UQ Medical School alumnus appointed chancellor of prestigious US institution

12 February 2015

Distinguished UQ medical school alumnus Dr Sam Hawgood has been appointed the 10th chancellor of the prestigious University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj congratulated Dr Hawgood, who is renowned for his research into the care and treatment of sick and premature babies and became UCSF School of Medicine Dean in 2009.

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“Sam’s selection to lead one of the world’s most prestigious, research-intensive universities is a momentous achievement and endorses his humble, collegial and grounded leadership style,”Professor Høj said
“Under his stewardship of the School of Medicine, UCSF was ranked second in the world in clinical medicine and pharmacy by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2013. UQ follows Sam’s progress with pride, but we also acknowledge that the development of great alumni is a partnership extending over many decades, and that Sam credits values learned from his parents for much of his success,” he said.
“We are honoured to have someone of Sam’s calibre as a UQ alumnus, serving, making a widespread and enduring impact, and winning deserved recognition in the global arena. He is one of many outstanding members of our 210,000-plus alumni network who are demonstrating knowledge leadership, and making a difference that enhances society and inspires individuals.”
About Dr Hawgood
Dr Hawgood grew up on the Redcliffe Peninsula and attended the Anglican Church Grammar School. He graduated from the UQ School of Medicine in 1975 (MBBS First Class Honours) and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 2012.
Before joining UCSF in 1982 as a Research Fellow, Dr Hawgood’s experience in Australia includes being a Resident at the Southport Hospital on the Gold Coast in 1976, a Paediatric Registrar at Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane between 1978 and 1980, and a Neonatal Fellow at Queen Victoria Medical Centre in Melbourne in 1981.
Prior to accepting the interim Chancellor’s position in April, Dr Hawgood was Dean of UCSF’s School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor of Medical Affairs. Under his leadership, the UCSF School of Medicine became the top medical school in the nation in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (US$439.6 million in 2013), with many of its departments also leading the nation in their fields.
He is a member of the American Academy of Paediatrics and the American Association of Physicians, and in 2010 was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which provides authoritative advice to US Congress, other decision makers and the public as part of the National Academy of Sciences.

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