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Center for the Health Professions at UCSF: O'Neil Steps Down - Mutha Appointed Interim Director

May 29, 2012

Sunita MuthaDr. Ed O’Neil has stepped down as director of the Center for the Health Professions (CHP) at UCSF after 20 years at the helm, retiring at the end of June 2012.

UCSF Dentistry Dean John D.B. Featherstone observes that "Dr. O’Neil has been an amazing leader for CHP, having built it from nothing, in 1992, into a nationally recognized entity today."  UCSF Dentistry houses the multidisciplinary CHP.

O’Neil has served as the Director of the Center for the Health Professions, a research, advocacy and training institute since he created it in 1992. The CHP was founded to assist health care professionals, health professions schools, care delivery organizations and public policy makers understand the challenges and opportunities of educating and managing a health care workforce capable of improving the health and well being of people and their communities. O'Neil's work has focused on changing all dimensions of the US health care system through improved policy and leadership.

O’Neil is a Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences at the UCSF School of Nursing. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Alabama, and a Master’s of Public Administration and Doctorate in History from Syracuse University. In addition he holds honorary degrees from New York Medical College, the Western University of Health Sciences and two other Universities. In 2003 he was elected to an honorary Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing.

"Dr. O’Neil has been an outstanding leader and will be missed. We wish him well in his retirement and thank him for his outstanding service and contributions to the health professions," adds Featherstone.

The Center for the Health Professions houses a number of initiatives that are designed to understand and address the issues facing health care and health professionals. The Center’s programs include the California Health Care Foundation’s Health Care Leadership Program, the Integrated Nurse Leadership Program, the Pharmacy Leadership Institute, the Health Workforce Tracking Collaborative, the LEADing Organizational Change Program and the Clinic Leadership Initiative.  

Dean Featherstone is pleased to announce that Dr. Sunita Mutha has been appointed Interim Director of the Center for Health Professions, effective May 1, 2012.

"Dr. Mutha has been a very active member of the CHP team, and I am thrilled that she has accepted the position of Interim Director", says Featherstone.

Mutha is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine, and has been a key member of the Center for the Health Professions at UCSF, where she is deeply engaged in leadership development for health professionals, with a special focus on emerging leaders and interprofessional training. Her scholarly work has focused on educational and organizational approaches to improving the quality of care, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between quality improvement and health care disparities.

She is also actively involved in educational activities for primary care residents as well as interprofessional student education, and has been the recipient of several teaching awards.

Dr. Mutha graduated from Albany Medical College, completed her residency and chief residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at Stanford University.


Sunita Mutha


UCSF Center for the Health Professions