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Sam Hawgood named 10th chancellor of UC San Francisco

University of California President Janet Napolitano announced that her choice for the 10th chancellor of UC San Francisco is Sam Hawgood, the UCSF School of Medicine dean who emerged from a national search as the top candidate after leading the campus in an interim role.

Sam Hawgood

Sam Hawgood has been named the 10th chancellor of UCSF.

Hawgood, 61, a highly accomplished scientist, educator and physician with a strong record of leadership, succeeded Susan Desmond-Hellmann as interim chancellor on April 1, 2014. Since then, he has overseen the $4 billion UCSF enterprise, which, in addition to the renowned medical school, includes nationally top-ranked schools of dentistry, nursing and pharmacy, as well as a graduate division and affiliated hospitals.

The UC Board of Regents will vote on Napolitano’s selection, which was announced July 9, and the terms of the appointment on July 17 in a special session at the conclusion of the regents’ regular bi-monthly meeting.

“Sam Hawgood has served UC San Francisco exceedingly well for three decades — as a researcher, physician and leader,” Napolitano said. “As interim chancellor, he has advanced initiatives in both basic and clinical science, as well as precision medicine.

“He has demonstrated,” she said, “that he possesses the mix of vision, curiosity and empathy essential to the dynamic leadership required to move this already stellar UC institution to even greater heights. When a rigorous, far-reaching search lands on a candidate from within, it demonstrates the fundamental strength of the institution.”

As dean of the School of Medicine, Hawgood has led an organization with an operating budget of more than $1.7 billion, nearly 8,000 faculty and staff, and about 3,655 medical and graduate students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral scholars.

Under his leadership, the school became the top medical school in the nation in research funding from the National Institutes of Health ($439.6 million in 2013), with many of its departments also leading the nation in their fields. In that time, the school also became the only medical school in the nation to rank in the top five in both research and primary-care education in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual assessment of graduate schools.

The school’s clinical faculty is known widely for world-class medical care through its practice in the top-ranked UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital (newly merged with Children’s Hospital Oakland), Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, and the San Francisco Veterans’ Administration Medical Center.

Hawgood has served as dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and as vice chancellor for medical affairs since September 2009, after assuming the role of interim dean in December 2007. He previously had chaired the Department of Pediatrics, having first served in an interim role. He also served as associate director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute.

See the complete story, which includes links to Hawgood’s biography and other press coverage.


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