Our mission is to improve the care of older patients locally and nationally through outstanding teaching and design of innovative curricula. We train physicians and other health professionals from first year students to seasoned clinicians in settings ranging from classroom to clinic and hospital to home.
We are specialists who provide person-centered medical care that reaches older persons where ever they need it--in hospitals, clinics or in their homes. Dignity, independence and choice are the focus of every healthcare decision.
Our research is grounded in a deep respect for older persons, and a commitment to improving their health, well-being, and quality of life. Our commitment extends to all older persons across the spectrum of the aging experience.
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Every week, we feature one of our talented faculty, staff, or trainees.
Soe Han Tha
With a background in economics and journalism, Soe Han Tha is combining her writing chops, data analysis skills and ever-persistent curiosity to become a Research Analyst at the Division of Geriatrics. Working at the interface of several fields is not new to Soe Han. As a double major in economics and international studies, Soe Han graduated at the top of her class at Trinity College in Connecticut. Before heading over to New England, Soe Han worked in Ecuador's Napo province in the Amazon as a village clinic assistant with the hopes of one day becoming a physician. The year working in Ecuador, however, revealed to her that medicine alone is not sufficient to help patients: the economy, political environment and other social factors play significant roles. This realization encouraged her to 1) pursue international studies and economics and 2) work as a journalist after graduating before making any plans toward medical school. Since leaving her journalist posts in Washington, D.C. and Santa Barbara, Soe Han has been knocking out some STEM classes she forewent in favor of the history and anthropology classes back in Connecticut. There's no rush though. Soe Han's quite enjoying being back in the Bay Area after leaving seven years ago for Ecuador and then college. She's soaking up the love from her family and reuniting with her friends from her days as a student in Daly City's Jefferson School District and Yangon's ILBC. Nowadays, when she's not poring over the most recent and relevant reading for her awesome PIs' research projects — her favorite part about the Research Analyst role — she's attempting to strum the flamenco classic "Entre Dos Aguas." It's going to be a few years before she's keeping up with the legendary Paco de Lucía, but then again, what's better than taking the time to savor what life has to offer?
Fun Fact: Soe Han has visited 25 countries over her lifespan of less than a quarter of a century. Lisbon, Istanbul, and Santiago occupy the coziest corner of her heart.
Secret Talent: Soe Han played badminton competitively as a child and teenager, once even making the top ranks of the U.S. Junior Nationals for doubles. A picture of toddler Soe Han holding up a seemingly gargantuan badminton racket decorates her parent's living room.
Qiao Yu Kuang, MPH
Research Data Analyst
What is your role in the division?
Qiao supports 3 research studies under Drs. Stephanie Rogers, Pei Chen, and Louise Aronson. The studies are “ACE Landscape Paper”, “Brain Health Assessment and its implementation in primary care settings”, and “AGE SELF CARE”.
What is one fun fact?
Qiao is a big dancer- She loves line dancing, Zumba, and rueda salsa (Cuban salsa).
What is your favorite aspect about working at UCSF?
Qiao’s favorite aspect is working with faculty who are very passionate about their work and caring for older adults and that passion has rubbed off on her and has sparked a greater interest in learning more about how we can care for older adults.
What are you happiest doing, when you're not working?
She loves being in nature – hiking and camping are her favorite to-dos on the weekends.
What is the best advice you've ever heard?
Do your own research- don’t leave the learning to someone else.
Who is someone you admire, and why?
Her parents- they gave up their life in China so her sisters and her could have the life they knew they couldn’t give them in China.
What would you like to accomplish by the end of this year?
Be more proactive in her fitness.
What are some causes you care about?
Racial justice, environmental accountability, access to college for underprivileged high school students, and indigenous recognition.
What would your back-up career be?
If she could get paid to dance (not very well), that would be her dream.