Focus Areas and Mentors

The program has identified seven areas of special interest 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 Kaiser Permanente Division of Research sections.

Mental health, addiction and cognition

  • Elise Riley, UCSF Medicine, HIV/AIDS
  • Sarah Roberts, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn, ANSIRH
  • Connie Weisner, UCSF Medicine, Psychiatry
  • Kristine Yaffe, UCSF Medicine, Psychiatry

Infectious diseases

  • Craig Cohen, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn, 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, Kaiser Research, Women & Children's Health           
  • Tracey Woodruff, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn        

Women's cancers

  • Laura Esserman, UCSF Medicine, Surgery/Radiology  
  • Laurie Habel, Kaiser Research, Cancer        
  • Karla Kerlikowske,  Medicine          
  • Elad Ziv, UCSF Medicine, Genetics   

Reproductive health across the lifespan

  • Claire Brindis, UCSF Pediatrics, Institute for Health Policy Studies 
  • Philip Darney, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Bixby Center         
  • Diana G. Foster, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn, ANSIRH     
  • Deborah Grady, UCSF Epi/Biostats and Medicine, Women's Health Clinical Research Center          
  • Cynthia Harper, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn,    
  • Tina Raine-Bennett, Kaiser Research, Women's Health

Metabolism and bone health

  • Assiamira Ferrara, Kaiser Research, Women & Children's Health           
  • Erica Gunderson, Kaiser Research, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Conditions    
  • Alka Kanaya, UCSF Medicine          
  • Wendy Katzman, UCSF Medicine, Physical Therapy     
  • Dolores Shoback, UCSF Medicine, Endocrinology/Metabolism   

Social determinants of health

  • Nancy Adler, PhDm UCSF Medicine, Psychiatry    
  • Carol Camlin, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Global Health Sciences    
  • Shari Dworkin, UCSF Nursing, Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Elena Fuentes-Afflick, UCSF Medicine, Pediatrics    
  • Ushma Upadhyay, UCSF Medicine, Ob/Gyn