Alicia Fernández, MD Named Associate Dean for Population Health and Health Equity

We are pleased to announce that Alicia Fernández, MD has been named Associate Dean for Population Health and Health Equity, effective July 1, 2021.

Dr. Fernández is widely recognized for her extensive contributions and research on health care equity in chronic disease and racism in medicine. She is the founding Director of the Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE) and Director of the Center for Vulnerable Populations Program in Latinx and Immigrant Health. She is Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and a general internist at ZSFG, where she practices primary care medicine and attends on the medical wards.

Dr. Fernández is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and leads several training programs including UCSF PROF-PATH, an academic career and research training program for underrepresented minority (URM) students and students focused on health disparities research; RISE (co-PI), a national training program in implementation science for URM faculty; and she is co-Investigator of SF BUILD, a joint capacity building program between UCSF and San Francisco State University.  

External to UCSF, Dr. Fernández is on the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and on the National Academy of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy.                 

In her role as Associate Dean for Population Health and Health Equity, Dr. Fernández will work to develop action-oriented initiatives that translate the research and priorities of the School of Medicine into improvements in health equity in the patients and the communities we serve. She will focus on equity in the pandemic response and on public health priorities that impact the health of Latinos and other diverse populations in