Company Name:

University of California, San Francisco


San Francisco, California

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Chiefs/Directors/Department Heads

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Date Posted:

October 15, 2018

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Chief of Psychiatry for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and Vice Chair for ZSFG, University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry

Search for the Chief of Psychiatry for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and Vice Chair for ZSFG, University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry


The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) seeks a dynamic and visionary clinician-leader to serve as the Chief of Psychiatry for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) and Vice Chair for ZSFG in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Reporting to the Chair of Department of Psychiatry at UCSF and the Vice Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the ection and oversight of ZSFG mental health services spanning numerous on and off-site clinical and clinical-research locations. The new Chief will strengthen the clinical enterprise through laborative, integrated services and will increase research and partnerships to provide substantial impact leading best practices for care while providing critical services and care for the most underserved populations in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is an opportunity for an individual with a deep commitment to public psychiatry to serve as a leader in the field, shaping the future of mental health in the city, the region, and nationally.


The UCSF Department of Psychiatry at Zuckerberg San Francisco General is San Francisco's largest provider of acute patient psychiatry care, serving more than 13,000 individuals, including children and families, annually. Providing essential care to child, adolescent, and adult patients, both at the hospital and at off-campus sites throughout the community, ZSFG is also home to the only dedicated 24/7 receiving facility for Psychiatric Emergency Service in the City and County of San Francisco. The only Level 1 Trauma Center in San Francisco and northern San Mateo, ZSFG has a rich history of pioneering care for its residents as one of the early leading hospitals for HIV related care, including mental health services. It continues to serve as the safety net hospital for the most vulnerable populations in the city of San Francisco including the city's homeless population, numbering close to 10,000 with at least 30 to 40 percent suffering from mental illness or substance abuse. In addition to providing direct care for psychiatric illness and substance dependence, ZFSG offers vocational rehabilitation, consult with public schools and the San Francisco jail, and services for teenagers in the criminal justice system.


The Department of Psychiatry at Zuckerberg San Francisco General resides in a 539-bed county hospital serving San Francisco's diverse ethnic and racial minority populations. Inpatient psychiatric services include 44 acute psychiatric beds, a forensic unit that works in tandem with the San Francisco City and County Courts and Jail system, and an array of specially staffed and culturally appropriate services ected towards ethnic minorities. ZSFG offers an active Psychiatric Emergency Service that assesses over 7,000 patients per year, a Consultation-Liaison Service, a Preventive Depression Clinic, an active Substance Abuse Service and Clinical Research Center, and a citywide case management program for individuals who have severe residual psychopathology that results in repeated contact with the mental health system.


The next Chief of Psychiatry at ZSGH will play a vital role in improving the lives of patients within and beyond the walls of the hospital. The Department is committed to public psychiatry, and its programs are on the front line of addressing homelessness and mental health in San Francisco. The Chief will work throughout the hospital and the community to advance the public health mission of ZSFG Psychiatry.


In doing so, the next Chief of Psychiatry at ZSFG will develop, integrate and oversee education, research, clinical services, and community-based behavioral health programs in psychiatry. They will lead continued growth and integration of psychiatric and behavioral services both on-site at the hospital and off-site across the city of San Francisco and will foster partnerships to address the mental health needs of the city. The next Chief will address a set of key opportunities and challenges, listed below and detailed in this document:

  • Ensure a united vision for patient care and integrated services at ZSFG and in the community
  • Serve as strong partner to the City and County of San Francisco
  • Manage resources and explore new sources of revenue
  • Enhance and strengthen opportunities for research and training
  • Partner effectively within the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and ZSFG Hospital
  • Inspire and support staff across all divisions


UCSF has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and a complete list of the desired qualifications and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

David Bellshaw, Cati Mitchell-Crossley, and Camille Sheffield

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: (415) 655-4900

Fax: (415) 655-4905


UCSF seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. UCSF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity.

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