Nancy Hessol, MSPH

Phone: +1 415 476-3848
Fax: +1 415 502-0792
3333 California Street, Rm 420K
UCSF Box 0613
San Francisco, CA 94118
United States

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What I do

As an epidemiologist, my primary responsibilities are to conduct clinical research which includes study design, execution, analyses, and dissemination of results.

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My research expertise

Health disparities, Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, HIV-related malignancies, Human papillomavirus infection, Recruitment and retention of women and moorities in research studies, Disparities in health care


MSPH, Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982
BA, Biochemistry, Hampshire College, 1979


Nancy Hessol is an epidemiologist whose research interests include HIV disease progression and mortality, HIV-related malignancies, and human papillomavirus infection. She is currently a member of the CFAR Internal Advisory Board and Scientific Council as well as the ARI Executive Committee. She Chairs the UCSF-wide RAP committee on Clinical HIV/AIDS, Infectious Diseases, and Global Health. She is also an active member of the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee.

She received a Master’s of Science in Public Health in epidemiology from UCLA’s School of Public Health in 1982 and following graduation worked on occupational, environmental, and reproductive epidemiological studies at the Hanford Nuclear facilities in Richland, Washington. In 1986 and with a strong desire to work with the growing AIDS epidemic, Ms. Hessol joined the San Francisco Department of Public Health where her research focused on HIV disease progression. Seven years later she began employment at UCSF where she is currently a Professor in the Departments of Clinical Pharmacy and of Medicine. In March 2010 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the UCLA School of Public Health and was inducted into the UCLA School of Public Health Hall of Fame.