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UCSF's PRHE: Faculty and Staff

Program Faculty

Linda Giudice, MD, PhD founded PRHE in 2007 and is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Giudice is a biochemist, an obstetrician, gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist whose research has focused on endometrial biology, placental-uterine interactions and environmental impacts on reproductive health. For more information on Dr. Giudice, see her UC profile page.

Tracey Woodruff, Ph.D., MPH is Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco and the Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment.  She has done extensive research and policy development on environmental health issues, with a particular emphasis on early-life development.  Her research include evaluating prenatal exposures to environmental chemicals and related adverse pregnancy outcomes, and characterizing developmental risks.  She has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters, and has been quoted widely in the press, including USAToday, the San Francisco Chronicle, and WebMD.  She was previously at the US EPA, where she was a senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy, and author of numerous government documents.  She is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives. She was appointed by the governor of California in 2012 to the Science Advisory Board of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant (DART) Identification Committee.

Robert Gould, MD graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and from 1981 until 2012 worked as a Pathologist at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose. In 2012 Bob was appointed as an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the UCSF School of Medicine, to serve as Director of Health Professional Outreach and Education for the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE).  Since 1989, he has been President of the SF-Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and in 2003 was President of National PSR, to serve again in this capacity in 2014. Since 1986, Bob has been a leading member of the Peace Caucus of the American Public Health Association, for which he has been Chairperson for numerous years, and in 2009 APHA awarded Bob the prestigious Sidel-Levy Peace Award. Bob has been recognized as a leading expert on the environmental and public health impacts of nuclear weapons, and has been a contributing author to chapters on health impacts of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism in “War and Public Health” (2008) and “Terrorism and Public Health” (2011) published by Oxford University Press.

Since 1992 has been a leading member of the Environmental Committee of the Santa Clara County chapter of the California Medical Association (CMA), and through this work has authored and submitted numerous environmental health resolutions adopted by CMA as policy. For his work within CMA, he received the Santa Clara County Medical Association’s (SCCMA) "Outstanding Contribution in Community Service" award in 2001, and “Outstanding Contribution to the Medical Society award in 2012. Dr. Gould was also listed as one of Santa Clara County's "Top 400 Physicians" in peer-review surveys published in San Jose Magazine in 2001 through 2007.

Program Staff

Cynthia Melgoza Canchola manages PRHE’s research lab at San Francisco General Hospital. She is also a bilingual Spanish and English health educator for the Children's Environmental Health Promotion Program of the San Francisco Department Public Health. Prior to her roles as health educator and research assistant, Cynthia worked to promote safer ergonomic work practices for day laborers; she was involved in the educational campaign to inform the public about lead in Mexican candy; and she conducted a pilot project to promote disinfectants that are safer for asthma in child care settings. Cynthia graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Raza Studies and a BS in Health Science.

Jason Harless is the the Program Coordinator/Project Manager for PRHE. He administers the PEEC Children’s Center grant and acts as the Center Quality Assurance Manager (CQAM).  He has helped manage the Reach the Decision Makers fellowship since it began 4 years ago. He manages print media and social media communications for the program.  He is also the liaison to Human Resources, the program Site Captain for PRHE (specific to off-campus locations), and the capital assets manager.  Jason helps plan program events, is the Emergency Planning Officer on the disaster team, and he provides in-house IT support.

Montana Murdoch is an Administrative Analyst at PRHE, with fifteen years’ experience at UCSF, most recently as Program Administrator for the UCSF-GIVI Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). She provides a strategic overview of operations, serves as a key point of contact with UCSF financial and administrative resources, and assists the PRHE Director in leading the growth and development of our administrative infrastructure.

Janet Pan, MPH CCRP, is the Clinical Research Coordinator and Research Analyst at PRHE. She is responsible for managing PRHE's research studies at San Francisco General Hospital and UCSF Moffitt-Long Hospital. Currently she is involved in projects that examine environmental toxicants such as flame retardants, and its effects on perinatal health. After Janet completed her MPH in Epidemiology/Biostatistics at UC Berkeley School of Public Health, her great interest in environmental health and health disparities led her to work at PRHE. 

Jackie Schwartz, MPH is a Research Scientist and focuses on PRHE's research activities and communications, authoring PRHE's recent report, Shaping Our Legacy. Prior to joining PRHE, Jackie was a research associate at the Center for Children's Environmental Health Research at U.C. Berkeley, and served as a public health assessor and epidemiologist for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Health Services. Her research has focused on evaluating the association between environmental exposures and health outcomes in both adults and children, including identifying risk factors for exposure to pesticides and other endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Patrice Sutton, MPH is a Research Scientist and is spearheading PRHE's clinical outreach and translation efforts. Patrice has over 20 years of experience in occupational and environmental health research, industrial hygiene, public health practice, policy development and community-based advocacy. As a contractor to California's state health department from 1987 to 2006, she was responsible for conducting all aspects of research investigations spanning a disparate range of issues, including lead poisoning, tuberculosis, asthma, and pesticide-illness. She has extensive experience collaborating with directly-impacted workplace and community-based populations, labor, and governmental and non-governmental organizations in the development of research strategies and policy recommendations. She also has extensive experience as a volunteer in support of communities and workers impacted by the nuclear weapons production cycle and has published over thirty peer-reviewed scientific articles and government technical reports.

Priscila Valdez is a research assistant working on PRHE's research projects. She splits her time between Parnassus and San Francisco General Hospital. In 2013 Priscila received a B.A. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley. Her interest in reproduction and environmental health begun through the courses she took as an undergrad. Prior to working as a research assistant in PRHE, Priscila was part of UCSF WHURI program. Through this program she was introduced to clinical research, which steered her towards becoming a research assistant in PRHE.

Monika Walker is an Administrative Assistant at PRHE. She has been with UCSF since 2009. Monika responsibilities at PRHE includes handling primarily administrative duties such as -maintaining Dr. Woodruff's schedule, processing expense claims, arranging travel for PRHE staff, distributing PRHE informational brochures, and any other tasks included for the success of the program.

About PRHE

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