Faculty Mentoring Program

Who Mentored You?

We would like to showcase the impact that UCSF faculty mentors have had on the lives of UCSF faculty. Send us a brief paragraph that highlights how your mentor has made a difference in your life. Your story will be posted here and a mentoring pin will be sent to the honored mentor.

Submit your story!



Susan Folkman, PhD

"I had the good fortune of participating in the UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) mentoring program for early-career faculty back when I was starting out as an assistant professor at UCSF. Susan Folkman kindly agreed to be my mentor in the program." Read More

Submitted by Tor Neilands, PhD, Professor of Medicine on behalf of Susan Folkman, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine



Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH and Louise Walter, MD

" ...Ken [Covinsky] is the most outstanding mentor that I have ever had and I owe him a great deal for the tremendous role he has played in fostering my career development..." Read More

Submitted by Louise Walter, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics on behalf of Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics



Lisa Bero, PhD

"Lisa [Bero] provided me with both research and personal support while I was a postdoctoral fellow, but probably most importantly, helped me write my first grant, which was responsible for my promotion to an assistant professor appointment at UCSF" Read More

Submitted by Dorie Apollonio, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy on behalf of Lisa Bero, PhD, Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy



Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD

A. Eugene Washington, MD, MSc

"I was fortunate to be mentored by Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD, and Gene Washington, MD, MSc...They helped me establish my research career and taught me invaluable lessons about collaborating with other investigators." Read More

Submitted by Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics on behalf of Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine; A. Eugene Washington, MD, MSc, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Jay Tureen, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics



Catherine Chesla, RN, DNSc, FAAN

"...Kit [Chesla] has shown me the path, and provided the consultation that I needed to succeed in this system...her unfailing support and guidance has given me the confidence to attempt new challenges, recover from disappointments, and persist in efforts toward meeting my goals..." Read More

Submitted by Roberta Rehm, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Family Care Nursing on behalf of Catherine Chesla, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Professor and Vice Chair, Family Health Care Nursing



Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN

"...I had never experienced such generosity of spirit from a colleague. I have since seen many such proposals, and have obtained my own RO1 funding...but the course towards that success was set in motion by Dr. Benner's colleagueship, generosity, and inspiring mentorship..." Read More

Submitted by Betty Davies, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor, Family Health Care Nursing on behalf of Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences



Jane A. Weintraub, DDS, MPH

"...Dr. Weintraub gives generously of her time and expertise to mentees at all stages of their careers, and it is by her example that I now try to mentor my own students. Best of all, Dr. Weintraub's compassion and guidance has blossomed into a lasting friendship..." Read More

Submitted by Susan Hyde, DDS, MPH, PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences on behalf of Jane A. Weintraub, DDS, MPH, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences



Sally Marshall, PhD

"I was one of the lucky junior faculty to tremendously benefit from [Sally Marshall's] wise and unselfish guidance. To me, she was not only offering the much needed advice on how to succeed academically, but was also there for the moral and psychological support which I so much needed for succeeding in my academic career as a single mother." Read More

Submitted by Octavia Plesh, DDS, MS, Professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Science on behalf of Sally Marshall, PhD, Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs



Kathryn A. Lee, PhD, RN, FAAN

"...through a careful and thoughtful process [Dr. Lee] worked with me to build a program of research, disseminate findings, and develop university relationships that would foster my success..." Read More

Submitted by Holly Powell Kennedy, PhD, CNM, FACNM. Associate Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing on behalf of Kathryn A. Lee, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing



Michael Winter, PharmD

"I first came into contact with Mike Winter, PharmD when he gave two clinical correlate lectures in a pharmacokinetics course. His enthusiasm and insight inspired me, and I decided that I was interested in a career in clinical pharmacokinetics. " Read More

Submitted by Peter J. Ambrose, PharmD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy on behalf of Michael Winter, PharmD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy



Linda Chafetz, RN, DNS

"Seeing Linda [Chafetz's] ability to identify people's strengths and nudge them into situations where they can develop their capability has helped me to understand the heart of being a mentor." Read More

Submitted by Beth Phoenix, RN, PhD, CNS, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Community Health Systems on behalf of Linda Chafetz, RN, DNS, Professor, Department of Community Health Systems



Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD

"I have enjoyed an incredible degree of success in obtaining NIH funding, and I attribute this to the skills I obtained directly from Bob[Hiatt], and the confidence I developed as a direct result of his confidence in me. One could not ask for more." Read More

Submitted by Rena J. Pasick, DrPH, Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine on behalf of Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD, Co-Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics



Dorothy Perry, RDH, PhD, MS and Gwen Essex, RDH, MS

"I feel unequivocally that without [Dr. Dorothy (Dabby) Perry’s] guidance, advice and support I would not have the career I enjoy so much." Read More

Submitted by Gwen Essex, RDH, MS, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences on behalf of Dorothy Perry, RDH, PhD, MS, Associate Dean for Education and Admissions, School of Dentistry



Donna Ferriero, MD

"I have been incredibly fortunate to have Donna Ferriero as a mentor. Her generosity of spirit and unwavering support has greatly influenced my career." Read More

Submitted by Yvonne Wu, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology on behalf of Donna Ferriero, MD, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology



Virginia (Ginger) Carrieri-Kohlmann, RN, DNSc, FAAN

"Dr. Carrieri-Kohlmann’s program of research on dyspnea has been an essential guide for me in my own insomnia research, and I greatly appreciate her for her wisdom and all those times she has been there for me." Read More

Submitted by Kathryn Lee, RN, PhD, FAAN, CBSM, Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing on behalf of Virginia (Ginger) Carrieri-Kohlmann, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing



Cherrie B. Boyer, PhD

"Cherrie B. Boyer, PhD has been a true role model by setting very rigorous standards for research but at the same time providing me the careful constructive critique, expertise, and unwavering support to meet those high standards." Read More

Submitted by Loris Y. Hwang, MD, Research Fellow and Instructor, UCSF Division of Adolescent Medicine on behalf of Cherrie B. Boyer, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine.



Kevin Mack, MD

"Dr. Kevin Mack’s mentorship of me has been a model of the kind of mentor I would like to be to my mentees—someone who warmly shares his own career successes and challenges, generously opens his home, and graciously discloses the challenges of balancing one’s professional and personal spheres." Read More

Submitted by Amin Azzam, MD, MA, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry on behalf of Kevin Mack, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry



Kristine Yaffe, MD

"Dr. Kristine Yaffe has been an incredible mentor to me over the past 10 years…She has a remarkable ability to quickly digest complex material and offer specific, constructive comments that lead to vast improvements in the quality of my work." Read More

Submitted by Deborah E. Barnes, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry on behalf of Kristine Yaffe, MD, Professor in Residence Department of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology and Biostatistics .



Lowell Tong, MD

"[Dr. Lowell Tong] has seen me from the earliest days of my residency, through a research fellowship, additional graduate training, and now (finally) as I have begun my faculty career. As with any great mentor, his singular goal has been to help me achieve my own desires and passions, rather than his." Read More

Submitted by Amin Azzam, MD, MA, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry on behalf of Lowell Tong, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry



Loma Flowers , MD

"I have learned many important lessons from Loma [Flowers], including the value of building community as a way to improve mentoring at UCSF. She is a terrific role model." Read More

Submitted by Alma Martinez, MD, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics on behalf of Loma Flowers, MD, Department of Psychiatry



Karin Vargervik, MD

"[Dr. Karin Vargervik’s] dedication to her patients and to the students and staff has been exemplary and her passion for the care of craniofacial patients has given me a path to follow." Read More

Submitted by Snehlata Oberoi, BDS, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Orofacial Sciences on behalf of Karin Vargervik, DDS, Professor, Department of Orofacial Sciences


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