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BSFO welcomes UC Health doctors for a COVID-19 vaccine panel on Friday

(From left to right) Dr. David Tom Cooke, Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Dr. Malcolm John and Dr. Kim F. Rhoads will join Dena Bullard, M.H.S., for an upcoming BSFO COVID-19 vaccine panel.

This Friday, Feb. 12, at 2:30 p.m., the Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) has partnered with the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations to present the third episode in its popular “COVID-19 We Need to Talk Series.” This event, “R U Taking the Vaccine?” brings together a panel of esteemed UC scientists to talk about racial disparities in COVID-19, the effect of vaccine hesitancy on communities of color, and the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Moderator: Dena Bullard, M.H.S., UC Health
As senior coordinator of University of California Health Academic Science Programs, Dena has worked at UCOP since 2004, providing systemwide oversight and coordination of health sciences and workforce planning, program and policy issues for UC’s health professional schools. She has conducted extensive research and written several reports about statewide health workforce shortages, and was a primary author of the recent report, “Disrupting the Status Quo – Special Report of the UC Health Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.” Her background is in public health with a focus primarily on the health needs of medically underserved populations.

Panelist: David Tom Cooke, M.D., F.A.C.S., UC Davis Health
Dr. Cooke is an associate professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He is chief of the Division of General Thoracic Surgery, associate director of Cardiothoracic Robotic Surgery, director of the General Thoracic Surgery Robotics Program, and vice-chair for faculty development and wellness for the Department of Surgery.  Dr. Cooke specializes in the surgical treatment of malignant and benign lung and esophageal disease and is a national leader in robotic thoracic surgery. His research focus is on patient engagement and health services research. Read Dr. Cooke’s perspective on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting communities of color.

Panelist: Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., M.D., M.A.S., UCSF Health
Dr. Bibbins-Domingo is professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Lee Goldman, M.D. endowed professor of medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine, where she is also the inaugural vice dean for population health and health equity. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo cofounded the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, which generates actionable research to increase health equity and reduce health disparities in at-risk populations in the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California and nationally.

Panelist: Malcolm John, M.D., M.P.H., UCSF Health
Dr. John, an expert in infectious diseases, is a professor at the UCSF School of Medicine and director of the UCSF HIV/AIDS Program — one of the most comprehensive HIV and AIDS treatment programs in the country. In addition to his work at UCSF, Dr. John is an HIV consultant for Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Dr. John’s research addresses molecular and immunologic components of diseases associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV) in HIV-infected patients, particularly among African-Americans. He also studies differences in HIV care and outcomes among African-Americans.

Panelist: Kim F. Rhoads, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., UCSF Health
Dr. Rhoads is an associate professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine. Her background and scholarly work cross the full cancer continuum, from research in endothelial cell regulation and angiogenesis, to clinical care as a colorectal surgeon, to research in cancer disparities, to health policy. Prior to UCSF, Dr. Rhoads founded the Community Outreach and Engagement Program for the Stanford Cancer Institute. She views community engagement and institutional partnerships as substantive pathways to promote health equity and eliminate disparities.

Join us

What: BSFO and UCSF COVID-19 We Need to Talk Series: Part 3 Panel – “R U Taking the Vaccine?”
When: Friday, Feb. 12, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

For questions regarding this event, contact Ghanya Thomas or Latascha Magness-Cotton.

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