Recent Milestones for Department Faculty and Staff
Patty Robertson, MD, professor, endowed chair for Obstetric and Gynecologic Education and director of Medical Student Education was recently selected as a 2012 recipient of the Achievement Award from the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College. The Achievement Award is presented to an alumna whose achievements and service to the larger society, through salaried or volunteer fields of endeavor, exemplify the ideals of excellence of a liberal arts education, who uses her talents with professional distinction, sustained commitment, and creativity, and who reflects the visions and pioneering spirit of Mary Lyon. The Committee and the Board of the Association have been so impressed with Dr. Robertson's pioneering work and advocacy for women's health, especially ensuring that all women, including lesbian women, receive the health care they deserve. Dr. Robertson is the co-editor of Lesbian Health 101, A Clinician's Guide. Dr. Robertson's Lesbian Health Matters, is among the most watched programs on UCTV.
Uta Landy, PhD and Philip Darney, MD, MSc recently received the 2012 Planned Parenthood Federation of America Margaret Sanger Award, their highest recognition for outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement. Drs. Landy and Darney were recognized for their strong, unwavering leadership and lifelong commitment to empowering women.
Dr. Landy is National Director of the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program and the Fellowship in Family Planning and is also an investigator at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF.
Dr. Darney is a Distinguished Professor in the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, chief (ret) of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Francisco General Hospital, director, Fellowship in Family Planning, and founding co-director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF
From the statement by Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards: "Through your work involving women's health care in the U.S. and abroad you have helped to ensure women have access to the reproductive health care they need and deserve. By doing such essential work you have given women everywhere stronger voices, ensuring that their needs and the needs of their families are not ignored. You are joining the distinguished company of many heroes, including the Reverend Martin Luther King (1966), Alan Guttmacher, MD (1972), Katherine Hepburn (1983), Bella Abzug (1991), Justice Harry Blackmun (1996), Delores Huerta (2007), Kenneth C. Edelin, MD (2008), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (2009) and Anthony Romero (2011)."
Tracy Weitz, PhD, associate professor in residence, Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences and director of ANSIRH is the 2012 recipient of the Academic Senate Distinction In Mentoring Award for faculty at the Associate rank.
Lucy Ganaden, LVN, a member of the OB Services team at Parnassus, received the Ida M. Cannon Award sponsored by the Pediatric Social Work Department. This award honors those who demonstrate support for and a commitment to core human and social work values. Those values are: Service, Social justice, Dignity and Worth of persons, Integrity, and Competence. We congratulate Lucy on this important career accomplishment!
Alissa Perrucci, PhD, MPH, counseling and administrative manager at our Women's Options Center at SFGH, recently received the Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women in the staff category for her commitment to advancing the status of women by cultivating empathy and understanding for women seeking pregnancy termination and her vision and effort that has made the Women's Option Center at SFGH a national model for abortion counseling.
Vice Chancellor Renee Navarro, left, with Alissa Perrucci, Sue Carlisle and Heather Logghe, recipients of the 2012 Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women, stand with Patricia Robertson, chair of the selection committee and 2011 award winner, and Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann.
Perrucci draws upon her educational and employment background, her PhD degree in psychology and her MPH degree, along with her experience in research design and past work as an abortion counselor to improve counseling for patients, especially those troubled by ambivalence or moral and spiritual conflict.
She tirelessly guides trainees and visitors through the counseling techniques, for which she has drawn national interest, and ensures they understand the many challenges the patients face. Perrucc extends that training to the wider community and has managed to reach out beyond SFGH and UCSF. In fact, her thoughtful work with patients and staff trainings informed her book about abortion counseling that will be published this spring.
Perrucci also provides inspiring mentorship and fosters an atmosphere that encourages staff to maximize their performance while simultaneously seeking ways to advance their careers. She schedules staff in a way that allows them to purse advanced degrees and two counselors that she has mentored are applying to medical school. And she supports work-life balance ensuring that staff with wide-ranging goals and values can thrive in an inclusive culture she has created in the clinic.
She is recognized for her commitment to provide low-income women with care commensurate with that received by women with greater resources and has revamped counseling and educational materials to better serve those patients with low-literacy skills.
We welcome the Resident Class of 2016 to our program.
- Colleen Denny, University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine
- Sigrid Gardner, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson
- Eleni Greenwood, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Adam Lewkowitz, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Victoria Manuelli, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Julia Newman, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
- Gisela Villagomez, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
- Marron Wong, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
- Victoria Woo, Stanford University School of Medicine