University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Executive Leadership

A.Ashworth Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS serves as President of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Senior Vice President for Cancer Services, UCSF Health.  Dr. Ashworth also serves as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine and holds the E. Dixon Heise Distinguished Professorship in Oncology. 

E.SmallEric Small, MD serves as Deputy Director and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Small is Leader of the Prostate Cancer Program and also serves as Chief of the Department of Medicine/Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF.  He holds the Stanford W. Ascherman and Norman R. Ascherman Endowed Chair as well as the Doris and Donald Fisher Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Cancer Research.   Dr. Small also serves as Interim Associate Director for Clinical Sciences.

R.Hiatt Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD, serves as Associate Director for Population Sciences. Dr. Hiatt is Leader of the Cancer Control Program, as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF. He also leads the San Francisco Cancer Initiative.

A.Venook Alan P. Venook, MD, serves as Shorenstein Associate Director for Program Development. Additionally Dr. Venook is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine, and holds the Madden Family Distinguished Professorship in Medical Oncology and Translational Research, UCSF.

Z.WerbZena Werb, PhD serves as Associate Director for Basic Sciences. Dr. Werb is also Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Anatomy, UCSF.

E.BergslandEmily Bergsland, MD serves as Associate Director for Education. Dr. Bergsland is Professor of Clinical Medicine and holds the Ernest Rosenbaum, MD, Endowed Chair in Medical Oncology, UCSF.

Benjamin Braun, MD, PhD serves as Associate Director for Shared Resources. Dr. Braun is Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF and Director of the Laboratory for Cell Analysis Core at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

L.FongLawrence Fong, MD serves as Associate Director for Immunotherapy. Dr. Fong is also Leader of the Cancer Immunotherapy Program, Co-Leader of the Cancer Immunology Program, and holds the Efim Guzik Distinguished Professor in Cancer Biology, UCSF.

P.MunsterPamela Munster, MD serves as Associate Director for Developmental Therapeutics. Dr. Munster is also Professor, Department of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology) UCSF; Director of the Early Phase Clinical Trials Unit, Leader of the Experimental Therapeutics Program, and Co-leader of the Center for BRCA Research at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

K.RhoadsKim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH serves as Director, Office of Community Engagement.

Guiding the executive leadership's work are advisory groups, including an Institutional Advisory Board, External Advisory Board, and Community Advisory Board.


K.ShumateKate Shumate, MPA, serves as Chief of Staff; Director, Administration and Planning.

T.CunninghamThomas Cunningham, PhD, serves as Director of Finance and Operations.

V.Agnew Vicky Agnew, serves as Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications.

UCSF Health

L.Bray-HaninLaurel Bray-Hanin, MA, serves as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cancer Services.

M.RikeMiriam Rike, MA, serves as Vice President Finance, Cancer Services.

M.RikeLaura E. Crocitto, MD, MHA serves as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Cancer Services.

Clinical Operations

The Clinical Cancer Governance Board, chaired by Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS, comprises departmental chairs of clinical oncology programs at UCSF, as well as representatives from the UCSF Medical Center and School of Medicine.

Multidisciplinary Programs

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Programmatically, the Cancer Center's work is concentrated among highly multidisciplinary areas, each of which includes lab scientists, clinical investigators, epidemiologists, and providers of patient care. Collaboration across disciplines ensures that insights gained in the lab can move quickly and effectively to cancer patients' bedsides. More about the Cancer Center's program areas can be found in our Research section.