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Message from the President
I encourage all of us, as clinical faculty members, to become more involved in this association that serves us. Get to know the ACF representatives in your department. Consider taking on a leadership role by joining the administrative council. With your participation, the ACF can be worthy of the passion you bring to your work.
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An active member of the UCSF clinical faculty for 31 years, Nachtigall has consistently brought a humanistic approach to his practice, his research and his teaching. His clinical expertise has been recognized at the highest professional levels. Just as important, it has been passed on to an entire generation of UCSF medical students and house staff who can make his good practices their own.
Bob Franklin is one of those people who loves to get up and go to work. As a family physician at San Francisco’s Southeast Health Center, Franklin treats some of the city’s poorest and most underserved residents. “It’s why I went into medicine,” he says. “I wanted to do something important for people who had nowhere else to go.”
Say the word “dive” to Dr. Allen Dekelboum, and his face lights up. As someone who has averaged about a hundred scuba dives a year for the last three decades, he has seen much of the world underwater. As one of the top otolaryngologists in the country, he has cultivated an unparalleled expertise in ears, nose and throat (ENT) health.
Dr. Denys, Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, is the 2011 winner of the Charlotte Baer Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. Since his early days in Belgium, Denys has lived his life with purpose, always moving forward and continuing on what he calls a lifelong journey of learning. Trained at one of the best medical schools in Europe, Belgium’s University of Leuven, Denys discovered early on that he wanted to become a neurologist.
For Dr. Juan Guerra, taking his grandparents to their doctors appointments in the 1970s meant so much more than giving them a ride. Having immigrated from El Salvador to the United States in 1967, Guerra was his grandparents’ translator and witness to a medical system that didn’t provide equal access to all. “Realizing that was powerful. It transformed my life in terms of pursuing a career.”