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The Annual Holly Smith Awards for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine

Nominations for the 2016 Holly Smith Awards due November 23, 2015.

The winners of the 2015 Holly Smith Awards are:

Sue Carlisle, MD, PhD

Sue Carlisle, MD, PhD, vice dean at San Francisco General Hospital, is an ever-present advocate for UCSF’s activities at what is considered one of the finest public hospitals in the US. Her steady leadership has ensured that the 140+ year partnership that ties SFGH with UCSF and the City of San Francisco has thrived despite profound shifts in the healthcare environment. Sue’s vision, unflappability, collaborative spirit and sense of humor have contributed to a strong community at SFGH. The caliber of faculty at SFGH is in no small part due to Sue’s tireless support of departmental recruitment efforts. Her most recent project – establishing a new research building on the SFGH campus – will ensure this tradition of excellence.

Catherine Duran

Catherine Duran, Pediatrics division administrator at SFGH, is passionate about our public mission. Cathy moves seamlessly between the Department of Public Health and UCSF systems and procedures and strives for excellence in every sphere of her work. The SFGH administrative staff frequently tap Cathy for her expertise and ask her to mentor and support new managers with their increasingly broad scope of responsibility. Cathy works in front of and behind the scenes with a can-do attitude to ensure work is done correctly and on time while also instituting changes to improve processes for the future.

Clarice Estrada

Clarice Estrada, chief administrative officer at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, is inevitably on top of the wish list when a bright and knowledgeable leader is needed for a project. She is a skilled collaborator who volunteers her expertise generously and with good cheer. As CAO, Clarice has performed with outstanding efficacy and efficiency and has expertly overseen personnel who manage faculty with a wide variety of complex and challenging grants and contracts. She has a perceptive ability to assign the right person for challenging tasks, and whenever difficult problems arise, she finds the solution.

About the Award

The Lloyd Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine was established in 2000 to recognize exceptional career service that has resulted in broad and long-lasting benefit to the School of Medicine. The award is named for Lloyd H. (Holly) Smith, Jr., whose 35-year career as chair of medicine and associate dean exemplified such an outstanding career effort.

Nominations are sought for up to four awards in the following categories: faculty with more than 10 years of service, faculty with 5 to 10 years of service, and up to two staff awards. The winners are deemed to exhibit those qualities best exemplified by Holly Smith: dedication to the School of Medicine, diversity in roles played, commitment to sustaining UCSF's position as a world-class institution, and accomplishing all of the above with humor and grace.

For more detailed information about the awards, see the Policy and Procedure and the online Nomination Application. The deadline for nominations is November 23, 2015.

Awards will be presented at the annual Salute to Excellence reception in May 2016.  Recipients of the awards will receive a prize of $5,000, and their names will be added to the Holly Smith Award plaque outside the Dean's Office.

Please contact Stephanie Belger at (415) 476-1279 with any questions.

Previous Winners



Neal Cohen (2000) Jaclyn Boyden (2003)
Keith Yamamoto (2001) Chuck Smuckler (2004)
Ira Herskowitz (2002) Georgina Lopez (2005)
Diane Colby (2003) Vickie Lewis (2006)
Kanu Chatterjee (2004) Cathy Garzio (2007)
Lawrence Tierney (2005) Kathy Healy (2008)
Dan Lowenstein (2006) Marge O’Halloran (2009)
Helen Loeser (2007) Isaac Sato (2010)
Robert Wachter (2008) Cathryn Thurow (2011)
George Rutherford (2009) Vivian Robinson (2011)
Donna Ferriero (2010) Laurae Pearson (2012)
Diana Farmer (2011) Alicia Velasquez (2012)
Molly Cooke (2012) Sally Mead (2013)
Samuel Barondes (2013) Cliff Skinner (2014)
Nancy Adler (2014) Cathy Duran (2015)
Sue Carlisle (2015) Clarice Estrada (2015)

About Holly Smith

Lloyd “Holly” Smith Jr., MD, professor and chairman emeritus of the UCSF Department of Medicine, serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Board, a group of visionary advisers, from academic and corporate backgrounds and across many industries, to provide guidance and intellectual resources to the UCSF leadership team and Chancellor. Holly joined UCSF as chairman of the Department of Medicine in 1964 and led the department through a period of exceptional growth, including many faculty who went on to be leaders in their fields. A fantastic interview with Holly can be read in The Journal for Clinical Investigation and, for more on his life and career, please read this biography written by Marvin Sleisenger.