CTSI Announces Two New Program Directors

UCSF's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is pleased to announce two new program director appointments:

Henry "Chip" Chambers, MD
Henry "Chip" Chambers, MD, will become the new director of CTSI’s Clinical Research Services (CRS), the largest of CTSI’s twelve programs. In his role as CRS director, Chip will lead the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective services to an ever-increasing pool of clinical researchers. This is an important role at a critical time for CRS, with business models in transition and novel services being planned. As Director of CRS, Chip will help lead CTSI and join both its Operations Committee and Board. Chip is a distinguished researcher in infectious disease, a Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at San Francisco General Hospital, and Director of the UCSF Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program. Chip will officially begin his role on July 1st.

In addition, CTSI extends its thanks to Ruth Greenblatt, MD, who stepped in to serve as interim director for CRS over the last few months and has played an instrumental role in strengthening the operations of the program and helping to set a course for the future, particularly in regard to integration with the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.

Michael Blum, MD
Michael Blum, MD, will join the CTSI team as co-director of CTSI’s Biomedical Informatics (BMI) program. Michael has also been tapped to lead UCSF’s just-announced Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI) in the newly created position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Informatics. As part of his role at CDHI, he will be sharing responsibilities with CTSI’s Catalyst program team for the digital component of the Catalyst Awards program, providing a robust pipeline of future projects and further integrating with campus-wide efforts around digital health. Michael will co-direct the BMI program with Ida Sim, MD, PhD. He replaces Mini Kahlon, PhD, who as CTSI’s Chief Information Officer will continue to work closely with Michael and Ida on CTSI’s informatics and IT strategy. Michael’s experience as Chief Medical Information Officer for the UCSF Medical Center and his new role bridging the medical center and campus digital health efforts, combined with Ida’s international leadership in informatics, will ensure strong leadership of BMI going forward.

CTSI extends a warm welcome to Chip and Michael.