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2013 Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to DGIM faculty members who have recently been promoted. Thank you for your hard work and dedication that helps our Division maintain a consistent level of excellence.

Miranda Dunlop, MD - Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Miranda Dunlop is an Internist and Primary Care physician in the Department of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Dunlop is actively involved in medical student and resident education in outpatient general medicine and serves as the co-Educational Site Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Zion. She has received awards for excellence in both clinical care and teaching. She is currently an Associate Medical Director at the Mount Zion General Medicine clinic.

Rena Fox, MD - Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Rena Fox came to UCSF as a clinician-educator fellow in 2000 and has been on the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine since 2001. She practices primary care internal medicine in the UCSF General Medicine Practice at 1545 Divisadero St. and is a Team Leader of the practice. She teaches outpatient medicine and supervises Internal Medicine residents. She also serves as a year-round attending for 3rd year UCSF medical students.

Within general internal medicine, Dr. Fox's area of expertise is chronic liver disease and particularly hepatitis C virus infection. As an educator, she focuses on hepatitis C education for primary care physicians. She is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Medical Editor of the National Viral Hepatitis Website - a live textbook of hepatitis B and C educational materials for patients and for physicians, used worldwide. She is on the CDC national advisory board for hepatitis C online education and is an author and editor of a new CDC web based curriculum for the Department of Health and Human Services. Her current research is on the long terms outcomes of chronic hepatitis C infection, such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma and particularly on the utility of hepatocellular carcinoma screening. Dr. Fox also practices as a specialist in the UCSF Liver Clinic since 2000.

Alka Kanaya, MD - Professor in Residence

Dr. Alka Kanaya's research is focused on prevention and outcomes of type 2 diabetes especially in racial/ethnic minority groups. She has received NIH funding to develop a unique cohort of South Asians called the MASALA study to determine the causes of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in this high-risk ethnic group. She has completed a trial testing restorative yoga vs. stretching for treatment of the metabolic syndrome.

Margot Kushel, MD - Professor in Residence

Margot Kushel, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Margot's research interests include the health and health care utilization patterns of homeless adults and other vulnerable populations; her research includes descriptive epidemiology of the population and the development and evaluation of novel interventions designed to improve outcomes. She is the PI of a NIA funded R01 to study the causes and consequences of geriatric conditions in older homeless adults. She was the PI of an R01 grant funded by NIDA that examined the rates of pain and use and misuse of prescription opioid analgesics in a cohort of HIV-infected homeless and marginally housed adults. Dr. Kushel is the co-Director of the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship (for which she is the site director of SFGH-based DGIM fellows), and is the SFGH site director for the new K12 PARTNERS program to fund young investigators in implementation research. She is the Medical Director of the Tenderloin Clinical Research Center (part of the UCSF CTSI Clinical Research Services program). She is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She maintains an active clinical practice in SFGH General Medical Clinic and attends on the inpatient medicine service at SFGH.

Anna Maria Nápoles, PhD, MPH - Adjunct Professor

Anna Nápoles, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor and behavioral epidemiologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is affiliated with the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities where she leads the Community Liaison Core and Co-leads the Measurement and Methods Core, and with Redes en Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network. Her research focuses on patient-clinician communication, cancer disparities among underserved adults, and community-based models of research and service delivery in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse groups. She has built community-academic research partnerships to implement evidence-based behavioral interventions for ethnically diverse older adults in community-based settings.

Currently, she is involved in two community-based randomized controlled trials, one testing a cognitive-behavioral stress management intervention for Latinas with breast cancer and another examining the effects of community choirs on the health and well-being of older adults.

Elaz Ziv, MD - Professor in Residence

Dr. Ziv is a clinician-researcher with whose research focuses on understanding genetic factors that affect disease susceptibility, progression and response to treatment. His studies combine concepts from epidemiology and population genetics. He is currently studying genetics of breast cancer in Latina women, genetics of mammographic density and genetics of multiple myeloma susceptibility and progression.