Areas of Emphasis & Mentors

The program has identified seven areas of emphasis that capitalize on local expertise, while welcoming participation from any scholar whose work touches upon women’s health. BIRCWH mentors come from many UCSF departments and KPNC DOR sections.

Mental health, addiction and cognition

  • Lyndsay Avalos, KPNC DOR, Women's and Children's Health & Behavioral Health and Aging
  • Lisa Croen, KPNC DOR, Women's & Children's Health
  • Elise Riley, UCSF Medicine, HIV/AIDS
  • Sarah Roberts, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn
  • Connie Weisner, UCSF Medicine, Psychiatry
  • Kristine Yaffe, UCSF Medicine, Psychiatry

Infectious diseases

  • Craig Cohen, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn & Institute for Global Health Sciences
  • Monica Gandhi, UCSF Medicine, HIV/AIDS
  • Phyllis Tien, UCSF Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Environmental health

  • Paul Blanc, UCSF Medicine, Occupational Medicine
  • De-Kun Li, KPNC DOR, Women's & Children's Health
  • Tracey Woodruff, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn

Women's cancers

  • Laura Esserman, UCSF Medicine, Surgery/Radiology
  • Laurie Habel, KPNC DOR, Cancer
  • Karla Kerlikowske, UCSF Epi/Biostat & Medicine
  • George Sawaya, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn
  • Elad Ziv, UCSF Medicine, Genetics

Reproductive health across the lifespan

  • Claire Brindis, UCSF Medicine, Pediatrics & Institute for Health Policy Studies 
  • Philip Darney, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn
  • Diana Greene Foster, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn
  • Cynthia Harper, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn
  • Miriam Kuppermann, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn

Metabolism and bone health

  • Assiamira Ferrara, KPNC DOR, Women's & Children's Health
  • Erica Gunderson, KPNC DOR, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Conditions
  • Alka Kanaya, UCSF Medicine, General Internal Medicine
  • Wendy Katzman, UCSF Medicine, Physical Therapy
  • Joan Lo, KPNC DOR, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Conditions; UCSF Medicine, Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Julie Schmittdiel, KPNC DOR, Health Care Delivery & Policy
  • Dolores Shoback, UCSF Medicine, Endocrinology & Metabolism

Social determinants of health

  • Nancy Adler, UCSF Medicine, Psychiatry
  • Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, UCSF Medicine, Epi/Biostat
  • Carol Camlin, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn & Global Health Sciences
  • Elena Fuentes-Afflick, UCSF Medicine, Pediatrics
  • Monica McLemore, UCSF Nursing, Family Health Care Nursing
  • Ushma Upadhyay, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn