Dr. Sam Hawgood is currently the Dean of the School of Medicine, and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Hawgood graduated with First Class Honors from the University of Queensland in Australia in 1975. After graduation, he trained in Australia in pediatrics with a sub-speciality interest in neonatology. Hawgood moved to UCSF in 1982 to work with Drs. Tooley and Clements, pioneers in the discovery and therapeutic uses of pulmonary surfactant in premature babies.
Pulmonary surfactant keeps the lungs inflated and a developmental deficiency of surfactant is the major cause of the respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn (RDS). Hawgood’s interest in the biology of surfactant grew from clinical experience in neonatology where RDS is a major cause of neonatal death. He moved to UCSF in 1982 as a research fellow with Lasker Awardee, Dr. John Clements, the scientist that discovered surfactant in the late 1950’s. Hawgood started his own laboratory, focused on the proteins associated with surfactant, in 1984. A multi-disciplinary Program Project Grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has supported his work since 1984. His scientific contributions over the last 25 years have been recognized by numerous invitations to present in national and international forums and continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Hawgood has maintained an active presence in clinical medicine, serving as Division Chief of Neonatology at UCSF from 1994 to 2006. He has been an Associate Director of the CVRI since 1997, and was Chair of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of the UCSF Children’s Hospital from 2003 to 2009. He is also currently President of the UCSF Medical Group, the faculty plan representing more than 1,000 physicians at UCSF.
In service to professional organizations Hawgood served on the Council of the Society for Pediatric Research for seven years between 1992 and 2000 and was President of the Society in 1999. He chaired the Program Committee for the Pediatric Academic Societies from 1998-2000 and in 2005 received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Pediatric Research. He was a Trustee and Secretary-Treasurer of the International Pediatric Research Society from 2003 to 2009. Hawgood has served on study sections for the NIH and is currently a member of the Program Project Parent Committee of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. In addition, Dr. Hawgood was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), part of the National Academy of Sciences.