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Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, Appointed Associate Dean for Admissions at the UCSF School of Medicine

Dr. Albert Succeeds David Wofsy, MD, in July 2020
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Michelle AlbertMichelle A. Albert, MD, MPH has been named associate dean for admissions at the UCSF School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Albert, professor of medicine, will succeed David Wofsy, MD, who will retire in June after 15 years of outstanding service in this position.

A physician, epidemiologist and national leader in general cardiology, Dr. Albert established and directs the UCSF CeNter for the StUdy of AdvertisTy and CardiovascULaR DiseasE (NURTURE Center). The Center develops innovative strategies to curb adversity related to cardiovascular disease risk, particularly in women and racial/ethnic minorities. She is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC). She received the prestigious American Heart Association (AHA) Merit Award in 2018 for visionary research – the first woman and underrepresented minority physician to receive this award. She has authored more than 100 publications.

Dr. Albert has decades of experience supporting the recruitment and success of aspiring physicians and residents at Harvard University, Columbia University and Howard University. In addition, she is known across the nation as an outstanding and generous mentor of medical students, residents and junior faculty. In recognition of this outstanding mentorship, Dr. Albert received the Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Heart of Women’s Health Credo Award.

Dr. Albert brings a wealth of experience as a physician-leader, a dedicated mentor and a researcher focused on addressing adverse social determinants of health to this role. She is perfectly positioned to lead the recruitment of a diverse group of students who will go on to become the physician scientists, clinicians, educators, and policy makers of the future.

Catherine Lucey, MD

School of Medicine Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Education

“Dr. Albert brings a wealth of experience as a physician-leader, a dedicated mentor and a researcher focused on addressing adverse social determinants of health to this role. She is perfectly positioned to lead the recruitment of a diverse group of students who will go on to become the physician scientists, clinicians, educators, and policy makers of the future,” said School of Medicine Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Education Catherine R. Lucey, MD. “We’re thrilled to have her join our team.”

Prior to joining UCSF in 2015, Dr. Albert was the Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed P Professor/Chair and Chief of Cardiology at Howard University. She completed her MD degree at the University of Rochester, her residency at Columbia University, and her fellowship and MPH at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she rose in the ranks to become associate professor in Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Chemistry. Over the next eight months, Dr. Albert will be working closely with Dr. Wofsy to ensure the seamless transition of the admissions program.

“Thanks to Dr. Wofsy’s leadership, UCSF has been able to recruit a remarkably talented and diverse community of learners. We are grateful for his leadership and look forward to Michelle continuing this legacy,” Dr. Lucey said. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, the school is planning a retirement celebration in June. “I’m honored and humbled to be following in the footsteps of Dean Wofsy, who has had such an amazing impact on our school,” Dr. Albert said. “It will be a privilege to work with our remarkable Admissions Committee to recruit the next generation of UCSF physicians – people who will be prepared to use science and compassion to improve the lives of our patients and their communities.”