Meet the Faculty and Program Contributors
UCSF’s world-class faculty are preeminent researchers and teachers who cultivate and inspire a learning community.
Dr. Tina Penick Brock joined the Department of Clinical Pharmacy in July 2010. She was previously the Director of Capacity Building at Management Sciences for Health, a Senior Lecturer at the University of London, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a BA German, a BS Pharmacy and a MS Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mississippi and the Doctorate of Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Brock’s primary research interests are global health professional education, human resources for health, technology-enhanced learning, curriculum development, interprofessional training and medication adherence.
As a professor, Dr. Castro teaches courses and conducts research on policy, leadership and diversity issues. He has mentored graduate students from several UC campuses.
During his 22-year career, Dr. Castro has served in leadership positions within the UC system at the Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Barbara campuses and at the Office of the President. Dr. Castro received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in higher education policy and leadership from Stanford University.
Dr. Castro is the recipient of the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award at UCSF and the 2010 University of California Student Association’s Administrator of the Year Award. In June 2010, he was featured by KGO Channel 7, San Francisco in its “Profiles in Excellence” series. In 2011, he was awarded the International Cooperation Dedication Award from the Beijing Municipal Education Commission. In January of 2012, the UCSF Council of Minority Organizations gave Dr. Castro a special award to recognize his extraordinary contributions to advancing diversity at UCSF. In July of 2012, Dr. Castro received the Power of 10 Award from the UC Office of the President for his leadership of the UC Student Health Insurance Program (GSHIP), the largest of its kind in the nation.
Mary Dickow is the Statewide Director for the California Action Coalition for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing initiative at the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The Action Coalition’s mission is to implement the recommendations set forth in the IOM Report as well as develop long-term, sustainable actions to improve the health of all Californians. Mary is responsible for coordinating the implementation efforts of nurses and health-care leaders statewide, convening stakeholders to build momentum, and providing important linkages across communities in California.
Prior to assuming this role Mary served as the Deputy Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program at the Center for the Health Professions (Center) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Mary continues to work with the leadership team at the Center and serves in a faculty role for several of their leadership programs. In September 2011, Mary retired from UCSF after having been with the university for twenty-seven years.
Mary is recognized as a national voice in leadership development for nurses and as a speaker on leadership in health care. She serves on the Jewish Vocational Services Health Care Advisory Board and the Integrated Nurse Leaders Program Board. Mary was a member of the 2010 cohort of Leadership America. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and serves on their School of Management Alumni Leadership Council.
Daniel Dohan is Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) at UCSF. He is also Associate Director for Training and Development at IHPS and Director of the UCSF-UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy (along with Professor of Law David Faigman).
Dr. Dohan’s work focuses on the culture of medicine: how it ameliorates and perpetuates societal inequalities; its relationship to science and discovery; and how training creates health professionals.
His research combines qualitative and quantitative approaches, and he is interested in the development of new methods for combining and depicting mixed approaches. Currently, he is leading a project examining how patients with advanced disease find out about and decide whether to participate in clinical trials of new cancer drugs, and he is co-leading a UC-wide effort to develop harmonized and community-engaged approaches for biorepository research.
Dr. Dohan is active in health policy and social science education through training activities with post-doctoral fellows, residents, and students and serves as course director of Qualitative Research Methods offered through UCSF’s Training in Clinical Research program. He is also working with colleagues at IHPS and at the UC Hastings College of Law to strengthen the relationship between the two schools and to develop a master’s degree program in health policy and law.
He received his PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley. A book based on his dissertation, The Price of Poverty: Money, Work, and Culture in the Mexican-American Barrio, was published by the University of California Press in 2003.
Min-Lin Fang, MLIS, has been the Education and Information Consultant for Nursing and Social & Behavioral Sciences in the Library and Center for Knowledge Management at UCSF since 2004. She is pleased to have an opportunity to work with the MS-HAIL faculty and students since its inception in January 2014. Prior to joining in UCSF, she was the Coordinator of Reference Service at the Library of Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago.
As a member of the Informatics Education and Research Services team in the Library and a liaison to the SON, DPT, MS-Global Health, MS-HAIL, and dietetics interns at the UCSF Medical Center, Min-Lin plays an important role in support of evidence-based practice at UCSF and beyond. Min-Lin has extensive experience in teaching curriculum-integrated instructions on EBP Literature Searching, conducting literature searches and providing personal consultation in support of faculty/researchers’ evidence-based systematic reviews. She was a guest instructor for Joanna Briggs Institute systematic review workshop and the UCSF Training in Clinical Research (TICR) Program. Beyond UCSF, Min-Lin has been working with UCOP California Health Benefit Review Program (CHBRP) since 2004 to provide the best available evidence on medical effectiveness, financial and public health impact of health benefit mandates to the CHBRP analytic team, which is used to assist the California legislature in health benefit-related legislative decision making.
Lucy T. Fisher is Academic Coordinator and Curriculum Director for the Master’s program for Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership at UCSF. Prior to her current work, she was project director of a National Institute of Health-funded study of adolescents with disabilities, their families and transitioning to adulthood. Previously, she worked with other healthcare professionals in the areas of mental health, long term care and cultural diversity.
Dr. Fisher earned her Master of Arts degree in education from Stanford University and master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from UCSF. She is a member on the California Commission on Aging and chair of its federal policy committee.
Dr. Flatt is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also a research scholar with the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities and the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care. His research program focuses on dementia risk and prevention with vulnerable populations, including older racial and ethnic minorities and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) adults.
Dr. Flatt is currently the principal investigator for a project on dementia care coordination workforce and training, and another pilot study examining risk and protective factors for dementia in LGBT older adults. He received his BS from the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance, a MPH from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, and a PhD in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. He also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research and Dementia Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Center for Aging and Population Health.
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Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership
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Dr. Mary Louise Fleming is Clinical Professor and the Director of the Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership Program, UCSF’s first online degree program. Dr. Fleming is core faculty in UCSF’s Center for the Health Professions Change Agent Program – an interdisciplinary fellowship funded through the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, and an Associate Director of the UCSF/John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.
Dr. Fleming has most recently served as Vice Chair and Academic Coordinator for the Department of Community Health Systems. In this role she chaired the Department’s Graduate Program Council providing management, oversight and support for five Master of Science specialty programs including Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Occupational and Environmental Health, Nursing and Health Systems Leadership, Adult Nurse Practitioner, and Advanced Community Health and International Nursing.
Before joining the UCSF faculty in 2007, Dr. Fleming held progressively complex executive positions in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Common to all roles were expertise in strategic planning, systems redesign and innovation, management of workforce and healthcare market conditions, organizational transformation, and effective use of integrative human resource and information systems. Her work spanned both the community sector and acute care settings. In 1996, Dr. Fleming was selected in a national search as the founding director for the establishment of the San Francisco Mental Health Rehabilitation Facility, a new level of care and services for the mental health population.
Dr. Fleming’s program of research focuses on improving leadership and services for the aging population with an emphasis on nursing homes and long term care settings. Studies involve ethnographic research with nursing home Directors of Nursing and a before and after study exploring the effects of the changing built environment of Laguna Honda Hospital on resident (patient), family and staff satisfaction.
Dr. Fleming has received numerous awards for her contributions to healthcare including the NurseWeek California award for “Advancing the Profession.” She was selected as a Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows program (2001-2004) and as a 2005-2007 John A. Hartford pre-doctoral scholar.
Mary E. Foley PhD, RN, FAAN is a Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. She is the Director of the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation. Mary has worked with the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) since 2004 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. During that relationship, Mary developed an expertise in medication safety. Mary is past president of the American Nurses Association and the National Student Nurses Association. While at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco she was a Staff Nurse, Director of Nursing, and Safety Officer.
A registered nurse for over 40 years, Foley continues to write, teach, and lecture about safe care for workers and patients nationally and internationally. She served on the board of the National Patient Safety Foundation, continues as an advisor to the Partnership for Patient Safety (p4ps) and the Patient Safety Education Program, and is a continuing member of the TMIT Patient and Family panel. She is a nursing partner with Karen Curtiss to increase family involvement in hospital care through the “Safe and Sound in the Hospital” program.
Foley received her nursing diploma in 1973 from New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN in 1976 from Boston University School of Nursing in Massachusetts, and her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration and Occupational Health from UCSF in 1994. She received her PhD in Nursing from UCSF 2010.
Joan Grebe is an independent healthcare consultant specializing, since 1999, in process and clinical improvement, coaching quality improvement teams and educating others about quality improvement tools and techniques. She also works as an Improvement Advisor (IA) for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, as faculty for the Center for Health Professions Change Agent Program and The Altos Group.
She received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts degree from Tufts University, Boston School of Occupational Therapy. She is certified as a Zenger-Miller trainer and trained in Appreciative Inquiry facilitation and the Lean approach to quality improvement.
Jane Hirsch, RN, MS, is Clinical Professor Emeritus in the UCSF School of Nursing, and is the former Director of the Nursing & Health Systems Leadership Graduate Program. Her responsibilities included curriculum design, teaching, student advising/mentoring, as well as participation in leadership aspects of the Department of Community Health Systems.
Prior to her role on the UCSF School of Nursing faculty, Ms Hirsch served as the Chief Nursing Officer for nine years at the UCSF Medical Center. In this role, Ms. Hirsch was responsible for ensuring patient care quality and safety, nursing recruitment and retention, staff satisfaction, collaboration with other healthcare professionals, participation in strategic planning for the Medical Center, and representing patient care issues to Medical Center executive leadership.
She is a graduate of the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia and received her graduate degree from the UCSF School of Nursing. She is an editor of Clinical Nursing, a widely used nursing resource book, and has consulted and presented nationally and internationally on issues related to nursing leadership, patient safety, clinical ethics, and quality of care.
Ms. Hirsch now serves as one of 5 elected Directors for the Sonoma Valley Health Care District, and chairs Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Quality Committee.
Cynthia Kim graduated from Harvard University with a BA and obtained a master’s in health education at Stanford School of Education. She went to Cornell Medical College and completed her pediatrics residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is currently an associate professor of pediatrics at UCSF, in the Division of Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine, focusing on pain and sedation. Licensed in acupuncture, she specializes in pediatric pain management, working with a team to deliver innovative, effective complementary medical services.
After a decade of practicing medicine, Cynthia realized she wanted to develop her leadership skills and enrolled as a special studies student of Cohort 2 in the MS-HAIL program. She attributes her success to learning that true leadership is about building a great team and communicating a vision for change and innovation.
Terry Leach is a health attorney and registered nurse who served as the UC Office of the President’s health policy manager, and founder and executive director of the UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation until her recent retirement from full-time employment with UC. As Executive Director, she supported innovations at UC Health campuses that improve quality, advance population health and lower costs throughout UC Health. To create a system-wide approach to performance improvement, she created an infrastructure of experts from throughout the UC system to identify best practices and to create a culture of deliberate improvement throughout UC. With resources provided by the five academic medical centers and the Office of Risk Services, she designed funding rounds to solicit projects and future innovation leaders to implement these practices to effectuate the triple Aim at UC Health. Her team has managed over 50 CHQI-funded projects and a career leadership track.
Ms. Leach had been a primary point of contact for public and private payers on matters of quality improvement and efficiency and was recently appointed by Secretary Diana Dooley of the California Department of Health Services to co-chair a taskforce designed to redesign health care in California with the ultimate objective of achieving payment reform . She has worked as a health policy consultant for the California State Senate and taught health policy at the University of Minnesota in the School of Public Health. She has served as the Executive Director of the Rockridge Institute, a framing institute founded by UC Berkeley professor George Lakoff and has also managed or served as the director of strategy for several political campaigns, including a statewide campaign.
Ms. Leach has a law degree from UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, a master’s degree in fine arts from Bennington College in Vermont, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a minor in Spanish from California State University, Sacramento. Terry’s early nursing career focused on prevention of disease and helping Spanish-speaking patients learn how to care for complex medical conditions at home. She has three adult children, one of whom is graduating in 2014 from the Yale School of Nursing to work as a family nurse practitioner for Spanish-speaking patients who have, or are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Catherine Reinis Lucey, MD, is Vice Dean for Education. She directs the undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education programs of the School of Medicine and the Office of Medical Education. Dr. Lucey comes to UCSF from Ohio State University where she was vice dean for education for the College of Medicine and associate vice president for health sciences education for the Office of Health Sciences. She is a member of the AAMC MR5 committee, charged with overseeing the revision of the Medical College Admission Test process. Dr. Lucey completed her residency in internal medicine, including service as chief resident, at the UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital, after earning her medical degree from the Northwestern University School of Medicine.
Elizabeth Mertz is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco, with a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry and in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing. She is affiliated with the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO) and is research faculty at the Center for the Health Professions where she has worked since 1997. Beth has researched, published and lectured on a broad range of health professions workforce policy and analysis issues including; supply and demand of providers, health care regulation, state and federal workforce policy, access to care, and evolving professional practice models. She has served on a number of advisory and planning committees for organizations such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, the California HealthCare Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, the Pacific Center for Special Care and the Institute of Medicine. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry and as the public member of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.
Dr. Mertz is currently the principal investigator on a number of projects including a labor market study of dental hygienists, a survey of alternative practice hygiene, a study of the potential of collaborative practice models in dentistry, and an evaluation of the elimination of adult dental coverage in the California Medicaid program. In addition, she manages an evaluation of the Pharmacy Leadership Institute, and teaches in a number of leadership training and development courses for health care professionals. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California, a MA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a PhD in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Mutha currently serves as the Center for the Health Professions’ Interim Director. In addition, she is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI) at the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco.
Her scholarly work focuses on educational and organizational approaches to improving the quality of care for diverse populations, and recent efforts focus on the intersection between quality improvement and health care disparities. She is a member of the Joint Commission’s Expert Advisory Panel guiding the development of hospital standards for culturally competent patient-centered care. She was previously a member of the National Quality Forum’s Cultural Competence Steering Committee and NCQA’s CLAS Award program’s expert panel. She is the lead author of a nationally distributed curriculum, “Toward Culturally Competent Care: A Toolbox for Teaching Communication Strategies” and has conducted faculty development trainings in cultural competence for over 850 individuals from a range of health professions backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, mental health and allied health.
Dr. Mutha is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and served for six years as a member of the Board of Directors for Brown and Toland Medical Group, a comprehensive, multi-specialty independent practice association (IPA) in the San Francisco Bay Area. A practicing internist, she is actively involved in educational activities for UCSF primary care residents and has been the recipient of several teaching awards. Following a residency, she completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at Stanford University.
Jennifer G. Okonsky, PhD, RN, MA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Okonsky has worked nationally and internationally and her work has afforded her varied leadership experiences. Her work in curriculum development, project implementation, and overseas collaborations with interprofessional teams has helped her build a broad portfolio of leadership insights and accomplishments. Directing and coordinating activities in conjunction with social workers, community outreach teams, public health officers, students, as well as government and non-governmental agency leaders and advocates has provided her a broad range of leadership perspectives through practice, observation, and feedback. She is an adult nurse practitioner as well as an AIDS certified registered nurse. Her clinical nursing ranges from home care nursing to village clinics in Africa to leadership and administrative work in US hospitals. Her roles as faculty, researcher, training advisor, and project director guided her understanding of the importance of a strong and healthy interprofessional team.
Dr. Okonsky’s research interests include HIV/AIDS medication adherence, self-management in women, global health and nursing education. She holds a BS from Rutgers University College of Nursing, her MA from New York University and a PhD in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco.
Nancy Oliva PhD, MS, MHA, MPA, RN holds a faculty appointment in the University of California, San Francisco, Institute for Health and Aging. She completed undergraduate degrees in Heath Science-Health Education and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She subsequently completed two Masters’ Degrees with honors in Health Administration and Public Administration-Finance at the University of Missouri. She completed her PhD in Health Policy/Gerontological Nursing at UCSF, where she was awarded a UCSF Graduate Division Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. She completed an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) pre and post-doctoral fellowship in the Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies in the UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Oliva also completed a Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics at the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) in the Veterans Administration (VA) Palo Alto Healthcare System.
Dr. Oliva recently co-directed the planning and implementation of a telehealth-based rural heart failure disease management program in the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and also served as a PI for a telehealth-based care coordination program for rural Veterans with neurocognitive disorders and their family caregivers. While at the VA Palo Alto GRECC, she was also involved in the development and implementation of a telehealth-based geriatric consultation and care management program for rural Veterans and their caregivers.
Dr. Oliva has extensive clinical/organizational leadership experience in not-for-profit, for-profit, county, local district and federal government healthcare organizations, including leadership positions in nursing, community relations and marketing, community education, professional education, strategic planning, and business development. She has served as a public hospital administrator/CEO and as a publicly-elected hospital system board of directors’ member. She is a co-author of The Rural Health Clinic Guidebook, published by the California Hospital Association.
Dr. Oliva currently is a health services researcher in the areas of chronic disease management and self-care, and older adult systems of care. Her research interests include health policy; healthcare disparities and vulnerable populations; delivery system science and quality measurement; population health; interdisciplinary team applications of chronic care models; and family caregiver support and community-based chronic disease care. Dr. Oliva is an author/co-author of scholarly articles on health system quality improvement; language access in healthcare; interdisciplinary team care in chronic disease; care coordination in geriatrics; and community-based services for older adults, including disaster preparedness for community-dwelling older adults with dementia. She serves on the editorial board of the Home Health Services Quarterly-The Journal of Community Care, and as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Rural Health and Clinical Nurse Specialist journal.
Dr. O’Rourke is renowned for her pioneering, seminal work on role clarity. Her work defining nursing as a professional practice discipline impacted the legislative arena where she was instrumental in rewriting the California Nursing Practice Act in 1974. Dr. O’Rourke has published and presented extensively at regional and national venues.
Over the past four decades, her body of work in the field has culminated in the creation of Role-Based Practice™ (RBP), a theoretically grounded practice model. Tools developed for this model include a professional role competency assessment that helps achieve professional role clarity. Implemented in hospitals nationwide, Role-Based Practice™ acts as a foundation for improving performance and practice outcomes, accelerating the development of professional role competence and accountability, ensuring interprofessional leadership, establishing role based therapeutic and collegial communication patterns within the interdisciplinary healthcare team, and for ensuring appropriate role relationships among professional, technical and assistive roles.
Dr. O’Rourke has held many key leadership positions including Clinical Nurse Specialist, Director of Staff Development and Research, Chief Nurse Executive, CEO, Healthcare Consultant and Chief Strategy Officer. Throughout her career she has led numerous patient safety and quality care initiatives helping organizations connect professional role competence to error/risk reduction, patient safety, and improved outcomes. With roots are in nursing, her work transcends the discipline and serves as a foundation for interprofessional leadership. Based on her commitment to role based professional practice and her extensive work in this field, she has garnered several honors and awards, including the most recent one in 2010, the Jane Norbeck Distinguished Alumni Award from the UCSF School of Nursing.
As an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing for UCLA and an Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing for UCSF she continues to educate members of the interdisciplinary team on role-based accountability and the pivotal decision making role the professional plays on the interdisciplinary team with special expertise in the role of Nursing.
Dr. Perry is Professor and Associate Dean for Education and Student Affairs and is responsible for the curriculum, admissions, student services, and continuing dental education. She also developed and coordinates a concurrent DDS/MBA program with the University of San Francisco Graduate School of Business Administration. Dr. Perry has published four textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed articles, and is the primary author of the textbook Periodontology for the Dental Hygienist now in preparation for a fourth edition. Dr. Perry has been a member of the Academic Learning Project on a Gates Foundation funded project working the Muhimbili University of Health Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Dr. Kevin Rodondi is currently the Associate Director for Leadership Strategy at the Center for the Health Professions and Associate Clinical Professor, McKesson Foundation Endowed Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy at UCSF School of Pharmacy. Much of his current work is focused on the development of innovative pharmacist health care delivery models and patient-facing technology in health care delivery.
Dr. Rodondi’s past positions include: Vice-President and General Manager of the Specialty Solutions Group at McKesson Specialty; Co-founder, President/COO of the National Oncology Alliance, providing GPO and clinical services to community oncologists; Vice-President of Corporate Operations OnCare, a physician practice management company; and Director of Pharmacy Programs Oncology Therapeutics Network, a specialty pharmaceutical distribution company.
Dr. Rodondi received his Pharm.D. from the UCSF School of Pharmacy and completed one year residencies in both clinical practice and hospital pharmacy administration.
Julie Sakowski, PhD is an economist with extensive experience designing, conducting and interpreting health economics analyses in both academic and health care delivery system settings. Julie is the Founder and Principal at Rational Answer Consulting, a private consulting firm that specializes in helping clients quantify the effectiveness and efficiency of implementing innovative health technologies, policies and delivery practices in real world settings and developing a robust evidence base to support their use. Previously, she was an Associate Professor (Adjunct) in the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Executive Director of the Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine. Prior to joining UCSF, she was a Health Economist at Sutter Health; Assistant Professor of Health Economics, Finance and Policy in the graduate health administration program at Texas Woman’s University; and an analyst for a variety of financial services organizations.
Dr. Sakowski’s work focuses on understanding the factors that influence the value of health technologies, treatment options and health care delivery practices. She is particularly interested in exploring the impact of how innovations are implemented and how costs and utilization decisions are influenced by financing and regulatory policies. Her most recent work focused on the optimal use of medications and the translation of personalized medicine and genomic technologies into health care delivery practice. Earlier work includes assessments of the administrative costs incurred by providers under the current fragmented reimbursement structure; and the value of emerging technologies such as telemedicine, electronic health records, and health information technology applications in ambulatory, inpatient, and home health care settings.
Niraj Sehgal is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Quality & Safety in the Department of Medicine. His work focuses on improving healthcare delivery systems through the development of education and training programs and the engagement of trainees and providers in systems innovation. He speaks locally and nationally on topics related to quality, safety, and leadership development.
At UCSF, Niraj spends his time caring for hospitalized patients and supervising trainees, directing quality and safety programs within the Department of Medicine and UCSF Medical Center, and working at the UCSF Center for Health Professions. For the latter, he directs two physician leadership programs that train professionals to manage and lead change in their organizations and a third program that provides similar training to an interdisciplinary group of hospital-based providers.
Niraj is a graduate of Washington University and Rush Medical College, and earned a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley. He completed a Residency and served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Stanford University, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. He was also a selected fellow and graduate of the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Program. In 2009, Niraj was recognized for his teaching and mentoring excellence through induction into UCSF’s Academy of Medical Educators.
Joanne Spetz’s research focuses on the economics of health care, with an emphasis on the health care workforce. She has led national and state surveys of registered nurses and nursing schools, evaluations of programs to expand the supply of nurses, research on the effects of health information technologies in hospitals, studies of the relationship between nursing and patient outcomes, analysis of hospital services and organization, and assessments of the effects of minimum nurse staffing regulations on patients and hospitals.
Dr. Spetz served as a consultant to the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Nursing and is a member of the National Commission on VA Nursing. She frequently provides testimony and technical assistance to state and federal agencies and policymakers. Dr. Spetz has taught quantitative research methods for doctoral students and financial management and health economics for master’s students in nursing administration and public health. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University after studying economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Vlahov is Dean and Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. He brings experience in interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and research, serving on the faculty as Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities, with adjunct appointments in medical schools at Cornell, Mount Sinai, New York University and the College of Nursing at New York University. He has also served as co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program. He brings research expertise in epidemiology, infectious diseases, substance abuse and mental health. Dr. Vlahov conducted studies of urban populations in Baltimore for over 20 years including several longitudinal cohort studies for which he received the NIH MERIT Award.
More recently, Dr. Vlahov led epidemiologic studies in Harlem and the Bronx, which have served as a platform for subsequent individual- and community-level intervention studies and community based participatory research (involving partnerships with residents, community based organizations, and academic/public health departments) to address social determinants of health. This work has contributed information on racial/ethnic disparities in health and approaches to address such disparities. Uniting these interests, Dr. Vlahov initiated the International Society for Urban Health (www.isuh.org), serving as its first President. He is a Visiting Professor at the Medical School in Belo Horizonte, Brazil to develop their programs in urban health, and is an expert consultant to the WHO’s Urban Health Center in Kobe, Japan. He served on the New York City Board of Health. Dr. Vlahov is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Health, has edited three books on urban health and published over 610 scholarly papers.
Dr. Waters is a professor in the Department of Community Health Systems, a member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and former appointed member of the San Francisco Health Commission. Her program of research focuses on health promoting lifestyle interventions in collaboration with public and private community partnerships.
Dr. Waters received her BSN in Transcultural Nursing, MSN in Adult Health Nursing, and PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Miami. Additionally, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Family Nursing and Gerontological Nursing at Oregon Health Sciences University.
Robert Wenz graduated from the University of Delaware in 2004 with a BSN and immediately began his clinical career in an Intensive Care Unit. After 10 years of clinical experience working in 3 of the top 10 Pediatric Cardiac Programs in the nation (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Stanford-Lucile Packard and ultimately UCSF) he transitioned into an administrative role. Having graduated with a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership in UCSF’s Inaugural program in 2014, he quickly became involved in the operational aspect of opening UCSF’s state of the art Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay. Currently he serves as the Patient Care Manager for Children’s Procedural Areas which includes the Pediatric and Congenital Catheterization and Electrophysiology labs, Hybrid OR, Pediatric Cardiac Echo, Children’s Pulmonary Function and Children’s Cardiac Stress lab.
Ann Williamson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC is the Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a multispecialty academic medical center located in Abu Dhabi, UAE slated to open for patient care in March 2015. Most recently, she served as associate vice president for nursing at University of Iowa Health Care and chief nursing officer at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a position she held for six years. During this time, she implemented numerous strategies to elevate academic and clinical preparation of the nursing workforce. Her efforts included a tripling of support for RN-to-BSN education, a nationally accredited new graduate nurse residency program and joint creation of dedicated education units with the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She also led the achievement of two successful Magnet® designations and was instrumental in ensuring NDNQI participation. Additionally, she provided leadership for allied health areas including social work, respiratory care, rehabilitation therapies, case management, chaplaincy and patient relations.
From 1992 to 2008, Dr. Williamson held a number of leadership positions at UCSF Medical Center where she earned the Pride Award in 2006 and the Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional University Management in 2007.
Dr. Williamson earned her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her MSN from the University of Texas at Austin, and her PhD from UCSF, with a concentration in nursing informatics and health systems.
Sharon Woodworth brings over twenty years of experience planning, conducting, and driving change in healthcare operations through architectural design. After careers in nursing and journalism, Ms. Woodworth received her master’s degree in architecture and developed her career in healthcare facility design with Anshen+Allen Architects, the largest architecture firm in the world dedicated solely to healthcare, education, and research; she continues to practice healthcare architecture, advising clients around the world. She has developed a skill set that is two-fold: the ability to anticipate problems before they are apparent and an aptitude that sees the big picture without getting side tracked by details. With over eleven million square feet of healthcare facility planning and design experience, she has a wide range of knowledge of hospital operations and continuum of care issues from pediatrics to senior living, embracing diverse cultural perspectives from the United Kingdom to the Philippines.
Her designs recognize the value of research-based initiatives from LEED Certification and Pebble Partnerships to Magnet Recognition, and her ability to balance the science and art of architecture has led many of her projects to win design awards; all of her projects are well publicized. Ms. Woodworth is a noted speaker at healthcare and architectural conferences. Her professional affiliations include: board certification by the American College of Healthcare Architects, elected to the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for Arts & Health where she serves as Development Co-Chair, member of the Academy of Architecture for Health and American Institute of Architects since 1993, and inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in 1976. Ms. Woodworth’s success has been in achieving designs that meet her clients’ goals, but on a personal level she believes her role is to translate ideas into form for the client and the team so that ultimately the end user benefits.