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Chief of Psychiatry, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

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Open date: November 1, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Mar 20, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, May 1, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Chief of Psychiatry
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Vice Chair for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

The Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) and the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DPBS) invite applications for the Chief of Psychiatry at ZSFG & Vice Chair for ZSFG, UCSF DPBS. The faculty position is full-time and will be filled at a rank commensurate with experience and in the appropriate faculty series.

We are seeking candidates whose leadership experience has prepared them to promote excellence in clinical care, research, training, and public service and who have a demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Preferred qualifications include a strong record of leadership and a national reputation of creative, disseminated contributions to academic medicine in one or more of these core missions.


  • MD or equivalent, Board Certified in Psychiatry, and licensed to practice medicine in California at the time of appointment
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in complex clinical systems and administration of a complex organization, including strong financial management skills
  • Knowledge or experience in the provision of psychiatric services in an acute general hospital setting
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Knowledge or experience in working with public health/public sector behavioral health services or community-based services
  • Demonstrated experience working with underserved and culturally diverse patient populations and eliminating mental health disparities
  • Experience working with public health/public sector officials and local government agencies
  • Established record of program development, leadership, and innovation in clinical, educational and/or research efforts and the integration of these missions
  • Knowledge or experience in a leadership role in an academic environment, including familiarity with academic personnel and faculty mentoring


  • Oversee, develop, and integrate clinical, education, research, and community-based behavioral health programs at ZSFG
  • Strengthen and develop the clinical mission through collaborative strategies and approaches that will increase research and partnerships across the enterprise
  • Play a key departmental role in the UCSF DPBS, work with the leadership team to advance the department’s missions of providing outstanding clinical services, developing, and leading world-class research and training programs, and serving the San Francisco and broader Bay Area communities across sites
  • Lead the psychiatric clinical services at ZSFG in seven divisions: (1) Acute and Emergency Services; (2) Integrated Behavioral Health/Neuropsychology; (3) Substance Abuse and Addiction Medicine; (4) Alliance Health Project; (5) Citywide Case Management; and (6) Trauma Recovery Services; (7) Division of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Mental Health, in collaboration with the DPBS Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Promote philanthropy and other new sources of revenue
  • Direct an operational budget of $93 million, which includes the UCSF/SFDPH Affiliation Agreement, contracts with the City and County of San Francisco and other government entities, as well as sponsored research
  • Oversee all DPBS faculty and staff activity at ZSFG, including coordination with other DPBS leadership on faculty searches, mentorship, and guidance around faculty responsibilities and advancement
  • Provide direct teaching, supervision, and support of education innovations in clinical and research educational programs for medical students, residents, psychology interns, and postdoctoral fellows in a variety of disciplines
  • Serve as a key strategic partner for the DPBS Chair and broader leadership team on all missions of the department -- clinical care, research, education, public service, and diversity and health equity
  • Support, provide mentorship and serve as an advocate for faculty, staff, and trainees within ZSFG Psychiatry, with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

The UCSF DPBS is a national leader in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. The DPBS core missions include research, education, patient care, public service, and health equity. It is one of the largest departments in the School of Medicine and has an organizational structure that crosses all major UCSF and affiliated sites including UCSF’s Parnassus, Mount Zion, and Mission Bay campuses, Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the SFVAHCS, and UCSF Fresno. In addition, the DPBS leads several large community-based programs in San Francisco, including Citywide Case Management, the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center, and the Alliance Health Project.

DPBS is also a core member of the Weill Institute for Neurosciences, which brings together world-class researchers, clinicians, and educators to solve some of the most complex challenges related to human brain health. Over the past decade, UCSF has made mental health, psychiatry, and the clinical and basic neurosciences a major institutional priority. UCSF DPBS. UCSF ranks in the top ten nationally in US News and World Report (USNWR) for our psychiatric hospital and with respect to medical school training in psychiatry. Our adult residency program currently ranks 4th in the nation according to USNWR and Doximity.

ZSFG Psychiatry
The UCSF Department of Psychiatry at Zuckerberg San Francisco General is San Francisco’s largest provider of acute 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.

Providing a range of clinical services informed by evidence-based practices, the UCSF Department of Psychiatry at Zuckerberg San Francisco General is comprised of seven clinical divisions. The department is the second largest at ZSFG, employing 450 faculty and staff that include UCSF faculty physicians and psychologists who lead multi-disciplinary teams of nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and occupational therapists in providing high quality care of patients and families experiencing acute mental illness.

The department has an operating budget of $93 million, including UCSF/SFDPH Affiliation Agreement funding, contracts with the City and County of San Francisco and other government agencies for clinical care, as well as extensive sponsored research funding. Services within each division are funded through multiple sources, with the largest source of funding coming from the longstanding affiliation agreement between the hospital, the university, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Under the terms of the affiliation agreement, UCSF provides physician and other professional services at ZSFG, which also serves as a crucial training ground for UCSF medical students and residents. UCSF physicians and other health care professionals work alongside City nurses, administrators and health care workers employed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Services supported through ZSFG and the DPBS are delivered through seven divisions including:

Acute and Emergency Services -- Including Psychiatric Emergency Services, the Inpatient Service comprised of three units (including the Jail Psychiatry Unit) with a total of 50 beds, the Consultation/Liaison Service, and the Jail Psychiatry Service (outpatient services in the SF County Jail). As the largest provider of adult acute and emergency mental health care in the City and County of San Francisco, this Division serves 6,500 emergency patients per year, of whom approximately 50 percent are voluntarily self-presenting.

Alliance Health Project -- Supports the mental health and wellness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-affected communities in constructing healthy and meaningful lives. Founded in 1984, AHP was among the first organizations to emphasize mental health and wellness and to provide emotional support, peer support, and therapy to HIV-positive and HIV-negative people, their families, and communities. Today, Alliance Health Project programs and services include behavioral health services, HIV counseling and testing services, publications and training, and research.

Integrated Behavioral Health and Neuropsychology Services -- Includes Neuropsychology Services, the Primary Care Behavioral Health Team, Healthy Steps, and Solid Start interdepartmental programs. It provides direct clinical service to ZSFG patients who are referred by their treating physician for inpatient or outpatient psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. A multidisciplinary team of social workers, health workers, psychologists, and a psychiatrist provide consultation, diagnostic assessments, social service linkage/referral, and psychotherapeutic services for patients at ZSFG’s primary care clinics. The HealthySteps Program provides integrated mental health services to patients in the ZSFG Children’s Health Center. Solid Start is an innovative program offering integrated support for the health and well-being of women, infants, children, and their families wherever they receive care at ZSFG.

Citywide Case Management Services -- The largest case management provider for the chronically and seriously mentally ill in San Francisco. They support the recovery of San Francisco’s highest risk mentally ill adults and work to reduce their use of institutional and acute care (psychiatric emergency services, hospital care, and/or jails). Its programs include Citywide Focus, Citywide Forensics, Citywide Linkage Team, Citywide Roving Team, Citywide Employment Services, in addition to collaborating on research initiatives and developing critical resources for clients.

Infant, Child and, Adolescent Psychiatry -- Includes programs and services encompassing clinic and community-based direct care and consultation services (within ZSFG clinics, daycares, schools, and other community-based settings), training, and research. Services range from infant-parent programming to youth eating disorder assessment and treatment and collaborates with partners such as the San Francisco Unified School District, Juvenile Justice system, and Homeless Prenatal Program.

Substance Abuse and Addiction Medicine -- Includes the Office-Based Buprenorphine Induction Clinic, Opiate Treatment Outpatient Program, Methadone Van, Office-Based Opiate Treatment Program, and Stimulant Treatment Outpatient Program. It is one of the three largest providers of methadone treatment for opiate addiction in the city, developing innovative clinical programs to engage patients in addiction treatment.

Trauma Recovery Services -- Includes four community-based mental health programs: the Child and Adolescent Support Advocacy and Resource Center, the Trauma Recovery Center, the Rape Treatment Center, Survivors International, and the Neurotrauma Outreach Program. Trauma Recovery Services provides a range of support services both children and adult victims of violent crimes, including rape and sexual assault, collects forensic evidence for the SFPD, and provides counsel to refugees and survivors of torture from around the world.

The multiple ZSFG Psychiatry Divisions and their services are widespread and housed in the ZSFG hospital as well as four off-campus community sites throughout the City of San Francisco.

More information about UCSF at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are available at and

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The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 5. The minimum base salary range for this position is $139,500-$297,200. This position includes membership in the health sciences compensation plan which provides for eligibility for additional compensation.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details: Contributions to Diversity Statement

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Francisco, CA