People

Laura Fejerman, PhD

Associate Professor
Medicine

Dr. Fejerman focuses on the discovery of genetic and non-genetic factors that contribute to breast cancer risk and prognosis in Latinas. Her past work established a relationship between genetic ancestry and breast cancer risk, where higher European ancestry in U.S. and Mexican Latinas was associated with an increased risk. Her subsequent research has built upon this observation, exploring genetic variants, through admixture mapping and genome-wide association approaches, as well as the possible environmental and lifestyle related factors, and ancestry-gene interactions.

Carolyn Gibson

Clinical Research Psychologist
Psychiatry

Dr. Carolyn (Carrie) Gibson is a psychologist and health services researcher in the San Francisco VA Health Care System. She uses epidemiologic and qualitative methods to study women’s health and mental health related to menopause and aging. Her current research, supported by a VA HSR&D Career Development Award, focuses on women Veterans’ health, the role of interpersonal trauma and PTSD in aging-related health, and gender-sensitive care for women in integrated primary care settings.

Deborah Grady, MD

Professor in Residence
Medicine

Deborah Grady, MD, MPH is Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and of Medicine, Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the UCSF/Mount Zion Women's Health Clinical Research Center and the UCSF Women's Health Faculty Development Program.

Alison Huang, MD

Associate Professor In Res
Medicine

Dr. Alison Huang is an internal medicine physician, clinical epidemiologist, and clinical trialist at the University of California San Francisco. She leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers in advancing understanding of the impact of menopause and aging on women's health and developing more effective strategies to prevent and treat health conditions that disproportionately affect older women.

Vanessa Jacoby, MD, MAS

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences

Dr. Vanessa Jacoby is an obstetrician gynecologist with a research program focused on surgical gynecology. She has studied long-term health outcomes of hysterectomy and oophorectomy. She is the principal investigator of prospective cohort study of women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations who undergo risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy funded by the American Cancer Society. Most recently, her research has focused on studies of new minimally invasive treatments for women with uterine fibroids.

Alka Kanaya, MD

Professor In Residence
Medicine

I have focused my clinical research in the field of type 2 diabetes and obesity and have developed a three-pronged research program that is unified under this theme. The first arm consists of using existing cohort studies to test novel biomarkers that predict diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The second arm is to create a South Asian cohort to study these risk factors in a very high risk group. The final arm is to test behavioral interventions to prevent the onset of diabetes.

Karla Kerlikowske, MD

PROF IN RES-HCOMP
Medicine

Dr. Karla Kerlikowske is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF, Co-Director of the Women’s Clinic and Director of the Women’s Health Fellowship at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her clinical research focuses on cancer epidemiology including studies of breast imaging, breast cancer risk assessment, breast density and epidemiology of invasive breast cancer and DCIS.

Eric Vittinghoff, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Epidemiology & Biostatistics