Message From the Chairman

A Time of Honors, a New Facility, and New Faculty

This issue of Heads Up! gives me reason to feel proud of our Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery!

The lead article of page 1 tells of Jennifer Grandis's R35 Outstanding Investigator Award from the NIH, which is a career honor that few can hope to attain. As you will read on page 4, Jenny was also honored with a distinguished professorship, having been named the Robert K. Werbe Distinguished Professor in Head and Neck Cancer. When you see her next time, please offer congratulations on this amazing and highly deserved recognition.

In September our department began providing services at our newest location at the Berkeley Outpatient Center, which is UCSF's first footprint in the East Bay. It is a fantastic facility that will be staffed by a number of faculty, but anchored by Anna Butrymowicz, MD, who recently joined us from New York. We are very excited to introduce her to you.

This issue of Heads Up! also introduces three other new faculty. Neil Bhola, PhD joined the department in February as an assistant professor. He is investigating the mechanistic and immunotherapeutic implications of chromatin regulation in drug resistant models of head and neck sqamous cell carcinoma and non-small cell lung cancer as a member of the Head and Neck Cancer Laboratory. Andrea Park, MD joined the microvascular team as a reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Park will work out of all sites, but her main office will be the Facial Plastic Surgery Office on the Mount Zion Campus. And Matthew Spitzer, PhD, joined the department as an assistant professor who will be concentrating on advancing translational care for head and neck cancer patients.

Finally, UCSF Medical Center has been named Best in the West by US News with a number #6 ranking. The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery moved up to #7 in the US News ranks. And we remain #1 in NIH funding for an OHNS department as tallied by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

I'd like to close by saying that I hope to see you soon at one of our CME courses in San Francisco or Hawaii.

Andrew H. Murr, MD, FACS
Chairman, Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology-
Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-
Head and Neck Surgery