Explore the bios of Faculty Equity Advisor program team members who are advancing excellence in faculty recruitment:

Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach

J. Renée Chapman Navarro, PharmD, MD Professor, Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
J. Renée Chapman Navarro, PharmD, MD, was appointed as the University of California, San Francisco's first Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Outreach, December 2010. Dr. Navarro serves as a campus expert on diversity initiatives and best practices, and leads the effort with the development and execution of a strategic plan for increased diversity, equity and inclusion at UCSF. After the completion of Pharm D education and training at the University of the Pacific, she attended medical school and residency at UCSF. Dr. Navarro joined the Anesthesia Faculty in 1990 and is currently a professor. As a faculty leader her career at UCSF has progressed rapidly. She has held several clinical leadership positions at San Francisco General Hospital, including Acting Chief of Anesthesia, Chair of the Risk Management Committee, Medical Director of Perioperative Services, and Chief of the Medical Staff. At the School of Medicine she served as the Associate Dean for faculty, an Advisory College Mentor and Anesthesia Career Advisor. She is a committed teacher and mentor. In 2007 she became the first Director of Academic Diversity at UCSF, charged with coordinating the University's Strategic Goal of enhancing the diversity of faculty, students and trainees through coordinated outreach, campus policy changes and ongoing education. In the community, she has served on the San Mateo Commissions on the Status of Women, the San Mateo Commission on Disabilities and was the founding Chair of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Navarro has been honored by receipt of the Chancellor's Celebration of Women Faculty Award, The Chancellor's Martin Luther King Award and Mayor Willie Brown's Proclamation of J. Renee Navarro Day in San Francisco.

Director of Faculty Equity Advisory Program

Elizabeth Ozer, PhD Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Equity, Director of Faculty Equity Advisors, Office of Diversity and Outreach Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Elizabeth Ozer is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, SF (UCSF), Director of Research & the Faculty Equity Advisor Program for the Office of Diversity and Outreach, and Director of Research Training in Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Ozer is a psychologist whose research has focused primarily on the health of adolescents and young adults, women and families. She is an investigator on two NIH grants to enhance the training of women and underrepresented minorities within the health sciences workforce, and has served as either Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of multiple U.S. federally funded grants focused on decreasing adolescent risky behaviour through improving the care provided by the health care system and the primary care provider. Recently she has been awarded three federal research grants focused on ways that technology can be incorporated into successful models of preventive care. Dr. Ozer is currently PI of a Maternal & Child Health (MCHB) funded Adolescent/Young Adult Health Network with a focus on developing a national transdisciplinary research agenda for adolescent and young adult health and to translate research into practice. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Adolescent Health & Medicine (SAHM), and was an organizing participant and author for The Lancet Series on Global Adolescent Health. Dr. Ozer was a member of the UC Systemwide Climate Survey Committee, Faculty Chair of the UCSF Committee on the Status of Women until 2015, and serves on the UCSF Council on Faculty Life. Dr. Ozer received the 2013 Chancellors Award for Advancing Women at UCSF; she has served as the UCSF faculty representative on the University of California Systemwide Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW) since 2008; and is currently the Chair of the UC Systemwide Committee on the Status of Women.

School of Dentistry

George Taylor, DMD, MPH, DrPH Professor, Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences,
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Dentistry
Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Dr. Taylor is Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and is a Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences in the Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry. He is a board-certified specialist in Dental Public Health. He served as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years and has had a career in academic dentistry for over 30 years, teaching, conducting research, and providing patient care. He has taught and practiced general dentistry and dental public health. In his role as Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion he works to strengthen the School of Dentistry as a diverse and inclusive climate that empowers students, faculty and staff to maximize their capacity in learning, working, serving and growing together.

School of Medicine

Elizabeth Harleman, MD Professor of Medicine, Associate Chair for Strategic Planning for the Department of Medicine,
Associate Program Director for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program
Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Beth Harleman is UCSF Professor of Medicine, Associate Chair for Faculty Experience for the Department of Medicine, and Associate Program Director for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program. A clinician-educator, Beth has extensive experience developing and delivering curricula to a wide range of learners. Her focus in medical education is on the development of the physician identity, particularly at transition points in training. Beth co-created and ran the highly rated UCSF School of Medicine capstone course, Coda, for nine years. As Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Beth oversees all formal curricula and is responsible for program evaluation and improvement. She has mentored hundreds of residents and students and previously held a formal role as an Advisory College Mentor for the UCSF School of Medicine. In her role as Associate Chair for the UCSF Department of Medicine, Beth has championed leadership development, meeting optimization and workplace engagement initiatives. She is particularly interested in diversifying the UCSF DOM physician workforce and in achieving greater effectiveness in leadership through integrating one's unique personal strengths into daily work.
Meshell Johnson, MD Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Meshell Johnson is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF in the Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine, and is based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Clinically, she primarily works as an attending physician in the Intensive Care Unit, and her basic science research lab studies lung injury in the context of ion and fluid transport across the alveolar epithelium. She enjoys teaching and is an active member of the Simulation Faculty at the San Francisco VA. She is dedicated to improving diversity, equity and inclusion at UCSF (and beyond) and is a Dean's Diversity Leader for the Differences Matter Initiative, as well as the Director of Faculty Diversity for the Department of Medicine.
Starr Knight, MD Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine,
Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Dr. Knight, a Los Angeles Native, is an Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and the Director of Diversity & Inclusion within the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also serves as the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Director at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) and the UCSF/ZSFG Ultrasound Fellowship Director. Dr. Knight completed her Emergency Medicine Residency Training at Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital; her Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship was completed at UCSF. A national and international speaker on the use of diagnostic and procedural Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Dr. Knight also focuses on work to support residents from underrepresented backgrounds in medicine (UIMs). She is involved in several mentorship programs with local inner-city high school students and currently integrates an ultrasound education program into a high school curriculum.

School of Nursing

Valerie Yerger, ND Associate Professor of Health Policy, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and the Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Valerie B. Yerger, ND is a licensed naturopathic doctor and an Associate Professor in Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco. The overarching goal of Dr. Yerger's work is to frame the disproportionate burden of tobacco among marginalized communities as a social justice issue and to inform public health policies so that they also effectively reach these communities. Her research of previously secret tobacco documents uncovered the tobacco industry's relationship with African American leadership groups, the accumulation of nicotine in tissues containing melanin, the disproportionate marketing of menthol cigarettes in inner-city communities, and tobacco companies' in-house research on menthol cigarettes. Dr. Yerger recently completed a research study funded by the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program that examined potential challenges of implementing a citywide smokefree multiunit housing ordinance in a diverse urban city. Dr. Yerger oversees The LOOP, a statewide technical assistance provider housed at UCSF and funded by the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP). The LOOP provides trainings and technical assistance to other projects funded by the CTCP to help them connect, communicate, and collaborate with the state's underserved populations. Dr. Yerger is also one of the core leaders for the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF-CAN), where she and her team are working with community leaders to help reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in San Francisco by increasing the awareness of the need to regulate menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products. Dr. Yerger has provided expert testimony to the FDA and its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee on the use of menthol as an additive in cigarettes. She is a past recipient of the Truth Initiative's Sybil G. Jacobs Award for Outstanding Use of Tobacco Industry Documents and is a former Health Disparities Scholar of the National Institutes of Health.

School of Pharmacy

Jason Sello, PhD Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Dr. Sello develops chemical tools for the study of complex biological phenomena, with the goal of creating new therapeutics for the treatment of infectious diseases, cancers, and neurological disorders. In addition, he is a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator and serves as associate director of diversity in basic science faculty for the UCSF campus. Dr. Sello earned a B.S. in biology from Morehouse College in 1997 and a Ph.D. in biophysics in 2002 from Harvard University. His doctoral research in diversity-oriented organic synthesis was carried out in the laboratory of Prof. Stuart L. Schreiber in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He performed post-doctoral research in enzymology at Harvard Medical School and in Streptomyces genetics at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England.