Explore the bios of the Faculty Equity Advisor program team members:

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, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine 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

Linda Centore, PhD, ANP Professor, Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences,
Division Chair for the Division of Behavioral Sciences and Community Dental Education
Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Dr. Linda Centore is a health sciences clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the division chair for Behavioral Sciences and Community Dental Education which houses the Advanced Education General Dentistry Residency Program and the pre-doctoral Externship Program in the School of Dentistry. Dr. Centore is a licensed psychologist and board-certified nurse practitioner. She is a course director and member of the SOD Curriculum Revision Steering Committee. She is responsible for teaching behavioral sciences, ethics & professionalism, and diversity and inclusion in the pre-doctoral dental program. Dr. Centore provides faculty and staff development training. She works with medical and psychiatric special needs patients, teaches patient management, and assists the clinic directors in the student dental clinic and specialty clinics. She is the current chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee, former director of the SOD Diversity Committee, a Diversity Champion, and a member of the Campus LGBT Committee. Dr. Centore has a behavioral health faculty practice and works with adults with acute or persistent health conditions.
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.
Nola Hylton, PhD Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging,
Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Research Interest Group, and Director of the Breast Imaging Research Group
Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Nola Hylton, PhD is Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical lmaging, University of California, San Francisco. She directs a research program focused on the development and clinical optimization of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for breast cancer and leads a large multi-center clinical trial evaluating breast MRI for assessing response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Dr. Hylton is an active educator and teaches formally in the UCSF Master's in Biomedical Imaging Program and the UCSF/UC Berkeley Bioengineering Graduate Program. She has been involved in the training and research supervision of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty for over 20 years. At UCSF, Dr. Hylton has served on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, Committee on Academic Personnel, the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Diversity and as a member of the Standing Panel for Faculty Misconduct Investigations. At the national level, Dr. Hylton devotes significant effort to identifying and supporting innovative research through service on grant review panels and has served as Chair of the NIH MEDI study section, as a member of the Integration Panel of the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program, as a scientific advisor to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation and as a member of the National Advisory Council of the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).

School of Nursing

Erica Monasterio, RN, MN, FNP Clinical Professor, Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Family Health Care Nursing Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Erica Monasterio is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Professor in Pediatrics and Nursing in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, and is the director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She has provided primary care to adolescents and young adults for the past 30 years in both the San Francisco Department of Public Health and at UCSF. Her focus is on the education of health care professionals in training, and on capacity-building to meet the needs of adolescents among professionals in practice. Through her collaborative work with community-based organizations on projects at the local, state and national level, she provides training and technical assistance in the areas of sexual health, healthy sexuality for youth with special healthcare needs, adolescent relationship abuse and reproductive coercion, adolescent consent and confidentiality, and the care of LGBTQ youth. Along with her role in workforce development and capacity building comes a commitment to enhancing diversity in the health professions. She has been the co-chair of the School of Nursing's Diversity in Action committee since 2008 and participates with campus leadership in efforts to create an inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment for under-represented faculty, students and trainees at UCSF. She is the 2015 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Diversity at UCSF (faculty category), a UCSF Department Diversity Leader, and an Equity Advisor for the UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach.
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

Nancy Hessol, MSPH Professor, Departments of Clinical Pharmacy and of Medicine Bio | Email | UCSF Profile
Nancy Hessol is an epidemiologist and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has more than 30 years of experience directing epidemiologic studies of HIV/AIDS and of health disparities. Professor Hessol has extensive experience working on multisite research projects, analyzing complex databases, and has authored numerous publications. These publications include racial/ethnic differences in HIV infection, sexually transmitted diseases, medication adherence, birth outcomes, prenatal care and childhood obesity. In 2003, she received a UCSF Champion of Diversity award for her research activities in health disparities. In 2010, she won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UCLA School of Public Health and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. She also served on the UCSF Center for AIDS research Diversity Committee from 2012-2015. More recently, Professor Hessol was the analyst for the UCSF School of Medicine (2015 and 2016) and School of Pharmacy (2017) faculty salary equity review which looked at equity between under-represented minority (URM) faculty and non-URM, in addition to equity between female and male faculty. In 2016 she was selected as the School of Pharmacy senior faculty Equity Advisory to help ensure excellence, equity, and diversity for all recruited faculty at UCSF.