Dr. Michelle Albert appointed Associate Dean for Admissions at the UCSF School of Medicine

We are excited to announce the appointment of Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, as associate dean for admissions at the UCSF School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Albert, Professor of Medicine, will succeed David Wofsy, MD, who will be retiring in June after serving our learners and faculty for 15 years in this position. 

Dr. Albert brings more than 25 years of admissions and residency selection experience from her work at Harvard, Columbia University, and Howard University. She is uniquely positioned to relate to potential UCSF learners, and articulate what makes our institution so special.

A physician, epidemiologist and national leader in general cardiology, Dr. Albert currently directs the UCSF CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascULaR DiseasE (NURTURE Center). The Center develops innovative implementation strategies to curb adversity related cardiovascular disease risk, particularly in women and racial/ethnic minorities. She is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC). She received the prestigious American Heart Association (AHA) Merit Award in 2018 for visionary research – the first woman and underrepresented minority physician to receive this award. She has authored more than 100 publications.

Dr. Albert holds numerous national leadership roles. She is the Associate Editor at Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, serves on the Editorial Board of Circulation and is a Section Editor for Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports. She currently serves as a member of the NHLBI Board of External Experts (BEE) and as a standing committee member of the NIH study section – Mechanisms, Emotion, Sleep, & Health (MESH). She is President-elect of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., where she currently serves on their Board of Directors, and is President of the American Heart Association (AHA) San Francisco and Greater Board of Directors. Additionally, Dr. Albert serves on multiple national AHA and American College of Cardiology (ACC) committees, as well as on the Sarnoff Foundation Board of Directors.

Throughout her career, Dr. Albert has dedicated herself to mentoring others and improving the pipeline of underrepresented trainees in academic medicine. She has mentored more than 50 medical students and residents. In recognition of this outstanding mentorship, Dr. Albert received the Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award from the American Heart Association and the ACC Heart of Women’s Health Credo Award.

Prior to joining UCSF in 2015, Dr. Albert was the Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed Professor/Chair and Chief of Cardiology at Howard University. She completed her MD degree at the University of Rochester, her residency at Columbia University, and her fellowship and MPH at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she rose in the ranks to become Associate Professor in Medicine. Dr. Albert is a graduate of Haverford College, and in 2015 received the Haverford College Alumni Award given to an alumnus whose “work typifies the values of the college and is of outstanding service to humanity