Alexander Smith, MD, MPH, MS

Professor in Residence

Alexander Keliimoeanu O'Haleakala Smith was born in Hilo Hawaii. Sadly, his family moved to East Lansing, Michigan when he was 6 months old. He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, though in sporting events he roots for both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

Joanne Spetz, PhD

Professor and Director
Institute for Health Policy Studies

Joanne Spetz is Director and Brenda and Jeffrey L. Kang Presidential Chair in Health Care Financing at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS), University of California San Francisco. IHPS is a 50-year-old organization that conducts innovative research to support, guide, and enable policymakers, communities, and clinicians in making evidence-informed decisions that improve health and health care for individuals and families.

Rebecca Sudore, MD

Professor in Residence

Dr. Rebecca Sudore is a geriatrician, palliative medicine physician, and clinician investigator. She also directs the Innovation and Implementation Center in Aging & Palliative Care (I-CAP) and the Vulnerable Populations Aging Research Core of the NIA-funded Pepper Center.

Bani Tamraz, PharmD, PhD

Associate Professor
Clinical Pharmacy

My primary interest is identification of genetic determinants of drug response and translating that information into practical treatment strategies: Discovery to application. The MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS), formerly The Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) cohort, a multi-center longitudinal observational cohort, currently provides the perfect laboratory for conducting pharmacogenomics (PGx) research.

Dina Wallin, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Emergency Medicine

Dina is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, working clinical shifts in the pediatric emergency departments at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, as well as the adult emergency department at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Her areas of interest include medical ethics and medical education. She loves running, going to concerts, musical theater, and trying to travel as often as she can.

Eric Widera, MD



Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW

Associate Professor
Institute for Health & Aging

Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW, is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, in the School of Nursing at UCSF. They are a sociologist, gerontologist, and age-friendly health researcher. Their work broadly investigates social justice issues that impact the quality of life of community-dwelling older adults, people living with dementia, and caregivers.