Tribute to Dr. Joan Voris


Recently, UCSF Fresno said goodbye to Joan Voris, MD former Associate Dean for UCSF Fresno. Dr. Voris spent her entire career at UCSF Fresno as a practicing pediatrician, Director of the Ambulatory Clinics and Associate Dean. Voris is the longest serving Associate Dean in Fresno history having served from September 2002 until her retirement in January 2015.

She oversaw the unprecedented growth in the training programs with many new fellowships and an increase in resident numbers by 50 percent. She oversaw the move of the program from University Medical Center to the current location on the Community Regional Medical Center campus in 2007 and the opening of the Ambulatory Care Center in 2010.

If you would like to pay tribute to Dr. Joan Voris and her life’s work that enhanced UCSF Fresno, the family has asked that donations be made to the USCF Foundation in her memory.

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UCSF Fresno has wrapped up another successful recruitment period! All available residency positions in the UCSF Fresno programs that participated in the Match were filled, representing a 100 percent match rate. As a result, about 100 new medical physicians and 4 oral and maxillofacial surgery dental residents will start their residency and fellowship training at UCSF Fresno this summer. UCSF Fresno has filled 100 percent of its available positions every year since 2011, making it a highly desirable residency training program for medical students.

The UCSF Fresno residency programs that participated in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) received 5,165 applications and conducted 1,181 interviews for just 79 positions! UCSF Fresno fellowship programs that took part in the October/December NRMP match received nearly 700 applications and conducted nearly 100 interviews for just 16 positions! UCSF Fresno currently offers training in eight specialties and 17 subspecialties.










The biennial signature UCSF Fresno Sip & Savor fundraiser event was held on March 18, 2017 at the Save Mart Center.  This fundraiser helps to support the teaching and training, research, patient care and public service programs offered by UCSF Fresno.  Sip & Savor included specialty food and beverage tastings from nearly 40 local culinary artisans, breweries, wineries, and guests also enjoyed live music, casino-style gaming and a live auction.  


With a crowd of over 600 guests, the proceeds raised at this event will benefit UCSF Fresno’s physician-training programs, research projects, recruitment of faculty physicians to care for Central Valley community members and to teach the next generation of doctors as well as programs that help students prepare for careers in health and medicine among many other public service projects.










After 36 years of dedicated service to UCSF Fresno, Kent T. Yamaguchi, MD, FACS has decided to ease into retirement.  At UCSF, he is a clinical professor specializing in hand and plastic surgery and recently stepped down as chief of plastic surgery at UCSF Fresno.  He is a revered surgeon and has been a mentor to hundreds of students in clinics, operating rooms, and labs. Dr. Yamaguchi was UCSF Fresno’s first plastic surgeon. He has stayed in his position throughout a distinguished, decades-long career and now is being recognized as the 2017 UCSF Medical Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year. 

Dr. Yamaguchi has had numerous accomplishments over the past three decades and has held many offices in various local and national organizations.  Some of the most noteworthy awards include being selected as the deserving recipient of the 1986 Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award by UCSF, and in 1991, being awarded the Faculty Research Award by UCSF Fresno. He is also an avid research investigator and has maintained a basic science laboratory over a long period of time. He has introduced and encouraged many students and residents in research projects, particularly in the areas of burn injury and wound healing.

For these reasons and so many more, UCSF Fresno is establishing a lasting legacy to honor his contributions by creating the Kent T. Yamaguchi, MD, FACS, Endowed Lectureship in Surgery at UCSF Fresno.  Once established, this new endowed lectureship will allow UCSF Fresno to bring a nationally recognized expert in plastic surgery to Fresno annually to teach and meet with faculty and residents to enrich the educational experience in Fresno. Help pay tribute to the life's work of Dr. Yamaguchi by making a donation to the endowed lectureship in his name.





Have you registered for our 12th Annual Cardiology in the Valley Symposium yet? This is a great opportunity for cardiologists, hospitalists, family and internal medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and allied health care professionals with an interest in cardiology!


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