UCSF

Associate Deans

The following associate deans are part of the Dean’s Office.

Associate dean

Kishi

Donald Kishi, PharmD

Associate Dean Kishi serves as academic advisor for doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students entering the program in 2017 and before, and advises PharmD student organizations, in particular, on health-related student outreach activities. He also co-coordinates the School’s education training partnership with Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences established in 1994.

Associate dean of academic affairs

Kearney

Thomas Kearney, PharmD, DABAT

The associate dean of academic affairs analyzes and advises on issues related to faculty merit, promotion, and discipline. He also reviews proposals for appointment and promotion of academic personnel and serves as the liaison for the School with campus academic offices and governing bodies.

Associate dean of administration and finance

Nordberg

Michael S. Nordberg, MPA/HSA

Associate Dean Nordberg directs the Office of Administration and Finance. He oversees School-level human resource management of the faculty and is responsible for the School’s central budget administration, resource tracking and analysis, and purchasing. He advises the dean on resource strategies, while ensuring that the School’s administrative and resource activities are conducted according to the policies and procedures of UCSF, the University of California, and other governing bodies.

Associate dean of assessment and quality improvement

Assemi

Mitra Assemi, PharmD

Associate Dean Assemi ensures that the School continually assesses and improves its doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program through the collection and evaluation of specific program data as deemed important by the faculty, and as required by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). As the School’s point person on all matters related to accreditation, she keeps informed about changes in accreditation standards and procedures, and updates faculty on changes as they happen.

Associate dean of external scientific affairs

Santi

Daniel Santi, MD, PhD

Associate Dean Santi cultivates and moves forward specific, mutually beneficial research partnerships among the School and entities outside the School, primarily the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as identified together with the dean. These partnerships aim to advance scientific discoveries that ultimately lead to new and improved therapeutics to prevent, treat, and cure disease, and improve health. He also organizes an annual UCSF-Scripps-Industry retreat and a symposium featuring prominent Bay Area biotechnology companies.

Associate dean of pharmaceutical services

Daniel L. Wandres, PharmD

Associate Dean Wandres is the director of pharmaceutical services for the UCSF Medical Center. He works closely with the dean and with the chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. Together they ensure that the pharmacy enterprise of the medical center and the pharmacy research, patient care, and education aims of the School are leading, mutually supportive, and that they ultimately benefit patients.

Associate dean of planning and communications

Levings

Susan Levings, MS

Associate Dean Levings directs the Office of Planning and Communications and oversees School-level communications. She is responsible for positioning the School for maximum internal and external visibility among target audiences, developing plans to increase visibility and measure success, managing strategic planning and reporting, and supporting and advising the dean on special projects. She is also the dean's liaison on advancement-related matters, including development and university relations.

Associate dean of research

Sali

Andrej Sali, PhD

In addition to developing his own research, Associate Dean Sali advises the dean and School leaders on research issues and opportunities and represents the School to top campus research decision makers and on research-related campus committees.

Associate dean of student affairs

Watchmaker

Cynthia B. Watchmaker, MEd, MBA

Associate Dean Watchmaker oversees the Office of Student and Curricular Affairs and develops and administers programs for the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program related to student wellbeing and success, academic advising for students entering the program in 2018 and beyond, career and professional development, student recruitment, and admissions. She provides advice and leadership to the School on matters related to its pharmacy students and works in conjunction with faculty members, students, and campus units to develop services and programs responsive to student needs.