Pepper Center: Leadership and Administrative Core

Pepper Center

The Leadership Administrative Core is responsible for oversight of the Pepper Center activities and administration of resources to the rest of the Center. This core organizes the Executive Committee’s meetings, interacts with the External Advisory Committee, collaborates with our UCSF partners to develop our impact, and oversees the selection process for new pilot and research career development grants.

Principal Investigator and Core Leader

Ken Covinsky, MD
Professor, Division of Geriatrics

We have convened an External Advisory Committee to provide key advice to our Center related to our scientific direction and mission. We are honored to have the following members serve on the Committee:

Seth Landefeld, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mark Lachs, MD
Cornell University
Jean Kutner, MD, MSPH
University of Colorado, Denver


The UCSF Pepper Center is one of 14 Centers located throughout the United States, funded by the National Institute on Aging. Each Center focuses on increasing scientific knowledge to support older adults maintaining their independence. Read more on the National Pepper Center website.



To learn more about the UCSF Pepper Center, please contact Pepper Center Coordinator, Sarah Garrigues