Four Professors to Receive Distinguished Teaching, Mentoring Awards

The Academic Senate has announced this year’s recipients of the Distinction in Teaching and the Distinction in Mentoring Awards.

The UCSF community is invited to attend the Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. in Cole Hall on the Parnassus campus.

The Academic Senate award recipients for 2010 are as follows:

  • The Distinction in Teaching Award for faculty at UCSF five years or fewer will go to S. Andrew “Andy” Josephson, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Neurology in the School of Medicine, Department of Neurology.
  • The Distinction in Teaching Award for faculty at UCSF more than five years will go to Nora Goldschlager, MD, professor of Clinical Medicine in the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology.
  • The Distinction in Mentoring Award for faculty at the associate rank will go to Louise Walter, MD, associate professor In Residence in the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics. 
  • The Distinction in Mentoring Award for faculty at the rank of full professor will go to Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH, professor of medicine in the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. 

Recipients of the Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Awards and the Distinction in Mentoring Awards will be honored by UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, at the annual Founders Day Banquet on Thursday, April 29.

Teaching Award Recipients


The Academic Senate Committee on Academic Personnel designates a selection committee comprised of faculty and student representatives from all four schools to select each year’s recipients of the teaching awards.

S. Andrew Josephson

A neurologist who specializes in neurovascular and neurologic disorders, Josephson cares for general neurology and stroke patients at UCSF Medical Center as well as those in the stroke clinic. He is the director of the UCSF Neurohospitalist Program and medical director of the Inpatient Neurology Service.

After graduating from Stanford University, Josephson earned a medical degree at Washington University in Saint Louis. He completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at UCSF, where he was chief resident. He also completed fellowships in neurovascular neurology (stroke) and behavioral neurology at UCSF.

Josephson’s research interests include cognitive impairment after stroke, the contribution of stroke to dementia, and the quality of hospital care for patients with neurological disorders. He is a co-course director for the first year Brain, Mind, and Behavior course and is a member of Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF.

Nora Goldschlager

Goldschlager is a native of New York City and a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine. She received her internal medicine training at Montefiore Hospital Medical Center in New York and Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan. Her first-year cardiology fellowship training was at the Department of Medicine of Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Her second-year cardiology fellowship training was completed at the Presbyterian Hospital of Pacific Medical Center, now California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco. Goldschlager serves as the Chief of Clinical Cardiology at San Francisco General Hospital, where she is the director of the Coronary Care Unit, ECG Laboratory and Pacemaker Clinic. 

Goldschlager is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, master in the American College of Physicians, fellow of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association, and fellow in the Heart Rhythm Society. She is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has written or edited 10 books.

While reveling in being a general clinical cardiologist, Goldschlager has a longstanding interest in cardiac arrhythmias, electrocardiography and electrophysiology. She enjoys working with students of medicine at all levels and sees the brightest of futures in her specialty.

Mentoring Award Recipients


The Distinction in Mentoring Award Selection Committee, which is appointed by the Academic Senate Committee on Committees, selects the mentors. 

Louise Walter

Louise Walter is a clinician-researcher in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics and is the co-director of the UCSF Geriatrics Research Program. Her research is focused on how age and health affect the use and outcomes of cancer screening in older patients to better inform individualized screening decisions. 

Through her high-impact publications and policy work, she has become a national leader in evaluating the real-world risks and benefits of cancer screening in older patients. She is currently the principal investigator on a Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development grant to determine the use and outcomes of colorectal cancer screening in older adults and the principal investigator on an National Cancer Institute R01 grant to determine the downstream consequences of prostate-specific antigen screening in older men. 

Walter is a mentor for students, fellows, and junior faculty interested in aging research through the UCSF Division of Geriatrics and the Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program, and she is a faculty mentor through the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Career Development (KL2) Program. In addition, she is an associate editor for the new JAMA series of articles, “Care of the Aging Patient: From Evidence to Action.” 

Walter received her MD from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1995. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatrics at UCSF. She joined the UCSF faculty in July 2001, and she is a staff physician at the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Ralph Gonzales

Gonzales is professor of medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics. He attended medical school and completed his internal medicine residency at UCSF. Gonzales has been on faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine since 2001. He has been involved in clinical research training and career development of fellows and faculty at UCSF through his own research in practice innovations and quality improvement, as well as through his leadership in two key training programs at UCSF: the General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship (2003-2005) and the CTSI KL2 Career Development Program in Clinical and Translational Research (2005-present); as well as the UCSF Program in Implementation and Dissemination Sciences. 

Gonzales has provided senior mentorship to trainees and faculty across a variety of UCSF schools and departments, and he continues to provide mentorship to trainees who have relocated to other institutions.

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