We acknowledge the accolades of our colleagues who are committed to advancing the diversity ideals of our department.


Carolyn SangokoyaDr. Carolyn Sangokoya has been selected as a 2021 Watson Scholar in the UCSF School of Medicine. This award from the SOM Dean’s Diversity Fund is given to select faculty each year to support the recruitment and retention of faculty who share the university’s commitment to diversity and our belief that we have the responsibility to care for underserved and vulnerable populations. Carolyn will receive funds to support her research program in stem cell biology as well as for continuing her campus-wide advocacy and mentoring efforts as a founding member of the UCSF Women Physician-Scientist Supergroup. January 2022 Spotlight by Women of UCSF Health - link




Dr. Roberto Ruiz-Cordero

Dr. Roberto Ruiz-Cordero, a cytopathologist and one of our DEI Committee Members, was selected as a 2020 Watson Scholar in the UCSF School of Medicine. This award from the SOM Dean’s DiversityFund is given to 8 faculty each year in support of academic pursuits to benefit underserved and vulnerable populations. Dr. Ruiz-Cordero will develop novel molecular workflows to improve cancer diagnostic disparities in Mexico in collaboration with the HDFCCC Global Cancer Program. Dr. Ruiz-Cordero’s work is a wonderful example of how pathologists can meaningfully leverage molecular tools, which one might traditionally consider cost-prohibitive in low resource settings, to address healthcare disparities.

Roberto Ruiz-Cordero, MD: 2020 Watson Scholar (YouTube)


Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman, the digital pathology manager and one of our DEI Committee Members, was awarded a UCSF Spot Award in 2020 for leading the administrative efforts for the implementation of Digital Pathology for the department, including the rapid implementation of many of the surgical pathology clusters to grant faculty the flexibility to work from home safely during the pandemic. Sarah also received in 2017 UCSF School of Medicine STAR Achievement Award for Exemplary Achievement to the Chancellor’s Priorities and PRIDE Values. Sarah was nominated by Dr. Ron Balassanian for the award and selected by one of seven functional SOM Achievement Award Selection Committees. Sarah’s contributions help UCSF maintain its position as a leading institution of higher education.