From the Dean
Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce this year's recipients of the annual Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine .

Please join me in congratulating:

The award, now in its 21st year, recognizes exceptional service to the School of Medicine. It is the school's most prestigious award, and provides an opportunity to celebrate our colleagues who embody the qualities and contributions exemplified by Holly Smith, MD , professor emeritus and former associate dean, who passed away in June 2018.
Based on their contributions, it is clear that this year's winners embody Holly’s innovative spirit, unwavering devotion to leading by example, commitment to sustaining UCSF's position as a world-class institution, and accomplishing all of the above with humor and grace.
Throughout her career, Nancy has pioneered the field of liver transplantation and served as a beacon for women in surgery. Nancy was the first woman to perform a liver transplant. She started and cultivated the liver transplant program at UCSF and served as Chair of the Department of Surgery for 17 years. As chair, she transformed the surgery program into a place where women trainees and attending surgeons could thrive, through both her individual mentorship and systematic policy changes. The importance of Nancy's accolades lies not in their number or prestige, but in the fact that they have been unwavering, sustained, and centered around the greater good for the patients she cares for and the colleagues and trainees with whom she works and mentors.

Many of the successes of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) are due to the tremendous energy, creativity, and devotion of Rosalie. She has served in many roles and has always gracefully stepped in to care for patients. Whether she is serving in a nursing, human resources, financial, research, mentor, or advocacy role, she balances all of these perspectives with grounded wisdom, remains focused on serving our patients and stays true to our mission.

As Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the PhD program in history of health sciences, Aimee works on multiple fronts to improve our educational mission and to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is committed to improving UCSF's outreach and pipeline programs by diversifying and expanding our student population, many of whom will represent the next generation of UCSF faculty and researchers. Furthermore, by working with the Bridges leadership on medical school curriculum, she is helping to change the way we teach and cover issues that impact the delivery of healthcare. Throughout her work, Aimee never ceases to see the bright side of life, with the humor, irony, and repose that amount to true professionalism.
In his role as the Director of Research Administration and Revenue Management for the Department of Medicine, Jon has worked tirelessly to implement new research infrastructure programs to better support the research community and assumed oversight and improved performance of the professional fee billing efforts. What makes Jon a particularly capable leader is his ability to use data to conceptualize challenges and problem-solve strategically, while at the same time collaborating with all stakeholders to achieve outcomes.
Please click here to read more about the recipients and why they were chosen for this exceptional recognition.

It is our tradition to celebrate Nancy, Rosalie, Jon, and Aimee at Salute to Excellence, a reception and recognition for all School of Medicine employees. However, due to the pandemic and guidelines for group gatherings, we have postponed the event to next year.

Please join me in congratulating these exceptional individuals, and thank you all for your commitment to making the UCSF School of Medicine a great place to work, learn, teach, and discover. 

Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD 
Dean, School of Medicine