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What's been the key to your success at UCSF?
Jessica Opoku-Anane, MD, MS
"Great mentorship, focus on the ultimate goal of taking good care of patients, and confidence given through belief in a power greater than myself."
Benjamin Edward Padilla, MD
Asst Professor of Clin Surgery, SURGERY
"UCSF saw potential in me and gave me the opportunity to realize that potential. Through developing close relationships with mentors, I was able to make the most of that opportunity."
Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH
Professor, Pharmacy and Medicine
"UCSF has been a tremendously supportive environment and has allowed me to merge personal passion with academic rigor."
Catherine O. Egbe, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
"Resilience and hard work and a constant reminder that I have come too far to fail."
Elizabeth Yen, MD
HS Assistant Clinical Prof, Ped-Gastroenterology
"The key to my success at UCSF has been the collaborative environment."
Andre R. Campbell, MD
Prof of Clin Surgery, Surgery
"UCSF is a great place to work, but there are daily challenges we have to work on, to help drive the mission of the school of medicine."
Carol A. Miller, MD
HS Clinical Professor, Pediatrics Gen Peds ML
"Connecting with colleagues whose visions, values and interests complement mine has been the most beneficial strategy underlining my success at UCSF."
Jason Gestwicki, PhD
Associate Professor in Residence, Institute for Neurodegen Diseases
"The key to success at UCSF is collaboration. Answering the big questions in human health requires dedicated and inter-disciplinary teams."
Lee Atkinson-McEvoy, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
"Finding mentors and reaching out to them with all of the transitions in my career. Working hard, taking on challenges and making sure that I am always giving my best."
Cherrie Boyer, PhD
Professor in Residence, Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine
"Interdisciplinary collaboration within and across departments, schools, and institutions."
Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Professor in Res, Medicine-SFGH-GIM
"Passion, perseverance, exceptional mentors, and networking with colleagues and the community have been the keys to my success at UCSF."
Josette A. Rivera, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine
"Strong mentorship has played a major role in my success at UCSF"
Andrea V. Jackson, MD, MS
"Finding community within UCSF and role models for all aspects of my life and career."
E. Michael Reyes, MD, MPH
Professor, Family & Community Medicine
"Reaching across schools and departments to foster creative domestic and global collaborations."
Christopher Bautista, MD
"Mentors who push; students and residents who inspire; patients who give our work meaning"
John A. Sauceda, PhD, MS
"High-quality mentorship and formal scientific/grant writing is critical for a successful research career."
Laura Fejerman, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
"The key to my success at UCSF has been to listen to the great advise from senior Mentors but at the same time follow and respect my own ideas and interests."
Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH
Chief Innovation Officer-UCSF Health System, Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation-School of Medicine
"Being surrounded by and working with incredibly talented, dedicated and intellectually honest people at all levels of the organization."
Teresa Villela, MD
Vice Chair, Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine
"Wonderful colleagues; terrific family medicine residents; amazing staff at San Francisco General; and patients and families whose strength and resilience is inspiring."
Mark W. Wilson, MD
Professor in Residence, Radiology & Biomedical Imaging
"Major keys to my success at UCSF have been the visibility of exceptional role models and access to strong, committed mentorship."
Sabrina Fernandez, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
"I am impressed every day with the hard-working and dedicated physicians we have at UCSF. They inspire me to learn and grow!"
Fernando Gonzalez, MD
Asst Adjunct Prof, Peds Neonatology
"Mentorship in both the clinical and research fields has been vital to my success here at UCSF."
Carla M. Perissinotto, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine-Geriatrics
"Being happy with the career I have chosen as I love taking care of underserved older adults. Having great colleagues and friends. Having family support."
Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine
"The key to my success at UCSF has been the learning opportunities afforded me by the amazing patients and colleagues at UCSF. My success would not have been possible without the guidance of mentors who have supported my work every step of the way."
Robyn Gershon, DrPH
Professor in Residence, PRL-IHPS and EPI-BIOSTAT
"Great leadership, outstanding collaborators and a great research team."
Marguerita Lightfoot, PhD
"UCSF is full of resources, I've just had to find the ways to connect those resources. It's required me talking to others, asking questions, and being persistent."
Rosalind De Lisser, RN, MS, NP
Assistant Clinical Professor, Community Health Systems
"UCSF challenges the mind and pushes us to think beyond the limits. It is my optimism, enthusiasm, and ideals which make me successful here!"
Karen Ordovas, MD, MAS
Associate Professor in Residence, Radiology and Director of Cardiac Imaging
"Mentoring, collaboration and hard work."
Lenny Lopez, MD, MDiv, MPH
Associate Professor and Chief of Hospital Medicine, SFVA
"The amazing mentoring network at UCSF has made all the difference in my career."
Eni Obadan-Udoh, DDS, MPH, Dr.Med.Sc.
Assistant Adjunct Professor
"Everyone needs to identify their passion and go for it despite dissenting voices. Success in academia requires hard work, good collaborations and great mentorship."