Heather Whelan, MD
Professor; School of Medicine Career Advising Program Co-Director
Heather Whelan is a Clinical Professor in Hospital Medicine at the San Francisco VA Medical Center/UCSF. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Russian Language at UC Berkeley, and her medical degree from UC Davis. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA-Olive View. She then completed a 2 year program in medical education at New York University, receiving a Masters of Science in Education. She currently maintains clinical, administrative, and educational roles. She is a Bridges Coach, longitudinally teaching, mentoring and advising small groups of medical students throughout their time in medical school at UCSF. She is a Faculty Career Advisor for medical students in the School of Medicine, advising medical students on career exploration, selection of career path and residency applications, as well as co-creating a longitudinal career development curriculum. In addition, she is a faculty trainer for the UCSF Diversity, Equity and Inclusion faculty and staff Ambassador trainings. Clinically, she provides direct care of medical and surgical patients and supervises residents on the medicine ward teams at the San Francisco VA. Her interests include mentorship; career development; diversity, equity and inclusion; climate change and health impacts and healthcare sustainability.
2017 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
MSc, 2008 - School of Education, NYU
MD, 1999 - School of Medicine, UC Davis
Honors and Awards
UCSF Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF, 2013 AOA, UC Davis, 1997