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What's been the key to your success at UCSF?
Sima Porten, MD, MPH
Faculty, Department of Urology
“Wonderful colleagues, friends, patients, and mentors. Success at UCSF lies within its phenomenal community of people”
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, Interventional Radiology
"While competition can be a thrilling and effective motivator, we can achieve infinitely more with cooperation."
Endowed Chair Steward and Financial Analyst, School of Medicine
"Commitment, collaboration, curiosity, and hard work are key to my success at UCSF."
Operations Manager, MS in Healthcare Administration & Interprofessional Leadership Program
"Actively engaging in UCSF’s community - rich in culture and abundant opportunities."
Gail Persily, MLIS
Business Systems Analysis Manager, Library
"Everyday brings another opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, resulting in increased impact and rewards."
Analyst II - Supervisor, Prenatal Diagnosis Center
"Empathy, assertiveness, commitment, integrity and team effort have been the key to my success at UCSF."
Kay Wallis, MPH
Special Projects Manager, Curry International Tuberculosis Center
"A wonderful collaboration of dedicated, creative, and supportive team members, led by a director who gives us the flexibility and independence to contribute our best work."
Renyea M. Colvin, MPH, CHES
Family PACT Health Educator, California Prevention Training Center (CAPTC)
"Staying motivate to take advantage of many opportunities for development that are available at UCSF while always remaining committed to the cause of advancing health."
Health Professions Education Specialist, CTSI
"The key to my success at UCSF is communication, collaboration, and determination."
Marisa McFarlane, MA
Education/Special Projects Coordinator
"Collaboration, mentorship, curiosity, professional development, and a great deal of hard work are all vital to my success at UCSF."
Research Services Coordinator, Department of Medicine at ZSFG
"Mentorship, collaboration, opportunity for professional development (even if I don't see immediate value), perseverance, an ability to change and remain flexible, celebrate individual/team/institutional victories, and believe in the work we do in trying to make UCSF and the world a better place."
David Scarbeary-Simmons, MS, MPA
PSS-Contracts and Grants Supervisor, Controller's Office
"Resilience in the face of adversity, misunderstanding, and lack of knowledge; The privilege and honor to work for an institution that values my approach; Diverse experiences and background that make me who I am; Striving to raise awareness of my peers to issues faced by our vibrant community."
Facilities Director, West Campus/Parnassus Campus
Click Cesar's name to hear what he has to say about being greatful.
Alfonso Pacheco, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker, Alliance Health Project Services Center
"A work environment where my supervisors care about my performance, are understanding yet fair, and foster education to support my desire for learning; and opportunities!!! UCSF offers so many ways in which to become involved, informed, supported, and educated."
Clinical Research Coordinator, Center for Reproductive Health
"I have found it so rewarding and exciting to push myself to be involved in the many opportunities UCSF has to offer to expand my experiences and allow me to learn constantly, happily, and purposefully."
Administrative Operations Coordinator, UCSF Housing Services
“I am grateful to be a part of the UCSF community. My colleagues here help me learn, grow and be better every day.”
Manager, Special Projects, Office of Medical Education
Clinic Manager, UCSF Pediatric Dentistry
Joseph has been working at UCSF since 2002 and in pediatrics since 2006. In addition to the pediatrics department, he previously worked as the clinic manager for orthodontics for many years.
Director, Clinical Communications, Public Affairs
"An amazing variety of fascinating, thoughtful and brilliant people whose personal level of excellence challenges all of us to rise to a higher level in the work we do; That and a willingness to jump in and try new things – my supervisors’ willingness to let me – has been key to my success here."
Research Administration Manager, Department of Anesthesia
"A knowledgeable early mentor, practical advice from other experienced colleagues, and a department that encouraged and supported my professional development every step of the way."
Administrative Specialist, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost
“Hard work, and embracing the power of networking.”
Rana E. Barar, MPH
Project Director, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
“Loving what I do – not only the big picture, but also the day-to-day. And amazing colleagues!”
Client Services Manager, UCSF Cancer Resource Center
“Freedom to explore creative approaches and to create wonderful working relationships.”
Events Coordinator, Housing Services
"The key to my success at UCSF has been dedication, the support of friends, laughter and being a friend and supportive coworker to others along the way."
Byron Decuire, RRT III
Clinical Supervisor, Respiratory Care Services, ZSFG, Department of Anesthesia
Click Byron's name to read the the poem he wrote to express how he was transformed by the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program.
Dean’s Office Manager & Communications Analyst, School of Pharmacy
“The amazing people at every level of the organization (past and present) who inspire, encourage and mentor me.”
Project Analyst, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
Analyst to the Chair, UCSF School of Nursing
“My success stems from my optimism, aspirations and mentors who challenge my potential and invigorate my resilience for a higher standard”
Internal Communications and Training, Department of Neurology
"I have a wonderful team and an extended network of colleagues throughout UCSF."
Administrative Assistant, Student Life
"Cultivate gratitude! Hold joy and gratitude in your heart. Be respectful, be passionate about what you do every moment, and provide a sense of belonging."
Senior Director, Strategic Communications, University Relations
Since joining the staff at UCSF in 1994, Cisneros has served in a variety of communications roles, including director of emergency communications, editor-in-chief of UCSF.edu and assistant director of internal communications.
Program Manager, Division of General Internal Medicine
"Collaborative colleagues, inspirational mentors, and our shared commitment to excellence, compassion, and inclusion."
Executive Assistant for the Chief of Police, UCSFPD
"Striving to be a better version of myself, learning from my colleagues and facing all situations with an open mind and open heart."
Biftu Mengesha, MD
Clinical Fellow in Family Planning
"Incredible mentorship, inspiring leaders and amazing colleagues."
Karen Yuan, BS
Finance Manager, Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine
Student Life and Dev. Specialist
Collaboration and utilizing everyone’s strengths to reach our goals.
Shikha Sharma, PhD
Intellectual Property Officer, Office of Technology Management
"My key to success at UCSF is, knowing that I play a part in the bigger picture, knowing that it counts, and knowing that my peers and mentors are striving for excellence. All of this together invigorates and inspires me every day."
Division Analyst, Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences
"Amazing colleagues who encourage me to use my strengths and talents."
Molly Koren, LCSW, MSW
Clinical Social Worker, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
"The key to my success at UCSF has been supportive colleagues and mentors across disciplines who have shared their wisdom, insight, and encouragement to enable me to continue learning and growing as a pediatric social worker."
Director of Staffing and Strategic Operations for Global Health Sciences
“Having opportunities to think creatively and implement changes in my organization.”
Stacy N. Jackson
Director, Financial Services & Administration, University Development and Alumni Relations
“Collaboration and patience.”
Clinic Education Coordinator, Osher Center For Integrative Medicine
"Inspiration and accepting that I am important no matter how small a role I think I have in the continuum of healthcare."
Administrative Director, School of Medicine Dean's Office
"Building connections reinforced year over year. From mundane to the grand, interactions to move tasks along, sharing stories, smiles, laughs, helping each other out, the welcomes and goodbyes, and everything in between–all these connections with wonderful people at UCSF make the difference."
Analyst, Emergency Medicine
"A strong culture of collaboration and community, support from leadership and mentors, and countless learning opportunities. It really comes down to all of the great people at UCSF who challenge and empower me to strive for excellence!"
Budget Analyst, School of Medicine
"Great mentorship, collaborative teamwork, and supportive management have been key to my success."
Director, Academic & Staff Personnel, UCSF School of Dentistry
"Working with great people who provide opportunities for me to learn, grow and take on new challenges."
Executive Assistant, Healthforce Center at UCSF
"To Be Successful One Must Fall In Love With Their Work."
Operations Manager, Otolaryngology
"Having an appreciation for the nuances of each of the roles I’ve had at UCSF and understanding how they fit into the overall mission."
Program Coordinator, Positive Health Program, ZSFG
"My success at UCSF is due to collaboration with our community partners."
Research Services Coordinator, Vice Chancellor Research
"The support from bright and like-minded colleagues has helped contribute to my success."
Caroline Hill, LCSW
Pediatric Rheumatology Social Worker, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
"I work with incredibly talented colleagues and medical providers who share a common mission to improve the lives of our pediatric patients and families. I’ve also had wonderful mentors!"