The start of a new year annually offers the promise of fresh starts. For Stuart A. Gansky, MS, DrPH, Director of the University of California San Francisco's Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health  (CAN DO), perhaps continuing to lead his team as he did last year would be the best start. That’s because a 2012 Gallup survey of UCSF employees recently recognized Dr. Gansky as one of UCSF’s great managers . He is the first UCSF faculty member to win this honor since the introduction of this initiative in December 2011.
"This is a great and well-deserved accolade for Stuart," said Lisa Chung (DDS, MPH), a CAN DO researcher and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences at UCSF's School of Dentistry. "UCSF defines a great manager as someone who provides employees with the necessary resources and support to advance the mission and vision of UCSF. He certainly meets this definition, but more importantly, Stuart genuinely cares about the success and professional development of his colleagues and employees."
Sarit Helman, a Clinical Trials Specialist at CAN DO’s Data Coordinating Center (DCC), agrees.
"He’s there to support you," said Helman. "He’s also there as an example. When you work with someone who works so hard and is just so pleasant, it is hard not to want to do that yourself."
According to UCSF Dentistry Dean John D.B. Featherstone, "he [Dr. Gansky] does what the best managers do; he creates an environment where his team can thrive, where they can use their best creative skills, where they can be happy, where they feel they can contribute to the world. If we could, we would clone him."
The Gallup poll is an organization-wide initiative that is conducted by UCSF every two years or so. Supervisors and managers who score highest in key manager skill areas such as provision of feedback, staff development, and setting clear expectations as well as in the top ten percent of the engagement survey overall are identified as great mangers.
In addition to his duties as CAN DO Director, in 2012 Dr. Gansky was appointed the John C. Greene Endowed Chair in Primary Care Dentistry  as well as the Vice Chair for Research in UCSF Dentistry's Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences (PRDS). He also serves as Assistant Director of the UCSF Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute's (CTSI) Mentor Development Program and as a professor in the Division of Oral Epidemiology & Dental Public Health in the PRDS Department, where he teaches evidence-based dentistry and mentors many students, residents, and faculty members who practice or teach primary care dentistry at UCSF.
Dr. Gansky earned his Doctor of Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has focused his research career on health promotion and primary disease prevention, authoring more than 100 publications. His background in biostatistics, epidemiology and public health has led him to focus on discovery directly relevant to issues of importance in primary care dentistry and health disparities.
CAN DO is funded by a 7-year, $24 million cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR U54 DE019285).
Stuart A. Gansky