Exceptional Physician Awards

The Exceptional Physician Awards recognize select physicians for exemplary demonstration of UCSF Health’s values in their clinical practice and interaction with patients, faculty and staff.

2020 Exceptional Physician Awards Virtual Premiere

Check out the virtual awards ceremony for the Exceptional Physician Awards for 2020!


2020 Award Winners

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Sara M. Buckelew, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics

Adolescent Medicine Specialist

Director, Eating Disorders Program

Dr. Sara M. Buckelew is a specialist in adolescent medicine and a director of the UCSF Eating Disorders Program. Her focus is on caring for teenagers with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia. In research, she also focuses on eating disorders, as well as other topics in adolescent mental health. Buckelew earned her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and earned a master of public health degree from the University of California, Berkeley. At UCSF, she completed a residency in preventive medicine and public health, followed by a fellowship in adolescent medicine. She is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, and Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

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Carlos Uriel Corvera, MD

Professor & Chief, Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery

Chief, Surgical Oncology Program

Maurice Galante Distinguished Professorship in Hepatobiliary Surgery

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Carlos Corvera is chief of the Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery Program at UCSF Medical Center and a cancer surgeon at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. His expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of malignant as well as benign diseases of the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas. He specializes in complex conventional surgical procedures yet has also developed innovations in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgical techniques for the liver and pancreas. In his research, Corvera focuses on the mechanisms that underlie inflammation, thickening and scarring in the biliary tract. Corvera graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at UCSF. At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, he completed a clinical fellowship in surgical oncology as well as a fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery.

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April Edwell, MD

Pediatric Critical Care Fellow

Dr. April Edwell is a Pediatric Critical Care Fellow in her last year of training. Prior to fellowship, she completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency followed by a chief year at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her fellowship research project, which is supported by a T32 training grant, has explored communication between providers and families in the PICU, particularly with respect to Family Centered Rounds under the mentorship of Sandrijn van Schaik, MD PhD. She was invited to present that work internationally twice. In pursuit of a career as an Academic Educator, she is currently getting her Master’s in Education from the University of California, Berkeley where she is studying race and equity in Graduate Medical Education. She is deeply committed to addressing issues of structural inequity and injustice within the healthcare system, particularly in training programs.

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Elizabeth Gleghorn, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Hepatology/Nutrition

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Dr. Elizabeth Gleghorn, who goes by Beth, is a gastroenterologist who cares for children with all types of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. She has special expertise in issues related to pain, feeding and growth, and defecation. Providing care in both hospital and clinic settings, she works with the patient, family, and rest of the GI team to find the sources of symptoms and work out a treatment plan. She performs procedures, including endoscopy, and has training in hypnotherapy, which can be used to address some GI issues. She works closely with nurse practitioners, registered dietitians and social workers to meet the needs of individual patients and families and collaborates with other specialty clinics. Dr Gleghorn participates in the clinical research programs of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland GI unit, including Improve Care Now. Gleghorn earned her medical degree from Stony Brook University. She completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Gleghorn is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association; North American Society for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; and Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

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Maga Jackson-Triche, MD, MSHS

Professor of Psychiatry​

Dr. Jackson-Triche is the department's vice chair for adult psychiatry and the vice president for adult behavioral health services at UCSF Health. A graduate of the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine and the UCLA School of Public Health, Jackson-Triche has served in key leadership roles within the Veterans Health Administration network, including chief mental health officer for the VA Sierra Pacific Network, where she oversaw the mental health care services of a network covering more than one million veterans. In addition to her extensive clinical and administrative work, she has held academic appointments with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, and UC Davis School of Medicine.

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Chienying Liu, MD

HS Clinical Professor of Medicine​

Dr. Chienying Liu is an endocrinologist who cares for patients with thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules and other thyroid disorders. She also cares for patients with endocrine neoplasia (tumors of hormone producing glands, such as adrenal tumors, pheochromocytomas, paragangliomas, parathyroid tumors, and pituitary tumors). Liu's current research interests are evaluating the risk factors for distant metastases of thyroid cancer (cancer that has spread from its original location) and the effectiveness of radioactive iodine in treating it. Liu earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester. She completed her fellowship in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism at UCSF. Liu is a member of the Endocrine Society and American Thyroid Association. She enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellows. She received the John Karam MD Clinician Educator Award in 2014. In her free time, Liu enjoys active travel and believes that traveling and seeing the world make us better human beings.

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Chinwendu Onwubiko, MD, PhD

Pediatric Surgery Fellow

Dr. Chinwendu Onwubiko is a pediatric surgery fellow at UCSF (Mission Bay and Oakland Children's Hospitals). She completed her general surgery residency in Mississippi, followed by a pediatric endo-surgery fellowship at UAB. During residency she completed a pediatric surgery critical care fellowship and spent time doing research in pediatric trauma.

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Maulik Shah, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Neurology​

Dr. Maulik Shah is a neurohospitalist, a specialist in caring for hospitalized patients with neurological disorders. Among many other conditions, his expertise encompasses seizures and status epilepticus, autoimmune and infectious diseases involving the brain and spinal cord, and weakness due to dysfunction of peripheral nerves and muscles. He serves as medical director of UCSF's adult inpatient neurology services as well as the adult integrated transfer center, helping to coordinate the care of patients leaving the hospital to ensure their treatment plan is seamlessly carried forward. Shah's research focuses on understanding the unique needs of patients who are transferred to UCSF, including ways to optimize of the transfer process from one hospital to another and ensure a safe return to their own communities, including coordinated care plans. Shah earned his medical degree and master of health science degree from Yale School of Medicine. At UCSF, he completed a residency in neurology and a neurohospitalist fellowship. He enjoys teaching UCSF's neurologists-in-training and medical students, and now directs the UCSF neurohospitalist fellowship program. He is also involved in projects to improve quality and safety in several departments.

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Ana I. Velázquez Mañana, MD, MSC

Medical Oncology Fellow, Division of Hematology & Medical Oncology

UCSF Scholar, National Clinician Scholars Program at UCSF

Dr. Ana Velázquez Mañana is a medical oncology fellow at UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Dr. Velázquez completed her Internal Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City, where she also was a former Chief Resident. Dr. Velázquez is a proud native Puerto Rican and a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion. She has a long-standing commitment to serving vulnerable, underserved, and minority populations, which has led her to pursue a two-year postdoctoral fellowship as part of the inaugural cohort of UCSF National Clinician Scholars Program. Dr. Velázquez's interests focus on improving oncology care access and the quality of care delivered to underserved and racial minority patients with cancer. She currently studies gaps in care and unmet needs of diverse adults with lung cancer, supported by UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. In addition, she leads quality efforts at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the city's largest safety-net hospital, supported by ASCO and Stavros Niarchos Foundation three-year grant program on "Improving the Delivery of Cancer Care in Medically Underserved Communities."

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Emily von Scheven, MD, MAS

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology

Dr. von Scheven is a board-certified pediatric rheumatologist with a special interest in the long-term outcomes of children with chronic illness. She serves as Division Chief for Pediatric Rheumatology at UCSF where she cares for patients with all rheumatic conditions in the out-patient rheumatology clinic and also conducts a specialty clinic for children with lupus, which focuses on providing multidisciplinary care. Dr. von Scheven conducts clinical research on childhood lupus, osteoporosis, and transitions of care. Dr. von Scheven has achieved recognition nationally and serves as the President of the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA, the North American pediatric rheumatology network). She serves on the board of the Northern California Arthritis Foundation and is a member of their medical and scientific advisory committee. She also serves as the Director of UCSF Child and Adolescent Chronic Illness Center.

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Rosanna Wustrack, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery​

Dr. Rosanna Wustrack is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with musculoskeletal tumors and fragility fractures (breaks that happen during normal activities because bones have become weak). In research, Wustrack's interests include functional outcomes in cancer patients, osseointegration (bone growth that serves to secure a surgical implant) and optimizing treatment for patients when cancer has spread in the body. She also studies osteoporosis in cancer survivors as well as issues related to global health. Wustrack earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UCSF and fellowship training in musculoskeletal oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Jacob S. Young, MD

Neurosurgery Resident​

Dr. Jacob Young is a neurosurgery resident with an interest in neurosurgical oncology. In addition to his prior translational research investigating novel viral and immunological agents for the treatment of high grade gliomas, his clinical research focus is on optimizing functional outcomes and minimizing complications after surgery for intrinsic brain tumors, specifically by understanding the interaction between functional neural pathways and malignant cells. He works closely with mentors Manish Aghi, MD PhD, Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD, and Mitchel Berger, MD, on projects exploring these topics. Jacob’s research accomplishments include receiving the Peter Huttenlocher & Douglas Buchanan Prize and the Brain Research Foundation Award for Neuroscience from the University of Chicago and the Harold Rosegay Award from the San Francisco Neurosurgical Society for his work. His work has been funded by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Neurosurgery Research Education Fund. Furthermore, his clinical performance was recognized with the Krevan’s Award for Excellence in Patient Care at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital following the completion of his intern year and the Howard Naffziger Award for Outstanding Clinical Service and Care to Neurosurgical Patients at UCSF following the completion of his PGY-2 year.

Infectious Diseases Team Award

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Bryn A. Boslett, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Infectious Diseases Division

Medical Director, Ambulatory COVID-19 Response

Medical Director, UCSF 360 Wellness Center

Dr. Bryn Boslett is a physician who specializes in infectious diseases, with a clinical focus on HIV and Hepatitis C care. She joined UCSF in 2013 and currently practices at the 360 Wellness Center and the Infectious Diseases Faculty Practice. She also attends on the inpatient infectious diseases consultation service at the Moffitt-Long Hospital. Presently, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Medicine. Bryn's academic and research interests include medical education and innovation as well as mentoring. She is a coach in the UCSF School of Medicine, where she serves as faculty in the Clinical Microsystems Clerkship. She also serves as an instructor and small group leader for the Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation block in the School of Medicine. Bryn is also a member of the Resident Advising and Development committee.

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Sarah Doernberg, MD, MAS

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Medical Director, Adult Antimicrobial Stewardship

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Sarah Doernberg is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Medical Director of Adult Antimicrobial Stewardship at UCSF Medical Center. She has an active outpatient Infectious Diseases Clinic and sees inpatients on the Transplant Infectious Diseases service. Her clinical research focuses on healthcare-acquired infections and antimicrobial stewardship. She received her BA from Harvard University in Biology with a focus in Neurobiology and received her MD from Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at UCSF. She also received a Masters’ degree in advanced studies through the Training in Clinical Research Program at UCSF.

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Chaz Langelier, MD, PhD

Associate Medical Director, Hospital Epidemiology & Infection Prevention

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

University of California San Francisco

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Dr. Chaz Langelier is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Division of Infectious Diseases and Associate Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention. In addition, he works with the Infectious Diseases Platform at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. His translational research bridges basic science and clinical medicine through patient-oriented studies using metagenomics. His lab focuses on advanced infectious disease diagnostics, respiratory disease biology, surveillance of emerging pathogens, and tracking of infectious disease outbreaks. 

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Ann Petru, MD

Clinical Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health, UCSF

Co-Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Oakland

Infection Control Officer

Director, Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program

Chair, Medical Ethics Committee

Dr. Ann Petru is a specialist who cares for children with serious infections, including pediatric HIV and AIDS. Her professional interests include infection control and medical ethics. Petru earned her medical degree from UCSF. At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, she completed a residency in pediatrics, serving as chief resident, followed by a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. In her free time, Petru coordinates a local Masters Swimming program and participates in a book group made up of UCSF doctors. She enjoys talking to her neighbors and cherishes time with them and with her grandchildren.

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Lynn Ramirez, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Health

Medical Director, Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control

Dr. Lynn Ramirez, who joined the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Health in November 2014, serves as Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. In this role, she collaborates with nurses, physicians, and ancillary services to prevent hospital acquired infections including those related to invasive medical devices and Clostridium difficile. Dr. Ramirez provides patient care on the inpatient Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consultation service and in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic. She is involved in the care of immunocompromised pediatric patients and is a member of the UCSF Transplant Infectious Disease group.

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Deborah Yokoe, MD, MPH

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine

Medical Director for Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, Adult Services

Dr. Deborah Yokoe is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine. She is the Medical Director for Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention for the adult services and an attending physician on the Transplant Infectious Diseases consultation service. She has served as the co-chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on infection prevention and control issues. She is also a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Board of Trustees and will serve as the SHEA Vice-President in 2021, President-Elect in 2022, and President in 2023. Her research has focused on the development and evaluation of streamlined and reliable methods for performing surveillance for healthcare-associated infections, particularly surgical site infections (SSI), and she is an investigator in the CDC’s Prevention Epicenters research program.



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