Matthew Bucknor, MD Appointed as Inaugural Associate Chair for Wellbeing and Professional Climate

Matthew Bucknor, MD, has been appointed as the inaugural associate chair for wellbeing and professional climate in the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. In this role, Dr. Bucknor will serve as the departmental lead for programs and initiatives addressing diversity and inclusion, interconnectedness, burnout and work-life balance. He will also continue to oversee the department's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

In 2015, Dr. Bucknor was selected as an inaugural UCSF John A. Watson Faculty Scholar for his commitment to diversity and became the founding chair of the department's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In this capacity, he has coordinated outreach programs for underrepresented minorities; promoted educational initiatives focused on unconscious bias; and developed departmental pipeline programs to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue radiology and radiology-related research. He has also been a member of the UCSF Differences Matters initiative and formed powerful collaborations across the university to further efforts to make UCSF the most diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic medical system in the country.

Dr. Bucknor received his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his radiology residency at UCSF, including an NIH T32 research fellowship, and joined the faculty in 2014 after completing a clinical fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology at Stanford University. Throughout his time at UCSF, Dr. Bucknor has distinguished himself as a collaborative clinician and outstanding translational scientist. He is an internationally-recognized expert in noninvasive thermal ablation with high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and has helped to pioneer several new indications for this exciting new treatment modality.

“Our ability to recruit and broadly support the diverse talents and needs of our clinicians, researchers, staff, and trainees is critical to our future in this time of unprecedented innovation and challenge,” says Christopher Hess, MD, PhD, chair of UCSF Radiology. “I am determined that we set the national standard as an outstanding place to work, using diversity, equity, and positive culture as tools for achieving excellence. I am looking forward to the opportunity for all of us to think together critically with Dr. Bucknor about these issues.


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