Our Leadership

UCSF Health's executive team is part of the larger Chancellor's Cabinet. This group advises the chancellor on many areas, including the development of UCSF strategic goals and evaluation of progress toward those goals.

President | Chief Executive Officer

Mark R. Laret

Mark R. Laret is president and chief executive officer of UCSF Health, an internationally recognized medical institution with more than 950 beds, nearly 2 million outpatient visits and annual revenue of over $4 billion. UCSF Health has affiliations with top health care organizations throughout Northern California. Laret is also a founder of Canopy Health, a doctor- and hospital-owned accountable care network of more than 4,000 health care providers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UCSF Medical Center among the top 10 hospitals in the nation. Laret has led initiatives to improve patient and family health care experiences, to improve the quality and safety of care, and to establish a regional network of hospitals and physicians. He oversaw construction of UCSF Health's newest hospital complex – UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay – which opened in 2015 and includes hospitals for children, women's services and cancer, as well as an outpatient center.

Laret joined UCSF in 2000. He has more than three decades of experience as a health care executive and is a national leader in health care reform. He held several leadership positions at UCLA Medical Center from 1980 to 1995 before serving as CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center from 1995 to 2000. He is chair of the board of directors of Canopy Health and past chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Teaching Hospitals and the California Hospital Association.

Laret earned a bachelor's degree at UCLA and a master's degree at the University of Southern California (USC), both in political science.

Executive vice president | Chief clinical officer
Vice dean, UCSF School of Medicine

Josh Adler, MD

Dr. Josh Adler is executive vice president and chief clinical officer at UCSF Health as well as vice dean for clinical affairs at the UCSF School of Medicine. As chief clinical officer, he oversees the coordination, clinical integration, and quality and safety of care across the health system. He is responsible for faculty practice operations; leads the health system funds flow program; and oversees population health, medical staff affairs, risk management, clinical innovation and resource management. He is responsible for managing the UCSF Health network of clinically integrated physicians. As vice dean, he works with clinical department chairs to ensure alignment of UCSF's clinical, research and education priorities and physician involvement in operational decision making.

Adler is a practicing internist and professor of clinical medicine at UCSF. He previously served as chief medical officer at UCSF Medical Center and medical director of ambulatory care. He earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and completed a residency at UCSF, followed by a chief resident year at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. He held several positions in the VA system, including chief medical officer of the VA Sierra Pacific Network.


Michael R. Anderson, MD, MBA

Dr. Michael R. Anderson is senior vice president, children's services, at UCSF Health and president of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. He is a professor and vice chair for children's health, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF School of Medicine. Anderson leads the development and delivery of high-quality, safe, patient-centered care, and research and education programs at the hospitals' San Francisco and Oakland campuses.

Before joining UCSF Health in 2016, Anderson was vice president and chief medical officer for University Hospitals in Cleveland and professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is a board-certified pediatric critical care specialist, has published on a variety of pediatric topics, and has been appointed by two presidential administrations to chair national advisory committees on children's needs in disasters. Anderson has an undergraduate degree from John Carroll University (JCU) and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Children's Hospital of Michigan and a fellowship at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. He holds a master's of business administration in health care administration from Kent State University College of Business Administration. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters by JCU.

Chief Operating Officer | Senior Vice President

Sheila Antrum

Sheila Antrum is senior vice president and chief operating officer at UCSF Health. She ensures that the operations of patient services across the health system align with UCSF Health's vision and strategic objectives. She oversees strategic implementation of UCSF Health's affiliations, finances, quality and safety for adult patient services across UCSF Health's locations and affiliates on the west side of the bay, and has matrixed responsibilities for operations in children's and cancer services. Nursing, clinical services, facilities, supply chain, major construction projects, mental health operations and perioperative services report to her.

Antrum has been with the University of California for more than two decades. She recently served as chief nursing and patient care services officer for UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco, and previously worked at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Hampton University and a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.


Alan Ashworth, PhD

Dr. Alan Ashworth is senior vice president and the president of cancer services at UCSF Health as well as president of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is responsible for all cancer-related activities across UCSF, including research and clinical operations. Ashworth co-leads the Center for BRCA Research, which provides personalized care and planning for families with BRCA and other mutations, and performs research into treatments and preventive strategies. He co-leads SF CAN, the first comprehensive cancer strategic plan for a major U.S. city, and the University of California (UC) Cancer Consortium, a research and advocacy alliance of the National Cancer Institute–designated comprehensive cancer centers across UC.

Ashworth is a translational biologist and laboratory researcher who focuses on understanding cancer genetics to improve treatment and care of patients. In 1995, he was part of the team that identified the BRCA2 breast cancer susceptibility gene. Ten years later, he discovered how to kill BRCA1- and BRCA2-related tumor cells by treating them with PARP inhibitors. Three PARP inhibitor drugs are now approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of ovarian and breast cancer. Before joining UCSF, Ashworth served as chief executive of the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and as director of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre in London.


Joe R. Bengfort

Joe R. Bengfort is senior vice president, information technology, and chief information officer at UCSF Health as well as an associate vice chancellor at UCSF. His responsibilities span across the university, including UCSF Health, research, education and administration, as well as strategic information technology (IT) initiatives at the University of California (UC) health system. At UCSF, he leads IT information and analytics, financial and human resources core systems, infrastructure, operations, customer support services and security. He represents UCSF at UC to establish strategy and tactics to protect data, systems, and university and health system operations.

Bengfort joined UCSF in 2011. He worked for 22 years at Perot Systems, where he held a broad range of senior leadership positions, including the management of client relationships and service delivery at Parkland Hospital, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Triad Hospitals and Stanford Health Care. He has a bachelor of science degree in electronic engineering technology from Texas A&M University.


Michael Blum, MD

Dr. Michael Blum is associate vice chancellor, informatics, and chief digital transformation officer at UCSF. Blum is responsible for UCSF's strategic design and implementation of informatics and digital health capabilities in support of clinical care delivery and discovery. He is a professor of medicine in cardiology, specializing in preventive cardiology and care of patients with congestive heart failure or valvular heart disease, and general cardiology. Blum is passionate about wellness and preventing heart disease through a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes diet, exercise and stress reduction, as well as early detection of heart disease and aggressive medical intervention to reduce its impact. His clinical and informatics activities intersect as he drives the digital transformation of care delivery.

Before his medical career, Blum trained as an engineer and now applies his expertise in technology to health care as chief digital transformation officer and as executive director of the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI). Previously, he was a leader of the successful enterprise deployment of Epic's electronic health record system and development of a large-scale networked enterprise data warehouse that supports the campuses' clinical, research and education missions, and expands data and information sharing and aggregation across the University of California. As executive director of CDHI, he leads UCSF's early-stage validation and incubation of digital health technologies to improve wellness preservation and disease management.


Cynthia Chiarappa

Cynthia Chiarappa is vice president, administration, and chief of staff to the UCSF Health CEO. In this capacity, she serves as a senior adviser to and designate of the CEO, leading key initiatives in support of UCSF Health's operational and strategic priorities. She oversees the organization's Lean Transformation, its $358 million value improvement initiative, strategy deployment and the UCSF Health Experience Division, among other duties. She has more than 25 years of health care administration experience, including leading and influencing large cultural transformations.

Before joining UCSF, she was vice president of strategy at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, where she introduced and built a Lean Transformation culture. She was also senior director of marketing and communications at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Chiarappa holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis and a master of business administration degree from California State University, Sacramento.

President of affiliates

Shelby Decosta

Shelby Decosta is senior vice president and chief strategy officer at UCSF Health as well as president of the UCSF Health affiliates network. She is responsible for leading and executing strategic planning and business development for UCSF Health. She oversees relationship and network development for the health system, as well as concierge and executive health, managed care, and marketing and branding.

Decosta joined UCSF Health in 2015. She previously was senior vice president of mergers, acquisitions and partnerships at Trinity Health in Michigan. She also served in various strategic planning roles at Dignity Health in San Francisco and Nevada and at Southern California Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente). Decosta received her master’s degree in healthcare administration and a bachelor of science degree in health promotion and disease prevention/health policy and management, both from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Chief Financial Officer | Senior Vice President

Raju Iyer

Raju Iyer is senior vice president and chief financial officer. He is responsible for the financial strategy and services of UCSF Health, which has an annual revenue of more than $4 billion. Iyer oversees financial reporting, as well as capital management, decision support, government reimbursement, revenue cycle and health information management services for UCSF Health, including its affiliated physician networks.

Iyer joined UCSF Health in 2018. Previously, he served as the regional chief financial officer for Providence St. Joseph Health in Northern California. With more than eighteen years of experience in health care finance, he has managed financial operations of for-profit and non-profit medical institutions, as well as adult and children's hospitals. His background also includes work on mergers and acquisitions. Iyer holds a master of science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a bachelor of science degree in commerce from the University of Bombay.


Brian Newman

Brian Newman is vice president for real estate at UCSF Health and a senior associate vice chancellor at UCSF. Newman oversees all campus real estate planning, space management and capital construction activities, as well as the UCSF Health Department of Design and Construction and Major Capital Projects. He and his team are focused on delivery of high-performing work spaces and patient care areas that are welcoming, easy to navigate and sensitive to UCSF's neighbors.

Newman previously was vice president of campus development at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), where he oversaw planning and development of OHSU's new campus on Portland's South Waterfront, with more than 2 million square feet of clinical, academic and research facilities. Before joining OHSU, he spent 15 years as a planning consultant and elected official working on land use and transportation projects in the Portland metro area. Newman has a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

senior vice president

Matthew State, MD

Dr. Matthew State is senior vice president of UCSF Health, president of UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics (LPPHC), director of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and chair of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. His responsibilities include expanding access to the highest quality mental health care, developing world-class programs in research and education, and integrating psychiatry into the university's neuroscience community. State also leads mental health services at Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is the Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and a member of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

State earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and earned a PhD in human genetics from Yale University, where he was on the faculty before coming to UCSF. Over the past two decades, State's laboratory has played a leading role in the discovery of genes underlying autism spectrum disorder, Tourette syndrome and brain malformation syndromes. He now collaborates extensively with colleagues at UCSF, Yale and other institutions to understand how these genetic mutations result in changes in brain development, as a path to identifying new and more effective treatments. State has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and received numerous national and international awards, including the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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Annual Reports

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Career Information

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Diversity at UCSF Health

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Our Mission

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Quality of Patient Care

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