Who's Who in the "Future of UCSF" Working Group

Members to Consider New Governance, Financial Model for UCSF

By Lisa Cisneros

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, has named 13 leaders to the "Future of UCSF" working group to evaluate new options for UCSF’s governance and financial relationships with the University of California system.

The working group, which represents leaders from UC, UCSF and business, will be co-chaired by Sam Hawgood, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, and Nathan Brostrom, executive vice president for Business Operations at the UC Office of the President.

Here are the members in alphabetical order:

Gene Block

Gene Block, who became chancellor of UCLA on Aug. 1, 2007, oversees all aspects of the campus' three-part mission of education, research and service. A champion of public universities, Chancellor Block serves on several leading national associations and advisory boards, including as chairman of the board of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities, the nation’s oldest higher education association. He holds UCLA faculty appointments in psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and in physiological science in the College of Letters and Science. He specializes in circadian biology, which deals with the functioning of 24-hour rhythms in higher organisms. Read more


Nathan Brostrom


Nathan Brostrom, executive vice president for Business Operations at the UC Office of the President, serves as chief administrative officer for the University of California system. He is responsible for the UC systemwide budget, facility construction and maintenance, real estate management, human resource administration, institutional advancement and information technology support. He also oversees the budget and administration of the Office of the President, including the ongoing restructuring process. Brostrom joined UC in 2006 as vice chancellor for Administration at UC Berkeley. Before that, he spent 10 years as managing director and manager of the Western Region Public Finance group for JPMorgan. Read more


William De La Peña


William De La Peña, MD, is a professor of ophthalmology, and founder and medical director of the De La Peña Eye Clinics throughout Southern California. After graduating first in his class at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, he completed his residency in Ophthalmology at UC Irvine. He is founder and president of the Fundacion Oftalmologica De La Peña, and the founder and chairman of the Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, non-profit organizations dedicated to the education of ophthalmology throughout the world. He was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Regent to the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, and served as a Special Delegate to the United Nations. De La Peña was appointed as a UC Regent in 2006 by Gov. Schwarzenegger to a 12-year term. Read more


Sam Hawgood


Sam Hawgood, MBBS, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs, graduated with First Class Honors from the University of Queensland in Australia and trained in pediatrics with a sub-specialty interest in neonatology. He moved to UCSF in 1982 as a research fellow with Lasker Award winner, John Clements, MD, the scientist who discovered surfactant in the late 1950’s. Hawgood has received continuous funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health. He has been an associate director of the CVRI since 1997, and was chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of the UCSF Children’s Hospital from 2003 to 2009. Hawgood is currently president of the UCSF Medical Group, the faculty plan representing more than 1,000 physicians at UCSF. Read more


Mary Anne Koda-Kimble


Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy since 1998, is recognized as a leader of PhD science education and research, collaboration among disciplines and innovation across the academic landscape. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Before earning a degree, she was accepted to the doctor of pharmacy program at UCSF and graduated with a PharmD in 1969. In 1970, she joined the UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty. She taught pharmacy students, nurses, and physicians. Koda-Kimble rose through the faculty ranks in leadership at UCSF while pioneering the profession as a clinical pharmacist. As a result, pharmacists began to work side-by-side with physicians and nurses to provide direct care to patients and consultation to patients' families. Read more


Mark Laret


Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital since April 2000, is a 30-year veteran of health care management and a national leader in health care initiatives and reform. In 2011, he was elected by his peers as chairman of the board of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Laret oversees the medical center's hospitals and clinics that generate about 770,000 patient visits a year and $1.6 billion in annual revenue, successfully leading the enterprise after the failed merger with Stanford. UCSF Medical Center is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation and the best in Northern California. Prior to joining UCSF, Laret worked at UCLA Medical Center from 1980 to 1995, holding a variety of leadership positions. Read more


Nathan Brostrom


Robert “Bob” Newcomer, PhD, chairman of the UCSF Academic Senate, is a professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Medicine in the UCSF School of Nursing. He has focused on studies of health and community service expenditures among long-term care recipients, occupational injury among personal care workers, and assisted living. Newcomer also has done extensive work in care coordination and managed care. He is currently a co-principal investigator on a study conducted in collaboration with the State Department of Health Care Services developing a longitudinal database that includes Medicaid claims, home care and other assessments. Read more


Bill Oberndorf


Bill Oberndorf, serves as chairman of the UCSF Foundation and is a founding partner of SPO Advisory Corp., which is an owner of a number of businesses in a broad range of industries with an asset orientation. He is chairman of the board of Aggregates U.S.A. and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and director emeritus of Plum Creek Tiber Co. Oberndorf is also co-founder, board member and past chairman of the Alliance for School Choice, a nationwide organization that works to bring about K-12 education reform and expand school choice for low-income families. Oberndorf also serves as a trustee of  the Thacher School, University School in Cleveland, Ohio and former trustee of Williams College. He has a M.B.A. degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and B.A. degree from Williams College.


John Plotts


John Plotts, senior vice chancellor for UCSF Finance and Administration, came to UCSF in January 2010 after spending 14 years at UC’s Office of the Presidentv where he was assistant vice president for financial management. Prior to joining the University in 1996, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and held progressively responsible positions in various financial and administrative roles in private industry. Plotts serves as the campus chief business officer, managing a large, complex portfolio of central responsibilities at UCSF, including resource management, budget, information technology, human resources, accounting and capital planning, capital projects and facilities management. Read more


Leslie Tang Schilling


Leslie Tang Schilling is a UC Regent and founder and director of Union Square Investments Company, a commercial real estate investment and management firm. Prior to that, she was assistant manager of the real estate department at the Chartered Bank of London. Schilling also serves as director of Tristate Holdings, Ltd., and KOA Holdings, Ltd. Schilling serves as a member of the UCSF Foundation and Women's Forum West, and as a commissioner of the Asian Art Museum. She is co-founder of Toys for the Tenderloin and is a director the Committee of 100. Schilling was appointed as a UC Regent in 2005 by Gov. Schwarzenegger to complete a 12-year term ending in 2013. Read more


Lloyd “Holly” Smith Jr


Lloyd “Holly” Smith Jr., MD, a professor and chairman emeritus of the UCSF Department of Medicine, serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Board, a group of visionary advisers, from academic and corporate backgrounds and across many industries, to provide guidance and intellectual resources to the UCSF leadership team and Chancellor. Smith joined UCSF as chairman of the Department of Medicine in 1964 and led the department through a period of exceptional growth, including many faculty who went on to be leaders in their fields. He was chairman of the department when he decided to admit then-Susan Desmond into the medical residency program from the University of Nevada, Reno.


John “Jack” Stobo


John “Jack” Stobo, MD, was named senior vice president of Health Sciences and Services at the UC Office of the President in September 2009. In this role, Stobo reports directly to the president and has responsibility for the academic health education and clinical care functions of the UC system.He has four decades of leadership in the clinical and academic health science fields. Prior to joining UC, Stobo was a professor of medicine and executive director for academic programs at the University of Texas system in Galveston. In addition, he held the John P. McGovern, MD, Distinguished Chair in Oslerian Medicine. Stobo was president of the University of Texas Medical Branch, a major academic health center and the third-largest hospital in the Galveston/Houston area. Read more


Peter Taylor


Peter Taylor has served as executive vice president of Budget and Capital Resources at the UC Office of the President (UCOP) since April 2009. Before joining UCOP, Taylor has held a number of senior positions in investment banking, most recently at Barclays Capital, where he served as managing director of public finance. He has been responsible for all West Coast infrastructure financing operations, including the oversight of 15 investment bankers. Prior to Barclays Capital, Taylor served in senior positions in other large, complex organizations including with GTE California in the telecommunications business. Taylor is a graduate and active alumnus of UCLA and was a former alumni representative on the UC Board of Regents. Read more