Academy Committees

The Academy structure involves the following groups, charged with specific Academy functions and goals:

Leadership Council

This group’s main charge focuses on reviewing, developing and informing Academy leadership on policies, procedures and ensuring that those policies and procedures are aligned with the Academy’s mission and vision.

  • Ann Poncelet, MD, Chair
    Academy Director, Professor of Neurology
  • Raquel Rodriguez-Piscitello, Staff
  • Denise Connor, MD
    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair
  • Madhavi Dandu, MD, MPH
    Scholarship Chair
  • Gerald Hsu, MD, PhD
  • Katherine Julian, MD
    Excellence in Teaching Awards Action Group Chair
  • Anda Kuo, MD
    Advocacy and Communications Champion
  • Ellen Laves, MD
  • Conan MacDougall, PharmD
  • Josette Rivera, MD
    Innovations Funding Co-chair
  • Stacy Sawtelle, MD
  • Brian Schwartz, MD
    Membership Chair
  • Arianne Teherani, PhD
    Innovations Funding Co-chair 
Boyden Award Committee

The Boyden Committee manages the selection and recognition of the Academy's awards for excellence in service to education by UCSF staff in the School of Medicine and Office of Medical Education.

  • Stacy Sawtelle Vohra, MD, Chair
  • Karen Brent, Staff
  • Ivy Darden, MD
  • David Duong, MD, MS
  • Katherine Hyland, PhD
  • Ryan Laponis, MD
  • Marieke Kruidering, PhD
  • Valerie Margol
  • Twinkle Patel
  • Demian Rose, MD, PhD
  • Victoria Ruddick
  • Ram Vaderhobli, BDS, MS
  • Dawnee Wong
  • Lydia Zablotska, MD, PhD, MPA
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Academy Diversity and Inclusion Committee is charged broadly with: training the AME community in diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to education; partnering effectively with the broader diversity initiatives in the Center for Faculty Educators, Office of Medical Education, School of Medicine, and UCSF overall leveraging the mission, purpose, values, and strengths of the Academy; and, ensuring a culture of diversity and inclusion within the Academy with transparent and critical review our own diversity and inclusion.

  • Denise Connor, MD, Chair
  • Karen Brent, Staff
  • Alicia Fernandez, MD
  • Megha Garg, MD, MPH, FACP
  • Amy Garlin, MD
  • Michelle Guy, MD
  • Caitlin Hasser, MD
  • Harry Lampiris, MD
  • Phuoc Le, MD, MPH, DTM+H
  • Anna Meyer, MD, FACS, FAAP
  • Glenn Rosenbluth, MD
  • George Saba, PhD
  • Sarah Schaeffer, MD, MPH

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Innovations Funding Committee

The major task is reviewing new proposals for Innovation Funding, but also devising strategies for better oversight and assessment of the impact of innovations funds.

  • Josette Rivera MD, Co-chair
  • Arianne Teherani, PhD, Co-chair
  • Kathleen Land, Staff
  • Bobby Baron, MD
  • Christian Burke
  • Patricia Cornett, MD
  • Vanja Douglas, MD
  • Marla Ferschl, MD
  • Claire Horton, MD
  • Ed Kim, MD
  • Michele Long, MD
  • Sirisha Narayana, MD
  • Nardine Riegels, MD
  • Andreea Seritan, MD
  • Maria Wamsley, MD
  • Lori Weichenthal, MD
  • Leslie Zimmerman, MD
Membership Committee

The committee's primary responsibilities are to conduct the annual selection of Academy members and the membership continuation review process.

  • Brian Schwartz, MD, Chair
  • Kathleen Land, Staff
  • Nima Afshar, MD
  • Andre Campbell, MD
  • Anand Dhruva, MD
  • Jacque Duncan, MD
  • Christopher Fee, MD
  • Darren Fiore, MD
  • Ivan Gomez, MD
  • Cindy Lai, MD
  • Jyothi Marbin, MD
  • Erin Mathes, MD
  • Meg Pearson, MD
  • Steven Pletcher, MD
  • Ann Poncelet, MD
  • Nicole Schroeder, MD
  • Leslie Sheu, MD
Scholarship Committee

Responsible for the Academy's annual Education Showcase - where UCSF's faculty, residents, and students have a chance to showcase their projects (past, current, and future).

  • Madhavi Dandu, MD, MPH, Chair
  • Kathleen Land, Staff
  • Christy Boscardin, PhD
  • Sharya Bourdet, PharmD
  • Susannah Cornes, MD
  • Erick Hung, MD
  • Jeannette Lager, MD, MPH
  • Matthew Lin, MD
  • Marta Margeta, MD, PhD
  • Raga Ramachandran, MD, PhD
  • Sumant Ranji, MD
  • Stephanie Rennke, MD
  • George Rutherford, MD
  • Justin Sewell, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Rebecca Shunk, MD
  • Kristina Sullivan, MD
  • Larissa Thomas, MD
  • Ram Vaderhobli, BDS, MS
  • Sara Whetstone, MD, MHS
  • Naomi Wortis, MD
  • Tali Ziv, MD 
Advocacy and Communications Champions

In partnership with the director and staff, supports and facilitates the Academy's growth and evolution toward a more "outward facing" organization by engaging across Academy committees and member activities to network, connect, leverage and communicate important common aspects of Academy work. The champion will nurture and promote Academy outreach and advocacy for educators and the SOM educational mission by galvanizing Academy members' reach into and across departments; promoting engagement with Bridges and other important educational priorities; supporting new Academy initiatives for educators to "belong" to the Academy; and overseeing the Academy teaching awards.

  • Anda Kuo, MD
  • Michael Rabow, MD

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