Doctor Stories | UCSF Health

Get behind the white coats and discover what makes UCSF doctors tick: what inspires them, what they're passionate about, and the personal and professional experiences that make them the doctors they are today.

Dr. Andrew Posselt, bariatric and transplant surgeon

Andrew Posselt

See how an early interest in taxidermy led Dr. Andrew Posselt to become a multifaceted surgeon who performs organ transplants, bariatric surgeries and a life-improving procedure for people with diabetes.

Dr. Carter Lebares, gastrointestinal surgeon

Carter Lebares

Inspired by life in a poor neighborhood to become a doctor and help people, Dr. Carter Lebares now specializes in gastrointestinal surgery methods that enable patients to heal faster.

Dr. Edward Chang, neurosurgeon

Edward Chang

Neurosurgeon Dr. Edward Chang explains how getting to know patients with brain disorders as individuals allows him to provide procedures that help them achieve their hopes and dreams.

Dr. Ethan Weiss, cardiologist

Ethan Weiss

Cardiologist Dr. Ethan Weiss says it's not always obvious who's at risk for heart disease – but, he explains, anyone can take steps to reduce the risk.

Dr. Georg Wieselthaler, heart and lung surgeon

Georg Wieselthaler

Heart and lung surgeon Dr. Georg Wieselthaler is a bold innovator in treating heart failure, but he's still awed by the "miracle" he witnesses when he transplants a heart.

Dr. Hal R. Collard Jr., pulmonologist

Hal Collard

Pulmonologist Dr. Hal Collard, director of UCSF’s interstitial lung disease program, talks about great advances in ILD research and how patients inspire him to push for better treatments and a cure.

Dr. Lewis Blevins, neuro-endocrinologist

Lewis Blevins

Learn how endocrinologist Dr. Lewis Blevins' love of art informs his practice, so his care isn't just for a type of illness but for an individual affected by that illness.

Madhulika Varma

The variety of challenges and diversity of colleagues drew Dr. Madhulika Varma to practice colorectal surgery at UCSF, but what motivates her most is helping patients feel better.

Dr. Malcolm John, infectious disease expert

Malcolm John

See what infectious disease specialist Dr. Malcolm John has to say about important advances in preventing HIV as well as the work that remains to be done.

Dr. Margaret Tempero, gastrointestinal oncologist

Margaret Tempero

The difficulty of treatment drew gastrointestinal oncologist Dr. Margaret Tempero to become a champion for patients with pancreatic cancer. She says collaborative, innovative care means hope.

Dr. Michael Conte, vascular surgeon

Michael Conte

As a child, Dr. Michael Conte was inspired by his mother's heart surgery: He became a vascular surgeon who understands patients' fears and aims to develop techniques that will keep them well longer.

Dr. Mitchel Berger, neurosurgeon

Mitchel Berger

Neurosurgeon Dr. Mitchel Berger pioneered techniques that have made surgeries for brain tumors and epilepsy safer and more successful.

Dr. Nancy Ascher, organ transplant surgeon

Nancy Ascher

Organ transplant surgeon Dr. Nancy Ascher has a unique perspective, having not only surgically removed kidneys for those in need but also donated one herself.

Dr. Peter Carroll, urologist

Peter Carroll

Dr. Peter Carroll is one of the busiest prostate cancer surgeons in the world, yet he helped pioneer a less aggressive, nonsurgical approach to treatment that's a better option for many patients.

Dr. Tami Rowen, OB-GYN

Tami Rowen

OB-GYN Dr. Tami Rowen has long loved delivering babies, but she says going through her own pregnancy made her an even more compassionate doctor for women.

Dr. Thomas Vail, orthopedic surgeon

Thomas Vail

Dr. Thomas Vail may be praised as one of the top orthopedic surgeons nationwide, but he still welcomes his patients' opinions and active participation in their treatment and recovery plan.