Renee Navarro

Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach | University of California San Francisco

Renee Chapman Navarro, Pharm D, MD
Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care
University of California, San Francisco

As the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and outreach at University of California, San Francisco Renee Chapman Navarro, Pharm D, MD provides strategic vision and leadership to build a broadly diverse faculty, student, trainee and staff community, to nurture a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and to engage diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery and patient care. She describes this work as “the strategic disruption of the status quo”.

Dr. Navarro holds a Pharm D from the University of the Pacific and a MD from the University of California, San Francisco. A board-certified anesthesiologist, she joined the Anesthesia Faculty and progressed rapidly to leadership positions and promotion to professor. She served as the Medical Director of Perioperative Services for 10 years and was elected by her peers to serve as the Chief of the Medical Staff. She was selected by the dean to serve as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs within the school of medicine, where she championed the needs of women and underrepresented minorities.

Dr. Navarro has served as an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesia. She also served as a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Professional Diversity, the ASA Professional Issues Education Committee and the Women in Anesthesia Committee. Dr. Navarro is committed to public service, serving on the San Mateo Commission on the Status of Women, the San Mateo Commission on Disabilities and was the founding Chair of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She is currently the chair of the AAMC’s Group on Diversity and Inclusion and is leading the UCSF Action Collaborative to address gender harassment and sexual misconduct in academic medicine in response to the National Academies 2018 Report.

The Office of Diversity and Outreach has significantly advanced diversity and inclusion within the campus community and was awarded the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity Magazine.

Her scholarship has focused on STEMM diversity and continuous quality improvement in health equity for patients at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH) and Trauma Center. She was honored for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of underserved patient populations in San Francisco by Mayor Willie Brown, with a proclamation designating “J. Renee Navarro Day in San Francisco”.