Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH

Dr. Fuentes-Afflick has been a UCSF faculty member since 1993. She is Vice Dean for the UCSF School of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and Professor of Pediatrics. Previously, she served as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Medicine (2012-2022) and Chief of Pediatrics at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (2009-2022).

As a pediatrician and epidemiologist, Dr. Fuentes-Afflick has conducted research studies focused on issues of acculturation, immigrant health, and health disparities. Her scholarship has also focused on professionalism, misconduct, faculty development, and the importance of diversity in academic medicine and academic pediatrics.

After completing her undergraduate and medical education in the Inteflex Program at the University of Michigan, Dr. Fuentes-Afflick came to UCSF for her residency training in pediatrics, followed by a fellowship in health policy at UCSF and MPH in epidemiology from UC Berkeley. She has served in several important national leadership roles, including President of the Society for Pediatric Research, President of the American Pediatric Society, and service on the Council of the National Institute for Child Health and Development. Dr. Fuentes-Afflick was chair of the UCSF Academic Senate from 2009-2011. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2010 and elected to membership n the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020.

From 2012-2012, Dr. Fuentes-Afflick served as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development for the School of Medicine. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing all academic affairs in the School of Medicine, including the recruitment, development and advancement of a diversified academic workforce of the highest caliber. She was also responsible for overseeing innovative programs for faculty orientation, career development, and leadership training.

As Vice Dean for the UCSF School of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Dr. Fuentes-Afflick is responsible for leading the 150-year long partnership between the University and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
2019 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
MPH, 1991 - Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
MD, 1986 - Medicine, University of Michigan
BS, 1984 - Biomedical Sciences, University of Michigan
Fellowship, - Health Policy, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, Chief Residency, - Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
Honors and Awards
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2020
  • President, American Pediatric Society, 2017-2018
  • Fellow, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), 2010-2011
  • Member, National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), 2010
  • President, Society for Pediatric Research, 2008-2009
  • Citation for Outstanding Service, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1994
  1. Words matter.
  2. Engaging Pediatric Subspecialists in Pursuit of Health Equity-Breaking Out of the Silo.
  3. Are we serious about addressing health disparities through research?
  4. Advancing equity, one publication at a time.
  5. Impact of COVID-19 on Medical School Faculty.
  6. Applying a Subpopulation Lens to Population Health.
  7. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in The Journal of Pediatrics.
  8. 50 Years Ago in TheJournalofPediatrics: Valuing Internship.
  9. Race and Genetic Ancestry in Medicine—A Time for Reckoning With Racism.
  10. Promoting Equity for Women in Medicine - Seizing a Disruptive Opportunity.
  11. Optimizing Health And Well-Being For Women And Children.
  12. Race and Genetic Ancestry in Medicine - A Time for Reckoning with Racism.
  13. Equity culture in pediatrics.
  14. Valuing and achieving diversity in academic medicine : The APS and SPR Virtual Chat Series.
  15. The Hispanic/Latinx Perinatal Paradox in the United States: A Scoping Review and Recommendations to Guide Future Research.
  16. In Pursuit of Health Equity in Pediatrics.
  17. The Death of George Floyd: Bending the Arc of History Toward Justice for Generations of Children.
  18. The Case for Research-Informed Immigrant Health Policies Within Health Care Systems.
  19. Toward the elimination of bias in Pediatric Research.
  20. The rewards of peer-reviewing.
  21. Perinatal Outcomes in Medicaid Expansion and Nonexpansion States Among Hispanic Women.
  22. Diversity and inclusion in pediatrics: imperative, not optional.
  23. Political Determinants of Population Health.
  24. Keys to academic success for under-represented minority young investigators: recommendations from the Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID) National Advisory Committee.
  25. Opinions of Primary Care Clinicians and Psychiatrists on Monitoring the Metabolic Effects of Antipsychotics.
  26. Sexual Harassment in Medical Schools: The Challenge of Covert Retaliation as a Barrier to Reporting.
  27. Promoting Inclusion in Academic Medicine.
  28. American Pediatric Society 2018 Presidential Address-the courage of our dreams.
  29. Identifying and Mitigating Risk of Violence in the Scientific Workplace.
  30. Pica is prevalent and strongly associated with iron deficiency among Hispanic pregnant women living in the United States.
  31. The Road to Tolerance and Understanding.
  32. The Road to Tolerance and Understanding.
  33. The Road to Tolerance and Understanding.
  34. Caring for Children by Supporting Parents.
  35. Low Rates of HIV Testing Among Adults With Severe Mental Illness Receiving Care in Community Mental Health Settings.
  36. Hot topics, urgent priorities, and ensuring success for racial/ethnic minority young investigators in academic pediatrics.
  37. The New Academic Environment and Faculty Misconduct.
  38. Diabetes Screening Among Underserved Adults With Severe Mental Illness Who Take Antipsychotic Medications.
  39. Updating the Academic Playbook.
  40. Immigrant Latino neighborhoods and mortality among infants born to Mexican-origin Latina women.
  41. Pica is Prevalent and Strongly Associated with Iron Deficiency, but not Anemia, among Mexican-born Pregnant Women Living in the United States.
  42. Preventing and managing unprofessionalism in medical school faculties.
  43. Diversity and inclusion training in pediatric departments.
  44. Social and public health perspectives of promotion of breastfeeding.
  45. Maternal acculturation and the prenatal care experience.
  46. The impact of migration on pregnancy outcomes among Mexican-origin women.
  47. Parental immigration status is associated with children's health care utilization: findings from the 2003 new immigrant survey of US legal permanent residents.
  48. Parental advocacy styles for special education students during the transition to adulthood.
  49. Communicating with parents about immunization safety: messages for pediatricians in the IOM report "the childhood immunization schedule and safety: stakeholder concerns, scientific evidence, and future studies".
  50. Primary care providers' views on metabolic monitoring of outpatients taking antipsychotic medication.
  51. CYP2A6 genotype but not age determines cotinine half-life in infants and children.
  52. Prevalence of chronic disease and insurance coverage among refugees in the United States.
  53. Determination of tobacco smoke exposure by plasma cotinine levels in infants and children attending urban public hospital clinics.
  54. Parent and youth priorities during the transition to adulthood for youth with special health care needs and developmental disability.
  55. Interpersonal processes of care and cesarean delivery in two health care settings.
  56. Cerebral palsy among Asian ethnic subgroups.
  57. Racial disparities in congenital heart disease: beyond red and blue.
  58. Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Disparities in the Prevalence of Cerebral Palsy.
  59. Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in the prevalence of cerebral palsy.
  60. Unintended consequences of the Flexner report: women in pediatrics.
  61. Risks from antipsychotic medications in children and adolescents.
  62. Maternal perceptions of early childhood ideal body weight differ among Mexican-origin mothers residing in Mexico compared to California.
  63. Society for Pediatric Research Presidential Address 2009: The Spirit of Service.
  64. Federation of Pediatric Organizations Task Force on Women in Pediatrics II: survey of active members of the Society for Pediatric Research regarding part-time and flexible work.
  65. Immigration status and use of health services among Latina women in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  66. A mother's prayer.
  67. Risk factors for macrosomia in infants born to Latina women.
  68. Distal His----Arg mutation in bovine myoglobin results in a ligand binding site similar to the abnormal beta site of hemoglobin Zurich (beta 63 His----Arg).
  69. Acculturation and Body Mass among Latina Women.
  70. Healthy Young Adults: description and use of an innovative health insurance program.
  71. Differences in neonatal mortality among whites and Asian American subgroups: evidence from California.
  72. Is limited access to care the new morbidity for Latino young adults?
  73. Association of breastfeeding with maternal depressive symptoms.
  74. Obesity among Latino preschoolers: do children outgrow the "epidemiologic paradox"?
  75. Use of prenatal care by Hispanic women after welfare reform.
  76. Racial/ethnic disparities in child health: familiar problems and unknown solutions.
  77. Pre-pregnancy and pregnancy-related factors and the risk of excessive or inadequate gestational weight gain.
  78. Changes in health status experienced by women with gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertensive disorders.
  79. 425: The Influence of Acculturation on Overweight and Obesity among Latina Women.
  80. 441: Maternal Acculturation and Overweight in Latino Children.
  81. Correlates of prescription drug use during pregnancy.
  82. Body mass index, provider advice, and target gestational weight gain.
  83. Changes in the health status of women during and after pregnancy.
  84. Ethnic differences in neonatal and postneonatal mortality.
  85. Prepregnancy health status and the risk of preterm delivery.
  86. Depressive symptoms in the immediate postpartum period among Hispanic women in three U.S. cities.
  87. Lower agreement on behavioral factors than on medical conditions in self-reported data among pregnant Latina women.
  88. Reduced risk of inadequate prenatal care in the era after Medicaid expansions in California.
  89. Smoking cessation counseling with young patients: the practices of family physicians and pediatricians.
  90. The health of Latino children: urgent priorities, unanswered questions, and a research agenda.
  91. Pain during Mogen or PlastiBell circumcision.
  92. Why ethnicity and race are so important in child health services research today.
  93. Counseling smoking parents of young children: comparison of pediatricians and family physicians.
  94. The perinatal advantage of Mexican-origin Latina women.
  95. Interpregnancy interval and the risk of premature infants.
  96. Ethnicity, Interpregnancy Intervals and Prematurity.
  97. Latino children's health and the family-community health promotion model.
  98. Testing the epidemiologic paradox of low birth weight in Latinos.
  99. Maternal birthplace, ethnicity, and low birth weight in California.
  100. Risk of low birth weight infants among black and white parents.
  101. Role of clinicians in cigarette smoking prevention.
  102. Interpregnancy Interval and Low Birth Weight in Latina and White Women† 523.
  103. Low birth weight and Latino ethnicity. Examining the epidemiologic paradox.
  104. Poverty and adverse health outcomes: The risk of individual and community measures † 442.
  105. The risk of paternal factors on perinatal outcomes in Latinos † 441.
  106. Impact of Asian ethnicity and national origin on infant birth weight.
  108. Ethnic disparity in the performance of prenatal nutrition risk assessment among Medicaid-eligible women.
  109. Effects of vaccine information pamphlets on parents' attitudes.
  110. Nonclient factors in the reporting of prenatal psychosocial risk assessments.