Recent Honors & Awards


Sara LaHue, MD has been selected to receive the William and Judith Borten Junior Investigator Award in recognition of her outstanding achievement and contribution to the field of delirium research. 

Mercedes Paredes, MD, PhD has been selected to join the first cohort of the UCSF Mid-Career Faculty Development Program for Research Faculty. These are exceptional mid-career scientists who are superb mentors for underrepresented students, trainees, and junior faculty. 

Gil Rabinovici, MD received the Kuhl-Lassen Award for Research in Brain Imaging from the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, in recognition of outstanding contributions to research and to the discipline of functional brain imaging.

Nicole Rosendale, MD was chosen by the residents to receive the Robert B. Layzer Award for Resident Teaching – aka the “Golden Toe” Award.

Paul Garcia, MD has been asked to serve as interim Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, effective May 1, 2022. He has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since 2014.

Charles Windon, MD has been selected as a Watson Scholar beginning in 2022. As a Watson Scholar, he aims to address health disparities in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) within the Bay Area community and beyond.


Fonda Smith, Operations Manager for the Memory and Aging Center, has won the 2022 Holly Smith Award for exceptional service to the School of Medicine — the school’s most prestigious award. Watch her video here. 


Rachel Vassar, MD, child neurology resident, has won the 2022 Young Investigators Award from the San Francisco Neurological Society for her project, “Timing of Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapies in Children after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Retrospective, Observational Study.”