Read about what some of our alums are doing in medicine, science, and research. Please submit your own nominations and submissions to the alumni office.

Ben Bert 00, MD - Ophthalmologist, Corneal Subspecialist

After graduating from UHS, I went to UCLA where I received my Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Physiologic Science. I followed that with medical school in Upstate New York at the Upstate Medical University where I also graduated with honors. My internship was in internal medicine at the St. Luke-Roosevelt Hospital Center (part of Columbia University) and ophthalmology residency at the world famous New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, in Manhattan. I served as the chief resident during my final year. The whirlwind training took me back to southern California for my fellowship at the Doheny Eye Institute. I now practice in San Francisco with my father and teach medical students and residents at UCSF and CPMC. 

Why he chose this profession:

I decided to go into medicine because it was a field that combined my love of science and joy of interacting with people. This was only made better by the fact that your job is always to help!  Website.

Cecily Burrill '00, Ph.D. - Chemistry Teacher

Currently teaching chemistry at Jewish Community High School of the Bay here in San Francisco. From UHS I went to the UK for college (M. Bioch., University of Oxford, 2004). Then I spent a year living in DC and working at the NIH, before returning to SF for grad school (Ph.D. Genetics, UCSF, 2012). I've been teaching at JCHS since 2013. See also: Academics & Education

Hillary Moses Daluz '99 - Forensic Scientist

After a decade of work in forensics, including fourteen months as an expeditionary forensic scientist in Baghdad, Iraq, Hillary Moses Daluz is a supervisor at a Department of Defense Forensic laboratory collecting forensic evidence from improvised explosive device (IED) events to combat terrorism. She is the author of a forensic textbook entitled "Fundamentals of Fingerprint Analysis" and a laboratory workbook entitled "Fingerprint Analysis Laboratory Workbook" (CRC Press, 2014). She earned a Master of Science in Forensic Science from UC Davis in 2009. 

Why she chose this profession: 

Forensic science is a science practiced not only in the laboratory, but also in the field. Forensic scientists serve their communities, meet people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and make the world safer for friends, family and neighbors. Every day is different, and every new case an adventure. Website.

See also: Military & Public Safety

Louise Greenspan '86, MD - Pediatric Endocrinologist

I am a clinician at Kaiser San Francisco, do clinical research on puberty and childhood obesity, and am on faculty at UCSF. I am also the author of a book, The New Puberty. I also serve on the UHS Board of Trustess. 

Why she chose this profession: I love that it's a combination of being a scientist as well as being able to help people. Plus, I get to work with kids every day. Website.


Peter Hammerman '95, Ph.D. - Physician-Scientist

I earned MD and PhD degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and completed residency and fellowship training in Boston at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I lead a translational research laboratory at Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT which focuses on using genomic analysis techniques to identify new treatment strategies for lung and head and neck cancers and evaluation of new therapeutic targets in clinical trials. Website.

Jeffrey Hom '00, MD - Physician

A physician, public health advocate and researcher, Jeff is a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed his internal medicine-primary care residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Jeff was also a 2014 fellow in the San Francisco chapter of New Leaders Council.

Lawrence Hon '94, Ph.D. - Bioinformatics Scientist

Currently staff scientist and bioinformatics manager at DNA sequencing company Pacific Biosciences, Lawrence majored in computer science at Stanford and received a PhD in bioinformatics from UCSF. He's also worked at Genentech and 23andMe, and has published a dozen peer-reviewed papers and has two issued patents. His Summerbridge teaching experience is being put to good use, since one of his current roles is educating customers around analysis of DNA sequence data.

Ben Humphreys '87, Ph.D. - Physician-Scientist

Nephrologist and scientist, Ben earned MD and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He now cares for patients and runs a research laboratory at Harvard Medical School, where he develops stem-cell based treatments for patients suffering from kidney disease. He directs the Kidney Group at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. UHS taught him the value of a broad, liberal-arts education which prepared him to think independently, innovate, and effectively communicate his ideas. Website.

Mary Whooley '83, MD - Professor of Medicine

Dr. Whooley received her BA from Yale University and completed her MD at Boston University School of Medicine. She currently works as a primary care physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Website.
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