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Richard N. Barg, J.D., MBA

Richard N. Barg, J.D., MBA

Director of Development,
Department of Surgery

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Box 0104, 513 Parnassus Ave, Med Sci
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA. 94143 - 0104
(415) 425-1483
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  • Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, BA, Politcal Science 1974
  • Emory University, Atlanta, GA, JD, 1978
  • Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA, MBA, 2002
  • State Bar of California

Richard Barg, JD, MBA is Director of Web Development for the UCSF Department of Surgery. Mr. Barg earned his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College, degree in law from Emory University, and MBA from Golden Gate University.

Richard leads a web development team that has created over 70 websites for the Department of Surgery, a list that includes its state-of-the-art clinical programs and innovative research labs. He also manages the Department's news feeds and oversees it's social media presence. Richard spearheaded the effort to integrate departmental biographies with UCSF Profiles, and to leverage Profile's extensive web assets. In 2016, Richard was tapped by the Department of Surgery to sit on the UCSF Committee on Website Governance.

Mr. Barg joined the Department of Surgery in 2004, initially working for the Thoracic Oncology Program led by David Jablons, M.D., a world-renowned thoracic surgeon and Thierry Jahan, M.D., a preeminent thoracic oncologist. Between 2000 and 2003, Mr. Barg's girlfriend Nadine Manney was treated in the Thoracic Oncology Program for advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Initially told by doctors in the community that her cancer was inoperable and she had 6-12 months to live, Richard sought out treatment for her at UCSF where she received aggressive neoadjuvant (pre-surgery) therapy that down-staged her tumor, enabling her to have surgery. When her cancer recurred a year later, Richard enrolled her in a series of clinical trials that extended her life. She ultimately survived for 3 1/2 years before finally succumbing to the diease.

As a caregiver, Richard learned about the stigma attached to having lung cancer, the perception that its victims are somehow responsible for their plight. In Nadine's case, she had never smoked and was only 42 when diagnosed. This inspired Richard to become an activist, part of a movement that sought to eradicate the "blame the victim" mentality, and to address the inadequate research funding for the disease. Mr. Barg was subsequently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for a story about lung cancer in never smokers that helped to debunk myths and misconceptions about lung cancer. The journalist, Amy Marcus, ultimately won the Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on medical issues that year.

 Mr. Barg  served on the board of the National Lung Cancer Partnership between 2005 and 2009 and has also written about lung cancer screening for the UCSF Department of Radiology.

  1. He B, Barg RN, You L, Xu Z, Reguart N, Mikami I, Batra S, Rosell R, Jablons DM. Wnt signaling in stem cells and non-small-cell lung cancer. Clin Lung Cancer. 2005 Jul; 7(1):54-60. View in PubMed
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