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Town Hall to Focus on UCSF Response to Ebola Epidemic

By Lisa Cisneros

UC San Francisco Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, will lead a town hall meeting on Friday, Oct. 24 to discuss the University’s response to the Ebola epidemic.

The town hall is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on the Parnassus campus, in Health Sciences West, room 300. The presentation will also be streamed live to the entire UCSF community via the web.  The livestream also can be seen at these locations:

UCSF and the Ebola Response

Watch a livestream of the Town Hall on Oct. 24.

Learn more about how UCSF is responding to the Ebola crisis.

  • Medical Sciences, Room S-214, Parnassus campus
  • Herbst Hall, Mount Zion campus
  • Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, Mission Bay campus

In addition to the chancellor, other speakers will include:

  • Catherine Liu, MD, an associate professor who specializes in infectious disease;
  • Adrienne Green, MD, an associate chief medical officer of UCSF Medical Center;
  • Tina Mammone, PhD, RN, patient care director in the Department of Nursing; and
  • Amy Nichols, RN, director of epidemiology and infection control at UCSF Medical Center.

The town hall meeting will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

UCSF is taking steps to protect its employees and patients in response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Hawgood formed a task force to advise him on the campus response to the crisis. He named George Rutherford, MD, professor of Epidemiology and director of the Prevention and Public Health Group in UCSF Global Health Sciences, and Theresa O'Brien, PhD, associate chancellor, to serve as campus liaisons to lead UCSF’s response efforts.

UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret and his clinical leadership team are ensuring that the Emergency Department and the Screening and Acute Care Clinic are screening all patients at triage for high-risk travel history. In addition, extensive efforts over the last two months have involved a task force with key stakeholders from Infection Control, Nursing, Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Lab Medicine and the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

UCSF leaders have been working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health and San Francisco's Department of Public Health. UCSF officials have consulted with other institutions to gain knowledge of best practices in Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) management or training including Emory University, University of Nebraska and UCLA.

For more information, UCSF has created an Ebola resource webpage for the latest information. Members of the campus community also can send questions about the epidemic and UCSF’s response via email at [email protected].

For more internal-facing stories from the UCSF community, please visit Pulse of UCSF.