Affiliated Faculty


Andrew Avins, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF
Associate Director, Health Care Effectiveness at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
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Andrew Avins, MD, MPH is an assistant professor in the departments of medicine and epidemiology & biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco. He received his MD from UC Irvine and his MPH from Harvard University. He completed a fellowship in primary care internal medicine and clinical epidemiology at UCSF and has developed a strong research program in preventive medicine.

His current research interests include cardiovascular epidemiology, preventive cardiology, research methods in complementary and alternative medicine, the ethics of clinical research, and the efficacy of botanical therapies.

In addition to his research work, he sees patients in a primary care internal medicine practice at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He is also the associate director of the UCSF Annual Symposium on the Design and Method of Clinical Trials, and regularly teaches research study design and analysis principles to faculty and fellows at UCSF.


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Peter Bacchetti, PhD
Professor in Residence, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF
Director of the Biostatistical Consulting Unit, UCSF

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Peter Bacchetti, PhD, has been at the University of California, San Francisco since 1982. His current position is Professor in Residence, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Director of the Biostatistical Consulting Unit. He is also a Member of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCSF Liver Center.

His principal research interests include promoting good statistical practices, survival analysis methods, and statistical methods for HIV and liver disease. He has worked with Dr. Abrams on several projects involving complementary and alternative medicine, and he is a co-investigator on a current clinical trial of stress reduction based at the Osher Center.

Dr. Bacchetti’s teaching activities include participation in the Advanced Training in Clinical Research program, mentoring students in the Master of Clinical Research program, and providing informal guidance for many students, residents, fellows, and faculty members.

Dr. Bacchetti received his PhD in Biostatistics from UC Berkeley in 1987. In 1998 the American Public Health Association honored him with the Mortimer Spiegelman Award for outstanding contributions to health statistics, and in 2004 he was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.


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Deborah Barnes, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
Mental Health & Health Services Reseacher, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center Senior Investigator for the Program for the Aging Century, UCSF

Deborah Barnes, PhD, MPH, received a BA in human biology from Stanford University, and an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her postdoctoral training in geriatric research at UCSF.

Dr. Barnes’ research focuses on identifying risk factors for cognitive impairment and dementia in older adults and on studying the effects of prevention and treatment strategies. She is particularly interested in the potential protective effects of physical and mental activity. Dr. Barnes is PI of the Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ) Study, in which she and her team are developing and pilot-testing a novel integrative exercise program for individuals with mild to moderate-stage dementia. The program integrates elements of yoga, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais and traditional strength-building exercises and focuses specifically on training the muscles and movements needed to maintain functional independence.


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Stephen Bent, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF

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Stephen Bent, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF. He received his MD from Vanderbilt University. His primary research interest is the evaluation of alternative therapies, with a focus on the safety and efficacy of herbal remedies and other supplements.

He is currently funded by a grant from the foundation, Autism Speaks, to study the prevalence of use and the safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies in children with autism. Dr. Bent served as the project director for one of the first large scale randomized controlled trials of herbal therapies to be funded by the NIH (“Efficacy of Saw Palmetto Extract in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia”) and has also conducted and published several other randomized controlled trials of herbal therapies (valerian, kava, Chinese herbs).

Dr. Bent is an expert in evidence-based medicine and ambulatory care, has co-authored textbooks in both areas, and regularly teaches this material to medical students and residents.


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Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD
Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF

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Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, is a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research. She was a recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

She discovered the molecular nature of telomeres – the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes that serve as protective caps essential for preserving the genetic information – and the ribonucleoprotein enzyme, telomerase. Blackburn and her research team at the University of California, San Francisco are working with various cells including human cells, with the goal of understanding telomerase and telomere biology.

Blackburn earned her B.Sc. (1970) and M.Sc. (1972) degrees from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and her Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Cambridge in England. She did her postdoctoral work in Molecular and Cellular Biology from 1975 to 1977 at Yale.

In 1978, Blackburn joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in the Department of Molecular Biology. In 1990, she joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UC San Francisco, where she served as Department Chair from 1993 to 1999. Blackburn is currently a faculty member in Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow of the Salk Institute.

Throughout her career, Blackburn has been honored by her peers as the recipient of many prestigious awards. She was elected President of the American Society for Cell Biology for the year 1998. Blackburn is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991), the Royal Society of London (1992), the American Academy of Microbiology (1993), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000).

She was elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993, and was elected as a Member of the Institute of Medicine in 2000. She was awarded the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award in Basic Medical Research (2006). In 2007 she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most influential People and she is the 2008 North American Laureate for L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science.

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Steven Chen, MD

Bravewell Fellow, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

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Steven Chen, MD, is a Family Medicine Physician practicing at Asian Health Services, a community health center in Oakland Chinatown, serving a diverse pan-Asian immigrant/refugee community with limited English proficiency.

While at Stanford Medical School, he helped found an innovative program to train future physician leaders in community health and public service. After finishing his Family Medicine residency at UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital, he was a Visiting Scholar at Tzu Chi Buddhist Hospital and Medical Center in Taiwan. He has also worked as a clinical volunteer in Paraguay, Guatemala, and Ecuador.

His focus and areas of interest have been on the integration of social justice, spirituality, and the compassionate delivery of care. His area of expertise is in working in cross-cultural, underserved settings.

As an Associate Fellow in the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Dr. Chen has a particular interest in emotional literacy, self care, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and acupuncture.


Cathi Dennehy, PharmD, FCSHP
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, UCSF
Fellow of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Cathi Dennehy, PharmD, FCSHP, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is Director of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program.

Her areas of specialty are herbal medicine, anticoagulation and women’s health. Dr. Dennehy co-coordinates an evidence-based course in herbal remedies and dietary supplements at UCSF.

She has co-authored book chapters, coordinated CE programs and served as a consultant to various organizations and journal publications on the subject of herbs and is nationally known for her expertise in this area.


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Elissa S. Epel, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
Director of Research, Center for Obesity, Assessment & Treatment (COAST)

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Elissa S. Epel, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. She received a BA in psychology from Stanford University, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University, with a focus on health psychology. She completed a clinical internship in Behavioral Medicine at the Palo Alto VA Hospital.

At UCSF, her research examines relationships among social status, chronic stress and depression, and coping processes, with outcomes of neuroendocrine sequelae, metabolic-related outcomes (ingestive behavior, fat distribution, insulin sensitivity), and cellular aging. Dr. Epel is currently studying risk and resilience factors that predict these outcomes in dementia caregivers and maternal caregivers. Lastly she is studying how CAM stress reduction interventions affect these outcomes in people with HIV and in people struggling with emotional eating and obesity.

Dr. Epel has also been involved in the UCSF curriculum efforts to integrate behavioral medicine with the basic sciences.


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Matthew A. Gilmartin, MD
Osher Fellow, NCCAM Postdoctoral Training Program in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM), Osher Center, UCSF
Bravewell Fellow, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

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Matthew A. Gilmartin completed his training in medicine as part of the UCSF/UCB joint medical program and continued on to a post doctoral fellowship in medical history and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before beginning the family medicine residency program at Sutter Medical Center in Santa Rosa. Dr. Gilmartin has a particular interest in osteopathy. In medical school he received training in osteopathic manipulation and wrote a Masters Thesis at UC Berkeley on the early history of the osteopathic profession, and continued to study the history of the profession as part of his postdoctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Gilmartin’s research interests include clinical trials of manual therapies and a history of complementary and alternative therapies in the United States with a focus on the early history of the osteopathic profession. He has also had experience working with underserved Latino communities including working with the San Francisco Department of Health as a field research and coordinator on the Mission Childhood Immunization Study. He has traveled extensively in Central and South America and is fluent in Spanish.


Deborah Grady, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology
Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director, UCSF/Mount Zion Women’s Health Research Center
Director, UCSF Women’s Health Faculty Development Program

Deborah Grady, MD, MPH is Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and of Medicine, Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the UCSF/Mount Zion Women’s Health Clinical Research Center and the UCSF Women’s Health Faculty Development Program. Dr. Grady has trained and mentored over 20 young researchers interested in women’s health and received the Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women in 2000 and the UCSF Mentor of the Year award in 2001. She is an international expert on menopause and the risks and benefits associated with use of postmenopausal hormone therapy.


John S. Greenspan, BSc, BDS, PhD, FRCPath
Scientific Advisory Board, Committee Chair
Dean for Research, School of Dentistry
Professor of Pathology in the School of Medicine, UCSF

John S. Greenspan has been Professor of Oral Biology and Oral Pathology in the School of Dentistry, UCSF since 1976. He serves as the Leland A. and Gladys K. Barber Professor and Dean for Research of the School of Dentistry. He was Chairman of the Department of Stomatology from 1988 until this year. He is also a Professor of Pathology in the School of Medicine and is former Chairman of both the UCSF Academic Senate and the UC Systemwide Health Sciences Committee. He is Director of the Oral AIDS Center and of the UCSF California AIDS Research Center, Director of the UCSF AIDS Specimen Bank and is an Associate Director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute.

In 1995, Professor Greenspan was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. He was Chairman of the Dentistry Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1992-93, President of the American Association for Dental Research in 1988-89, President of the IADR Experimental Pathology Group in 1983-84, member of the Council on Dental Research of the American Dental Association 1987-90, and President of the International Association for Dental Research in 1996-97.

He was the Kreshover Lecturer at the NIDR in 1989, and he was awarded the honorary degree of ScD by Georgetown University in 1990 and the Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 1998. He was a Burroughs-Wellcome Professor of the (United Kingdom) Royal Society of Medicine for 1996-97. In 1993 he received the Research in Oral Biology Award from the IADR.

His research interests include the oral aspects of AIDS and the role of viruses in oral epithelial and salivary gland lesions. He has published close to 300 papers and four books on oral aspects of AIDS, oral pathology, and immunopathology. He received the BSc with First Class Honors in Anatomy from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (University of London) in 1959, the BDS in 1963 and the PhD in Experimental Pathology from the Royal Dental Hospital School of Dental Surgery (University of London) in 1967.


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Melvin B. Heyman, MD, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, UCSF
Fellow of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists

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Melvin B. Heyman, MD, MPH (Nutrition) is Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Director of the UCSF Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, and Director of the Training Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at UCSF. He received his MD from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1976 and completed pediatric residency training at LA County-USC Medical Center in 1979. He joined the faculty at UCSF in 1981 after completion of post-doctoral training in nutrition (MPH) and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at UCLA. Among his achievements at UCSF, he initially organized the clinical pediatric nutrition support service and established protocols for pediatric gastroenterology at UCSF. He has been recognized as one of the leading physicians in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, particularly in the care of pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), gastroesophageal reflux disease, and children with nutrition-related problems.

His research has been oriented towards clinical problems in pediatric patients with nutrition and/or gastroenterologic issues. He was one of the first investigators to reveal the importance of nutrition support in sickle cell anemia, helped to develop procedures in the diagnosis of hepatobiliary problems in infants, and has been actively pursuing novel treatments for children with inflammatory bowel disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease. His work has been funded by the NIH, by foundation grants, and by pharmaceutical and formula industry support. Dr. Heyman is collaborating with faculty from the Osher Center in studies involving provision of care to chronically ill children, with a focus on HIV and gastrostomy tube-dependent children, and in a study of CAM therapies in inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Heyman serves on many local and national committees, including NIH grant review committees, is Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Executive Committee for the Section on Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and has served as Chair of the American Board of Pediatrics SubBoard of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Chair of the Patient Care Committee for the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and as a Board member of the National PTA. He is Chair and founder of the IBD Summer Camp Foundation, providing support for a camp for children with inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Heyman has an active role in teaching at all levels. He is the principal investigator for the NIH Training Grant that funds the Training Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at UCSF and is funded by the NIH to continue to mentor young trainees in clinical research.


Mallory Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF

Mallory Johnson, PhD is Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, was trained in clinical health psychology with an emphasis on HIV infection. His area of research focus is coping with HIV infection and managing HIV treatments. He has been PI on NIH funded R03, K08, R21, and R01 grants to explore psychosocial factors and HIV.

Of particular relevance is an ongoing randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) with men and women experiencing side effects from antiretroviral therapy for HIV disease. Dr. Johnson is also a California licensed psychologist.


Margaret E. Kemeny, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF
Director, Graduate Academic Program in Psychology

Margaret E. Kemeny, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Health Psychology Program at the University of California San Francisco. After spending her undergraduate years at UC Berkeley, she received her PhD in health psychology from UCSF and completed a four-year post-doctoral fellowship in immunology at UCLA. She directs a joint PhD program in Health Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience between the UCSF and UC Berkeley campuses.

Dr. Kemeny’s research has focused on identifying the links between psychological factors, the immune system and health and illness. She has made important contributions to our understanding of the ways in which the mind — one’s thoughts and feelings — shapes biological responses to stress and trauma.

Over the past 15 years she has investigated the role that specific psychological responses play in predicting the course of HIV infection, as well as the immunological mediators of these effects. More recently, she has begun to focus on the inflammatory processes relevant to the course of certain autoimmune diseases. She has demonstrated, for example, that patients with more pessimistic expectations about their future health show more immune alterations and a poorer prognosis than their optimistic counterparts. This research has led to her current interest in the psychobiology of the placebo response.


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Shieva Khayam-Bashi, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Director, Short-term Skilled Nursing Facility at SFGH
Bravewell Fellow, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Shieva Khayam-Bashi, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF. She graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Medicine in 1993, and completed her residency in Family Medicine in 1996.

Dr. Khayam-Bashi is the Medical Director of the Short-term Skilled Nursing Facility at San Francisco General Hospital. She teaches medical students and residents on the wards of the hospital, in the outpatient Family Health Center, and at UCSF. Her areas of interest include: teaching compassion and humanism in medical education; promoting inter-disciplinary team models of care; improving end-of-life care; spirituality in medicine; care of under-served populations; and international health.


Marion Lee, PhD, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology, UCSF

Marion Lee, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Epidemiology at UCSF, and at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a nutritional epidemiologist whose work has focused almost entirely on cancer. She has particular expertise in the conduct of comparative epidemiologic studies involving Chinese populations in different parts of the world.

Recently, Dr. Lee has been involved with research in integrative medicine in multi-ethnic populations. She is currently principal investigator on several projects including: a case-control study of diet and breast cancer in Taiwan; phytoestrogen and endometrial cancer; complementary therapies use and quality of life in men with prostate cancer; and an outcome study of alternative breast cancer therapy.

Dr. Lee has served as grant reviewer for National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. She has also served as committee member on NIH Recruitment and Retention of Women in Clinical Studies and on the President’s Cancer Panel. She currently serves as committee member on Asian Pacific Islander’s Breast Cancer Early Detection Program for the California Department of Health Services.

Dr. Lee received a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley, an MPH in Epidemiology from Yale University, and MS in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Washington.


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Bernard Lo, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF
Director of the Program in Medical Ethics, UCSF

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Bernard Lo, MD is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Program in Medical Ethics at UCSF. He is National Program Director for the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics. He is co-chair of the Standards Working Group of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, which recommends regulations for stem cell research funded by the state of California. He also serves on the Data and Safety Monitoring Committees for diabetes prevention trials and a HIV vaccine trial at NIAID.

He is a member of the Ethics Working Group of the NIH-sponsorsed HIV Prevention Trials Network, which carries out clinical trials in developing countries. He is co-Director of the Policy and Ethics Core of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF, which provides technical advice and consultation to researchers carrying out clinical research, including research in resource-poor nations. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and serves on the IOM Council.

He has been involved in a number of studies on ethical issues in human participants research carried out by the IOM and the National Academy of Science (NAS). He formerly chaired a IOM panel on confidentiality in health services research. He developed a course on Responsible Conduct of Research that 100 postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty take each year. He and his group also carry out research on ethical issues in human participants research, end-of-life decisions, and stem cell research.


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Doug Nixon, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF
Associate Chief, Division of Experimental Medicine, UCSF

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Doug Nixon, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of the Division of Experimental Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his BSc in Immunology with Honors from University College London, his MBBS from Westminster Medical School and his PhD from the University of Oxford. He did his post-doctoral fellowship at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) in New York, and was then appointed Assistant Professor at the Rockefeller University. In 2000, Nixon became an Associate Investigator and Associate Professor at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology (GIVI), University of California, San Francisco. In 2003, Nixon was also appointed an Elizabeth Glaser Scientist of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Research Foundation.

Dr. Nixon’s research interests are the cellular immune responses to HIV, including the impact of HAART on HIV specific cellular immune responses and HIV transmission across mucosal barriers and the prevention of transmission through vaccination.

Dr. Nixon is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, IAVI Vaccine Science Committee and the Henry Kunkel Society. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Virology and as a consulting editor for the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He was awarded the NIH Merit Award in 2007. He is co-author on over 125 peer reviewed papers, as well as additional letters and book chapters. He has supervised students and postdoctoral fellows, participates in teaching duties, and has given national and international lectures.


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Sylver Quevedo, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Duke Center for Integrative Medicine

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Sylver Quevedo, MD, MPH, is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine with a subspecialty in nephrology. His interests include quality of life in chronic illness, the interface between spirituality and medicine and the comparative study of healing traditions.

Dr. Quevedo earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and a masters degree in public health at Harvard’s School of Public Health. His postdoctoral training included family and community medicine, internal medicine, studies in law and public policy at Stanford Law School, and a fellowship in nephrology and medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. As a member of the Stanford Medical School faculty, he served as Associate Chief of Nephrology and Medical Director of the Artificial Kidney Center at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He was also founding director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, as well as Director of Clinical Programs, at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine from 2004-2006.

Dr. Quevedo has served on national boards and committees of the American Kidney Fund and the National Academy of Sciences.


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Michael W. Rabow, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of General Internal Medicine, UCSF

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Michael W. Rabow, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Board-certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care, he directs the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Rabow is the executive producer of “The Caregivers” film and has written and taught widely about family caregiving. He is the Associate Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center (PCLC) and a member of the curriculum development committee for the PCLC Initiative nationally.The PCLC Initiative has trained more than 500 of the approximately 1200 hospital-based palliative care programs in the United States.

In addition to his clinical palliative care work, Dr. Rabow has an active outpatient primary care medicine practice.

Dr. Rabow attended UCSF for medical school and general internal medicine residency training. He completed fellowships at UCSF in general medicine, as well as in medical education research. His research work is in palliative care, family caregiving, and end-of-life care education. Dr. Rabow has served as a consultant to U.S. hospitals and hospital systems working to develop or expand their palliative care services for more than seven years and runs one of the nation’s premier outpatient palliative care consultation services.

Dr. Rabow serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of the Healer’s Art at the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonwealth in California.

See related: The Caregivers Project


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Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Clinical Professor, Family and Community Medicine, UCSF
Co-founder and Medical Director, Commonweal Cancer Help Program
Founder and Director, The Institute for the Study of Health and Illness

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Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and one of the nationally recognized pioneers of integrative medicine. Her books, articles, poetry, workshops, speaking engagements and television appearances, including Bill Moyers’ PBS special “Healing and the Mind” have touched millions of people.

Dr. Remen is a co-founder and Medical Director of the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California and the founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, a training program for physicians who wish to renew their commitment to service and practice with greater compassion and spiritual awareness.

She is author of the New York Times bestseller “Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal” (Riverhead, 1996) and the national bestseller “My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging” (Riverhead, 2000).

Dr. Remen has a forty-nine year history of chronic illness, and her work represents a unique blend of the perspectives of physician and patient. She resides in Mill Valley, California.

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Hope S. Rugo, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine Director, Breast Oncology Clinical Trials Program, UCSF

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Jason Satterfield, PhD
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF
Director, Behavioral Medicine

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Jason Satterfield, PhD, is Director, Behavioral Medicine and Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Satterfield is a cognitive-behavioral clinical and research psychologist with extensive experience in individual and group therapy.

His areas of expertise are in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, adjustment to chronic medical and stress-induced illnesses, HIV, and stress-management.

He currently teaches Behavioral Medicine to UCSF primary care residents, co-directs the behavioral science curriculum for UCSF medical students, and is an investigator on several projects focusing on medical education, wellness promotion, and emotional intelligence in medicine.


Jonathan P. Terdiman, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Co-Director, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, UCSF
Co-Director, Colorectal Cancer Prevention Program, UCSF

Jonathan Terdiman, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Co-Director of the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Program at UCSF. He received his M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine as well as fellowships in Critical Care Medicine and Gastroenterology at UCSF.

His current research interests include colonic polyps, colon cancer, cancer screening, and genomic markers of colon cancer progression. In addition to his research work, he is a staff physician for UCSF Medical Center (Moffitt-Long and Mt. Zion Hospitals). He has also been the recipient of several awards and nominations for his teaching excellence from UCSF Medical School.

Dr. Terdiman has lectured throughout the U.S. and in China on colon and colorectal cancer. He has also published several original papers, abstracts, and book chapters on these topics.


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Candy Tsourounis, PharmD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, UCSF
Acting Director, Drug Information Analysis Service, UCSF

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Candy Tsourounis, PharmD, is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy at UCSF. She is also the Acting Director of the Drug Information Analysis Service at UCSF. Dr. Tsourounis has been involved in the Dietary Supplement field since 1994.

Today she co-coordinates an evidence-based course in herbal remedies and dietary supplements. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters on Herbs and Dietary Supplements and serves as a clinical consultant and editor for various drug information publications and computer software programs particularly in the area of herbal remedies and dietary supplements.

She is involved in organizing continuing education programs for national pharmacy societies on herbs and dietary supplements and has been asked to speak on this topic at local, statewide and national educational programs.


Leslie S. Wilson, RN, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Department of Pharmacy, UCSF
Co-director, Program for Outcomes and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy Studies

Leslie S. Wilson, RN, PhD, is Adjunct Assistant Professor of health policy and economics in the department of pharmacy at UCSF. She is also Co-director of the Program for Outcomes and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Her work is in health services research and the economic analysis of disease and its treatments. Her primary research interest is to understand how new treatments or types and patterns of care change the costs and outcomes of care. She is currently working on a study looking at the patterns and costs of home care for children with AIDS and the cost-effectiveness of various treatments for chronic diseases, especially cancers.

In addition, she is examining community health policy issues, such as patterns of health of adolescents at the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, and surveying the teaching of cultural competence at medical, dental and pharmacy schools throughout California.


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Owen Wolkowitz, MD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF

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Owen Wolkowitz, MD, is a Professor in Residence and Researcher in the Psychoneuroendocrinology Research Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. His clinical and research interests are focused on: psychopharmacology, psychoneuroendocrinology, major depression, stress and stress hormones — particularly the effects of stress and stress hormones on the brain and the psychopharmacology of depression and anxiety.

Dr. Wolkowitz’ teaching interests are in the areas of mood and anxiety disorders, psychopharmacology, psychoneuroendocrinology, and research methodology. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Wolkowitz completed his residency in psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine, and a fellowship in psychopharmacology at National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD.

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