Garzio Accepts Vice-Chair Position at Stanford University’s Department of Medicine

Cathy Garzio, MBA, administrative director of three UCSF departments including the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, will leave UCSF to become the Vice-Chair and Director of Finance and Administration at Stanford University’s Department of Medicine, effective July 2015. Garzio joined UCSF nearly 25 years ago, and spent the last 13 years at the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.

“There have been so many achievements and milestones in our work together in Radiology, and her involvement in the department has been very broad,” noted Chairman Ronald L. Arenson, MD, in his announcement. “We first worked together in 1995, when UCSF implemented its first clinical information system, IDX, and Cathy was the liaison to the School of Medicine for the front end scheduling and registration design.  I am very proud that I was successful in luring her back to work in Radiology in 2002.”

Garzio was the administrator of the Clinical Cancer Center, and served for several years in the UCSF department of Medicine as a practice manager and administrative director prior to joining Radiology and Biomedical Imaging in 2002. Highlights of Garzio’s 2002-2015 career noted by Dr. Arenson include “finding and developing China Basin as a major off-site research and clinical presence on campus; her recent work on faculty and staff engagement; the work she has done on campus and in the School of Medicine on gender diversity; and the many, many hours spent recruiting, mentoring and developing what I believe to be the best staff and management team in the School of Medicine.”

Garzio has served on numerous UCSF and community committees, including task forces related to practice management, research administration, academic personnel and clinical operations. She also worked with national organizations including the Association of Administrators in Academic Radiology (AAARD) and the Society of Chairs of Academic of Radiology (SCARD). Garzio served as vice-chair of the UCSF Committee on the Status of Women from 2009 until her departure.

She has been the recipient of several UCSF awards, including the Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service in 2007 and the Chancellor Diversity Award for the Advancement of Women in 2014. Garzio was also a co-author, with Dr. Ron Arenson, of A Practical Guide to Leadership and Management in Academic Radiology (Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, IL: 2012), a book based on the authors' experience and success in managing the Radiology Department at UCSF.

“As a leader in the school of medicine and on campus, Cathy is leaving behind a network of colleagues and collaborators who will continue to be very helpful to this department,” noted Dr. Arenson. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Cathy. Please join me in wishing her the best of luck in her new position at Stanford’s Department of Medicine.”