for fire awareness and prevention, something we are now all too familiar with in California. We have many “fires” due to illnesses that threaten the health of our patients here in San Francisco, as well as across the U.S. and the world. We feature two leaders at ZSFG Medicine who are working upstream to “nip in the bud” diseases that cut human lives short and diminish quality of life: Diane Havlir, MD; Dean Schillinger, MD

Spotlight: The Addiction Care Team, led by Marlene Martin, MD, and Hannah Snyder, MD, was awarded a $ million donation. 

 

front page of newsletterVolume 3, Issue 4, October 2019

Specialty Centers Provide Innovation and Access to Care

Main Story: For half a century, the ZSFG Renal Center has provided life-sustaining treatment for some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents, while discovering new ways to improve the care of patients with kidney disease. Featuring: Anitha Toke, MD

Cardiac imaging has many tools, each with strengths and limitations. Since Sithu Win, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, was recruited to direct the ZSFG Division of Cardiology’s Echocardiography and Non-Invasive Cardiac Laboratory, his team has increased this toolkit and improved access.

Spotlight: Palliative Care Program; Diane Havlir, MD; POP-UP program at Ward 86

 

newsletter front pageVolume 3, Issue 3, September 2019

Honoring Our Staff for Dedication and Passion

Main Story: ZSFG Department of Medicine (DOM) celebrated staff on September 13, 2019 with the annual Staff Appreciation Day. The event culminated with the presentation of this year's Staff Excellence Awards for Administrative Support, Leadership, Patient Care, and, new this year, Research. Featuring: Jep Poon, Carlo Juárez, Erin Collins, Paul Couey, Kristina Bello 

Spotlight: Edward Wiedemann, Brandi Moretz, Brooks Bigart

 

front page newsletterVolume 3, Issue 2, August 2019

Caring for Patients and Providers

Main Story: Founded in 2002, CARE provides health education, resources, and a welcoming community to any SFDPH patient living with cancer. It is open to people of any gender and cancer type, at any stage of illness or survivorship. Featuring: Terence Friedlander, MD; Sofia Sojourner Newton, MPH; Gabriela Quezada-Pérez.

Emily Silverman, MD, founded The Nocturnists, a series of live storytelling events and podcast. The stories, filled with compassion and sometimes humor, feature health care professionals grappling with thorny issues such as medical errors, experiences with depression, and frustration with patients who are unable to follow a care plan.

Spotlight: Neal Benowitz, MD; Katherine Lupton, MD; Payam Nahid, MD; Hilary Seligman, MD

 

ZSFG DOM newsletter front pageVolume 3, Issue 1, July 2019

Welcome to Our New Chief Residents

Main Story: Chief residents are outstanding graduates of our internal medicine residency program who spend an additional year in leadership roles, helping to teach, mentor and support the 180 interns and residents who rotate through the Department of Medicine at ZSFG. They bring deep knowledge of the challenges of residency, as well as fresh perspectives about how to make the experience even more meaningful and rewarding. Featuring: Kathryn Sullivan, MD; Tyler Mains, MD; Albert Liu, MD

Spotlight: Brian Graham, MD; Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH; Peter Hunt, MD; Mallory Johnson, PhD; Terence Friedlander, MD 

Volume 2:  Academic Year 2018 - 2019

 

Volume 2, Issue 10, June 2019

front page of newsletter with medical student photoStrengthening and Diversifying the Pipeline for Medicine

Main Story: A dynamic partnership between ZSFG Pulmonary Division and UC Berkeley Biology Scholars Program supports aspiring undergrads. Featuring: Aisha Jama; Antonio Gomez, MD; Kristin Hildreth, Semhar Teklu 

Spotlight: Krevans Award recognizes Arturo Gasga, MD; Rapaport Award recognizes Jeffrey Critchfield, MD

 

cover of may newsletter with faculty headshotsVolume 2, Issue 9, May 2019

The Special Talents of our Remarkable Faculty & Staff

Main Story: 2019 ZSFG Medicine Faculty Awards and ZSFG Staff STAR Achievement Awards. Featuring: Alicia Fernandez, MD; Lucas Zier, MD; Devora Keller, MD; Jack Chase, MD; Urmimala Sarkar, MD; Reena Gupta, MD; Kelly Han, MD; Jehan Budak, MD; Larissa Thomas, MD; Oanh Nguyen, MD; Beth Harleman, MD; Susan Lau; Stephen May; Raeni Miller; Justin Moore; Nadia Nardone; Vanessa York

Spotlight: ZSFG Medical SPOT Awards, ZSFG Milestone Service Recognition

 

newsletterVolume 2, Issue 8, April 2019

Making Change in the World

Main Story: Homelessness is one of the nation’s most vexing problems, and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP), based in the ZSFG Department of Medicine, has launched the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative to help address this epidemic. More than five million children worldwide die each year of treatable diseases such as malaria and pneumonia – but Ari Johnson, MD, and his colleagues are working to change that. Featuring: Margot Kushel, MD; Ari Johnson, MD

Spotlight: Payam Nahid, MD; Emily Silverman; Talmadge King, MD; Gallup Staff Engagement Survey, ZSFG RAB

 

front page of newsletterVolume 2, Issue 7, March 2019

Advancing Equity at ZSFG

Main Story: While ZSFG has always been dedicated to serving vulnerable populations, in recent years the institution and the ZSFG Department of Medicine have deepened their commitment to creating an environment that goes beyond equality to equity. Featuring: Jeffrey Critchfield, MD; Marlene Martin, MD; Tosan Boyo, MPH

Spotlight: UCSF Diversity and Inclusion Staff Certificate Program ZSFG graduates - Yazmin Carrasco, Jena Desai, Justin Moore, Kay Wallis, Edward Wiedemann

 

Volume 2, Issue 6, February 2019

newsletterHigh Value Care

Main Story: While ZSFG has always been dedicated to serving vulnerable populations, in recent years the institution and the ZSFG Department of Medicine have deepened their commitment to creating an environment that goes beyond equality to equity. Featuring: Jeffrey Critchfield, MD; Marlene Martin, MD; Tosan Boyo, MPH

Spotlight: UCSF National Clinical Scholars Program; Margot Kushel, MD

 

 Volume 2, Issue 5, January 2019

newsletterMedicine Faculty Help Guide All of Us

Main Story: This past year four faculty members in the ZSFG Department of Medicine assumed key leadership roles across our medical center. In this issue of our newsletter, we describe each position and the leaders reflect on their future goals and expectations. We are proud to see them making a difference in our culture and charting paths toward high value care. They need our engagement. Let’s ensure their success! Featuring: Lukejohn Day, MD; Claire Horton, MD; Gabe Ortiz, MD; Delphine Tuot, MD

Spotlight: EPIC Provider Training for Go-Live

 

 Volume 2, Issue 4, December 2018

newsletterCultivating Primary Care Leaders

Main Story: The ZSFG primary care track of the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program (also known as SFPC) is a jewel for ZSFG and the Department of Medicine. For over 35 years, it has been an exemplary in training some of the nation’s most promising young doctors to provide outstanding primary care to underserved populations in a comprehensive, coordinated and continuous way. It prepares them to become the next generation of pioneers in research, education and advocacy. Featuring: Joanie Addington-White, MD; Soraya Azari, MD

Spotlight: David Chia, MD; In Remembrance - Richard (Dick) H. Fine, MD

 

  Volume 2, Issue 3, November 2018

newsletterDeveloping Human Capital in Research

Main Story: K12 awards are career development awards granted to institutions by National Institutes of Health (NIH) that provide critical funding to newly-trained clinicians who are transitioning from fellowship into junior faculty awards. This is a particularly vulnerable time in career development, often when young researchers have exhausted limits on eligible years for continuing fellowship support through the NIH, but are not yet prepared to start their own labs or programs. Senior faculty in the ZSFG Department of Medicine have been successful in garnering three such awards to support young scientists at UCSF on their journey in development of independent research skills and experience in a fundamental science. Importantly, they do this within the framework of interdisciplinary research and development programs at UCSF. Featuring: Adithya Cattamanchi, MD; David Erle, MD; Laurence Huang, MD

Spotlight: Margot Kushel, MD; Brooks Bigart

 

 Volume 2, Issue 3, October 2018

newsletterProblem Solving Heroines and Heroes

Main Story: ZSFG Medicine division and clinic managers work hand-in-hand with their division chiefs and the ZSFG Department of Medicine administration to carry out our mission in ways both big and small. Working often unnoticeable, these heroines and heroes are a resource for everyone in their divisions. They problem solve and can provide answers, ideas and suggestions for a wide variety of issues. This month we profile three of our extraordinary managers. Featuring: Clarice Estrada, MPA; Jon Oskarsson, RN, BScN, MN; Jennifer Thomas, MPH

Spotlight: Addiction Medicine Fellowship; Paula Lum, MD; Sarah Goglin, MD; Binh An Phan, MD, Clarice Horton, MD

 

 Volume 2, Issue 2, August - September 2018

newsletterNew Leaders at the Frontiers of Medicine

Main Story: Three amazing faculty members assumed leadership roles in the ZSFG Department of Medicine in the last several months. Four remarkable Department of Medicine staff were honored for their outstanding service. We share their background and their passion for being part of the ZSFG and UCSF community.. Featuring: Joel Ernst, MD; Terence Friedlander, MD; Margot Kushel, MD

Spotlight: ZSFG DOM Staff Awards - Raymond Yi, Eva Lo, Vanessa York, Mary Ellen Kelly

 

 Volume 2, Issue 1, July 2018

newsletterWelcome to our Incoming Chief Residents

Main Story: Three amazing faculty members assumed leadership roles in the ZSFG Department of Medicine in the last several months. Four remarkable Department of Medicine staff were honored for their outstanding service. We share their background and their passion for being part of the ZSFG and UCSF community.. Featuring: Matt Hickey, MD; Ashley McMullen, MD; Jennifer Olenik, MD

Spotlight: New DOM Faculty Members

 

 

Volume 1: Spring 2017 and Academic Year 2017 - 2018 

 

 Volume 1, Issue 12, May - June 2018

newsletter front pageAwards Illustrate Talent in ZSFG Medicine

Main Story: Each year the UCSF Chancellor, the Dean of the School of Medicine, and the Department of Medicine recognize exceptional people for their contributions. ZSFG Medicine faculty and staff were among those honored. Featuring: Beth Harleman, MD; Rebecca Hoh, MD, RD; Michael Chen, JD; Melody Davenport-McLaughlin, BA; Andrew Kerkhoff, MD, PhD; Thienkhai Vu, MD, PhD; Dhruv Kazi, MD; Courtney Lyles, PhD; Lisa Ochoa-Frongia, MD; Jessica Beaman, MD; Deborah Borne, MD; Beth Harleman, MD; John Imboden, MD; Dawnee Wong; Doug Black; Karishma Oza; Lila Sheira; Jeanna Wallenta; Cissie Bonini; Sarah Lisker; Susan Lau; Peggy Weix

 

  Volume 1, Issue 11, April 2018

newsletter front pagePhDs: Partners in Public Health

Main Story: Our PhDs are an integral part of the vibrant academic community in the ZSFG Department of Medicine. Steeped with training in fields such as behavioral science, biochemistry, biophysics, environmental health, epidemiology, genetics, health services, infectious diseases, immunology, microbiology, molecular and cell biology, statistics and toxicology, they push the boundaries beyond what we currently know about science. With astounding creativity they are making impactful contributions to human knowledge and health. In this edition, we highlight three of the many impressive PhDs in our department. Featuring: Cheryl Stoddart, PhD; Gideon St. Helen, PhD; Courtney Lyles; PhD

Spotlight: PhDs in the ZSFG Department of Medicine

 

  Volume 1, Issue 10, December 2017

newsletter front pageProtecting Health Worldwide

Main Story: Dr. Payam Nahid has collaborated with partners in Vietnam to establish a clinical trials unit in Hanoi as part of the TB Trials Consortium, an international network funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2013, Dr. Reena Gupta has partnered with SEWA Rural, a nonprofit in the western Indian state of Gujarat, to improve the health of SCD patients. Dr. Grant Dorsey has worked to improve malaria treatments in collaboration with Philip Rosenthal, MD, Professor of Medicine and Moses Kamya, MMed, MPH, PhD, now Chair of the Department Medicine at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Featuring:Payam Nahid, MD; Reena Gupta, MD; Grant Dorsey, MD, PhD, MPH

Spotlight: Global foci of ZSFG DOM faculty research and work

 

Volume 1, Issue 9, November 2017

newsletter front pageLEAN Thinking in a Learning Healthcare Environment

Main Story: Quality improvement at ZSFG: A3 Thinking Training; data driven improvement; consistent team pairings; hospital post-discharge follow-up. Featuring: Will Huen, MD; Reyland Manatan; Claire Horton, MD, MPH; Lukejohn Day, MD

Spotlight: Monica Gandhi, MD; Elizabeth Murphy, MD; Terence Friedlander, MD; Rebecca Schwarz

 

Volume 1, Issue 8, October 2017

newsletter front page Hub of Educational Innovation

Main Story: Model ZSFG, which provides 30 UCSF medical students with deep clinical experiences and training in caring for vulnerable populations; UCSF Bridges Curriculum; ZSFG Residency Innovations. Featuring: Margaret Wheeler, MD; Margo Vener, MD; Catherine R. Lucey, MD; Larissa Thomas, MD

Spotlight: Academy of Medical Educator Faculty Members; SOM Bridges coaches; Emily Silverman, MD

 

Volume 1, Issue 7, August 2017

newsletter front pageZSFG Innovation Making Its Mark

Main Story: Tackling unconscious bias in resident training; Oncology PLUS program; ARISE program; RAPID program. Featuring: Antonio Gomez, MD; Courtney Broaddus, MD; Anne Kinderman, MD; Leigh Kimberg, MD; Susa Coffey, MD

Spotlight: ZSFG DOM Staff Award winners - Alice Lee, Dawnee Wong, Susie Lau, Peggy Weix; Electronic Health Record contract

 

Volume 1, Issue 6, July 2017

newsletter front pageChiefs Eager to Lead, Support Residents

Main Story: Every year residency leadership turns to new chief residents who bestow lessons learned
from their own experiences on incoming interns and residents. Th is summer, our 2017-18 chief residents — for Inpatient Medicine, Ambulatory Care, and Quality and Safety — have goals steeped in improving resident well-being
and learning for the Department of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General.. Featuring: Grant Smith, MD; Tejaswi Kompala, MD; Amanda Johnson, MD; Christy Soran, MD

Spotlight: Larissa Thomas, MD; Binh An Phan, MD; Michele M. Tana, MD; Debra Garcia

 

Volume 1, Issue 5, June 2017

newsletter front pageStaff is ZSFG's Cornerstone

Main Story: Zuckerberg San Francisco General Department of Medicine’s success is built upon the work of its
employees, hundreds of which are staff members. This month, the DOM recognizes the tremendous — and life-saving work – of its staff . Fulfilling the Department of Medicine’s mission of exceptional clinical, research and
educational work, the staff at ZSFG promotes the ideals of the institution through diverse backgrounds and training. The staff ’s outstanding work is represented by these six individuals. Featuring: Elaine Dekker, Christopher Baker, Tamara Clark, Karla Iniguez, Violet Garcia, Eva Lo

Spotlight: ZSFG DOM Gallup Poll results; DOM STAR Achievement Awards winners at ZSFG - April Marie Gidda, Gato Gourley, Susan Lau, Stephen May, Tessa Napoles, Lila Sheira, Jeanna Waallenta; SPOT Awards

 

Volume 1, Issue 4, May 2017

newsletter front pageMedicine Awards Showcase Talent

Main Story: Every year the Department of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General celebrates its hard-working, talented and dedicated members through the ZSFG Medicine Service Awards. Th ese awards are an opportunity for the department to express gratitude for faculty commitment to the hospital and department’s
goals. Featuring: Lisa Winston, MD; Antonio Gomez, MD; Seth Goldman, MD; Jeremy Tietjens, MD; Joe Roll, MD; Sharad Jain, MD; Ann Bolger, MD; Christina Wang, PharmD

Spotlight: Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS; Laurence Huang, MD; Binh An Phan, MD; Dean Sheppard, MD

 

Volume 1, Issue 3, April 2017

newsletter front pageExpanding on DOM's Research Success

Main Story: Research is a vital activity at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and fundamental to the
mission of the Department of Medicine. It has fueled the past excellence of the hospital and it
represents tremendous possibilities for the future. Featuring: David Erle, MD; Diane Havlir, MD; Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA

Spotlight: Neeta Thakur, MD; Brian Greenhouse, MD

 

Volume 1, Issue 3, April 2017 - Appendix

newsletter front pageUCSF Rallies for Science & Research

Main Story: With threats of cuts to federal scientific funding, April 22’s Earth Day took a new meaning for those in the science community. At the University of San Francisco Mission Bay campus, a rally and teach-in– deemed Stand Up for Science – gathered hundreds of doctors, researchers and school administrators to affirm the need and significance of science in America. Featuring: Sam Hawgood; Esteban Burchard, MD; Suneil Koliwad, MD

 

Volume 1, Issue 2, March 2017

newsletter front pageWomen Champions of ZSFG's DOM

Main Story: In recognition of International Women’s Month, the Department of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General celebrates the contributionsof all our women and devotes this newsletter to a handful of our many extraordinary women in the Department. Five of these women, proclaimed as “Champions” by Dr. Neil Powe, exemplify the world-class work consistently performed by all in research, clinical care and education at ZSFG. Featuring: Elise Riley, PhD; Niharika Dixit, MD; Jinoos Yazdany, MD, MPH; Heather Harris, MD; Priscilla Hsue, MD

Spotlight: Constance B. Wofsy's lasting impact

 

Volume 1, Issue 1, February 2017

newsletter front pageSupervisors Approve Research Building

Main Story: During February’s ceremony at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, San Francisco Mayor
Ed Lee signed legislation approving the construction of the UCSF research and academic building at the hospital. Earlier this month,the building plans received an unanimous vote from the Board of Supervisors. Ward 86 opens Golden Compass Program. CVP celebrates its 10th anniversary. Featuring: Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA; Mayor Ed Lee; Diane Havlir, MD; Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS; Dean Schillinger, MD

Spotlight: Dean Schillinger, MD; Vanessa Thompson, MD; Bryan Greenhouse, MD; Eric Goosby, MD