UCSF Mourns the Loss of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee

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A tireless advocate for equality and innovation, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee partnered with UC San Francisco on a number of initiatives that improved the city’s health care access and economic vitality.

On Tuesday, UCSF mourned the loss of a trailblazing leader and strong collaborator in designing solutions for the San Francisco community.

[Mayor Lee] was an extraordinarily decent, upbeat and dedicated leader of San Francisco, and a staunch ally of UCSF in our mission to provide high-quality health care for all, teach the next generation of leaders in the health sciences and drive breakthroughs in research.

UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mayor Ed Lee,” said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS. “He was an extraordinarily decent, upbeat and dedicated leader of San Francisco, and a staunch ally of UCSF in our mission to provide high-quality health care for all, teach the next generation of leaders in the health sciences and drive breakthroughs in research.

“My heart goes out to his family. We, and the broader world, have lost a very special person.”

Improving Access to Quality Health Care

Lee came from a background of civil rights, and from his first days in office in 2010, he championed health care for all San Franciscans through the longstanding partnership between the city and UCSF at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG). At the hospital, UCSF physicians and staff have worked side-by-side every day with employees of the San Francisco Department of Public Health for nearly 150 years.

“Mayor Lee provided unwavering support for ZSFG, the SFGH Foundation that supports the hospital, and the rebuilding of new facilities here,” said Sue Carlisle, MD, PhD, vice dean for ZSFG.

Touting the breakthrough research that allows patients to receive the highest quality care at ZSFG, Lee became instrumental in the approval earlier this …

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