Sandy Feng, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), has been appointed the inaugural Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery. In her new role, Dr. Feng will serve as a leader in advancing the research mission of the Department, with particular focus on deepening and broadening the Department’s research portfolio, including basic and translational science, education and clinical/health services research, and innovation pathways.
During her distinguished decades-long career at UCSF, Dr. Feng has mentored medical students, residents, fellows, and junior attendings in clinical and translational research. She is also the Director of the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship. She is clinically active and performs liver, kidney and pancreas transplants.
Dr. Feng earned a doctorate in molecular biology from Cambridge University, funded by a Marshall Scholarship and earned her medical degree at Stanford University. She then completed a general surgery residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a transplant fellowship at UCSF. In the surgery category, Dr. Feng regularly ranks among the top 20 NIH-funded principal investigators in the U.S. Her research is focused on mechanisms of spontaneous tolerance and approaches to induce tolerance in adult and pediatric liver transplant recipients.
Dr. Feng is the overall lead principal investigator for four NIH-funded, multi-center tolerance trials and also served as a site principal investigator for a diverse portfolio of trials testing novel immunosuppression regimens in kidney and liver transplantation. Dr. Feng has held numerous leadership roles in the transplantation field, including Vice Chair and Chair of the Organ Availability and Data Advisory Committees for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). She has reviewed manuscripts for numerous high impact journals and served as one of the eight worldwide Deputy Editors for the American Journal of Transplantation. She currently serves on the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Feng will enrich and expand the Department’s research portfolio as well as inspire future leaders in academic surgery in her new role as Vice Chair for Research.