The leading university exclusively focused on health, UC San Francisco is driven by the idea that when the best research, the best education and the best patient care converge, great breakthroughs are achieved.
A hallmark of its excellence is UCSF's spirit of collaboration that is carried through its partnerships across the campus and the world in pursuit of its advancing health worldwide™ mission.
Its faculty include five Nobel laureates, who have made seminal contributions to advance the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cell research.
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, who is considered one of “top 50 most powerful women in business," became UCSF chancellor in August 2009. She is the first woman and ninth chancellor to lead the University since it was founded in 1864.
Prior to taking the helm at UCSF, Desmond-Hellmann, who was trained at UCSF, spent 14 years as a leader at the biotech giant Genentech, as the company became the nation's No. 1 producer of anti-cancer drug treatments.
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All four UCSF professional schools, virtually all UCSF graduate programs, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital consistently rank among the best in the country, according to the latest surveys by US News & World Report.
From the heart of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, UCSF is central to the optimism, energy and innovation that contribute to the quality of life and economic vitality of the entire nine-county region.
As the second-largest employer in San Francisco, UCSF employs about 22,800 faculty and staff and generates nearly 17,000 additional jobs in the local community through its construction and expenditures, as well as local purchases by employees, students and visitors, according to a 2010 economic impact report.
Founded nearly 150 years ago, UCSF is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.
UCSF's clinical enterprise is recognized nationally for its leading health care providers, who work together as a team to develop new treatment approaches and to achieve the best outcomes. They are among the nation’s leading experts in virtually all specialties, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, immunological disorders, HIV/AIDS and organ transplantation, as well as specialty services for women and children. People from all parts of the United States – and from across the world – come to UCSF to receive life-saving health care services.
UCSF Medical Center has two major sites at Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses and serves as a referral center for patients requiring highly specialized medical care that involves advanced and complex procedures. The medical center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital together have 722 licensed beds and generate about 763,000 outpatient visits per year. In 2015, UCSF will open a medical center at Mission Bay dedicated to serving women, children and cancer patients.
UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital are ranked among the best hospitals in the US.
With a history of strong operating performance and clinical innovation, UCSF Medical Center has continually ranked among the best hospitals in the country, according to the US News & World Report annual survey.
Mental health services at UCSF are provided by Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospitals and Clinics, the clinical arm of Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI). LPPI is among the nation’s foremost resources for comprehensive and compassionate patient care, research and education in the mental health field.
The UCSF Dental Center provides comprehensive dental services, ranging from routine to sophisticated oral health procedures, at 14 clinics located at three sites in San Francisco.
UCSF also serves the city’s vulnerable populations at its affiliates San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center as well as several health care facilities, including St. Anthony Free Clinic, Buchanan Dental Center and Glide Health Services.