Geriatrics Spotlight 

Every week, we will feature one of our talented faculty, staff, or trainees.

Karen Yuan
Karen Yuan

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Assistant Division Manager UCSF Division of Geriatrics
Spotlight Written by 
Cai Zhang

What are your roles in the Division?
Karen is the Assistant Division Manager and her role includes HR-related activities, such as supporting recruitments. Karen also manages the division budgets and supports pre- and post-award functions for Drs. Rebecca Sudore and Brie Williams. Besides that, Karen oversees the division core administrative team. 

What is a “fun fact” about you (hidden talent)?
Karen doesn’t have many hidden talents and gets bored easily.  Lately, she’s going through a phase of having her 8 year-old niece do her makeup for fun.  Prior to that was jigsaw puzzles.

What is your favorite aspect of your role at UCSF and why?
Every day is different and never boring. Karen has a great manager and a good team to problem solve together.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?
Karen likes watching YouTube videos and eating.

What is the best advice you’ve ever heard?
“You can stick to the status quo, or be part of the revolution” – this prompted her to look for a new job 6 years ago at UCSF.  The rest is history!

Cai Zhang
Cai Zhang
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Project Coordinator
Spotlight Written by Karen Yuan

What are your roles in the Division?
Cai assists Drs. Carla Perissinotto, Josette Rivera, and Anna Chang in policy and program planning, development, administration, management and implementation. Responsibilities include serving as the program and communications coordinator for educational programs; setting up and managing databases for clinical and education programs; gathering and analyzing outcomes data for division education and clinical programs etc.  Yup, straight from the JD.  J

What is a “fun fact” about you (hidden talent)?
Cai does Chinese brush painting, and is good at painting cherry blossom.
Cai Painting

What is your favorite aspect of your role at UCSF and why?
Cai’s favorite aspect of her role is working on different projects, such as collecting and analyzing outcomes data for clinical programs, and assisting with educational program coordination, because working on different projects gives Cai opportunities to explore and learn different tools and skills.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?
Hiking, traveling.  Her usual spots include Stanford Dish and Muir Woods.  Her last trip was to Colorado in the fall of 2018.

What is the best advice you’ve ever heard?
“Learning is a lifelong journey.”

 

Education

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