Achieving XXcellence

Diane Wara, M.D.

University of California–San Francisco



Dr. Wara is associate dean for minority and women’s affairs at the University of California–San Francisco. As a key member of the chancellor’s advisory committee on the status of women, she guided the passage of a number of faculty changes, including the statewide University of California policy on child-bearing and child-rearing leave. Dr. Wara is division chief of pediatric immunology and rheumatology and program director of the pediatric clinical research center. She is also an expert on abnormalities of the immune system in children, has a primary interest in AIDS, and has published extensively in this area.


I wear two hats here. I’ve just completed 12 years as the associate dean for women and minority affairs at UCSF, with fairly heavy involvement at the Association of American Medical Colleges [AAMC] during that same time period. As well, I’m a clinical investigator. I tried to put those two hats together in fashioning a fairly brief summary talk that will contain these four components: What is clinical investigation, because that is what we’re here to talk about? Are women faculty in schools of medicine advancing? I will then offer a personal perspective. I finish by asking how can professional societies enhance the development of careers for women in clinical research?

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