UCSF Fresno: 2023 Year in Review

As 2023 comes to an end, we want to take a moment to reflect on and share some of what has been accomplished this year. We thank all members of our campus community and our partners who enable us to achieve new milestones and contribute to improving health in Central California and the San Joaquin Valley. Here is a look back at some of our shining moments and events that defined UCSF Fresno in 2023.  



UCSF Fresno welcomes new SJV PRIME students

Students in the SJV PRIME Class of 2025 started training at UCSF Fresno. They represent the fourth cohort of students in the UCSF SJV PRIME.​

Group of medical students walking into a building hallway
SJV PRME Class of 2025 starts training at UCSF Fresno. 


Mobile HeaL launches Rural Mobile Health program

With support from and in partnership with the Fresno County Department of Public Health, UCSF Fresno Mobile HeaL launched mobile medical services for agricultural workers and rural communities in Fresno County.

Agriculture workers waiting in line outside medical RV .
Rural Mobile Health Program

Campus trainee lounges receive a makeover

Trainee lounges at UCSF Fresno were redesigned to bring residents and medical students together and to create places for trainees and learners to decompress and recharge in one of two spaces – a relaxation room or an active lounge.

Students playing foosball in redesigned lounge room.
Active lounge


UCSF Fresno celebrates another successful Match Day

UCSF Fresno celebrated SJV PRIME students and all incoming residents on Match Day. UCSF Fresno filled all available positions and three of the first six graduates in the UCSF SJV PRIME matched at UCSF Fresno for residency.

Man standing holding a sign that says "I matched"
Amitoj Singh, one of the first six UCSF SJV PRIME graduates


Staff of elected officials get a crash course on UCSF Fresno

UCSF Fresno held the first UCSF Fresno 101, a day for staff of San Joaquin Valley elected leaders to take a crash course on UCSF Fresno.

Group of people in a classroom taking a group photo in front of a presentation screen
UCSF Fresno 101


Mobile HeaL offers clinics for the Unsheltered Community

With support from and in partnership with the City of Fresno, UCSF Fresno Mobile HeaL launched mobile medical services for Fresno’s unsheltered community.

Medical staff sitting and helping a patient at unsheltered clinic.
Unsheltered mobile clinic

SJV MedBridge begins accepting applications

UCSF Fresno’s SJV MedBridge, the first community college pathway to medical school in partnership with California Medicine Scholars, began accepting applications. The first students were admitted in spring 2023 and an orientation was held.

Male medical student standing next to a medical dummy.
SJV-MedBridge orientation

UCSF Fresno introduces first SJV PRIME Day

UCSF Fresno held the first SJV PRIME Day, a day that brought all four classes of students in the UCSF SJV PRIME together for networking with one another, faculty, staff and friends of UCSF Fresno.  

Group of people posing for a picture about to eat lunch in a cafeteria setting.



UCSF Fresno celebrates graduates at Commencement

UCSF Fresno celebrated the Class of 2023 including more than 100 graduates with a commencement ceremony at a new location in the auditorium in Fresno City College’s Old Administration Building.

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2023 Commencement

UCSF Fresno welcomes new residents 

UCSF Fresno welcomed new residents during Orientation Week which included an Intern Clinical Skills Boot Camp.

Group of seven women posing for a picture in front of some trees.
Interns at the Clinical Skills Boot Camp 



Clinical Research Center introduces new staff and capabilities 

The UCSF Fresno Clinical Research Center, which opened in 2013, has grown significantly to oversee more multi-disciplinary clinical trials and studies. An open house was held to highlight the CRC’s new staff and capabilities. At last count, there were 73 active clinical trials, 41 public service projects and 38 open studies.

Person pouring liquid into a test tube.
UCSF Fresno Clinical Research Center 

SJV PRIME Class of 2027 starts at UCSF

UCSF SJV PRIME admitted its fifth cohort of students this year. Students in the Class of 2027 started classes in San Francisco.

Group of medical students standing in front of historical building
SJV PRIME Class of 2027

SJV PRIME+ Pathway kicks off.

SJV PRIME+, the Baccalaureate-to-MD pathway in partnership with UC Merced, admitted its first cohort of students.

Large group of people taking a group photo at an event.


New Chief of Medicine announced

Vipul Jain, MD, was announced as Chief of Internal Medicine at UCSF Fresno.

Photo of Dr. Vipul Jain in a suit.
Vipul Jain, MD


New Chief of Emergency Medicine named

Danielle Campagne, MD, was announced as Chief of Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno.

Professional headshot photo of Dr. Danielle Campagne
Danielle Campagne, MD

California Surgeon General visits UCSF Fresno 

The Fresno County Health Improvement Partnership convened a conversation with California’s Surgeon General Diana E. Ramos, MD, at UCSF Fresno.

Group of people posing for photo in an auditorium.
California's Surgeon General Diana E. Ramos, MD (third from right)

New Endowed Chair honored 

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at UCSF Fresno to celebrate the establishment of the James W. and Amy Davis Endowed Chair in Trauma honoring Lawrence Sue, MD, FACS. UCSF School of Medicine Dean Talmadge King presented the endowed chair plaque.

Two men posing shaking hands and presenting after one received an awarded plaque
L to R: Lawrence Sue, MD, and Jim Davis, MD

School of Medicine Dean holds Town Hall at UCSF Fresno 

School of Medicine Dean Talmadge King held a town hall at UCSF Fresno where several updates were presented along with announcement of the establishment of the Katherine A. Flores, MD, Health Pathway Champion Award.

Group of people posing for a photo in an auditorium
UCSF School of Medicine Dean Talmadge King at his UCSF Fresno Town Hall where the establishment of the Katherine A. Flores, MD, Health Pathway Champion Award was announced. 


Lt. Governor visits UCSF Fresno

California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis met with public health leaders and SJV PRIME students at UCSF Fresno to discuss health equity, access to care and reproductive health among other topics.

Group of twelve people standing in UCSF Fresno lobby posing for a picture
California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis met with public health leaders and SJV PRIME students at UCSF Fresno. 

Faculty members honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards

Two faculty members at UCSF Fresno William Dominic, MD, with the Department of Surgery, and Katherine A. Flores, MD, with the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research and founder of the UCSF Fresno Doctors Academy, received Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Fresno Madera Medical Society Installation & Gala.

Dr. William Dominic posing with an award
William Dominic, MD
Dr. Katherine Flroes posing with an award
Katherine A. Flores, MD



Mobile HeaL celebrates a big year as it readies for another.

In 2023, UCSF Fresno Mobile HeaL acquired two new grants enabling us to continue providing COVID-19 care as well as health screenings for rural communities, unsheltered communities, immunizations for kids, and mobile medical services for uninsured and underinsured. This year alone, Mobile HeaL cared for nearly 5,000 patients across 285+ mobile clinics in Fresno County.

UCSF Fresno Mobile Clinic RV
UCSF Fresno Mobile HeaL secures two new grants to expand mobile medical care. 


In Memory Of

Sadly, in 2023, UCSF Fresno lost key faculty members and campus leaders including Lori A. Weichenthal, MD, FACEP, and Gene W. Kallsen, MD. Together, they provided 74 years of combined service to UCSF Fresno. Drs. Weichenthal and Kallsen will always be remembered and in our hearts.

Dr. Lori Weichenthal posing in front of trees
Lori Weichenthal, MD
Dr. Gene Kallsen posing in his white coat in the UCSF Fresno Lobby
Gene Kallsen, MD




To support UCSF Fresno, please contact Kathleen Smith, Associate Director of Development,
(559) 499-6426 or [email protected]

UCSF Fresno wishes you a happy, healthy 2024!