Longtime UCSF educator and clinician Dr. Jonathan "Jack" Rodnick, former chair of the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, died unexpectedly on Jan. 26, 2007 while vacationing in Hawaii.
Under Rodnick's direction, the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine became one of the top family medicine departments in the nation. During his 14-year tenure, he led numerous department achievements, including the student-run homeless clinic, the national HIV "Warmline," the Center on Social Disparities in Health and the Family and Community Medicine Collaborative Research Network.
Rodnick, an educator for more than 30 years, taught students and residents and served as a teaching attending physician at the UCSF Family Medical Center at Lakeshore and San Francisco General Hospital Family Health Center. Recently, he was selected for the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program's National Advisory Committee.
Through his work linking U.S. medical education programs with those in China, England and other nations, Rodnick achieved international influence. His research focused on understanding and encouraging the global development of family medicine and primary care education and clinical programs, particularly in health systems in African and Asian countries. He also researched ways to increase clinical prevention in primary care through improvements in public health systems.
Rodnick earned an undergraduate degree at Yale University in 1964 and attended the UCLA School of Medicine, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed an internship at San Francisco General Hospital in 1969 and family practice residency training at the University of Vermont in 1973.
He was a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and American Public Health Association. He also was a manuscript reviewer for many leading medical journals, including the Journal of Family Practice, Family Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association.