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Nancy Hessol, MSPH

Nancy Hessol, MSPH

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Medicine, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

Nancy Hessol is an epidemiologist whose research interests include HIV disease progression and mortality, HIV-related malignancies, and human Papillomavirus infection. She has more than 30 years of experience directing epidemiologic studies of HIV/AIDS and of health disparities. Professor Hessol has extensive experience working on multisite research projects, analyzing complex databases, and has authored numerous publications. She is considered an international expert on HIV disease progression, with a special emphasis on HIV-related malignancies. From 2001 to 2014 and from 2016 to the present, Professor Hessol has Chaired the NIH sponsored Women’s Interagency HIV Study Cancer & Pathology Working Group. She also has a strong interest in salary equity and is the statistical analyst for the UCSF School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy Faculty Salary Equity Review (FSER), which examines equity among females and under-represented minorities. In 2016, she was selected as the School of Pharmacy senior faculty Equity Advisory to help ensure excellence, equity, and diversity for all recruited faculty at UCSF.

Nancy Hessol 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 2003, she received a UCSF Champion of Diversity award for her research activities in health disparities. 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. She is a ten-time winner of the Apple for Teachers Award given by the Dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

Nancy Hessol has been the course director for the School of Pharmacy Research Seminar, Study Design and Evaluation, and co-director for Foundations I. She also serves on the School of Pharmacy Curriculum Transformation Committee, the Admissions Committee, and Student Progress Committee. She is also an active member on the Academic Senate Committee for Equal Opportunity.

Education

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. Spinelli MA, Hessol NA, Schwarcz S, Hsu L, Parisi MK, Pipkin S, Scheer S, Havlir D, Buchbinder SP. Homelessness at diagnosis is associated with death among people with HIV in a population-based study of a U.S. City. AIDS. 2019 Jun 26.
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  2. Lin C, Slama J, Gonzalez P, Goodman MT, Xia N, Kreimer AR, Wu T, Hessol NA, Shvetsov Y, Ortiz AP, Grinsztejn B, Moscicki AB, Heard I, Del Refugio González Losa M, Kojic EM, Schim van der Loeff MF, Wei F, Longatto-Filho A, Mbulawa ZA, Palefsky JM, Sohn AH, Hernandez BY, Robison K, Simpson S, Conley LJ, de Pokomandy A, van der Sande MAB, Dube Mandishora RS, Volpini LPB, Pierangeli A, Romero B, Wilkin T, Franceschi S, Hidalgo-Tenorio C, Ramautarsing RA, Park IU, Tso FK, Godbole S, D'Hauwers KWM, Sehnal B, Menezes LJ, Heráclio SA, Clifford GM. Cervical determinants of anal HPV infection and high-grade anal lesions in women: a collaborative pooled analysis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2019 Jun 13.
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  3. Johnson KA, Hessol NA, Kohn R, Nguyen TQ, Mara ES, Hsu L, Scheer S, Cohen SE. HIV Seroconversion in the Era of Pharmacologic Prevention: A Case-Control Study at a San Francisco STD Clinic. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 May 27.
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  4. Hernández-Ramírez RU, Qin L, Lin H, Leyden W, Neugebauer RS, Althoff KN, Hessol NA, Achenbach CJ, Brooks JT, Gill MJ, Grover S, Horberg MA, Li J, Mathews WC, Mayor AM, Patel P, Rabkin CS, Rachlis A, Justice AC, Moore RD, Engels EA, Silverberg MJ, Dubrow R. Association of immunosuppression and HIV viremia with anal cancer risk in persons living with HIV in the United States and Canada. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 May 02.
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  5. Bourgeois JA, John M, Zepf R, Greene M, Frankel S, Hessol NA. Functional deficits and other psychiatric associations with abnormal scores on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) in older HIV-infected patients. Int Psychogeriatr. 2019 Apr 24; 1-14.
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  6. Hernández-Ramírez RU, Qin L, Lin H, Leyden W, Neugebauer RS, Althoff KN, Achenbach CJ, Hessol NA, D'Souza G, Gebo KA, Gill MJ, Grover S, Horberg MA, Li J, Mathews WC, Mayor AM, Park LS, Rabkin CS, Salters K, Justice AC, Moore RD, Engels EA, Silverberg MJ, Dubrow R. Association of immunosuppression and HIV viraemia with non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk overall and by subtype in people living with HIV in Canada and the USA: a multicentre cohort study. Lancet HIV. 2019 Apr; 6(4):e240-e249.
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  7. Keller MJ, Burk RD, Massad LS, Eltoum IE, Hessol NA, Anastos K, Xie X, Minkoff H, Xue X, Reimers LL, Kuniholm M, D'Souza G, Colie C, Aouizerat B, Palefsky JM, Strickler HD. Racial differences in human papilloma virus types amongst United States women with HIV and cervical precancer. AIDS. 2018 Nov 28; 32(18):2821-2826.
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  8. Cook JA, Burke-Miller JK, Steigman PJ, Schwartz RM, Hessol NA, Milam J, Merenstein DJ, Anastos K, Golub ET, Cohen MH. Prevalence, Comorbidity, and Correlates of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders and Associations with HIV Risk Behaviors in a Multisite Cohort of Women Living with HIV. AIDS Behav. 2018 Oct; 22(10):3141-3154.
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  9. Hessol NA, Whittemore H, Vittinghoff E, Hsu LC, Ma D, Scheer S, Schwarcz SK. Incidence of first and second primary cancers diagnosed among people with HIV, 1985-2013: a population-based, registry linkage study. Lancet HIV. 2018 11; 5(11):e647-e655.
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  10. Gradissimo A, Lam J, Attonito JD, Palefsky J, Massad LS, Xie X, Eltoum IE, Rahangdale L, Fischl MA, Anastos K, Minkoff H, Xue X, D'Souza G, Flowers LC, Colie C, Shrestha S, Hessol NA, Strickler HD, Burk RD. Methylation of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Genomes Are Associated with Cervical Precancer in HIV-Positive Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Dec; 27(12):1407-1415.
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  11. Yanik EL, Hernández-Ramírez RU, Qin L, Lin H, Leyden W, Neugebauer RS, Horberg MA, Moore RD, Mathews WC, Justice AC, Hessol NA, Mayor AM, Gill MJ, Brooks JT, Sun J, Althoff KN, Engels EA, Silverberg MJ, Dubrow R. Brief Report: Cutaneous Melanoma Risk Among People With HIV in the United States and Canada. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 Aug 15; 78(5):499-504.
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  12. Greene M, Hessol NA, Perissinotto C, Zepf R, Hutton Parrott A, Foreman C, Whirry R, Gandhi M, John M. Loneliness in Older Adults Living with HIV. AIDS Behav. 2018 May; 22(5):1475-1484.
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  13. Scheer S, Hsu L, Schwarcz S, Pipkin S, Havlir D, Buchbinder S, Hessol NA. Trends in the San Francisco Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic in the "Getting to Zero" Era. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Mar 19; 66(7):1027-1034.
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  14. Hessol NA, Zepf R, Zobell E, Weiser SD, John MD. Food Insecurity and Aging Outcomes in Older Adults Living with HIV. AIDS Behav. 2017 Dec; 21(12):3506-3514.
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  15. Hessol NA, Ma D, Scheer S, Hsu LC, Schwarcz SK. Changing temporal trends in non-AIDS cancer mortality among people diagnosed with AIDS: San Francisco, California, 1996-2013. Cancer Epidemiol. 2018 02; 52:20-27.
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  16. Hessol NA, Strickler HD. Cancer risk in people living with HIV. Lancet HIV. 2017 11; 4(11):e477-e479.
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  17. Dubrow R, Qin L, Lin H, Hernández-Ramírez RU, Neugebauer RS, Leyden W, Althoff KN, Achenbach CJ, Hessol NA, Modur SP, D'Souza G, Bosch RJ, Grover S, Horberg MA, Kitahata MM, Mayor AM, Novak RM, Rabkin CS, Sterling TR, Goedert JJ, Justice AC, Engels EA, Moore RD, Silverberg MJ. Association of CD4+ T-cell Count, HIV-1 RNA Viral Load, and Antiretroviral Therapy With Kaposi Sarcoma Risk Among HIV-infected Persons in the United States and Canada. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 08 01; 75(4):382-390.
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  18. Hessol NA, Schwarcz SK, Hsu LC, Shumway M, Machtinger EL. Gender differences in causes of death among persons with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco, California, 1996-2013. Int J STD AIDS. 2018 02; 29(2):135-146.
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  19. Massad LS, Hessol NA, Darragh TM, Minkoff H, Colie C, Wright RL, Cohen M, Seaberg EC. Cervical cancer incidence after up to 20 years of observation among women with HIV. Int J Cancer. 2017 10 15; 141(8):1561-1565.
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  20. Shiels MS, Althoff KN, Pfeiffer RM, Achenbach CJ, Abraham AG, Castilho J, Cescon A, D'Souza G, Dubrow R, Eron JJ, Gebo K, John Gill M, 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, Immunosuppression, and Age at Diagnosis of Non-AIDS-Defining Cancers. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 02 15; 64(4):468-475.
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