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Faculty Spotlight

J. Renee Navarro, Pharm D, MD
Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Outreach


The University of California, San Francisco has appointed an exceptional physician and campus leader in the health sciences as its first vice chancellor of Diversity and Outreach, charged with creating and maintaining a diverse university environment where everyone has an opportunity to excel.  The appointment of Jerolyn [Renee] Chapman Navarro, PharmD, MD, as UCSF Vice Chancellor was officially announced on December 2, 2010 following approval by the UC Board of Regents.

As Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Outreach, Navarro will work closely with other senior administrators to address issues of diversity that cut across faculty, student, staff and operational lines.  Navarro will serve as a campus expert on diversity goals, act as the campus spokeswoman for best practices, and establish and lead an advisory group. 

Navarro has served the UCSF community in several capacities since joining the Anesthesia faculty in 1990.  Among her contributions was her directorship of UCSF’s first focused effort in academic diversity within the office of the Chancellor in 2007, where she coordinated the university’s goal of increasing diversity among faculty, students, and trainees. Navarro also has served as acting chief of Anesthesia for San Francisco General Hospital, chief of the medical staff and medical director of the hospital’s perioperative services.

During her 20-year medical career, Navarro has taught, mentored, and served on dozens of committees and commissions for local, regional, and national initiatives to advance the efforts of women, people with disabilities, African Americans and vulnerable populations as well as trauma and critical care providers.  She has received numerous accolades for her work, including a proclamation from the city and county of San Francisco making June 18, 2003, “Dr. J. Renee Navarro Day.”  Navarro is a steering committee member of the African American Health Initiative for San Francisco County and a member of the UC President’s Task Force on Faculty Diversity.

UCSF Names First Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Outreach


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Rene Salazar, MD,
Director of Diversity for GME


How I ended up at UCSF?

As a fourth year medical student I participated in Harvard's Minority Faculty Development Program and completed a sub-internship in Boston. It was during that month that I developed an interest in training at an academic medical center and as a result applied to several programs including UCSF. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio in 1999, I moved to San Francisco to complete my residency training in Internal Medicine. After residency I completed a one-year Health Disparities Fellowship in General Medicine through the Medical Effectiveness Research Center (MERC) for Diverse Populations at UCSF and joined the faculty in August, 2003.


How do I contribute to diversity at UCSF?

My interest is in recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds to UCSF. I am currently the Director of Diversity for Graduate Medical Education and the Chair for the Department of Medicine's Residency Diversity Committee. I am also the co-advisor for the UCSF chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA).




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