The National Clinician Scholars Program

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We are inspired by the leadership of our alumni:
 
“The Clinical Scholars Program gave me the skills and the social network I needed to launch a career working at the interface of clinical medicine and health policy. Until I connected with the program’s peer group, affiliated faculty, and alumni network I was not sure how research could be used to make a difference. The Clinical Scholars taught me how to ask and pursue answers to important questions in health care and for our society as a whole.” – Andrew Bindman, MD
 
“Having the benefit of rigorous training in clinical epidemiology and health services research as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania from 1984-1986, I was thrilled to be a part of developing the future generation of leaders in health policy and health outcomes research as Co-Director of the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins from 1994-2003.  The somewhat mystical, multidisciplinary training, surrounded by thought leaders who challenged the best ideas and shaped them, has been exhilarating in the quest to improve health and health care.” - Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA
 
“In the end, the researcher I am today is a direct extension of the experiences I had and the people I met during my 2 years as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in Baltimore; that is where I first met my life-long mentor, Neil Powe. The academic world is indeed small! My debt to the Clinical Scholars program is large, and the responsibility great going forward. I am committed to paying it forward and contributing to the National Clinical Scholars Program at UCSF by recruiting and mentoring surgeons. To the Clinical Scholars Program, I humbly say, ‘Thank you!’” - Julie Ann Sosa, MD MA FACS
 
“My time as a clinical scholar was among the most formative of my life. I was given an opportunity to help lead the International AIDS Conference while I was a scholar – most typical fellowships would have made me choose between finishing my fellowship or this unique leadership role. The CS program saw this as a remarkable opportunity to embed myself in all of the things I was studying: the policy and politics of AIDS, the role of activism in shaping scientific decisions, how to be an effective leader in times of change, and more. When I find myself in a tricky situation as chair, or am thinking about how to navigate through the chaos of the current world, I often harken back to the lessons I learned as a Scholar, the mentorship I received, and it guides me to the right decision. It was a singularly powerful experience.” – Bob Wachter, MD
 
Please join us in celebrating our first cohort of scholars, bringing back to UCSF a program building upon the legacy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program.
 
Introducing the Inaugural cohort of 2020!

Vidya Eswaran, MD


Vidya Eswaran, MD
Dr. Eswaran is interested in how social determinants of health impact patients'
Emergency Department visits, particularly for patients with a primary psychiatric
diagnosis. She is also interested in workforce diversity and how diversity in
providers impacts clinical care.

 

Leslie Suen, MD



Leslie Suen, MD
Dr. Suen is interested in local and statewide policies to improve health
outcomes for patients living with substance use disorders.

 

 

Alison Hwong, MD, PhD
Alison Hwong, MD, PhD
Dr. Hwong is interested in disparities in medical care, particularly cancer
care, for persons with serious mental illness. She is also interested in the
integration of behavioral and physical health care.


 

 
José I. Gutierrez Jr., PhD (c), RN, FNP-BC
José I. Gutierrez Jr., PhD (c), RN, FNP-BC
Dr. Gutierrez is interested in preferences for infectious disease interventions
among at-risk populations, such as preferences for HIV/HCV prevention
among veterans and people experiencing homelessness.
 

 

Ana Velázquez Mañana, MD, MSc

Ana Velázquez Mañana, MD, MSc
Dr. Velázquez Mañana is interested in cancer disparities and improving quality
of care for racial minority cancer patients and survivors.