GRAND ROUNDS: 'The Clinical & Legal Worlds: Darth Vader versus The Jedi, or Can We Just Get Along? Professional Liability Primer'


March 13, 2019


Grand Rounds

Time Duration

8:00am - 9:00am


Goldberg Center, 513 Parnassus Ave, S257

Join Susan Penney, JD from UCSF Risk Management for Professional Liability Primer review, covering:

  • Key risks for UCSF and for Radiology in particular
  • Discussion of Precautionary Incident Notification to Risk and when to call Risk
  • Medical Board reporting

Refreshments and coffee provided at 7:30am.

Connect via Zoom:

Broadcasts to: 
Mission Bay Hospital, 1975 4th Street, C1719
Mt. Zion, 1600 Divisadero St., Room C250
VAMC Bldg 200 Room 2A-147
ZSFG, Radiology, Building 25, HB247 A/B 



Susan L. Penney, JD
Executive Director of Risk Management

Susan Penney, JD, is the Executive Director of Risk Management for the UCSF clinical enterprise, including the UCSF Medical Center (UCSF Parnassus, Mission Bay and Mt. Zion), the UCSF Medical Group and associated professional liability programs, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Oakland and San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital, and UCSF Fresno. 


Prior to joining UCSF in August, 2007, Ms. Penney was legal counsel for the California Medical Association where she advised in several areas, including professional liability, consent, patient safety, bio-ethics, HIPAA and appellate and legislative issues.  Her areas of responsibility included elder abuse, pain management, mandatory reporting, end-of-life issues, warning obligations, expert witness issues, AIDS/HIV, OSHA, disaster planning, 5150 holds and employment issues to name a few.  Ms. Penney was Content Author and Editor for 14 Chapters of the CMA’s 5 volume treatise The California Physician Legal Handbook. 


Ms. Penney is a frequent lecturer on these topics and has testified before the California State Legislature. For the last 4 years, she has acted as Faculty for CHA’s annual Consent Seminar.   While at CMA she assisted CMA’s General Counsel in the performance of management and governance activities, contract review, supervision of outside counsel and reporting to CMA’s Board of Trustees as a member of the senior staff team.  Ms. Penney staffed CMA’s Amicus curiae Committee, Professional Liability Committee, Project SAFECARE (CMA’s patient safety committee) and the Council on Ethical Affairs. 


Prior to joining CMA in 1999, Ms. Penney represented physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals for over 15 years as a partner in the firm of McGlynn, McLorg and Ritchie.  She was a member of the panel counsel for representation of UCSF.  She has litigated cases involving medical malpractice, general civil and insurance issues. 


Ms. Penney is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A. Economics) and received her law degree from the University of San Francisco.