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University of California - San Francisco Medical Center, Our Trusted Link for April, 2022

University of California
San Franscisco Medical Center

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a university dedicated exclusively to health science. It has four colleges for medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and nursing, as well as graduate programs in basic science, social science, and global heatlh.  Its UCSF Medical Center is ranked #9 in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll for 2021-22, and #1 for neurology and neurosurgery. 

UCSF started in 1864, when surgeon Hugh Toland founded a medical school in San Francisco.  In 1873 it affiliated with the University of California. San Francisco Mayor Adolph Sutro donated a site overlooking Golden Gate Park, known today as Parnassus Heights, and in 1907 UCSF opened its own hospital there. In 1914, the Hooper Foundation for Medical Research selected the school/hospital as its new home. Hooper was the first medical research foundation in the United States to be incorporated into a university.

According to the U.S. News & World Report, the UCSF medical education programs are ranked:

  • #1 for the graduate research education in obstetrics and gynecology (tied with Harvard) 
  • #2 medical school for teaching primary care
  • #2 for Doctor of Pharmacy program
  • #3 medical school in research (tied with Columbia and Johns Hopkins)
  • #3 in Internal Medicine; #4 in the following: Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, and Radiology; #5 in Surgery, and in Pediatrics. 

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Awards and Achievements:

  • J. Michael Bishop, MD and Harold Varmus, MD received the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of proto-oncogenes.
  • Millie Hughes-Fulford, UCSF research scientist, flew with the space shuttle Columbia crew studying bone density loss in 1991.
  • Stanley Prusiner, MD won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of prions in 1997.
  • Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her co-discovery of telomerase in 2009.
  • Shinya Yamanaka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery that mature, specialized cells can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body.
  • David Julius, PhD received the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries, along with Ardem Patapoutian, PhD, of the receptors for temperature and touch. 

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