Our interdisciplinary approach connects faculty, staff, students, and trainees across UCSF.

Meet our team

Barbara Koenig, PhD, RN

Director - UCSF Bioethics, Professor

Matty Norstad

Program Manager

Beatriz Anguiano

Research Analyst

Flavia Chen, MPH

Project Manager

Sara Ackerman, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Simon Outram, PhD

Research Specialist

Jen James, PhD, MSW, MSSP

Assistant Professor & Project Director

Leslie Riddle, MPH

Research Analyst

Galen Joseph, PhD

Professor

Julie Harris-Wai, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Efrat Lelkes, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor

Angela Marsiglio, MBBS, MBioethics, FANZCA

Clinical Assistant Professor, Champion for Bioethics at UCSF Medical School

Elena Gates, MD

Professor

Chris Cassel, MD

Senior Advisor for Strategy and Policy

Nancy Milliken, MD

Professor

Colin Partridge, MD, MPH

Professor

Lori Freedman, PhD

Associate Professor

Taylar Hagan, CIP, CHES

QIU Director

Nuriye Sahin-Hodoglugil, MD, DrPH

Program Manager

Liz Dzeng, MD, MPH, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor

Winston Chiong, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Jalayne Arias, JD

Assistant Professor

Kit Chesla, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor

Dan Dohan, PhD

Professor

Alicia Fernandez, MD

Professor

Sirisha Narayana, MD

Assistant Professor

Anita Ho, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Thomas May, PhD, MA

Affiliate Faculty

Eni Obadan-Udoh, DDS, MPH, Dr. Med. Sc.

Assistant Professor

Janet Shim, PhD

Professor & Chair of Social Behavioral Sciences

Alex Smith, MD, MPH, MS

Associate Professor

Bani Tamraz, PharmD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Rebecca DeBoer, MD

Clinical Fellow

Eric Isaacs, MD

Clinical Professor

Robert Brody, MD

Clinical Professor

Eric Widera, MD

Professor

Julie Saba, MD, PhD

Senior Scientist

Susanne Martin Herz, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Christy Torkildson, RN, PHN, PhD

Program Coordinator

Dina Wallin, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor

Mary Lynch, RN, MPH, MS, FAAN

Clinical Professor

Jeff Gossett, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Corina Iacopetti, MD, MA

Clinical Instructor

Emily Stieren, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Mel Heyman, MD, MPH

Professor

Ann Petru, MD, FAAP

Clinical Professor

Krista Harrison, PhD

Assistant Professor

Diane Tober, PhD

Assistant Professor

Barbara Koenig, PhD, RN

Director - UCSF Bioethics, Professor
Bioethics/Social Behavioral Sciences/Anthropology, History, & Social Medicine, School of Nursing & School of Medicine

Barbara Koenig is the Director of UCSF Bioethics and is a Professor of Medical Anthropology & Bioethics. She has founded and led bioethics centers at both Stanford and the Mayo Clinic and pioneered the use of empirical methods to study ethical issues in science, medicine, and health.

Email: barbara.koenig@ucsf.edu

Matty Norstad

Program Manager
Bioethics, School of Nursing

Matty Norstad is the Bioethics Program Manager. His bioethics interests are around the social implications of genetic technologies and the use of technologies to shape ourselves. Prior to this position he spent several years doing research on transcriptional regulation of embryo development in a developmental biology lab at UC Berkeley. Matty received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Vassar College in 2014.

Email: matthew.norstad@ucsf.edu

Beatriz Anguiano

Research Analyst
Bioethics/Institute for Human Genetics, School of Nursing

Beatriz Angiuano is a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Research Associate for The Program in Prenatal and Pediatric Genomic Sequencing (P3EGS) research study. In 2015, she completed Stanford’s Health 4 All 9-month fellow’s program. She graduated from UC Davis in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Chicana/o Studies and a minor in Human Development.

Email: Beatriz.Anguiano@ucsf.edu

Flavia Chen, MPH

Project Manager
Bioethics/Institute for Human Genetics, School of Medicine

Flavia Chen is a project manager whose portfolio includes several NIH-funded projects at UCSF including NBSeq (Newborn Sequencing in Genomic Medicine and Public Health (NSIGHT) Consortium), P3EGS (Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research (CSER2) Consortium), and the Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI) Ethics Forum. Flavia received her MPH from the University of Washington and her BA from Bowdoin College.

Email: Flavia.Chen@ucsf.edu

Sara Ackerman, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing

Sara Ackerman’s research focuses on the social and ethical implications of genomic testing and other new medical technologies. As Associate Director of UCSF’s Implementation Science Training Program, and Director of the Community-Engaged Research course, she works to expand the use of human-centered design and other participatory research strategies in clinical research. Sara regularly represents the Bioethics Program as a guest speaker and small group facilitator for the UCSF School of Medicine.

Email: Sara.Ackerman@ucsf.edu

Simon Outram, PhD

Research Specialist
Bioethics, School of Nursing

Simon Outram is a Research Specialist in the UCSF Bioethics Program conducting ethnographic and interview-based research into the ethical and social implications of new biotechnologies

Email: simon.outram@ucsf.edu

Jen James, PhD, MSW, MSSP

Assistant Professor & Project Director
Bioethics, School of Nursing

Jennifer James is a researcher in UCSF Bioethics and currently serves as the Project Director for the WISDOM Ethics Study, an embedded ethics ethnography of a pragmatic clinical trial. She is a qualitative researcher and Black Feminist scholar whose research lies at the intersection of race, gender and health. Dr. James holds a PhD in Sociology from UCSF, a Master’s of Social Work and a Master’s of Science in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale University.

Email: Jennifer.James@ucsf.edu

Leslie Riddle, MPH

Research Analyst
Bioethics/Anthropology, History, & Social Medicine, School of Medicine

Leslie Riddle is a Research Analyst in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. She supports research projects related to hereditary cancer screening, population health and health communication, with a focus on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics and genomics. Prior to joining UCSF, she served in both a clinical and programmatic capacity for several women’s health organizations. She received her BA in Sociology & Anthropology from Earlham College and a Master of Public Health in Global Health from Emory University.

Email: leslie.riddle@ucsf.edu

Galen Joseph, PhD

Professor
Anthropology, History, & Social Medicine, School of Medicine

Galen Joseph is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and member of the Cancer Control program at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research focus is evolving social and ethical implications of genomic medicine and the socio-cultural and institutional dimensions of inequities in cancer care.

Email: Galen.Joseph@ucsf.edu

Julie Harris-Wai, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Social Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing

Julie Harris-Wai is an associate professor in the UCSF Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and in the Program on Bioethics. Her research focuses on the social and policy implications of genomics and emerging technologies on diverse communities. She is a leader in the field of patient and community engagement and currently leads community engagement efforts for the UCSF Prenatal and Pediatric Genomic Sequencing study (P3EGS).

Email: Julie.Harris-Wai@ucsf.edu

Efrat Lelkes, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Pediatrics-Critical Care, School of Medicine & BCH-SF

Efrat Lelkes is a pediatric critical care and palliative care physician who is interesting in fostering an increased understanding and integration of bioethics in pediatrics to ameliorate moral distress and enhance meaning in medicine for providers. Through clinical ethics, multidisciplinary education and narrative ethics, she aims to strengthen our ability to provide excellent care, advance pediatric medicine further, and care for the sickest of children.

Email: Efrat.Lelkes@ucsf.edu

Angela Marsiglio, MBBS, MBioethics, FANZCA

Clinical Assistant Professor, Champion for Bioethics at UCSF Medical School
Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

Dr. Marsiglio is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist with additional interests in Bioethics and Physician Wellbeing.

She previously taught as a Bioethics small group leader at Harvard Medical School, and has recently been appointed the Champion for Bioethics at UCSF medical school. In this role, she will responsible for delivering and coordinating Bioethics education for our medical students, as well as revising and updating the current curriculum.

Dr. Marsiglio is also an active member of the UCSF Anesthesia Residency Wellbeing Committee.

Email: angela.marsiglio@ucsf.edu

Elena Gates, MD

Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences, School of Medicine

Elena Gates is Professor Emerita of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a general obstetrician-gynecologist who has maintained an active clinical practice while focusing her scholarly work on ethical issues in reproduction, genetics and human experimentation and on the process of patient decision-making.

Email: elena.gates@ucsf.edu

Chris Cassel, MD

Senior Advisor for Strategy and Policy
Department of Medicine, School of Medicine

Chris Cassel is the Chair of the Ethics and Policy Advisory Committee for big data, AI/ML at UCSF. She is the Chair of National Academy of Medicine Committee on Clinician Wellbeing, where her special interest is the confluence of moral distress and burnout. She is exploring redefinitions of professionalism amidst the scientific, technological and social changes in the world of healthcare.

Email: Christine.Cassel@ucsf.edu

Nancy Milliken, MD

Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences, School of Medicine

Email: MillikenN@ucsf.edu

Colin Partridge, MD, MPH

Professor
Pediatrics-Neonatalogy, School of Medicine & BCHO

Colin Partridge’s work has largely focused on outcomes of extreme prematurity, counseling and decision-making in the NICU, and studies of cost-effectiveness of NICU care in the US and a range of other countries. He just finished a cross-cultural study of how disability is valued in Peru, Haiti, and Vietnam. The next project will study the effects of race/ethnicity and SES on valuations of outcome of prematurity in San Francisco, Oakland, and Fresno.

Email: Colin.Partridge@ucsf.edu

Lori Freedman, PhD

Associate Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences, School of Medicine & ZSFGH

Lori Freedman is a sociologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Services. As a Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics, she has studied the implications of religious hospital ownership on reproductive health care.

Email: Lori.Freedman@ucsf.edu

Taylar Hagan, CIP, CHES

QIU Director
Human Research Protection Program, Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research

Taylar Hagan-Colyar is the QIU Director for the Human Research Protection Program with expertise in human research regulatory compliance and post approval monitoring.

Email: taylar.hagan@ucsf.edu

Nuriye Sahin-Hodoglugil, MD, DrPH

Program Manager
Institute for Human Genetics, School of Medicine

Email: nuriye.sahin-hodoglugil@ucsf.edu

Liz Dzeng, MD, MPH, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Palliative Care/Social Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Liz Dzeng’s research focus is around ethical decision-making climate around burdensome life-sustaining treatments near the end of life in older adults

Email: Liz.Dzeng@ucsf.edu

Winston Chiong, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Neurology, School of Medicine

Winston Chiong is a behavioral neurologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, and principal investigator of the UCSF Decision Lab. His research addresses (1) neuroscience of decision-making in aging and dementia, and (2) ethical and policy implications of alterations to brain function.

Email: Winston.Chiong@ucsf.edu

Jalayne Arias, JD

Assistant Professor
Neurology, School of Medicine

Jalayne J. Arias is an Assistant Professor at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology. Her research uses empirical legal research methods and qualitative research to explore the legal, ethical, and policy challenges associated with diagnosing and identifying risk for Alzheimer’s disease in adults under the age of 65.

Email: Jalayne.Arias@ucsf.edu

Kit Chesla, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor
Family Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing

Kit Chesla is the Shobe Endowed Chair for Ethics and Spirituality in the School of Nursing and administers the Annual Shobe Lecture. Her research focuses on caring practices in families where an adult family member is chronically ill. She teaches on the ethics of care, care and responsibility in family relations, and institutional structures that impede the delivery of professional caring practices.

Email: Kit.Chesla@ucsf.edu

Dan Dohan, PhD

Professor
Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine

Dan Dohan is a social scientist and ethnographer with research interests in dynamics of informed consent in cancer clinical trials. He also has research and practical interests in best practices for engaging patients and other stakeholders in consent and governance for precision medicine research.

Email: Daniel.Dohan@ucsf.edu

Alicia Fernandez, MD

Professor
Internal Medicine, School of Medicine & ZSFGH

Email: alicia.fernandez@ucsf.edu

Sirisha Narayana, MD

Assistant Professor
Hospital Medicine, School of Medicine

Sirisha Narayana is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, the Chair of the Medical Ethics Committee, and the Chief of the Ethics Consult Service of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Health. Her academic interests rest in training the next generation of providers on complex medical decision-making.

Email: Sirisha.Narayana@ucsf.edu

Anita Ho, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Bioethics/Institute for Health & Aging, School of Nursing

Anita Ho is an Associate Adjunct Professor at UCSF Bioethics and an Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on shared decision making and end-of-life care decisions. Anita is currently a Section Editor in research ethics for BMC Medical Ethics and an editorial board member for the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB).

Email: anita.ho@ucsf.edu

Thomas May, PhD, MA

Affiliate Faculty
Bioethics/Institute for Health & Aging, School of Nursing

Email: Thomas.May@ucsf.edu

Eni Obadan-Udoh, DDS, MPH, Dr. Med. Sc.

Assistant Professor
Preventative & Restorative Dental Science, School of Dentistry

Eni Obadan-Udoh is the Course Director, Ethical and Behavioral Considerations in Clinical and Public Health Dentistry. Her research is focused on the ethical issues affecting the receipt of quality dental care, for example, conflicts between dental insurance coverage and offered treatment plans to patients.

Email: Enihomo.Obadan-Udoh@ucsf.edu

Janet Shim, PhD

Professor & Chair of Social Behavioral Sciences
Social Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing

Janet Shim is a Professor of Sociology and Chair of Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences. Her research focus is on ethical and social implications of definitions of diversity and human differences in precision medicine research.

Email: Janet.Shim@ucsf.edu

Alex Smith, MD, MPH, MS

Associate Professor
Geriatrics, School of Medicine

Alex Smith is a Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program Alumni and writes thought pieces about bioethical implications of clinical issues and research at the intersection of geriatrics and palliative care. He is a member of the SF VAMC ethics committee.

Email: alexander.smith@ucsf.edu

Bani Tamraz, PharmD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy

Bani Tamraz is working on creating a clinical service for translating known pharmacogenetic markers into clinical practice. As such, he is interested in all aspects of that process from science, economics, patients and provider perspectives to bioethics.

Email: Bani.Tamraz@ucsf.edu

Rebecca DeBoer, MD

Clinical Fellow
Oncology, School of Medicine

Rebecca DeBoer received a joint MD and MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern and completed a fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at the MacLean Center at University of Chicago. Her ethics research includes a project to improve radiotherapy prioritization in the setting of limited resources in Rwanda, supported by a “Making a Difference in Real World Bioethics Dilemmas” grant from the Greenwall Foundation, and a study on clinical decision-making about non-curative cancer treatment in Rwanda and Tanzania, supported by a Fogarty GloCal Health Fellowship and the National Cancer Institute.

Email: rebecca.deboer@ucsf.edu

Eric Isaacs, MD

Clinical Professor
Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine & ZSFGH

Eric Isaacs is the Co-Chair of the clinical ethics committee at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The committee regularly works with providers surrounding issues related to patients with highly complex medical, psychiatric, and social challenges, frequently without identified surrogate decision-makers in an under-resourced public health system.

Email: Eric.Isaacs@ucsf.edu

Robert Brody, MD

Clinical Professor
General Internal Medicine, School of Medicine & ZSFGH

Robert V. Brody is a primary care, pain, and hospice physician. He is an original member of the San Francisco General Hospital Ethics Committee and was its chair for 17 years. He was the founding chair of the board of Compassion and Choices, the sponsor of the California End of Life Options Act, and now serves on the executive committee of the End of Life Liberty Project. He is also a member of the On Lok Ethics Committee.

Email: robert.brody@ucsf.edu

Eric Widera, MD

Professor
Geriatrics, School of Medicine & SFVA

Eric Widera is a member of Clinical Ethics Committee at San Francisco VA Medical Center. His ethics interests focus on unrepresented older adults and end-of-life issues.

Email: Eric.Widera@ucsf.edu

Julie Saba, MD, PhD

Senior Scientist
John and Edna Beck Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research, CHORI

Julie Saba’s research interests focus on patient advocacy and education, as well as accessibility of clinical trials.

Email: JSaba@chori.org

Susanne Martin Herz, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Pediatrics - Developmental Medicine, School of Medicine

Susanne Martin Herz completed a Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Bioethics at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her bioethics focus has been on research with children and parents after traumatic injury and in maternal, neonatal and child health in low-and middle-income settings.

Email: Susanne.MartinHerz@ucsf.edu

Christy Torkildson, RN, PHN, PhD

Program Coordinator
Pediatrics - Palliative Care, BCHO

Christy Torkildson has served on multiple Ethics Committees during my career and earned a post-graduate certificate in Healthcare Ethics from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, TX. Currently she sits on the Ethics Committee for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and often presents on ethical issues in pediatric palliative care. She was recently selected for a Nursing Leadership Program for Children’s Mercy Pediatric Bioethics Certificate Program, to start in September 2019.

Email: ctorkildson@mail.cho.org

Dina Wallin, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine & BCHO & ZSFGH

Email: Dina.Wallin@ucsf.edu

Mary Lynch, RN, MPH, MS, FAAN

Clinical Professor
Family Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing

Mary Lynch is a member of Pediatrics Bioethics Interest Group. Her research focus includes examining clinical reasoning and factors precipitating Ethics Committee Consultation for hospitalized infants, children and adolescents.

Email: Mary.Lynch@ucsf.edu

Jeff Gossett, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Pediatrics - Cardiology, School of Medicine

Jeff Gossett is the Director of the Pediatric Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, and Mechanical Circulatory Support team. His interests include the ethical issues surrounding donor allocation, and the appropriate use of mechanical support in critically ill pediatric patients.

Email: Jeffrey.Gossett@ucsf.edu

Corina Iacopetti, MD, MA

Clinical Instructor
Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant and Pediatric Hospital Medicine, School of Medicine

Corina Iacopetti received her MA in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University. She is the co-instructor of pediatric residency ethics curriculum. Her research interests include end-of-life, definitions of moral status, minors as decision-makers, and racial and language disparities in pediatric care.

Email: Corina.Iacopetti@ucsf.edu

Emily Stieren, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Pediatrics-Neonatalogy, School of Medicine

Email: Emily.Stieren@ucsf.edu

Mel Heyman, MD, MPH

Professor
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology, School of Medicine

Mel Heyman is Professor of Pediatrics and Training Director for the UCSF Fellowship Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, with a particularly interest in training fellows in the ethical conduct of research and patient care.

Email: Mel.Heyman@ucsf.edu

Ann Petru, MD, FAAP

Clinical Professor
Pediatrics - Medical Education, BCHO

Ann Petru’s main focus is overseeing consultations by the Ethics committee and providing education of pediatric residents, physicians and hospital staff through clear, concise summaries and discussions of our challenging cases.

Email: apetru@mail.cho.org

Krista Harrison, PhD

Assistant Professor
Division of Geriatrics, School of Medicine

Krista Harrison, PhD, is a health services, policy and ethics researcher focused on improving systems of care for older adults with dementia and other serious illnesses who live in home- and community-based settings. Dr. Harrison is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics within the UCSF School of Medicine.

Email: krista.harrison@ucsf.edu

Diane Tober, PhD

Assistant Professor
Institute for Health & Aging, School of Nursing

Diane Tober, PhD is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health and Aging and faculty at the Bixby Center for Reproductive Health. She is a cultural and medical anthropologist with a focus on gender and sexuality, the commodification of the body, science and technology studies, bioethics, and social and reproductive justice. She has been conducting research exploring egg donors’ decisions and experiences within the global market for human eggs since 2013. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she is comparing egg donation in the United States and Spain. She has conducted field research in Iran, Spain, and the United States. More information can be found on her personal website.

Email: diane.tober@ucsf.edu