WARM Hearts

WARM Hearts (Women’s Advancement and Recognition in Medicine)

Welcome! WARM Hearts is a peer networking and professional development support program open to all faculty, focused on the needs of women faculty members based at ZSFG.


Leadership   Networking   Advocacy   Wellness   Career Development


The Vision of WARM Hearts is to support all faculty, focusing on the needs of the diverse workforce of highly qualified UCSF women faculty at ZSFG. 

WARM Hearts was founded in 2010 by Christina Mangurian, MD, MAS, Department of Psychiatry. Inspired by her experience during the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar, she created this group with the intention of developing a cross-departmental community of women physician leaders at ZSFG.

WARM Hearts received initial support from The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women and the SFGH Foundation and continues to be supported by Elena Fuentes-Afflick MD, MPH, Vice Dean, ZSFG and the UCSF Dean's Office at ZSFG.

WARM Hearts hosts regular meetings focused on concrete skill building and maintains a group email list that highlights career development activities.

Since its creation, WARM Hearts has drawn together like-minded women from all departments and at all stages of their careers. If you would like to join, please contact Dr. Maggie Gilbreth, current WARM Hearts Chair at [email protected]


WARM Hearts Chair


Maggie Gilbreth, MD (Pediatrics)


WARM Hearts Leadership Council

Heather Briscoe, MD (Pediatrics)

Mabel Chan, MD (Pediatrics). Past WARM Hearts Chair

Carol Chen, MD (Emergency Medicine)

Esther Chen, MD (Emergency Medicine)

Christina Mangurian, MD, MAS (Psychiatry). WARM Hearts Founder and Past Chair

Urmimala Sarkar, MD (Internal Medicine). Past WARM Hearts Chair

Delphine Tuot, MD (Internal Medicine)

WARM Hearts Wellness Retreat

WARM Hearts Wellness Retreat


2024 Past Meetings:
  • January 2024: "Overview of UCSF Family Services" with Nathalie Larsen (Director of UCSF Family Services), Pauline Lee (UCSF Family Services Coordinator), and Caroline Carter, IBCLC (UCSF Family Services Specialist) and with access to this recording


2021 Past Meetings:

Peer Review Tip Sheet 

  • February 2021: Dr. Mabel Chan leads "WARM Hearts Virtual Wellness Retreat" with support from the UCSF Faculty/Staff Morale Fund
  • March 10, 2021: Dr. Arghavan Salles leads "While Building Your Career, Don't Forget to Build Your Family." (ZOOM RECORDING), a discussion of fertility in healtcare workers as part of International Women's Day programming. 
  • March 24, 2021 from 12-1 PM: Dr. Starr Knight leads interactive session "The ZSFG Workplace Experience: Priorities and Perspectives"
  • April 14, 2021 from 12-1 PM: Dr. Carol Chen leads "Life Hacks for Our Virtual World"
  • May 19, 2021 from 12-1 PM: Dr. Maggie Gilbreth, Dr. Bridget Keenan, and Dr. Lekshmi Santhosh (The Founders of WILD) lead "The Role of Affinity Groups in Combating Gender Disparities in Healthcare Leadership" 
  • June 10, 2021 from 7-8PM: Joint meetings between WARM Hearts and WILD on "How to Factor Your Biological Clock Into Your Life and Career."  Presentation led by Dr. Martha Noel from the UCSF Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and Leslie Feingerts, MBA, Founder of Fertility Forward.  


2020 Past Meetings:


2019 Past Meetings:
  • January 16, 2019: Nancy Pargot. “A year-round resolution: Money Management for Retirement.”
  • January 18, 2019: Cara Alter: “Speaking with Credibility and Confidence.”
  • March 2019: Dr. Esther Chen: “Design Thinking for Creative Problem Solving at the UCSF Maker’s Lab.”
  • March 2019: UCSF Women’s Day
  • May 15, 2019: Allison Mitchell & Liz Catalano: “Fundraising 101: Foundations and Major Gifts.”
  • August 21, 2019: Mitch Durrell leads "EPIC Survival: Practicing Mindfulness in a Busy World.”
  • September 17, 2019: UCSF Faculty Development Day at Mission Bay
  • September 18, 2019: Dr. Carol Chen: “Life Hacks Luncheon.”
  • October 1, 2019: Dr. Esther Choo visits ZSFGH. She will have an afternoon session from 2 PM- 4 PM at the Carr Auditorium for WARM Hearts members.
  • October 16, 2019: Professionally Photographed Head Shots by The Studio Experience at UCSF. Must be pre-registered on sign-up list to attend. 


Selected Past Topics/Speakers

  • Fonta Hadley, Eloquence Communication Studio: Verbal and Nonverbal communication training for Leadership
  • Dr. Bradley Sharpe, "Community-Based Educational Skills Series- Key Principles in Feedback"
  • Dr. Elisabeth Wilson MD, MPH, Director of Education for the Family and Community Medicine
  • Dr. Sue Carlisle, Vice Dean ZSFG
  • Dr. Elena Fuentes-Afflick, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at UCSF. "Mentorship for Women Faculty Members."
  • Dr. Anda Kuo, Meeting Optimization Program workshop - MOP website


WARM Hearts in the News

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