COVID-19 Information for Journalists

UCSF and UCSF Health are actively responding to the COVID-19 emergency in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of our experts are busy and are not able to immediately speak with media. If you want to speak with our experts, please contact [email protected].

Due to health and privacy concerns, we are unable to provide access to patient areas in our clinical settings.

At this time, we are unable to give information about individual cases. All inquiries about the COVID-19 cases in San Francisco should be directed to the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

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UCSF Health nurses Stessi Cattrell (left) and Lisa Mogannam on March 7 work to set up one of the Accelerated Care Units at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights location. Photo by Noah Berger

Interviews and Consents

If you would like to cover a story involving UCSF experts, patients, research or clinical programs, please see the team’s beats and contact information as well as guidelines. You can also contact us directly at [email protected].

Interviews at UCSF

If you are interested in arranging phone or on-site interviews (including photo or video shoots) with UCSF faculty or staff, please contact the Public Affairs representative who covers the topic you are interested in.

The Public Affairs team will work with you to obtain necessary clearance for on-site visits. Stories involving UCSF Health patients require advance HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) consent, as required by federal law, as well as clearance for entering patient care areas. We can provide you with background information and recommend additional sources for your stories.

A member of the Public Affairs team must accompany all reporters on campus.

Patient Consent/Condition

UCSF Public Affairs is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Under HIPAA (the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), we are required to obtain written authorization from a patient or a patient’s parent/guardian before media interviews are arranged. If written consent is not available, we will not disclose a patient’s medical status. UCSF guidelines for that process are available here.

Entering Patient Care Areas

As a specialty hospital, we care for critically ill patients. In some situations, reporters may be required to present documentation of flu- or other inoculations prior to entering certain clinical areas, or to wear a medical mask. As with other visitors, members of the media with active flu symptoms or other infectious disease will not be allowed into patient areas. Reporters who will be on campus more than two weeks will need to comply with the long-term visitor policy, which requires the same proof of inoculations required of all UCSF staff and contractors, to protect both patients and visitors.

Public Affairs Staff

Each member of the UCSF Public Affairs team oversees a wide array of beats, serving as the first point of contact for reporters seeking experts and faculty and staff seeking public relations advice. For areas outside of these beats, please email or call the News Assistant at [email protected] or 415-502-6397.

Public Affairs Team

Jennifer O’Brien  |  Assistant Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs  |  Profile
[email protected], 415-476-8432

 

Clinical News

Kristen Bole  |  Director, Clinical Communications  |  Profile
[email protected], 415-476-2743

Lorna Fernandes  |  Senior Public Information Representative  |  Profile
[email protected], 415-502-6397

 

Research News

Pete Farley  |  Director, Research and Education Communications  |  Profile
[email protected], 415-502-4608

Jason Alvarez  |  Senior Public Information Representative  |  Profile
[email protected], 415-502-6397

Beat Areas

Beats are listed alphabetically. For areas outside of these beats, please email or call the News Assistant at [email protected] or 415-502-6397.

Aging
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

AIDS and HIV
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Arthritis
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research:  Jason Alvarez  |  [email protected], 415-502-6397

Biomedical Engineering
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Breast Cancer
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Budget
Clinical:  Kristen Bole  |  [email protected], 415-476-2743

Campus Life
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Campus Planning, Construction and Facilities
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Cancer
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592
Research:  Jason Alvarez  |  [email protected], 415-502-6397

Chancellor
Jennifer O’Brien  |  [email protected], 415-476-8432

Colon and Rectal Cancer
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Community Involvement
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Dermatology
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Diabetes
Clinical:  Lorna Fernandes  |  [email protected], 415-502-6397
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Digital Health
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Diversity
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Drugs and Alcohol
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Environmental Sciences
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Epidemiology
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Family Medicine
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Gene Editing and CRISPR
Research:  Jason Alvarez  |  [email protected], 415-502-6397

Genetics and Genomics
Research:  Jason Alvarez  |  [email protected], 415-502-6397

Global Health
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Health Informatics
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Heart and Vascular
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Hospital Medicine
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Immunology
Research:  Jason Alvarez  |  [email protected], 415-502-6397

Infectious Disease
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Integrative Medicine
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Leukemia
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

LGBT
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Lung and Pulmonary
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Lung Cancer
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Marijuana and Cannabis
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Mental Health
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Microbiome
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Multiple Sclerosis
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Neurology
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Neurosciences
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Nutrition
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Obesity
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy
Clinical:  Lorna Fernandes  |  [email protected], 415-502-6397

Osteoporosis and Bone Health
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Pain
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Palliative Care
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Partnerships and Alliances
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Pediatrics and Children's Health
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland: Lorna Fernandes  |  [email protected], 415-502-6397

Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Prostate Cancer
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Psychiatry
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Public Health
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Public Policy and Government
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Radiology
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Reproductive Health
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Skin Cancer
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Sleep
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Smoking and Tobacco
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Stem Cells
Research:  Nick Weiler  |  [email protected], 415-476-8255

Stress-Related Conditions
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Student Life
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Surgery
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

Sustainability at UCSF
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Toxicology
Research:  Laura Kurtzman  |  [email protected], 415-476-3163

Transplants
Clinical:  Suzanne Leigh  |  [email protected], 415-476-2993

UCSF Health
Clinical:  Kristen Bole  |  [email protected], 415-476-2743

Urology
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Vision
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

Women's Health
Clinical:  Elizabeth Fernandez  |  [email protected], 415-514-1592

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