UCSF Beats

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.

Faculty seeking coverage of pending papers should alert the appropriate representative as soon as a paper has been accepted by a journal, in order to allow time for a UCSF news release to be drafted. With only rare exceptions, news releases will only be written if they can be issued under embargo, at least three days in advance of publication, in order to encourage media coverage.

Click on the subject list below to determine which public information professional to contact. For areas outside of these beats, please email or call ([email protected] or 415.476.1407).

Kimberly Wong
415-476-2557
Carol Hyman
415-476-2557
Abigail Mortimore
Interim Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-8810
Paula Murphy
415-476-2557
John Watson
415-734-2019
Jeff Miller
Laura Lane
Jeffrey Norris
Senior Public Information Representative (Retired)
Position open. Please contact UCSF Public Affairs at 415-502-6397 for beat support.
Camille Mojica Rey
415-476-2557
Christopher Vaughan
415-476-2557
Kathleen Masterson
Lauren Hammit
Senior Public Information Representative
415-502-9553
Stephanie Levin
415-476-2557
Jennifer O'Brien
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs
415-476-8432
Joan Aragone
415-476-2557
Kevin Boyd
Janet Warnert
559-499-6400
Jyoti Madhusoodanan
Kate Vidinsky
Leslie Harris
415-476-2557
Vanessa deGier
415-476-2557
Valerie Tucker
Communications Officer, J. David Gladstone Institutes at UCSF
415-734-2019
Eve Harris
415-476-2557
Nancy Chan
Rebecca Sladek Nowlis
415-476-2557
Sandi Gettys
415-476-2557
Sharon Brock
Twink Stern
415-476-2557
Stephen Gonzales
415-734-2019
Lordelyn del Rosario
415-476-2557
Rachel Tompa
Linda Gebroe
415-476-2557
Mitzi Baker
415-476-2557
Judi Baker
Michael Fortes
Kirsten Michener
Kate Volkman Oakes
Bill Gordon
415-476-2557
Arezu Sarvestani
Social Media Manager
Jason Bardi
Derek Deike
News Assistant
415-476-1407
Phyllis Brown
415-476-2557
Carol Fox
415-476-2557
Mike Billings
Managing Editor, Digital Communications
Kevin Eisenmann
Steve Tokar
Jeff Norris
Amy Pyle
News Director
415-476-8254
Liese Greensfelder
415-476-2557
Nina Bai
Web Writer
Juliana Bunim
Jeff Sheehy
Shipra Shukla
Lisa Cisneros
Senior Director, Strategic Communications
415-476-3256
Maureen McInaney
415-476-2557
Leland Kim
Robin Hindery
Michele Davis
Assistant Director, Community Relations (Mission Bay campus; San Francisco General Hospital)
415-476-3024
Abby Sinnott
415-476-2557
Patricia Yollin
Andrew Schwartz
Karen Knowles-Pearce
Community Relations Representative (Parnassus and Laurel Heights campuses)
415-476-8431
Wallace Ravven
Anthony Riberi
Senior Drupal Developer - Chapter Three
(415) 480-4030
Kate Rauch
Erica Holt
415-476-2557
Louise Chu
Executive Director, Digital Communications
415-476-4937
Daniel Oshiro

+ Allergies

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Anatomy

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Arthritis, Rheumatology, Lupus (clinical)

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Autoimmunity

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Biochemistry and Biophysics

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative
Jason Alvarez
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Bioethics

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Bioinformatics

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Biotechnology

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Budget and Finance

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163
Kristen Bole
Director – Clinical Communications, Public Affairs
415-476-2743

+ Cancer (Basic Research)

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative
Jason Alvarez
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Cancer (Clinical)

Elizabeth Fernandez
Senior Public Information Representative
415-514-1592

+ Cardiology

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Center for Health Care Value

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163
Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Center for Vulnerable Populations at SFGH

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Dentistry

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Dermatology

Elizabeth Fernandez
Senior Public Information Representative
415-514-1592

+ Diabetes (Basic Research)

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Diabetes (Clinical)

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Diversity Center (Health Related)

Elizabeth Fernandez
Senior Public Information Representative
415-514-1592

+ Education

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Emergency Department

Elizabeth Fernandez
Senior Public Information Representative
415-514-1592

+ Endocrinology

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Family and Community Medicine

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Gastroenterology

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ General Internal Medicine

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Genetics (Basic Research)

Jason Alvarez
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Genetics (Big Data/Global Trends)

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Geriatrics

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Gladstone Institutes

Diane Schrick
Communications Associate
415-734-2538
Anne Holden
415-734-2534

+ Global Health Sciences

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Health Policy

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ HIV/AIDS

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Hospitalists

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Immunology

Jason Alvarez
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Industry Partnerships

Kristen Bole
Director – Clinical Communications, Public Affairs
415-476-2743
Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Infectious Diseases

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Integrative Medicine

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Memory and Aging Center

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163
Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Microbiology

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Nephrology

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Neurology (Basic Research)

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Neurology (Clinical)

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Neuroscience

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Neurosurgery (Basic Research)

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Neurosurgery (Clinical)

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Nursing

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Obesity/Nutrition (Adult)

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Ophthalmology

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Orthopaedics

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Otolaryngology

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Pain/Pain Management

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Palliative Care

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Patient Safety

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Pediatrics

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Pharmacy

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Pharmacy (Clinical)

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Philanthropy

Pete Farley
Director of Communications for Research and Education
415-502-4608
Kristen Bole
Director – Clinical Communications, Public Affairs
415-476-2743

+ Physiology

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Precision Medicine

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative
Kristen Bole
Director – Clinical Communications, Public Affairs
415-476-2743
Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Primary Care

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Psychiatry (Basic Research)

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Psychiatry (Clinical)

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Pulmonary Medicine (Basic Research)

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Pulmonary Medicine (Clinical)

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ QB3 (Leadership)

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative
Kristen Bole
Director – Clinical Communications, Public Affairs
415-476-2743

+ Real Estate and Campus Planning

Kristen Bole
Director – Clinical Communications, Public Affairs
415-476-2743
Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163

+ Sleep Disorders

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Smoking/Tobacco

Elizabeth Fernandez
Senior Public Information Representative
415-514-1592

+ Stem Cells

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Surgery

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Telomeres/Telomerase

Nicholas Weiler
Senior Public Information Representative

+ Transplant

Scott Maier
Senior Public Information Representative
(415) 476-3595

+ Traumatic Brain Injury

Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals

Melinda Krigel
Director, Media Relations, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
Suzanne Leigh
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-2993

+ Urology

Elizabeth Fernandez
Senior Public Information Representative
415-514-1592

+ Women's Health (Ob/Gyn)

Elizabeth Fernandez
Senior Public Information Representative
415-514-1592

+ Women's Health (Reproductive)

Laura Kurtzman
Senior Public Information Representative
415-476-3163