Priscilla Hsue, MD Appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiology at UCLA

The UCLA Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Priscilla Hsue, MD will be joining us as the chief of the Division of Cardiology at UCLA, effective July 1, 2024.

As a cardiologist, Dr. Hsue discovered higher rates of cardiovascular disease in HIV and then elucidated the mechanism underlying this disease process. Her work demonstrated the role of chronic inflammation and immune activation in treated HIV which has been shown to be strongly predictive of clinical events and mortality. Subsequently, in the HIV scientific community, her findings have led to a focus on targeting inflammation not only as a mean to improve end organ disease and mortality but as a curative approach for HIV. Dr. Hsue’s studies using HIV as a model for chronic inflammation have defined the role of the immune system in cardiovascular disease in the larger population. As the pioneer of HIV cardiology, her body of work continues to be multidisciplinary, innovative, and paradigm shifting in medicine.

At UC San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Hsue leads a portfolio of clinical and translational studies on HIV-related cardiovascular disease and Long COVID. Her groundbreaking work includes clinical trials of anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and lipid-lowering therapies, not only in the context of HIV but also in areas such as rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, and most recently, COVID-19.

Since 2005, Dr. Hsue has been a continuous recipient of NIH funding, serving as principal investigator (PI) and co-investigator (Co-I) on numerous NIH grants. Her extensive contributions to the field are reflected in publications in prestigious journals, including the New England Journal of MedicineCirculationJournal of the American College of CardiologyJAMA CardiologyClinical Infectious Diseases, and AIDS.

Beyond her research, Dr. Hsue has played pivotal roles in various advisory and leadership positions, such as chair of the Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Science and future chair of the Single-Site and Pilot Clinical Trials Study Sections at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She has previously served on the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at NIH and the Scientific Committee of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

Dr. Hsue is currently serving as co-director of the UCSF Center for Excellence in Vascular Research, and is a member of ImmunoX and the Cardiovascular Research Institute. She is also an elected member and vice president of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and will transition to president in the future. She is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, a member of the Association of University Cardiologists and a member of the Association of American Physicians.  

Dr. Hsue is an associate program director for research for the UCSF Cardiology Fellowship Program and serves on the admissions committee for the UCSF School of Medicine. She has had the privilege of mentoring numerous students, trainees and faculty, has a 10-year K24 grant for mentoring from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and has been recognized by multiple mentoring awards during her career.  

Dr. Hsue completed her medical degree, internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship training at UCSF where she has been on faculty since 2002. Currently, she is the Maurice Eliaser Jr. MD Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, UCSF at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Hsue and her family are honored and excited to be joining the UCLA Department of Medicine. 

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Hsue to the department. We are excited to partner with her as we continue to advance our missions and make a positive impact in research, education, patient care, and community engagement.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the members of the search committee for their time and effort dedicated to leading a comprehensive national search for this leadership role. Members of the search committee include:

Search committee chair

  • Zhaoping Li, MD, Professor; Chief, Division of Clinical Nutrition, UCLA Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Chief of Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System 

Search committee members

  • Ashley Busuttil, MD: Professor, UCLA Department of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Health
  • Adam F. Cavallero, MD: Associate Professor; Regional Ambulatory Medical Director, Northwest and Central Coast Region; Associate Clinical Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, UCLA Department of Medicine 
  • Neveen S. El-Farra, MD: Professor; Vice Chair for Inpatient and Hospitalist Services; Section Chief, Hospital Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research, UCLA Department of Medicine 
  • Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH: Professor; Chief, UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA Department of Medicine 
  • Folasade May, MD, PhD, MPhil: Associate Professor, UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA Department of Medicine; Associate Director, UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity 
  • Holly R. Middlekauff, MD: Professor, Division of Cardiology, UCLA Department of Medicine; Professor, Department of Physiology; Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Elizabeta Nemeth, PhD: Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UCLA Department of Medicine  
  • Karen Reue, PhD: Professor, Human Genetics; Vice Chair, UCLA Department of Human Genetics; Associate Director, UCLA/Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program 
  • Richard J. Shemin, MD: Distinguished Professor & Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery; Vice-Chairman, UCLA Department of Surgery
  • Thomas Vallim, PhD: Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology, UCLA Department of Medicine; Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Biological Chemistry 

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