Our faculty is world-class. We reserved this space to highlight just some of the amazing people who help us fulfill our mission of being a welcoming and healing environment, offering the latest medical technology and compassionate care for everyone who needs it, no matter your situation.
The Department of Medicine and Zuckerberg San Francisco General celebrates its hard-working, talented, and dedicated members through the 2021 ZSFG Medicine Service Awards. These awards are an opportunity to express gratitude for faculty commitment to the hospital and department’s goals. Peers, through comments, provided nominations.
Paula Lum, MD
HIV, ID & Global Medicine
Awarded by her peers with the John Murray, MD Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine
This award is presented to a Medicine faculty member in recognition of academic excellence and dedication to the humanitarian mission of ZSFG.
“Dr. Lum has dedicated her career to ZSFG,” wrote one nominator. “She has mentored countless individuals in her work on the inpatient service, HIV clinic, San Francisco Primary Care (SFPC) Residency, and now Addiction Medicine fellowship. She has been one of, if not the only, senior physician at ZSFG to champion Addiction Medicine even decades before it had the attention that it does today. She has used research and teaching to advocate for the most stigmatized patients at ZSFG—the people who use drugs, who go “AMA” (against medical advice) from the hospital—who many shy away from. And today, she is truly the leader of Addiction Medicine at ZSFG. She has lifted up so many others who now lead addiction medicine efforts throughout ZSFG, DPH, UCSF, and nationally. Patients, trainees, and mentees look to her constantly for the ultimate wisdom as they care for patients with substance use disorders.”
Annie Luetkemeyer, MD
HIV, ID & Global Medicine
Awarded by her peers with the Henry F. Chambers, MD Medicine Subspecialty Consultant Award
This award recognizes an outstanding subspecialty faculty member who exemplifies the contribution of longtime Infectious Disease specialist Henry “Chip” Chambers.
“In her role leading COVID clinical trials at ZSFG, Annie has ensured that our patients have access to the most advanced therapies, both through trials and through compassionate use programs,” wrote one nominator. “She has always been available to answer clinical questions regarding novel therapeutics and has helped ensure equity in access to trials. Thanks to Annie and her team, we have felt comfortable knowing that our COVID patients at ZSFG are receiving unparalleled access to the latest COVID therapies.”
Carolyn Hendrickson, MD
Pulmonary & Critical Care
Awarded by her peers with the Care Experience Award
This award is given to a faculty member at the Assistant Professor level and recognizes dedication to the care experience, respect for patients, and shared decision-making to meet patients’ needs.
“When the first cases of COVID-19 came to the Bay Area in early 2020, our division realized that we were on the precipice of a time like no other,” wrote one nominator. “Dr. Carolyn Hendrickson, our new co-Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, sprang into action immediately and began developing the concrete policies, practices, and systems that our division used as a lifeline to navigate the pandemic ahead of us. She engaged providers across the country and world to begin developing clinical guidelines for the care of COVID patients and worked tirelessly to develop staffing models. Carolyn quickly scaled up a practice environment that did not cut corners on providing high-quality, evidence-based care for our critically ill COVID patients. She worked with nurses, respiratory therapists, consulting services, and researchers to make sure that our patients had access to the finest care available, by developing new protocols, creating new Epic workflows, and cultivating a practice environment that was committed to quality improvement even in difficult conditions. Our low mortality rates are a testament to this preparation and constant practice improvement.”