Inquiry Faculty & Staff
Dr. Rita Redberg
Director, Inquiry Curriculum
Dr. Redberg joins the Inquiry Curriculum from the UCSF Division of Cardiology. Rita is Core Faculty for the Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and has research interests in the use of medical procedures and devices. She studies the regulatory process for medical devices and the strength of evidence that supports them, particularly high-risk devices, both before and after they are marketed. She is a strong proponent of high-quality data to support safety and effectiveness for medical devices, in order to provide the best quality and appropriate medical care and advice. Dr. Redberg has testified before Congress multiple times on these issues. In addition to her role as Director of the Inquiry Curriculum, Dr. Redberg has served as an Inquiry Advisor and participated as a mentor throughout her time at UCSF
Inquiry Curriculum, Manager
Core Inquiry Curriculum
Designing and Conducting Research
Inquiry Funding Office Faculty and Staff
Inquiry Student Advising
Dr. Kirsten Kangelaris is a hospitalist studying acute organ dysfunction in sepsis and, more recently, COVID-19. Her interests outside of research include mentorship and clinical research education. She leads her divisional Works in Progress group and serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine and as the Associate Director of the Academic Hospital Medicine Fellowship.
Dr. Sara Newmann is an OBGYN at ZSFG. She is a clinician, educator and researcher. She practices general Obstetrics and Gynecology and has expertise in family planning. She is a Bridges Coach and the OBGYN clerkship site director at ZSFG. Her research focuses in general on increasing access to contraception and abortion and specifically has focused on: cervical preparation for second trimester surgical abortion, integration of family planning and HIV services in Western Kenya, family planning and masculinities in Western Kenya and family planning for people experiencing homelessness.
Dr. Rita Redberg, a cardiologist, has research interests in health care policy, particularly relating to regulation of devices, and is an experienced student mentor and mentoring awardee. She serves as the Director of the Deep Explore Curriculum and Inquiry Advisors Board and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow working in the Senate in 2003-4 and the editor of JAMA Internal Medicine from 2009-2023.
Dr. Robert Rodriguez is the Vice Chair of Clinical Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine who practices in the ED at San Francisco General. His research interests include issues pertaining to trauma, critical care, infectious disease and health care access for underserved populations, especially immigrants. He served on the Biden/Harris Covid Advisory Board, as an advisor to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and has led multiple national teams examining Covid-19 vaccinations and treatments for populations whose primary health care access occurs in EDs. He has served as a mentor for over 160 learners, winning a number of awards, including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr award, CTSI resident mentor of the year and the American College of Emergency Physicians Humanitarian of the Year Award for California.
Dr. Alan W. Shindel graduated from the school of medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis in 2002. He completed his residency training in urology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2007. After completion of his residency he started a 3-year research and clinical fellowship in andrology (men’s reproductive and sexual health) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) under the direction of Drs. Tom Lue and Ira Sharlip. He joined the faculty of urology at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) in 2010 as an assistant professor of urology; he was promoted to associate professor of urology in 2014. His clinical practice at that time was devoted towards care of patients with sexual concerns, urinary tract symptoms, and chronic pain syndromes. During his time at UC Davis he served in numerous capacities on the medical school admissions committee and was director of the medical student rotations in urology. He was the Inaugural Editor in Chief for Sexual Medicine, an open access journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine from 2012 to 2015 and resumed these duties in 2020. In 2015 he left UC Davis to serve as a Medical Director at Genomic Health Inc, a manufacturer of genomic based tests for prostate cancer. After two years at Genomic Health Inc. Dr. Shindel returned to UCSF in 2017 as an Associate Professor of Urology and was promoted to Professor in 2021. He has served as a Coach for the UCSF BRIDGES Curriculum since 2018.
Dr. Chris Stewart in addition to his career as a pediatrician specializing in child abuse, is an expert in global health and in violence and trauma, Dr. Stewart has been involved in a number of international projects including works in Vietnam that earned him the UCSF Chancellor's Award for Public Service. He is the former Pathways Board Chair and also former Director of the Global Health Pathways to Discovery Program.
Dr. Elizabeth (Liza) Wick is a practicing colorectal surgeon and interested in understanding how to effectively improve surgical care delivery through a combination of local surgical quality improvement efforts and pragmatic trials that aim to help us how optimize care. She enjoys mentoring and engaging learners in perioperative quality improvement and enjoys participating in the Inquiry Program both as an advisor and mentor.