Example of Bio-Sketch Format:
Education and training
Other (honors and awards, affiliations, etc.)
Examples of Doctors’ Bio-Sketches:
Dr. Laura Esserman, Director of the UCSF Carol Frank Buck Breast Care Center
A nationally renowned breast care expert, Dr. Laura Esserman is the director of the Breast Care
Center and a breast surgeon. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University
and her medical and surgical training from Stanford University. Esserman completed a
postdoctoral fellowship in breast oncology at Stanford in 1988, and received an MBA from
Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1993. She then joined the UCSF faculty in 1993. While
recognizing great opportunities to advance our knowledge and treatment of breast cancer,
Esserman decided to specialize in breast cancer research and treatment, determined to make a
meaningful difference in the lives of those faced with the condition. Her overall vision is to
develop state-of-the-art ways to care for and empower patients during their treatment, as
demonstrated through her initiatives for a patient healing garden, art therapy and same day
For more information, including a list of Esserman’s publications, please click here (link to CV)
Dr. Morton J. Cowan, Director of the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Division
Dr. Cowan is recognized throughout the world for research in immunodeficiency diseases, the
use of alternative donors and in utero stem cell transplantation. He performed the first bone
marrow transplant at UCSF for a child with severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID) in
1982, the first T cell depleted transplant on the West Coast for a child with leukemia in 1985 and
more recently, the first pure blood stem cell transplant from a parent to a child with SCID in North
Cowan earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Following two years in
surgery at Duke University Medical Center and three years as a staff scientist at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), Cowan joined UCSF where he completed his pediatric and immunology
training. He established the pediatric BMT program in 1985. Cowan has more than 100
publications in a variety of medical and scientific journals focused on the genetics of SCID and
the immunobiology of in utero stem cell transplantation.
For more information, including a list of Cowan’s publications, please click here (link to CV)
William Grossman, M.D., Chief, Division of Cardiology; Meyer-Friedman Professor of
A native of New York City, Dr. Grossman received his undergraduate degree from Columbia
University (summa cum laude). He obtained his M.D. degree from Yale in 1965 and then
interned at Harvard Medical School’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. After internship, Dr.
Grossman served in the Peace Corps for two years in India. While there, Dr. Grossman
published his first of many research papers. Dr. Grossman returned to Boston in 1968, where he
continued his training in internal medicine and subsequently in cardiology at Harvard’s Peter Bent
Brigham Hospital. Dr. Grossman started his academic medical career as the Director of the
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. In
returned to Boston in 1975 to be the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Pter
Betn Brighma Hospital. In 1981, he became the Chief of Cardiology at Boston’s Beth Israel
Hospital. After an distinguished career building the Cardiology Division there, he
In 1971, Dr. Grossman and family (now including Jennifer, born in India, and Edward,
born in Boston) moved to Chapel Hill, NC , where he was appointed Director of the Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the. He was promoted to
Associate Professor in 1974, received his first research grant from the NIH, and in 1975 was
awarded an Established Investigatorship of the American Heart Association.
Nelson B. Schiller, M.D., F.A.C.C., Professor of Medicine, Radiology and Anesthesia
Dr. Schiller has an international reputation in echocardiography research and teaching. He
earned his Bachelor’s degree in Science at Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1962 and
his Medical degree at State University of New York, Buffalo, New York in 1966. He did his training
as a Medical Intern at Ochsner Medical Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1966-1967 and his
Medical Residency at the University of California, San Diego, California, 1969-1971. In 1973, Dr.
Schiller completed a USPHS Clinical Cardiology Traineeship at the University of California, San
Francisco and joined the faculty that year. Dr. Schiller is board certified in internal medicine and
cardiovascular diseases, and is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Schiller founded the UCSF Echocardiography Laboratory and the Adult Congenital Heart
Disease clinic. He is credited with many standard practices in echocardiography, including
intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography. He has authored over 200 peer review
publications, numerous book chapters, and electronic publications. For the past ten years, Dr.
Schiller has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Teresa De Marco, M.D., Director of the UCSF Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension
Program and Professor of Medicine.
Dr. De Marco graduated from UC Berkeley in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in
Physiology/Anatomy and Italian Language/Literature. In 1982, she earned her M.D. from UC
Irvine School of Medicine. She completed her internship, residency, and fellowship at UCSF, and
then a cardiac transplant fellowship at the University of Utah Medical Center. Dr. De Marco
joined the UCSF faculty in 1989 as a practicing cardiologist and is board certified in internal
medicine and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. De Marco is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is a member of many
professional societies and committees. Dr. De Marco serves on the editorial board of the Journal
of the American College of Cardiology and Congestive Heart Failure in addition to acting as
manuscript reviewer for a variety of publications. In high demand as a lecturer at meetings and
conferences, she is widely published, having authored many articles and book chapters. Dr. De
Marco has received many research grants to support her research in heart failure and pulmonary
Rita F. Redberg, M.D., M.Sc., Research Director of UCSF National Center of Excellence in
Women's Health, San Francisco; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Dr. Redberg graduated from Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences, Ithaca, New York, in
1977 (B.A.). In 1981, she obtained a Master of Science in Health Policy and Administration from
the London School of Economics in London, England. In 1982, she graduated from the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (M.D.). Dr. Redberg completed her internship,
residency, and fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. She joined the
cardiovascular faculty here at UCSF in 1991. She is a practicing cardiologist, and is board
certified in internal medicine and in the subspecialty of cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Redberg is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association
Council on Clinical Cardiology, and the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and
Prevention. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of American College of Cardiology, and
American Heart Journal. She also serves as a manuscript reviewer for several additional medical
journals, including, among others, the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of the
American Medical Association, and the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.
She has authored numerous articles, books, and book chapters in the areas of cardiology and
echocardiography, and has lectured throughout this country and abroad on topics in those fields.
She has also received several grants to support her research in these areas.
William W. Parmley, M.D., MACC, Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program;
Vilensky Professor of Medicine
Dr. William W. Parmley is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins Medical School. He
did his residency training in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins and then completed two years at
the Cardiology Branch of the National Heart Institute as a clinical associate. His formal
cardiology training followed at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston where he briefly stayed
on as an instructor in medicine. In 1969 he moved to Los Angeles as Associate Chief of
Cardiology at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA. In 1973
he moved to the University of California, San Francisco as Chief of Cardiology at Moffitt Hospital,
a position he held until mid 1997. Currently, he is the Araxe Vilensky Professor of Cardiology,
and continues as Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program. He has been active in
the American College of Cardiology, serving as President of that organization in 1985-1986 and
currently serving in his 10th year as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of
Cardiology. He is Past Chairman of the Cardiovascular Boards of the American Board of Internal
Medicine and has also served on the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine of the
ACGME. His research interests include cardiac function, vascular endothelial function, coronary
artery disease, and cardiomyopathy.
Andrew D. Michaels, M.D., Co-Director, Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory;
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Andrew Michaels joined the Cardiology Division at UCSF as Assistant Professor of Medicine in
July 2000. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and remains an avid University of Michigan
sports fan. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History and
Science. He received his medical degree at UCSF, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega
Alpha Honor Society. He also completed his internal medicine residency, cardiology fellowship,
and interventional cardiology fellowship at UCSF. He is a committed teacher to UCSF medical
students as the cardiovascular discipline chief for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. He
has co-authored a cardiology textbook for medical students and internal medicine residents. Dr.
Michaels’ clinical interests include coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention,
coronary hemodynamics, and balloon valvuloplasty. His research interests focus on coronary
hemodynamics, management of refractory angina, and new interventional technologies. He lives
with his wife Renee, daughter (Rachel, 4 years), and son (Matthew, 2 years).
Thomas A. Ports, M.D. Director of Interventional Cardiology; Professor of Medicine
Thomas Ports is a board certified Interventional Cardiologist at UCSF and the current Director of
Interventional Cardiology. He was born in Steubenville, Ohio and attended Ohio State University,
College of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Chicago in 1976, and his
cardiology fellowship at UCSF in 1978. Dr. Ports specializes in valvuloplasties. His hobbies
include golf and wine tasting. His wife, Catherine Covey, is a nephrologist; they have two
children (Daniel, 18 and David, 10).
Tony Chou. M.D., Professor of Medicine
Tony Chou has been a faculty member at UCSF since 1993 where is an associate professor. He
served as director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory 1997-1999. He specializes in
interventional cardiology and has an active practice focused on ischemic heart disease. He is a
graduate of Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine and completed residency, chief
residency, fellowship and interventional training at UCSF. Hobbies include golf, running and
baseball. He is happily married to Kristine Miller.
Fady Malik, M.D.
Fady Malik MD, PhD is an interventional cardiologist and a member of the UCSF Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratory. He has been a member of the UCSF faculty since 2000. He received
his MD/PhD from University of California at San Francisco in 1994 where he also completed a
residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. He
is board certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine
Dr. Elias H. Botvinick is Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Radiology (Nuclear Medicine). Director of
the Stress Testing Laboratory and the Co-Director of the Adult Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratory
Dr. Botvinick earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from NYU
School of Medicine. He did his internship, residency, and was a Chief Medical Resident, at Bellevue – NYU
Hospitals. Dr. Botvinick came to UCSF in 1973 to train in Cardiovascular Diseases and subsequently joined the
faculty. Dr. Botvinick is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Nuclear Medicine.
Dr. Botvinick began his research career in medical imaging and did early research in echocardiography and
cardiac scintigraphy, imaging the heart with small doses of radiotracers. He was a pioneer in the development of
nuclear heart imaging and stress testing with perfusion imaging, an increasingly important noninvasive method
and most accurate for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and for the risk stratification of coronary patients.
Currently, Dr. Botvinick is actively involved in patient care, teaching and research. He loves and supports UCSF,
working to make it ever better in a difficult health care system. Most importantly, he works hard to provide his
patients access to both him and the health care system.
Melvin Scheinman, M.D., Chief, Cardiac Electrophysiology Section; Professor of Medicine
Dr. Melvin Scheinman is one of the founding pioneers of clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He
grew up in Brooklyn, New York and took his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University
where he graduated first in his class. Postgraduate medical education included Albert Einstein
College of Medicine, residency training at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and
cardiology training at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
Dr. Scheinman is best known as the first person to have performed catheter ablation in humans.
This was done after extensive animal studies. Dr. Scheinman and his team used high energy
direct current shocks and were the first to ablate accessory pathways and used this technique to
ablate the fast AV nodal pathway. Dr. Scheinman and his colleagues were instrumental in the
development of radiofrequency energy applications for a whole gamut of cardiac arrhythmias.
More recently, Dr. Scheinman and his colleagues have developed techniques for modification of
sinus node function in patients with inappropriate sinus tachycardia and for cure of patients with
automatic junctional tachycardia.
Dr. Scheinman is also well known for his work in defining the role of electrophysiologic studies in
determining need for pacemakers in patients with AV conduction disturbances. He was the first to
initiate combined pacemaker and beta blocker therapy for patients with the long QT syndrome.
He was among the first to prove the efficacy of intravenous amiodarone therapy for patients with
malignant ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Scheinman's current interest revolve about use of new
antiarrhythmic agents (i.e., Ibutilide, Azimalide) and in defining the basic mechanisms of unusual
forms of atrial flutter.
Dr. Scheinman is a renowned teacher and was awarded the Henry Kaiser Award for Excellence
in Teaching as well as the Teacher of the Year Award in 1973. He was also honored with the
Paul Dudley White Award for Excellence in Teaching by the American Heart Association. Dr.
Scheinman is director of an annual course on Advanced Clinical Electrophysiology and Ablation
given at the American College of Cardiology, Heart House in Bethesda, Maryland. He was
awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award by the American College of Cardiology, and give the
Plenary Address at the 22nd Annual Scientific Sessions of the North American Society for Pacing
and Electrophysiology, both in 2001. Dr. Scheinman is a superb clinician and among the busiest
clinician on faculty. His opinion is sought for difficult clinical cases and his clinic is amongst the
most active at our medical center.
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