Nancy Hessol, MSPH

Nancy Hessol, MSPH

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Medicine, UCSF

Phone: (415) 476-3848
Box 0613, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94118-0613

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Research Summary

Nancy Hessol is an epidemiologist whose research interests include HIV disease progression and mortality, HIV-related malignancies, and human papillomavirus infection. She is currently a member of the CFAR Internal Advisory Board and Scientific Council as well as the ARI Executive Committee. She Chairs the UCSF-wide RAP committee on Clinical HIV/AIDS, Infectious Diseases, and Global Health. She is also an active member of the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee.

She received a Master’s of Science in Public Health in epidemiology from UCLA’s School of Public Health in 1982 and following graduation worked on occupational, environmental, and reproductive epidemiological studies at the Hanford Nuclear facilities in Richland, Washington. In 1986 and with a strong desire to work with the growing AIDS epidemic, Ms. Hessol joined the San Francisco Department of Public Health where her research focused on HIV disease progression. Seven years later she began employment at UCSF where she is currently a Professor in the Departments of Clinical Pharmacy and of Medicine. In March 2010 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the UCLA School of Public Health and was inducted into the UCLA School of Public Health Hall of Fame.


Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts B. A., 1979, Biochemistry
University of California, Los Angeles M. S. P. H., 1982, Epidemiology

Professional Experience

  • 1981 - 1982
    Research Assistant, Division of Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1982 - 1986
    Program Director, Hanford Environmental Health Foundation, Richland, Washington
  • 1986 - 1993
    Assistant Chief Research Branch, AIDS Office, Dept of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
  • 1993 - 2000
    Epidemiologist, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF
  • 1995 - 2012
    Project Director, Depts of Clinical Pharmacy & Medicine, UCSF
  • 2002 - 2006
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF
  • 2006 - 2011
    Associate Professor, Depts of Clinical Pharmacy & Medicine, UCSF
  • 2011 - present
    Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Medicine, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2003
    Champion of Diversity Award, UCSF
  • 2009
    Outstanding Public Service Certificate of Appreciation, Director, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • 2009
    Certificate of Honor for Service to the San Francisco Public Health Foundation, Mayor, City and County of San Francisco
  • 2010
    Lifetime Achievement Award, UCLA, School of Public Health
  • 2010
    Hall of Fame Induction, UCLA, School of Public Health
  • 2011-2015
    Apple for Teachers Award, Dean, UCSF School of Pharmacy

Selected Publications

  1. Shiels MS, Althoff KN, Pfeiffer RM, Achenbach CJ, Abraham AG, Castilho J, Cescon A, D'Souza G, Dubrow R, Eron JJ, Gebo K, Gill MJ, Goedert JJ, Grover S, Hessol NA, Justice A, Kitahata M, Mayor A, Moore RD, Napravnik S, Novak RM, Thorne JE, Silverberg MJ, Engels EA. HIV Infection, Immune Suppression and Age at Diagnosis of Non-AIDS-Defining Cancers. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Dec 10.
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  2. Hanna DB, Jung M, Xue X, Anastos K, Cocohoba JM, Cohen MH, Golub ET, Hessol NA, Levine AM, Wilson TE, Young MA, Kaplan RC. Trends in Nonlipid Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Management in the Women's Interagency HIV Study and Association with Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2016 Oct; 30(10):445-454.
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  3. John MD, Greene M, Hessol NA, Zepf R, Parrott AH, Foreman C, Bourgeois J, Gandhi M, Hare CB. Geriatric Assessments and Association With VACS Index Among HIV-Infected Older Adults in San Francisco. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Aug 15; 72(5):534-41.
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  4. Scott HM, Irvin R, Wilton L, Van Tieu H, Watson C, Magnus M, Chen I, Gaydos C, Hussen SA, Mannheimer S, Mayer K, Hessol NA, Buchbinder S. Sexual Behavior and Network Characteristics and Their Association with Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infections among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States. PLoS One. 2015; 10(12):e0146025.
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  5. Silverberg MJ, Lau B, Achenbach CJ, Jing Y, Althoff KN, D'Souza G, Engels EA, Hessol NA, Brooks JT, Burchell AN, Gill MJ, Goedert JJ, Hogg R, Horberg MA, Kirk GD, Kitahata MM, Korthuis PT, Mathews WC, Mayor A, Modur SP, Napravnik S, Novak RM, Patel P, Rachlis AR, Sterling TR, Willig JH, Justice AC, Moore RD, Dubrow R. Cumulative Incidence of Cancer Among Persons With HIV in North America: A Cohort Study. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Oct 6; 163(7):507-18.
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  6. Siewe B, Pham JT, Cohen M, Hessol NA, Levine A, Martinez-Maza O, Landay A. Dysregulated B-cell TLR2 expression and elevated regulatory B-cell frequency precede the diagnosis of AIDS-related non-Hodgkin lymphoma. AIDS. 2015 Aug 24; 29(13):1659-64.
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  7. Hessol NA, Holman S, Minkoff H, Cohen MH, Golub ET, Kassaye S, Karim R, Sosanya O, Shaheen C, Merhi Z. Menstrual cycle phase and single tablet antiretroviral medication adherence in women with HIV. AIDS Care. 2016 Jan; 28(1):11-21.
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  8. Keller MJ, Burk RD, Massad LS, Eltoum IE, Hessol NA, Castle PE, Anastos K, Xie X, Minkoff H, Xue X, D'Souza G, Flowers L, Levine AM, Colie C, Rahangdale L, Fischl MA, Palefsky JM, Strickler HD. Cervical Precancer Risk in HIV-Infected Women Who Test Positive for Oncogenic Human Papillomavirus Despite a Normal Pap Test. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Nov 15; 61(10):1573-81.
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  9. Hessol NA, Martínez-Maza O, Levine AM, Morris A, Margolick JB, Cohen MH, Jacobson LP, Seaberg EC. Lung cancer incidence and survival among HIV-infected and uninfected women and men. AIDS. 2015 Jun 19; 29(10):1183-93.
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  10. Volk JE, Lippman SA, Grinsztejn B, Lama JR, Fernandes NM, Gonzales P, Hessol NA, Buchbinder S. Acceptability and feasibility of HIV self-testing among men who have sex with men in Peru and Brazil. Int J STD AIDS. 2016 Jun; 27(7):531-6.
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  11. Massad LS, Evans CT, Weber KM, D'Souza G, Hessol NA, Wright RL, Colie C, Strickler HD, Wilson TE. Changes in knowledge of cervical cancer following introduction of human papillomavirus vaccine among women at high risk for cervical cancer. Gynecol Oncol Rep. 2015 Apr 1; 12:37-40.
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  12. Chiu Y, Bero L, Hessol NA, Lexchin J, Harrington C. A literature review of clinical outcomes associated with antipsychotic medication use in North American nursing home residents. Health Policy. 2015 Jun; 119(6):802-13.
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  13. Goedert JJ, Swenson LC, Napolitano LA, Haddad M, Anastos K, Minkoff H, Young M, Levine A, Adeyemi O, Seaberg EC, Aouizerat B, Rabkin CS, Harrigan PR, Hessol NA. Risk of breast cancer with CXCR4-using HIV defined by V3 loop sequencing. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Jan 1; 68(1):30-5.
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  14. Liu AY, Hessol NA, Vittinghoff E, Amico KR, Kroboth E, Fuchs J, Irvin R, Sineath RC, Sanchez T, Sullivan PS, Buchbinder SP. Medication adherence among men who have sex with men at risk for HIV infection in the United States: implications for pre-exposure prophylaxis implementation. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2014 Dec; 28(12):622-7.
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  15. Schwarcz SK, Vu A, Hsu LC, Hessol NA. Changes in causes of death among persons with AIDS: San Francisco, California, 1996-2011. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2014 Oct; 28(10):517-23.
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  16. Fuentes-Afflick E, Odouli R, Escobar GJ, Stewart AL, Hessol NA. Maternal acculturation and the prenatal care experience. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Aug; 23(8):688-706.
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  17. Hessol NA, Fuentes-Afflick E. The impact of migration on pregnancy outcomes among Mexican-origin women. J Immigr Minor Health. 2014 Jun; 16(3):377-84.
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  18. Hessol NA, Weber KM, D'Souza G, Burton D, Young M, Milam J, Murchison L, Gandhi M, Cohen MH. Smoking cessation and recidivism in the Women's Interagency Human Immunodeficiency Virus Study. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Jul; 47(1):53-69.
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  19. Hanna DB, Hessol NA, Golub ET, Cocohoba JM, Cohen MH, Levine AM, Wilson TE, Young M, Anastos K, Kaplan RC. Increase in single-tablet regimen use and associated improvements in adherence-related outcomes in HIV-infected women. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Apr 15; 65(5):587-96.
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  20. Uldrick TS, Pipkin S, Scheer S, Hessol NA. Factors associated with survival among patients with AIDS-related primary central nervous system lymphoma. AIDS. 2014 Jan 28; 28(3):397-405.
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