A Message from the Chair to Start the 2021-22 Academic Year

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the new academic year. Whether you are a first-year or returning trainee, a new or longtime faculty, staff member, technologist or nurse we are incredibly proud that you have chosen to join our large and growing UCSF family. We look forward to supporting your personal and professional growth in the coming year.

If you are new to San Francisco and the Bay Area, I hope you will make time to get acquainted with this region and its cultural and natural landscapes. There is much to see and do here, especially now that pandemic restrictions are being lifted. Periodic breaks from the reading room, clinic, hospital and lab are absolutely essential for nurturing creativity and maintaining mental balance. Our individual and collective well-being is one of our top priorities, especially after experiencing what we did over the last year and a half of COVID-19 crisis.

Our department community is based on a positive culture of teamwork and patient-centric care in the context of our vision: Leading Imaging Innovation to Improve Health. You will find that our vision is encoded in our Strategic Plan and implemented throughout our operations, with many projects underway to enhance how we deliver excellent, compassionate patient care, do ground-breaking team science, and train the next generation of radiologists and researchers. 

As we begin this academic year, we renew our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which will enable us to achieve our vision for the local, national, and global communities we serve. There will be many opportunities for you to contribute to this work – don’t be shy about jumping in!

The turn of the academic year in July is always such an optimistic time in our department, imbued with the inspiring sense of possibility and promise that comes with new beginnings. Please do let us know how we can help you make the most of the opportunities available at UCSF. I look forward to getting to know you.

With my very best wishes for a rewarding year to come.

Christopher P. Hess, MD, PhD
Alexander R. Margulis Distinguished Professor and Chair 
UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging