Two New Faculty Members Join IHPS

Hilary Seligman (Core faculty)

Hilary Seligman MD MAS is associate professor in the Departments of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. An internist by training, her research focuses on the health impacts of food insecurity across the life course. She has directed the CDC’s Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) and served as senior medical advisor for Feeding America since 2015. She was recently selected to direct UCSF’s National Clinician Scholar Program for the Department of Medicine. She also runs EatSF, San Francisco’s fruit and vegetable voucher program. Hilary has three children and a large dog. She has lived in San Francisco with her husband since 2000.

Liz Dzeng (Affiliated faculty)

Elizabeth Dzeng, MD, PhD, MPH, is a sociologist and hospitalist physician conducting research at the nexus of sociology, medical ethics, palliative and end-of-life care, and human-centered design. She is an assistant professor at UCSF in the Division of Palliative Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology program. Her current research examines the influence of neoliberalism and cultures of neoliberal on an institution's ethical priorities in the United States and United Kingdom and its effects on the provision of non-beneficial high-intensity life-sustaining treatments near the end of life in older adults with dementia and serious illness. Using this ethnographic data, she will subsequently co-design a systems-level intervention using human-centered design to mitigate the culture of burdensome end-of-life care. It is difficult to define where home is but she grew up in Baltimore and feels most at home in London and Cambridge where she did her MPhil and PhD. Hobbies include competitive rower when she is near her home rowing club and hiking the outdoors, most recently in Patagonia and the Grand Tetons.