Message from the Chancellor

The Founders Day awards offer us a reason to celebrate our learners, trainees, staff, and faculty who have committed themselves to our public mission, innovative research, and patient-centered care.

Please join me in celebrating this year’s awardees, who have made a difference in university service and university management, outstanding contributions to our community, and excellence in nursing.

Chancellor Award for Public Service

Established in 1970 by former Chancellor Philip R. Lee, this award honors members of the University who have performed outstanding service to the community.

Faculty Category

Daniel Grossman, MD (he/him)
Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, ZSFG

Staff Category

Hoa Su, MPH (he/him)
Program Manager, National Clinician Consultation Center
Family and Community Medicine, ZSFG

Student Category

Taia Sean Wu (she/her)
PhD Candidate
Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Thomas N. Burbridge Award for Public Service

This award, named after the professor of pharmacology remembered for his efforts to open up jobs for minorities in previously segregated fields, was established in 1973 to recognize public service that promotes equal education and employment opportunities, civil rights and social justice.

Shira Shavit, MD (she/her)
Executive Director, Transitions Clinic Network
Clinical Professor, Family and Community Medicine


Edison T. Uno Award for Public Service

This award, named after the assistant dean of students at UCSF from 1969 to 1974, was established in 1980 to recognize dedication and commitment to established social, political and civic groups that bring about social change.

Roberto Efraín Díaz (he/él) | Read more about this award
TETRAD PhD Candidate, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences


Chancellor Award for Exceptional University Management

This award recognizes exceptional departmental and employee management by staff members who demonstrate outstanding dedication to the betterment of their staff and UCSF.

Molly Frances Battistelli (she/her)
Director, Administration and Policy,
Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health Program,
Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, ZSFG

Michael L. Helle, MBA, MHA (he/him)
Director, Clinical Programs, Office of Population Health, UCSF Health

Tristin Penland, MS, RN (she/her)
Patient Care Director, Adult Critical Care Services, UCSF Health

Janelle Smith Hernandez, MHA (she/her)
Director, Operations, Cancer Services

Chancellor Award for Exceptional University Service

This award recognizes exceptional individual service contributions to UCSF by staff members who demonstrate outstanding dedication to the betterment of UCSF, devoting time as well as energy to serve the university and campus community.

Sue Forstat (she/her)
Health Care Facilitator, Manager,
UCSF Health Care Facilitator Program/Human Resources

Diane B. Ngo, MPA (she/her)
Program Manager, Department of Surgery

Morgan Vaisset-Fauvel (he/him)
Landscape & Grounds Program Manager,
Facilities Services, Campus Life Services


Distinguished Nurse Award

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the care of patients and fosters professional and public awareness of achievements in nursing practice.

Tina Ly, RN (she/her)
Clinical Nurse III/Neonatal Transport Nurse
Intensive Care Nursery, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital


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