News Services Staff

Jennifer O’Brien

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs






Kristen Bole

Assistant Director, Public Affairs


Senior Strategic communications for research, industry partnerships and campuswide initiatives, Translational research, Precision Medicine, Center for Health Care Value, QB3 leadership, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Budget and Finance, Development, Campus Planning, Real Estate and Finance, Animal Research, Campus crises, Awards


Karin Rush-Monroe

Deputy Director, Public Affairs


Senior strategic communications for Medical Center and clinical enterprise, Counsel CEO Mark Laret and other senior leadership of UCSF Medical Center and the Dean of UCSF School of Medicine Sam Hawgood regarding the communication of clinical initiatives, business decisions and sensitive issues, Position executive leadership as national and regional industry thought leaders on such issues as the health care delivery marketplace and strategies to grow market share, and health care policy, Lead communications on major clinical initiatives, Opening of Medical Center at Mission Bay, Clinical enterprise Crises, Center for Health Care Value, Health Care Reform, Health Policy, Hospitalists, Patient Safety


Juliana Bunim

Senior Public Information Representative


Pediatrics (All Specialities), UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Clinical care and translational research,  Administration – counsel leadership on communications, Events/Issues, Psychiatry (clinical/translational), School of Dentistry (clinical, research, education, social/health policy), Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology



Pete Farley

Senior Public Information Representative


Neurology,  ALS , Parkinson's Disease, Neurovascular Disease and Stroke, Epilepsy, Alcoholism, Brain development and Learning and Memory, Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Neurosurgery, Pain,  Psychiatry (basic),  Cancer - basic research through translational, MB Hospitals opening, Biochemistry  and Biophysics, Autoimmunity (Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus), Anatomy, Nephrology, Physiology, Pulmonary Medicine (basic), Nephrology, Sensitive campus issues, Campus initiatives, Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine, Primary Care


Elizabeth Fernandez

Senior Public Information Representative


Cancer, clinical, translational, epidemiological research, including cervical cancer; bone marrow transplant, Women’s Health, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Obesity and Nutrition, School of Nursing  (Clinical, Research, Education), Smoking and tobacco-related issues  (including UCSF policy),  Emergency Department, Arthritis, Dermatology, Pulmonary (clinical), Sleep disorders, Surgery,  Urology, Diversity center (health related), Transplant (heart, lung, kidney, liver), Family and Community Medicine, Gastroenterology, 

Laura Kurtzman

Senior Public Information Representative


Memory and Aging Center (clinical and clinical research), Alzheimer's, Frontotemporal Dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Education, Center for Digital Health Innovation, Global Health Sciences, Reproductive Health (fertility, abortion, enviro health), Bioethics, School of Pharmacy, CTSI, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Campus Initiatives, Palliative Care, Integrative Medicine, Geriatrics

Jeffrey Norris

Senior Public Information Representative


Diabetes, including islet cell transplants, CVRI (basic), Telomeres and Telomerase, Connectome of the Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury/SFGH, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/VA, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Biochemistry/Biophysics, Genetics (basic), Microbiology and Immunology, Infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, Stem cells, Cell and Tissue Biology/Craniofacial&Mesenchymal Biology, QB3 research, Pharmacy research: Dept  of bioengineering and therapeutic sciences; Dept pharmaceutical chemistry; pharmacogen, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (SOM/SOP),  Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, Anesthesiology, Pathology and Lab Medicine, NIH Innovators/Transformative Awards, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, Allergies,