Awards & Honors

2020
Katherine Hyland, PhD
Received the 2020 Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award by the UCSF Academic Senate. See award.

2019
Akinyemi Oni-Orisan, PharmD, PhD
Received the 2020 Darrell Abernethy Early Stage Investigator Award by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (ASCPT).
Marta Sabbadini, PhD, MS, LCGC and Jessica Van Ziffle, PhD
Each received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Medical Educators (AME).
Kathy Giacomini, PhD
Received the UCSF Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture Award in Translational Science. See article.

2018
Ying-Hui Fu, PhD
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, to the National Academy of Taiwan, Academia Sinica, and to the National Academy of Medicine.
Pui-Yan Kwok, MD, PhD
Elected to the National Academy of Taiwan, Academia Sinica.
Andrej Sali, PhD
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
John Witte, PhD
Awarded the Leadership Award by the International Genetic Epidemiology Society.

2017
Pui-Yan Kwok, MD, PhD
Received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the University of Chicago Medical & Biological Sciences Alumni Association. The award recognizes Dr. Kwok’s outstanding leadership and contributions to the biological sciences and medicine through research, clinical care, and professional service.

2016
Lauren Weiss, PhD
Awarded the 2016 Chancellor Diversity Award. See article.
Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH
Awarded the Innovations in Health Equality — Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society.

2015
John Kane, MD, PhD
Awarded the Robert I. Levy Award this year for research in lipid metabolism and genomics.
Louis J. Ptáček, MD
Received the the American Society for Clinical Investigation’s Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award. See article.
Ophir Klein, MD, PhD
Awarded the E Mead Johnson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research. See award details.

2014
Sharon Chung, MD
Awarded the School of Medicine Irene Perstein Award. See article.
Yuet Wai Kan, MD, DSc, FRS
Named the Pioneer Award winner at the 2014 Silicon Valley Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC). See article.

2013
Rahul C. Deo, MD, PhD
Received the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award for innovative, high-risk, high-reward research. See article.
Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH
Awarded the Harry Hind Distinguished Professorship by the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences for his role as Director of the Center for Genes, Environments & Health. The Professorship was endowed in the School of Pharmacy in honor of Harry W. Hind, a pharmacist and inventor who graduated from the UC School of Pharmacy, a predecessor of the UCSF School of Pharmacy.
Matthew State, MD, PhD
Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. See article.
Nadav Ahituv, PhD
Recipient of the Leon I. Goldberg Young Investigator Award of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT)

2012
Ying-Hui Fu, PhD
Louis J. Ptáček, MD
Joint recipients of 2012 UCSF Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture Award. See article
Louis J. Ptáček, MD
Elected to National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on scientists and engineers in the United States. See article
Jennifer Puck, MD
Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. See article

2011
Robert Nussbaum, MD
Recipient of the 2011 Klaus Joachim Zülch Neuroscience Prize by the Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation in Germany for his Parkinson’s disease discoveries. See article

2010
Ophir Klein, MD, PhD
Lauren Weiss, PhD
Drs. Klein and Weiss both received the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. Each individual award covers up to $1.5 million in research costs over five years. See article
Walter L. Miller, MD
Awarded Duke University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. See article
Neil Risch, PhD
Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. See article

2009
Walter L. Miller, MD
Professor Miller was awarded the UCSF Academic Senate’s Ninth Annual Distinguished Clinical Research Lecturer. See article
Esteban Gonzalez Burchard, MD, MPH
Elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Established in 1908, the ASCI is one of the oldest medical honor societies in the US. More than 2,800 physician-scientists from all medical specialties are elected members of the Society based upon their records of achievement in biomedical research.
Kathy Giacomini, PhD
Awarded the 2009 Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award. Dr. Giacomini is the first woman to receive the Award. The Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award was established in 1978 by the late William B. Rawls, MD, a New York physician and the father of the modern organizational structure of American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, to recognize midcareer clinical pharmacologists who make an outstanding contribution to improved patient care through drug research.

2008
Louis J. Ptáček, MD
Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers.

2007
Louis J. Ptáček, MD
Elected to the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine is a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on issues related to human health. With their election, members make a commitment to devote a significant amount of volunteer time as members of IOM study committees.

2006
Yuet Wai Kan, MD, DSc, FRS
Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America. It is the first time the award has been presented. Dr. Kan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was recently named to the Institute of Medicine. His previous honors also include the Helmut Horten Research Award in 1995, the American College of Physicians Award in 1988, the Waterford Award in Biomedical Sciences in 1987, the Allan Award of the American Society of Human Genetics and the Gairdner International Award in 1984, the Dameshek Award from the American Society of Hematology in 1979, Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine in 2004, and the distinguished Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award, the nation’s most prestigious honor in the clinical research field, in 1991. See article
Jane Gitschier, PhD
Selected as a Guggenheim Fellow for her work on the genetic basis of absolute-pitch perception. Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals to help provide them with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible.
Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, MD, PhD
Named first Charles J. Epstein Chair in Human Genetics. Established in 2006 by the Institute for Human Genetics in partnership with the Department of Pediatrics, the chair honors Dr. Charles J. Epstein.