Exceptional Advanced Practice Provider Award Winner Profiles

2023 Award Winners


Lisa Catalli, MSN, NP3

Co-Founder of Behavioral Resources and Intervention through Digital Group Education (BRIDGE) to Liver Health
Department of Hepatology

Lisa was nominated for being an exceptional clinician with a focus on hepatology, particularly hepatitis C (HCV) and fatty liver disease. She co-created and co-directs the groundbreaking Behavioral Resources and Intervention through Digital Group Education (BRIDGE) program, revolutionizing liver health through telehealth interventions. Serving as Principal Investigator for BRIDGE and participating in numerous research studies and clinical trials, Lisa has made significant contributions to the field. Her role as a DeLIVER Van clinician addresses HCV treatment accessibility for vulnerable populations. 


Stephanie Feng, MSN, MBA, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner
Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology

Stephanie's nomination highlighted her as a financial steward, excelling in practice efficiency and waste reduction while achieving high RVU statistics. Her business background and collaborative efforts with clinical leadership have significantly boosted APP volume and productivity, leading to substantial revenue generation without compromising quality. She serves as a mentor and educator, actively contributing to onboarding new APPs and elevating practice standards through innovative use of medical record systems. 


Ariel Jack Joves, MS, ACNP

Nurse Practitioner
Department of Neurology, Neurohopitalist Division

Ariel was nominated for his clinical prowess in neurohospitalist care. Over the past two years, he has excelled in managing patients with complex discharge planning needs, streamlining their transition to the next level of care. Ariel's lumbar puncture skills are unrivaled, making him a sought-after resource for both patients and resident training. His proactive approach to discharge planning, particularly for patients returning to under-resourced communities, showcases his dedication to equitable patient care. Additionally, Ariel's adeptness in navigating the medical system expedites crucial aspects of patient treatment.


Alexandria Ludlow, MSN, WHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Alexandria's nomination recognizes her exceptional work as an NP in Women's Health, notably in establishing a specialized Postpartum clinic, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to patient well-being. Her expertise in Breastfeeding medicine has positioned her as a key leader in the department, valued for her guidance. Alexandria actively addresses the pressing concern of maternal mortality, particularly among vulnerable patients, through innovative, patient-centered postpartum care, even offering weekend sessions for accessibility. Her contributions have significantly improved patient experiences and outcomes in Women's Health.


Sian Mara, PA

Senior Physician Assistant
Department of Urology

Sian's nomination is a testament to her exceptional skills and dedication as a surgical educator. She has played a pivotal role in more than a thousand complex surgical cases, showcasing her mastery of the Intuitive da Vinci robotic devices - and even initiated and led inclusive training programs for Residents in the use of this cutting-edge technology, resulting in improved patient outcomes and elevating the Department of Urology's standards. Sian's proficiency extends to the introduction and successful implementation of the da Vinci Single Port robotic surgical platform in 2021, a milestone achievement for UCSF.


Megan Rathfon, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN

Coordinator, Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, 
Division of Geriatrics

Megan was nominated for her exceptional leadership as the head of the ACE unit, characterized by her dedication to patient-centered care and her ability to inspire a multidisciplinary team. Her influence extends beyond the unit, where she actively educates and supports colleagues, fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Megan's leadership has led to transformative changes and improved outcomes for older adults, showcasing her commitment to their well-being. Megan's role as a preceptor and educator further demonstrates her leadership in advancing geriatric education within the healthcare system.


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