Five UCSF faculty honored for excellence

By Erica Holt

Five UCSF faculty members have been named for top honors for distinguished research and teaching.

Recipients of the awards, who have shown outstanding dedication to their disciplines and to their students, were selected by the UCSF Academic Senate.

Chancellor J. Michael Bishop will present the awards at the Founders Day banquet on Tuesday, April 27, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

## The recipients are:

* Faculty Research Lecturer: JAMES E. CLEAVER, PHD, has been named as the 47th annual lecturer in recognition of his scientific achievements. He is professor emeritus in the Departments of Dermatology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and is a member of the UCSF Cancer Center, where he serves as Program Leader in Cutaneous Oncology.  Cleaver is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular mechanisms of environmentally-induced and genetically-determined human cancers. He demonstrated as early as 1968 that cancer can be viewed as a genetic disease and his revolutionary work has led to breakthroughs in understanding the link between DNA repair efficiency and human disease. His work has resulted in more than 350 papers and reviews.

* Cleaver will give the Faculty Research Lecture during UCSF Founder’s Week on Monday, April 26, 3:30 p.m. in Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco. The lecture is open to the campus community and the general public.

* Distinguished Clinical Research Lecturer: MELVIN SCHEINMAN, MD, is the third faculty member to receive this annual award for outstanding clinical research. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the fields of electrophysiology and cardiology. Scheinman, a professor of medicine and the Walter H. Shorenstein Chair in Cardiology, has been credited with the discovery of catheter ablation. His research on this technique has led to remarkable advances in the treatment of arrhythmias and a better understanding of tachycardia mechanisms.

* Distinction in Teaching Award: This award, for those who have demonstrated exemplary and inspiring teaching, recognizes faculty in two categories: those who have taught at UCSF for five years or less, and those who have taught for five years or more.

* For five years or less, the award honors DOUGLAS R. FREDRICK, MD, associate clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. He is director of pediatric ophthalmology at both UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center. The focus of his research is improving the care of pediatric ocular diseases. Fredrick is the only department member to twice receive the Excellence in Teaching Award from residents in both 1996 and 2003.

* For five years or more, co-recipients of the award are BETTY-ANN HOENER, PHD, professor and vice chair in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, and KANU CHATTERJEE, MB, professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and the Ernest Gallo Distinguished Professor of Medicine.

* Hoener is the recipient of a record number of teaching awards for the UCSF School of Pharmacy and has received national recognition for her innovative and interactive teaching methods. She directs and coordinates “Pharmacokinetics for Pharmaceutical Scientists,” a major one-week course in which she is considered one of the best lecturers. Hoener’s research focuses on the transport and metabolism of drugs.

* Chatterjee has spent the last three decades educating generations of cardiologists and uses bedside rounds to teach students, staff, and patients alike. He is best known as an educator and practitioner, but has made a tremendous contribution to the study of cardiology with more than 300 publications and 95 book chapters. His research focuses on hemodynamics in patients with acute heart failure, valvular heart disease, and chronic heart failure.

The campus community and friends of UCSF are invited to attend the Founders Day Banquet on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 pm at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. The cost of the event is $70 per person. For more information, call (415) 476-4454.