Board of Directors

Chris Stewart
Christopher C. Stewart, MD, MA

Chair, Pathways to Discovery Board of Directors
Director, Global Health Pathway
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Christopher Stewart is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the UCSF School of Medicine. He received his BA from Yale University, a Masters in Asian Studies from Keio University in Japan, his MD degree from Harvard and completed a pediatric residency at UCSF. He is Director of Inpatient Pediatrics at San Francisco General Hospital, is a child abuse specialist, and directs a clinical rotation in forensic child abuse, as well as directing a county child abuse prevention project.  Dr. Stewart directs the UCSF/UCB Fogarty/NIH Frameworks program, which accepts multidisciplinary teams of students from the four UCSF schools (medicine, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy) early in their training to develop and work on projects abroad. He has been involved in a variety of international projects, including work in Viet Nam, for which he was awarded the UCSF Chancellor's Award for public service in 2004. He has given numerous lectures abroad, and has administered training programs in child and neonatal health in international settings, including Asia, Central America, and Africa.  In 2009 she was awarded Velji Award for Teaching Excellence in Global Health (Global Health Education Consortium) for his global health educational work. Show more.

Peter Chin-Hong
Peter Chin-Hong, MD

Director, Clinical and Translational Research Pathway
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Peter Chin-Hong specializes in treating infectious diseases, particularly infections that develop in patients who have suppressed immune systems, such as solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients and HIV+ organ transplant recipients. He holds the Academy of Medical Educators Endowed Chair for Innovation in Teaching. He also directs the immunocompromised host infectious diseases program at UCSF as well as the Designing Clinical Research courese. His research focuses on human papillomavirus, Chagas disease and other donor derived infections in transplant recipients, and viral and fungal infections in patients with suppressed immune systems.

He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University, before completing an internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at UCSF, where he is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Pathways to Discovery Program in Clinical and Translational Research for the school of medicine. He holds the Academy Endowed Chair for Innovation in Teaching. Show more

Anna Bakardjiev, MD

Co-Director, Molecular Medicine Pathway
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Anna Bakardjiev is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Microbial Host and Pathogenesis Program at UCSF. She received her medical training in Germany at the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover. In 1996 she immigrated to the United States, completed her residency training in pediatrics at UCSF in 2000, and did fellowship training in infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital Oakland. She decided to join Dr. Daniel Portnoy’s laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001 for post-doctoral training and was awarded the Pediatric Scientist Development Award followed by a K08 award for her proposed studies on the pathogenesis of the facultative intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. She joined the faculty at UCSF in 2007. The underlying question of her research is how pathogens infect the mother and fetus. She developed a transplacental model of listeriosis in guinea pigs as a post-doctoral fellow and branched out to utilize primary human placental organ and cell culture systems as well as other pathogens, e.g. Toxoplasma gondii, in her own laboratory at UCSF. Show more

Erick Hung, MD

Director, Curricular Affairs, Graduate Medical Education
Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Erick Hung is the Director of the Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, the Director of Curricular Affairs for GME for the UCSF School of Medicine, and a member of the Academy of Medical Educators. He completed his medical school, psychiatry residency, and forensic psychiatry fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco and joined the faculty at UCSF in 2009. He has held past leadership positions as the Associate Chief of the Mental Health Service and Director of the Telemental Health Program for the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He actively teaches in the areas of risk assessment, medical education, forensic psychiatry, and ethics. His interests include primary care and mental health integration, the interface between mental health and the legal system, inter-professional collaboration and training, HIV psychiatry, LGBT mental health, and medical education. His educational scholarship interests include competency-based assessment and near-peer learning in the workplace setting. Show more.

Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH

Co-Director, Resource Allocation Program for Trainees
Associate Professor of Medicine

Urmimala Sarkar MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital’s General Medicine Clinic. Dr. Sarkar’s research focuses on patient safety in outpatient settings, including adverse drug events, missed and delayed diagnosis, and failures of treatment monitoring, health information technology and social media to improve the safety and quality of outpatient care, and implementation of evidence-based innovations in real-world, safety-net care settings. She has been the co-director of RAPtr (Research Allocation Program for Trainees) since 2012. In addition to her research, Dr. Sarkar serves as the co-director for the San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Residency’s Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, and Leadership Curriculum with Dr. Claire Horton, and mentors trainees in both research and quality improvement projects. She is responsible for coordinating ambulatory morbidity and mort ality conference at the General Medicine Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, with the UCSF medicine quality and safety chief resident. Dr. Sarkar’s undergraduate degree is from Stanford University and she attended UC San Diego School of Medicine. She holds a masters in public health from UC Berkeley. Dr. Sarkar completed her residency training in internal medicine and her general medicine research fellowship at UCSF prior to joining the faculty in 2008. Show more.

Dan Lowenstein
Daniel Lowenstein, MD

Co-Director, Resource Allocation Program for Trainees
Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology

Daniel H. Lowenstein is Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Director of the UCSF Epilepsy Center, and Director of Physician-Scientist and Education Training Programs for the UCSF School of Medicine.

Dr. Lowenstein received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1973, an M.S. degree in Man-Environment Relations from The Pennsylvania State University in 1978, and an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1983. Following an internship in Pediatrics at UCSF in 1983-84, he completed his residency in Neurology at UCSF from 1984-87, serving as Chief Resident in the final year. He then did a two-year fellowship in Stanley Prusiner's Laboratory, investigating the sequence homology of the PrP gene in various rodent species. He went on to become a faculty member in the Department of Neurology at UCSF, established the UCSF Epilepsy Research Laboratory, and was the Robert B. and Ellinor Aird Professor of Neurology from 1998-2000. He then joined Harvard Medical School (HMS) as the Dean for Medical Education for two and a half years, overseeing a re-organization of curricular governance, the creation of a new educational technology program, the establishment of the HMS Academy (a novel structure for the support of the school’s education mission), and the initial planning for a major revision of the curriculum. Show more

Catherine Lucey
Catherine R. Lucey, MD

Vice Dean for Medical Education

Catherine R. Lucey is the Vice Dean for Education at the UCSF School of Medicine, where she oversees  undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, continuing medical education, faculty development, educational research and instructional technology.

A graduate of the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University, Dr. Lucey completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. She then served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital.  Her career as a clinician educator has spanned 25 years and five different academic institutions.  Show more

Susan Masters
Susan B. Masters, PhD

Associate Dean for Curriculum

Dr. Masters has served as Associate Dean for Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical Education (UME). In this role, she helps lead the continuous evolution of the curriculum, while collaboratively managing the everyday work of UME, particularly in advising students about curricular paths and preparing the MSPE. Prior to this, as a professor in the UCSF department of cellular & molecular pharmacology (CMP), Dr. Masters oversaw the department’s professional student teaching program and played a vital part in the transformation that has taken place in medical education at UCSF over the last 15 years. She has been a key member of a community of educators who routinely cross traditional department/discipline boundaries to form creative collaborations. She has also pioneered the use of innovative educational technology. Having taught in three of the professional schools, she is well positioned to help expand interprofessional learning at UCSF. She has served internally in preparation for site visits and accreditation by the LCME, as well as externally as an LCME site visitor at other medical schools. She was a member of the UCSF team that participated in the Gates Foundation funded UCSF-Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences partnership in medical education. Show more

Kevin Souza
Kevin Souza, MS

Associate Dean for Medical Education

Kevin H. Souza serves as Associate Dean for Medical Education at the University of California, San Francisco, and was the founding director of the Office of Educational Technology (now Technology Enhanced Learning).  He has administrative responsibility over the medical education programs and programmatic oversight of educational technology and simulation activities in the school.

His professional interests include cultivating educational leadership, systems improvement, organizational development, strategic visioning, use of innovative and effective technologies in teaching and learning, including simulation and telemedicine; and the advancement of health worldwide through competency-based health professions education using appropriate technologies and educational methods. At UCSF he is currently involved in development of the new UCSF School of Medicine Bridges curriculum, which will training physicians who are well prepared to improve the health care system, and therefore the health of our communities.  Show more

Buck Strewler, MD

Director, Inquiry Curriculum
Professor of Medicine

Dr. Strewler will direct the Inquiry program in the Bridges curriculum.  He returns to UCSF from Harvard Medical School, where he directed the Scholars in Medicine program and served as Vice Chair for Education in the department of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Dr. Strewler graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School. He was an intern and resident at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the predecessor of Brigham and Women's. After clinical and research training in endocrinology-metabolism at the National Institutes of Health, he first joined the UCSF faculty in 1979. He is an expert in calcium and bone metabolism; in collaboration with Robert Nissenson, his laboratory identified, sequenced and cloned the parathyroid hormone-related protein, PTHrP, developed an assay to detect PTHrP in patients with hypercalcemia, and led the way to the understanding of its role in disease. He was Chief of the Endocrine Unit at the SFVAMC and also directed the UCSF Endocrinology Fellowship Program. Dr. Strewler returned to Boston in 1996. He was Chief of Medicine at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center (now part of the VA Boston Healthcare System) until 2001, when he became Master of the Walter Bradford Cannon Society, one of five learning communities in which Harvard medical students spend their academic lives.  Dr. Strewler will bring to bear his experience in student scholarship during the implementation phase of the Bridges Curriculum, succeeding Dr. Carrie Chen as the Director of the Inquiry Curriculum and Deep Explore element. Show more

Maria Wamsley, MD

Co-Director, Health Professions Education Pathway
Professor of Medicine

Dr. Wamsley is a general internist and a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine. She joined the faculty in the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine in 1996 where she directs student programs and sees primary care patients in the ambulatory setting. She has been involved in the HPE Pathway since its inception and currently serves as the Acting Director of the HPE Pathway. Dr. Wamsley is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and has expertise in faculty development. Along with a team of faculty, she developed the Teaching Observation Program, the peer observation and feedback program at UCSF. She co-leads the School of Medicine’s collaborations with the UCSF Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education (CIIPE) and co-chairs the UCSF IPE Curriculum Development Committee. Dr. Wamsley has extensive experience in developing, implementing and assessing curricula. She has expertise in the use of standardized patients for formative and assessment purposes with nationally disseminated teaching cases.  She is co-director for the PISCES Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship.

Naomi Wortis
Naomi Wortis, MD

Director, Health and Society Pathway
Associate Clinical Professor, Family & Community Medicine

Naomi Wortis is Director of UCSF’s Pathway to Discovery in Health & Society and Director of Community Programs and Associate Clinical Professor in UCSF’s Department of Family & Community Medicine (DFCM).  She has a clinical practice at San Francisco General Hospital, and she co-directs DFCM’s Community-Oriented Primary Care curriculum, a service-learning curriculum for family medicine residents. She helped found and now serves on the Council of UCSF’s Office of University Community Partnerships. This office promotes improvement in the quality of life throughout San Francisco communities by cultivating and sustaining strong, collaborative partnerships designed to eliminate health inequities and to model excellence in university and community engagement. She won the 2005 UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, a 2006 Hellman Family Award for Early Career Faculty, and the Vitamin Settlement Endowed Chair in Community Medicine III. Show more