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What Your Gift Means to the Department

There is a tremendous opportunity for you to make a significant difference today by supporting the Department of Surgery. Our mission is threefold: to develop the next generation of leaders in surgery; to provide outstanding quality clinical care that is cost effective, yet compassionate; and to make significant advances in scientific knowledge and clinical practice through basic and clinical research.

Leading Center of Excellence

The University of California, San Francisco is renowned as one of this country's premier academic medical centers offering state-of-the-art surgical care while leading the way in research and education.  The Department includes a distinguished group of clinical and research faculty. Thanks to them, the Program enjoys an outstanding reputation in clinical care, research and education.

The Department is a world leader in surgery and an international leader in Global Health and outreach. UCSF also  serves as a major clinical referral center, attracting surgical patients from around the world, and treating some of the most complex and difficult cases. Because UCSF is a premier biomedical research center, the translation of their new findings to patient care and teaching is rapid and direct.

Education and Training that Prepares the Doctors of the Future

Participants in UCSF's highly competitive surgical residency training program rotate through six different hospitals, treating and caring for patients from San Francisco and beyond.  Almost half of all UCSF-trained surgeons pursue careers in academic surgery, choosing to become educators in the field themselves.  The Program plays a key role in shaping the career of many future surgeons and it is imperative that UCSF be at the forefront of surgical education.

Strong Leadership

The UCSF Department of Surgery is also an international leader in medical education, with researchers sharing their findings with other institutions across the country and around the world through peer-reviewed publications. Your support of the UCSF Department of Surgery at UCSF is an investment in a better future, providing our physician-scientists with the opportunity to pursue their research efforts and transcend their abilities in patient care. 

Many Ways to Contribute

Major Gifts

Major gifts- both outright and endowed, provide our faculty with the funds needed to pursue their important investigations, purchase equipment, or establish a lecture fund- to name a few. Amid drastic cutbacks in funding from the NIH, personal philanthropy is more important now than ever before. Many donors choose to establish both current and endowed funds that will benefit an area of personal or intellectual interest. Outright support allows our faculty members the flexibility to support projects that need funding immediately, while endowed funds create an enduring, highly visible link between the donor or honoree for whom the endowment is named and further, provide our donors the opportunity to share in the pleasures of the program's successes in perpetuity. Private philanthropy is essential- it is the catalyst for success as our physicians tirelessly investigate new, more effective treatments for our patients.

Endowed Support

Endowments, such as Distinguished Professorship and Chairs will allow the Department to grow and enrich the program in many ways. These gifts help to facilitate our faculty members to enhance existing programs and to create fellowships and lectureships. They also support promising new programs that might otherwise go unfunded.

Additionally, endowed funds are powerful recruiting tools for attracting and retaining the most talented and sought after health scientists and teachers. With such first-rate faculty come the brightest graduate students, the most accomplished colleagues and the public and private support that contribute to an intellectually challenging environment. Naming opportunities are often available with endowments.

Unrestricted Gifts

Other gifts include unrestricted funds to support Department priorities such as faculty initiatives, research efforts and capital projects, just to name a few.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest. For more information, please contact our Director of Development, Sarah Krumholz. As Development Director for the Department of Surgery, Sarah works with our friends and supporters to encourage philanthropic giving to our programs. Historically, private philanthropy has played a crucial role in the advancement of teaching, education and research. This trend is all the more important today with cutbacks in NIH funding for research. 

With the financial support of those whose lives have been touched by our faculty and staff, the UCSF Department of Surgery will continue to make pioneering discoveries that improve the lives of patients. 

If you, a family member, friend or colleague are interested in making a gift to support the Department of Surgery, please contact: 

Sarah KrumholzSarah Krumholz
Director of Development, Surgical Specialties
University of California, San Francisco
Telephone: 415-502-1899
Fax: 415-476-1590

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