Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG)
Claude Hemphill III, MD, MAS - Division Chief

The Neurology Service at ZSFG provides comprehensive emergency, inpatient, and outpatient neurological care for patients at ZSFG and the San Francisco Health Network. ZSFG serves as the safety-net public hospital for San Francisco and a major focus includes health equity and compassionate care to the underserved. As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in San Francisco and a Joint Commission-certified Stroke Center, ZSFG provides outstanding care for many critically ill and emergency patients. ZSFG is staffed exclusively by UCSF Neurology faculty and serves as a major training site for UCSF housestaff and medical students as well as clinical fellows in relevant programs. ZSFG-based Neurology faculty have active research programs in special areas of excellence at ZSFG including HIV Neurology and acute treatment of neurological emergencies.


  • New ZSFG hospital opened in 2015 with dedicated Neurointensive Care Unit
  • Strong housestaff participation in all aspects of the clinical service
  • Outpatient clinics in general neurology, epilepsy, MS, neuromuscular, and stroke
  • Neurohospitalist Program
  • “Mission Stroke” protocol emphasizes advanced triage and treatment
  • Excellent collaboration with clinical partners in Neurosurgery, Emergency Medicine, Medicine, Radiology, and Critical Care
  • Active in clinical trials
  • Special focus on health equity
  • Collaboration with UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center
  • New Pride Hall, the ZSFG Research and Administrative Building (ZRAB) opened in 2023

ZSFG roof deck

Awards and Honors

2023 Vineeta Singh received both the Cheryl Jay Master Clinician Award for Clinical Excellence in Neurology and ZSFG Exceptional Physician Award.  In honor of her lifetime commitment and achievement, Dr. Singh was one of the inaugural recipients of both awards, recognizing her outstanding clinical expertise and contributions to the clinical, teaching, research, and equity missions at ZSFG.

2023 Nicole Rosendale received the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Leadership.

Faculty at ZSFG

Edilberto Amorim, MD
Alexandra Brown, MD
Felicia Chow, MD
William Corn, MD
Elizabeth Cahill Hamid. MD 
Claude Hemphill III, MD, MAS
H E Hinson, MD
Douglas Pet, MD
Richard Price, MD
Nicole Rosendale, MD
Vineeta Singh, MD ​​​

Clinical Research Coordinators

Kevin Bao
Derby Gill
Satomi Ito
Vishnu Karukonda
Rajanikant Panda
Kate Peterson
Cassandra Recchioni
Gerardo Velasquez
Meg Wilson
Bo Zhou

Support Staff

Catharine Freyer, Division Administrator
Carolina Gonzalez-Lopez, Administrative Operations
Liz Kong, Office Manager
Locus Yuen, Revenue Analyst

Division Programs

BALANCE: Led by ZSFG physician-researchers Felicia Chow and Nicole Rosendale, BALANCE brings together leaders at UCSF and around the world to address neurologic health inequity in the Bay Area and around the world. Contact Carolina Gonzalez-Lopez for more information.

Amorim Lab: Led by ZSFG EEG Service Director Ed Amorim, this brain monitoring lab studies traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, and other acute brain injury using big data analytics and artificial intelligence

Chow Research Group in Neuroinfectious Diseases and HIV – Neurology: led by UCSF Health Neuroinfectious Disease Clinic Director Felicia Chow, this program has active research projects in San Francisco, Africa, Asia, and around the world.