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Dr. Dang’s research seeks to develop new methods and techniques for studying biomechanics after an an acute, traumatic injury on the battlefield as well as the consequences of chronic wear and tear that reflects normal aging. He was the first researcher in the USA to be granted access to Toyota Motor Company's digital human model (THUMS) and modify the automotive safety tool for use in orthopaedic research to use computer modeling and simulation to study spinal biomechanics.

Staff Surgeon, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, SFVAHCS

Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF

Alan B.C. Dang


Dr. Monto has been involved with the national VA Hepatitis C Resource Center Program since its inception in 2001. He has co-written many national VA management recommendations, including those related to hepatitis C management, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. His research focuses on liver disease progression related to chronic hepatitis C infection, and particularly the role of co-factors (alcohol intake, intrahepatic fat, HIV infection, anti-HCV therapy) in altering disease progression.

Director, Liver Clinic, SFVAHCS

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF

Alexander Monto


Dr. Smith is a palliative medicine physician and Co-founder of the blog/podcast GeriPal.org and set of online prognosis calculators ePrognosis.org. His research is primarily focused on estimating and communicating prognosis for older adults with serious life limiting illnesses, including dementia.

Staff Physician, SFVAHCS

Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Alexander Smith


Dr. Dang’s clinical interest revolves around restoring and preserving musculoskeletal function, with a research focus on cartilage injury and repair. His research focuses on developing clinically relevant injury models, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture in mice, and seeks to identify key mediators of cartilage degeneration with the goal of being able to externally modulate these signals through surgical, pharmacologic, or environmental interventions.

Staff Surgeon, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, SFVAHCS Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UCSF

Alexis Dang


Dr. Byers is a clinical epidemiologist with backgrounds in psychiatric and mathematical epidemiology. Her work focuses on determining nationally representative estimates of late-life mental health conditions such as suicide and suicidal behavior, with the goal of reducing the burden of these conditions in later life.

Research Health Science Specialist, SFVAHCS

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF

Amy L. Byers


Dr. Schafer is an endocrinologist who focuses on skeletal health. One of her research emphases is osteoporosis treatment. She also studies the relationships between bone, fat, and glucose metabolism. Currently, she is investigating the effects of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) on calcium metabolism and skeletal health.

Associate Professor of Medicine, and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF

Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism, SFVAHCS

Anne Schafer


Dr. Wallace is the Chief of the Anesthesia. He is a cardiac anesthesiologist. His research includes development medications to reduce perioperative cardiac risk, design and development of medical monitors and clinical information software, as well as development and testing of surgical procedures.

Chief of Anesthesia, SFVAHCS

Professor and Vice-Chairman, UCSF

Arthur Wallace


Dr. Yeh is active in developing novel applications for computed tomography (CT), which is the dominant clinical imaging method used for the diagnosis and staging of abdominopelvic disorders. His research focuses on improving delivery of contrast materials used in CT scans and on better quantifying their physiological effects.

Professor of Radiology, UCSF

Benjamin M. Yeh


Dr. Halloran's current studies include work to develop new nutritional based therapies for age-related and disuse osteoporoses using dried plum; examine the role of stem cell aging on age-related bone loss; and develop novel approaches to induce spine fusion and repair critical defects.

Professor Emeritus

Bernard Halloran


Dr. Cohen's research focuses on improving the health of Veterans with PTSD. She runs the Mind Your Heart Study, a longitudinal cohort of Veterans with and without PTSD established in 2008 that continues to follow to examine the longterm effects of PTSD, particularly on cardiovascular disease. She also conducts numerous studies using national VA data.

Staff Physician, SFVAHCS

Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Associate Director, PRIME Residency Program

Beth Cohen