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Summer 2012

Appointments and Awards

Aditi Bhargava, Ph.D., received a grant from the Painless Research Foundation to identify potential gene targets for pain and to develop nanoparticle-mediated delivery of RNAi for pain. She also received pilot funds under the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute's T1 Catalyst Award, designed to help translate early-stage research ideas into marketable products, to develop cell-specific delivery platform for therapeutic RNA (dsRNA, siRNA) and protein molecules in pain and non-pain (such as inflammatory bowel disease) pathophysiologies.

Orlo Clark, M.D., F.A.C.S., recently co-authored two books, The Remarkables: Endocrine Abnormalities in Art and Handbook of Parathyroid Diseases. He also presented the Kocher Lecture in Innsbruck, Austria.

Michael S. Conte, M.D., was elected to a two-year term as vice-chair of the Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease of the American Heart Association.

Marlene Grenon, M.D., C.M., was recognized for the Best Educational Paper by the Association of Surgical Technologists, and was noted for the Best Oral Presentation by a new member by the Association of Academic Surgeons Meeting. She also received a group achievement award from NASA for her work with the mouse immunology payload team.

Michael Harrison, M.D., gave the 2011 Inaugural Faculty Research Lecture in Translational Science, and he is scheduled to give the Martin Memorial Lecture at the opening ceremony of the American College of Surgeons. Also, the 63rd Volume of the Surgical Forum, a supplement to the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, will be dedicated to Harrison.

Ryutaro Hirose, M.D., was named co-chair of the California Pacific Medical Advisory Board.

David M. Jablons, M.D., F.A.C.S., was inducted into the American Surgical Society.

Edward Kim, M.D., received an Excellence in Teaching Award from UCSF’s Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.

Hanmin Lee, M.D., was appointed the chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery. He was also named one of the Best Doctors in 2011, based on a peer-to-peer survey of the medical profession, and representing the top 5 percent of physicians and affiliations with the top medical institutions across the country. He also served as the John Fangman Visiting Professor at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Tippi MacKenzie, M.D., received the Jacobson Promising Investigator Award from the American College of Surgeons.

Robert C. Mackersie, M.D., was named president-elect of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons named Mary H. McGrath, M.D., FACS, as recipient of the college's 2011 Distinguished Service Award.

Doug Miniati, M.D., was nominated for the Excellence in Medical Leadership Award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Miniati and research fellow Sam Schecter, M.D., received the Best Abstract Award from the Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons as co-author of "Optimized pressure rescues fetal lung growth and function in congenital diaphragmatic hernia." Miniati and research fellow Mozzi Etemadi, M.S., received first prize at the UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Program in Bioengineering's annual retreat for the poster "Dynamic tracheal occlusion improves lung morphometrics and function in the ovine model of congenital diaphragmatic hernia."

The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded a $2 million grant to Claus Niemann, M.D., and his collaborators to improve outcomes in organ donor transplantation by determining the optimal management of donors before organ procurement.

Andrew Posselt, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., was named chair of the Cell Transplantation Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Linda M. Reilly, M.D., was inducted into the prestigious "Society of Scholars." Established in 1967 by Johns Hopkins University, the Society recognizes individuals whose careers began at Hopkins, and later rose to prominence in their fields through distinguished achievement.

John Roberts, M.D., recently completed a one-year term as vice president of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) Board of Directors, and became the organization’s president in June 2012.

William P. Schecter, M.D., received the 2011 UCSF Chancellor's Award for Public Service.

Pierre Theodore, M.D., received an Excellence in Teaching Award from UCSF's Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.

Valerie M. Weaver, Ph.D., and Gabriele Bergers, Ph.D., were awarded a $4,558,000, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Tumor Microenvironment Network for their project, "Biophysical and molecular dialogue of glioma cells and the brain microenvironment."

Endowed Chairs and Distinguished Professorships

Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D., was named the Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor in Surgery.

William Y. Hoffman, M.D., was named the Stephen J. Mathes, MD Endowed Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

David M. Jablons, M.D., was named the Nan Tucker McEvoy Distinguished Professor in Thoracic Surgical Oncology.

Hanmin Lee, M.D., was named the Michael R. Harrison Endowed Chair in Fetal Surgery.

Scot Merrick, M.D., was named the Helen and Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor in Surgery.

Stanley J. Rogers, M.D., was named the Ruth M. Dunn Endowed Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX Distinguished Professor of Global Surgery.

U.S. News Top Doctors

Michael D. Alvarado, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Director, Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship

Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D.*
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery
Isis Distinguished Professor in Transplantation
Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor in Surgery

Anthony Azakie, M.D., C.M.
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, UCSF Pediatric Heart Center
Surgical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Program
Director, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Labs

Orlo Clark, M.D.*
Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery

Quan-Yang Duh, M.D.*
Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Chief, Section of Endocrine Surgery

Laura J. Esserman, M.D., M.B.A.*
Professor of Surgery and Radiology
Division of General Surgery
Chief, Section of Breast Care Surgery
Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

Robert Foster, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Chris E. Freise, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery

Jessica Gosnell, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery

Alden H. Harken, M.D.*
Professor of Surgery
Chief, UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program
Chair, Department of Surgery, Alameda County Medical Center
Division of UCSF-East Bay Surgery

William Y. Hoffman, M.D.*
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Stephen J. Mathes, MD Endowed Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Plastic Surgery Residency Program

David M. Jablons, M.D.*
Professor and Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
Ada Distinguished Professor of Thoracic Oncology
Nan Tucker McEvoy Distinguished Professor of Thoracic Surgical Oncology
Thoracic Oncology Program Leader
UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center

Edward Kim, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery

M. Margaret Knudson, M.D., F.A.C.S.*
Professor and Interim Chief of Surgery
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
UCSF Division of General Surgery

Michael Mann, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery

Mary H. McGrath, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Scot H. Merrick, M.D.*
Professor and Chief, Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
Helen and Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor in Surgery

Eric Nakakura, M.D., Ph.D.*
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery

Andrew M. Posselt, M.D,. Ph.D., F.A.C.S.*
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery
Co-Director, Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplant Program

John P. Roberts, M.D.*
Professor and Chief, Division of Transplant Surgery
Chief, UCSF Medical Center Transplant Service

Stanley J. Rogers, M.D.*
Ruth M. Dunn Endowed Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX Distinguished Professor of Global Surgery
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery
Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director, UCSF Bariatric Surgery Center
Director, UCSF Liver Tumor Ablation Program

Wen T. Shen, M.D., M.A.
Assistant Professor in Residence
Division of General Surgery

Peter G. Stock, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery
Surgical Director, Pancreas Transplant Program
Surgical Director, Pediatric Renal Transplant Program
Co-Director, Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplant Program

Madhulika Varma, M.D.*
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery

Robert S. Warren, M.D.*
Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Director, Surgical Oncology Lab

* Denotes that a doctor, in Castle Connolly’s estimation, is among the top 1 percent in the nation in his or her specialty. Doctors listed in U.S. News Top Doctors without this asterisk are determined to be in the top10 percent in their region.

Marin Magazine: [415] Top Doctors

Marin Magazine conducted a survey resulting in the "415] Top Doctors" list — top physicians practicing in San Francisco and Marin counties who received multiple independent recommendations from their peers. The following UCSF Medical Center surgeons were included on this list:

Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery
Isis Distinguished Professor in Transplantation
Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor in Surgery

Timothy A. M. Chuter, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Quan-Yang Duh, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Chief, Section of Endocrine Surgery

Charles M. Eichler, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Laura J. Esserman, M.D., M.B.A.
Professor of Surgery and Radiology
Division of General Surgery
Chief, Section of Breast Care Surgery
Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

Cheryl A. Ewing, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery

Sandy Feng, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery
Director, Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program

Hobart W. Harris, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery
J. Engelbert Dunphy Endowed Chair in Surgery

Jade S. Hiramoto, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

William Y. Hoffman, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Stephen J. Mathes, MD Endowed Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Plastic Surgery Residency Program

Kimberly Kirkwood, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery

John Maa, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Director, Surgical Hospitalist Program

Eric Nakakura, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery

Peter G. Stock, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery
Surgical Director, Pancreas Transplant Program
Surgical Director, Pediatric Renal Transplant Program
Co-Director, Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplant Program

David M. Young, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Faculty Appointments

Ghannam Al-Dossari, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery

Tammy Chang, M.D.
Assistant Professor in Residence
Division of General Surgery

Ellyn Cohen, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Division of General Surgery

Gordon A. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Elissa Ozanne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Residence
Division of General Surgery

Hani Sbitany, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery

Georg Wieselthaler, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery

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