University of California, San Francisco

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University of California, San Francisco
Division of Adolescent Medicine & Young Adult Medicine
3333 California Street, Suite 245
San Francisco, CA 94118-6215
Phone: (415) 502-2067
FAX: (415) 476-6106

Project Director:

Charles E. Irwin, MD
Phone:  (415)502-4850

Program Coordinator:

Twinkle Patel, MPA
Phone: (415) 502-2067


  •  The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) houses the San Francisco LEAH interdisciplinary program that is based in the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Adolescent Medicine & Young Adult Medicine.  Clinical Training occurs at the Benioff Children’s Hospital at the Parnassus Campus and research activities occur in the Policy Center for Childhood and Adolescence based at UCSF’s Laurel Heights Campus, a hub for academic activities.
  • The UCSF LEAH Program is affiliated with UCSF’s Center for Health and Community (CHC), Department of Psychiatry (LPPI), The Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and other programs in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), Mt Zion Hospital.  Clinical affiliations include university-based outpatient and inpatient facilities  as well as community-based Teen Health Centers, School-Based Clinics, Juvenile Justice facilities  Drug Abuse centers, Sports Medicine, and other supervised options that can be selected by trainees.  Targeted, mentored, community-based field leadership experiences, occur in a variety of local, regional and national settings.


The Mission of the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Project is to train the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders in MCH with special expertise in adolescent and young adult health.  These individuals will be capable of assuming roles as leaders in Adolescent and Young Adult healthcare, education, research, public health, and health policy at the university, community, state, regional, and national levels, and will be prepared to meet the challenges of a changing social and economic environment.

Philosophy and Guiding Principals

  1. To become skilled in delivering quality health care to adolescents with specific reference to the special health problems of this population.
  2. To acquire advanced skills in diagnosis and management of medical problems unique to adolescence.
  3. To attain an in-depth knowledge of normal adolescent growth and development, the family and those conditions that affect the health of an adolescent from the biological, psychological, political, legal and sociological perspectives.
  4. To become adept in the diagnosis and management of psychological problems of adolescence.
  5. To develop skills in the delivery of health care to high risk youth, and youth in community settings.
  6. To acquire experience in self-help methods, health education and planning and sex education in the clinical and school settings.
  7. To become familiar with the application of the interdisciplinary team approach in the delivery of health care to adolescents and their families  in conducting research  in training health professional sand in development of a collaborative trainee health project.
  8. To become skilled at conducting research from the inception of a question, development of a proposal, implementation of the research project, analysis of the data from the project, completion of research project including submission for presentation at a professional research society meeting and the preparation and submission of a manuscript for publication through completion of research courses, and careful supervision by a faculty research mentor.
  9. To become experienced in clinical teaching including the development of four formal didactic clinical presentation son common adolescent health issues.
  10. To develop the required clinical, teaching, research, policy and community skills to be capable of assuming a leadership role in the field of Adolescent Medicine.

Scientific and Research Capabilities

  • Over the past five years, LEAH faculty and trainees have received awarded grants from 68 intramural and extramural sources including MCHB, CDC, AHRQ, NIH, NSF, HHS-OAH, Department of Defense, State of California (MCH), UC AIDS Research Program, UC Tobacco Research Development Program, Gentech, Staglin Family Fund, Mental Insight Foundation and Inspire Foundation.
  • In the past 5 years, LEAH faculty have published 226 original articles; 27 chapters; 23 reviews, reports or editorials; and 62 abstracts.  In addition, faculty and trainees made 265 presentation sat meetings.  Our division played a major role as Associate Editors (Irwin, Shafer, Moscicki) for the revised 23rd Rudolph’s Pediatrics published in 2011.

Academics Training Programs

  • The LEAH Program at the University of California, San Francisco, offers a three year Adolescent Medicine fellowship, and fellowship training in nursing, social work, psychology, and nutrition.
  • LEAH faculty also train pediatric, internal medicine, family medicine, nurse practitioner students, psychology interns, social work interns, and nutrition interns.
  • The UCSF LEAH Program offers Fellows College which is a unique three year program tailored specifically to the professional development needs of ACGME and other academic fellows int he Department of Pediatrics.
  • The School of Medicine offers Training in Clinical Research Programs where trainees can obtain an Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR) Certificate, Master’s Degree in Clinical Research, or a Certificate in Implementation Science: Translating Evidence into Practice, Policy and Public Health.

Distance Learning

  • Capacity for streaming video with archival (edit here?)
  • Real-time teleconferencing
  • UCSF LEAH faculty are part of LEAH  collaborative training program for state adolescent coordinators

Clinical Programs

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gynecology / Reproductive Health
  • WATCH Obesity Clinic
  • Eating Disorders (edit this, repeated)
  • Nutrition

Community Health Programs

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Public Health Networks

  • UCSF LEAH has collaborative relativoy with the UCB School of Public Health MCH Program.  We sit on their Advisory committee and have an annual MCH Consortium.  In addition we play an active role in the Adolescent Health Collaborative of California.


Relationships with Non-Traditional Communities

Internships and Training Programs

  • Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine (ACGME accredited)
  • Long-term interdisciplinary training in adolescent health
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Social work
    • Dietetics / Nutrition
    • Psychology
  • Master’s Degree in Clinical Research

Core Faculty

Charles E. Irwin, Jr. MD
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Project Director

Cherrie Boyer, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief Psychologist

Claire Brindis, Dr. PH
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief of Health Policy

Andrea Garber, PhD
Associate Professor
Chief Nutritionist

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD
Developmental Psychologist

David Knopf, LCSW, MPH  
Associate Professor
Chief Social Worker

Erica Monasterio, MN
Professor of Clinical Nursing  
Chief Nurse

Mark Rubinstein, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Chief of Clinical Teaching


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