SF BUILD Assistant Director for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnerships recognized by UCSF’s Clinical & Translational Science Institute  (CTSI)

Kelechi Uwaezuoke, DrPH, MPH, was one of four leaders selected to be featured for CTSI Celebrates! Black History Month. This spotlight recognizes and amplifies the great work of our amazing colleagues who are a part of UCSF’s research community. CTSI’s Mission is to improve patient and community health through clinical and translational research. This mission is advanced by developing broad coalitions and partnerships at the local, regional and national levels to enable a transformation of the research environment. Dr. Uwaezuoke was selected to be featured as this year’s community partner and shares insight on the work of SF BUILD, the importance of mentorship, community and offers key advice for researchers at UCSF and beyond. The interview can be found at https://ctsi.ucsf.edu/

Dr Tung T. Nguyen Named Inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor for Research – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism

Dear UCSF Community:

After a competitive search process, we are thrilled to announce that Tung Nguyen, MD, has accepted the role of associate vice chancellor for Research – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (AVC Research – IDEA). The role of the AVC Research – IDEA is to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded throughout the UCSF research enterprise through policies, practices, and value alignment toward developing a research environment that proactively addresses racism and all aspects of inequity and discrimination. This is an exciting new role that will be a member of the UCSF Office of Research leadership team.

Dr. Nguyen will guide UCSF’s research enterprise in defining its priorities according to these tenets of our university. Reporting to the vice chancellor for Research, with a dotted line to the vice chancellor of the Office of Diversity and Outreach, he also will work closely with the research deans in the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy as well as the Graduate Division to build on the 2021 recommendations made by the Office of Research Task Force on Equity and Anti-Racism in Research.

A longstanding member of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Community Engagement and Health Policy core, Dr. Nguyen joined CTSI leadership in 2021 as director of the Research Action Group for Equity (RAGE), which aims to increase the participation of racial and ethnic minorities in health research. Dr. Nguyen also serves as a principal investigator of SF BUILD, an NIH-funded partnership between UCSF and San Francisco State University to promote health research workforce diversity. Additionally, he serves as associate director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. In his new role, Dr. Nguyen will also serve as one of three principal investigators for the Clinical and Translational Science Award that supports CTSI.

Dr. Nguyen came to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, as a 10-year-old refugee who did not speak English. He grew up in San Jose, CA, received his BA in Philosophy from Harvard University and MD from Stanford University, and completed his primary care medicine residency at UCSF.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Nguyen on this inaugural appointment! We are confident that his leadership in this important role will further align UCSF’s research enterprise with its institutional values and commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism.


Harold R. Collard, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine and Health Policy
Vice Chancellor, Research

J. Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor – Office of Diversity and Outreach
Chief Diversity Officer
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care