Board Members: Sam Hawgood

Sam Hawgood, M.B. B.S.

An executive officer from a UC with a medical school
Appointed by UCSF Chancellor

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, was appointed dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs in September of 2009, after having served as interim dean since December of 2007. In addition to his distinguished career at UCSF, where he was chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, he has an international reputation in neonatology research.

Hawgood, a native of Australia, graduated medical school with First Class Honors from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He trained in pediatrics as a resident, followed by specialization in neonatology as a fellow. 

As a clinician, he witnessed the tragic deaths of infants from respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), a developmental deficiency of pulmonary surfactant and a major cause of neonatal death. Hawgood’s quest to prevent RDS led him to UCSF, where he worked as a research fellow with the distinguished scientists John Clements and William Tooley, pioneers in the discovery and therapeutic uses of pulmonary surfactant in premature babies.

He started his own laboratory in 1984, which is focused on the proteins associated with pulmonary surfactant. A multi-disciplinary Program Project Grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has supported his work continuously since then. His scientific contributions over the last decades have been recognized by numerous awards, publications and invitations to present in national and international forums. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and was elected in 2010 to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), part of the National Academy of Sciences.

Hawgood has maintained an active presence in clinical medicine since serving first as division chief of Neonatology, then as chair of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He is the president of the UCSF Medical Group, the faculty plan that represents more than 1,000 physicians at UCSF.

As dean of the School of Medicine, he is responsible for an organization with nearly 15,000 employees, around 3,500 medical and graduate students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral scholars, and an operating budget of over $1.5 billion.  He leads the school’s mission to advance human health through education, research, patient care and public service.

For additional information and a list of publications, please see Dr. Hawgood’s page at



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