Lee appointed as new Endowed Chair in Psychiatry Medical Student Education



UC San Francisco Health Sciences Clinical Professor Kewchang Lee, MD, has been appointed to the Endowed Chair in Psychiatry Medical Student Education for a five-year term which began on July 1, 2023. Lee, a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for more than two decades, joins a list of esteemed faculty members holding endowed chairs and professorships in the department.

Lee is based primarily at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, where he is the director of the UCSF Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Program, site director for psychiatry medical student education, and director of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System's consultation unit. He also serves as co-director of the department's Advancements and Promotions Committee. His interests include primary care and mental health integration, cross-cultural psychiatry, and medical education.

Endowed positions are bestowed in recognition of recipients’ outstanding accomplishments and to support future scholarly growth and further excellence across the department’s clinical, research, educational, and public service missions. The Endowed Chair in Psychiatry Medical Student Education was founded in 2002 as part of a special program that created teaching chairs domiciled in the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators (AME). It is funded equally by the School of Medicine and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and chairholders must be current AME members. 

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About UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry BuildingUCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital; UCSF Medical Centers at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Mount Zion; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; the San Francisco VA Health Care System; UCSF Fresno; and numerous community-based sites around the San Francisco Bay Area.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is exclusively focused on the health sciences and is dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. UCSF Health, which serves as UCSF’s primary academic medical center, includes top-ranked specialty hospitals and other clinical programs, and has affiliations throughout the Bay Area.