UCSF Researcher One of Bay Area's 10 Most Influential African Americans

By Nancy Chan, UCSF News Services | April 13, 2006

UCSF researcher Mack Roach III, interim chair of the UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology, has been named as one of the 10 Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area for 2005.

He does not take the designation lightly.

"As someone who grew up in the Bay Area and attended public schools here, it is perhaps the greatest honor bestowed on me to date," said Roach, MD, the recipient of the seventh annual award sponsored by CityFlight Media Network and State Farm Insurance.

"To be recognized in my own hometown for working in communities I grew up in is a very special experience," he said. "Ultimately, it means that I must be having a favorable impact on those around me. Nothing less should be expected. That is what I'm here for."

The top winners from 10 categories were announced during an awards ceremony on March 25 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. Each of the 10 categories recognizes three nominees from sectors that include arts and entertainment, community service, corporate, education, health care, media, political/public service, spiritual, sports and youth.

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