CHS Faculty Retirements

Headshots of Carmen Portillo, Barbara Burgel, and JoAnne Saxe
At the end of June, three key faculty from the Department of Community Health Systems retire—Carmen Portillo, RN, PhD, FAAN; Barbara Burgel, RN, ANP, PhD; and JoAnne Saxe, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN. To read specific tributes, select from the following:

Carmen J. Portillo, RN, PhD, FAAN

Headshot of Carmen Portillo

After two decades at UCSF as a faculty member and Chair, Carmen J. Portillo, RN, PhD, FAAN, will officially retire on June 31, 2017. Portillo has served as Professor and Chairperson of the Community Health Systems department at UC San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. Her work includes adherence and stigma related to HIV/AIDS, Hispanic health issues, women’s health, symptom management, quality of life, health systems, health disparities in vulnerable and high-risk populations, and international capacity development. Portillo’s work on HIV/AIDS research knowledge and skills has focused on specific populations, such as MSM, women, and ethnic/minority populations.

She has been a vital member at the campus level of UCSF in HIV/AIDS and is a member on the UCSF, CTSI, Community Engagement & Health Policy Program and a member of the executive board for the UCSF, AIDS Research Institute. Her long tenure at UCSF has been marked by progressive faculty growth and administrative stewardship encompassing exemplary School and University committee leadership, leadership of the International Center for HIV/AIDS Research & Clinical Training in Nursing, and coordination of multiple academic programs, including the training and mentoring of the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students, as well as the development of doctoral training curriculum in the School of Nursing. For close to 25 years, Portillo has managed the UCSF’s HIV/AIDS minor and serving as the Principal Investigator of multiyear HRSA-funded training of advanced practice nurses for HIV clinical management. She has been key in research interests focusing on HIV and also covering sleep disturbances, fatigue and its genetic associations in people with HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Carmen Portillo has provided instrumental leadership in expanding opportunities for Hispanic nurses in four-year degree and graduate programs across the country. She’s often called upon by schools of nursing to develop recruitment and retention strategies for minority nurses. She contributed in establishing the National Association of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, Inc., which represents the five ethnic minority nurse organizations. She has served in reviewer, advisory, and editorial roles for many prominent journals in addition to being highly published in her own right. Portillo has been nationally and internationally recognized with numerous honors and awards, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Award from UCSF, she was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist, and more recently was honored by Sigma Theta Tau for recognition of excellence in nursing leadership.

Barbara J. Burgel, RN, ANP, PhD

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Barbara J. Burgel, RN, ANP, PhD, will retire on June 30, 2017, after 36 years at the UC San Francisco (UCSF). She has been a professor in the UCSF School of Nursing since 1981, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Burgel received her BSN at the University of Michigan and her MS degree, with role preparation as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), at UCSF in 1979. Her UCSF School of Nursing faculty role began in 1981, teaching in both the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) and the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialties. Teaching, in addition to her nurse practitioner practice in both occupational health and primary care settings over the past 36 years, has given her great joy. One highlight was the UCSF Community Occupational Health Project, with co-PIs Bob Harrison, MD, MPH, and Nan Lashuay, along with numerous OEHN students. Funded by The California Wellness Foundation from 1999 - 2006, this project delivered clinical care, education and advocacy with low wage workers, including garment workers, day laborers, janitors, and hotel room cleaners, amongst others.

Selected leadership roles included serving as the Director of the UCSF ANP Program from 1988 - 1994; and, as Vice Chair of the Department of Community Health Systems from 1995 - 2000. She has been active in leadership roles in the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, and served on the Board of Directors for the national certification organization, the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses. Burgel completed her PhD in 2008, exploring psychosocial work factors and their association with shoulder pain in hotel workers. Burgel’s UCSF Health and Safety Taxi Driver Study has continued her focus on low wage workers, exploring not only work-related musculoskeletal disorders, but also violence, cardiovascular risks, unfairness, perceived mental exertion and sleep disorders in taxi drivers. Other recent scholarly work in primary care includes assessment of interprofessional collaborative primary care practice in a behavioral health setting, and dental outreach to a primarily homeless adult population with serious mental illness.

JoAnne M. Saxe, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN

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JoAnne M. Saxe, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, UC San Francisco (UCSF) Health Sciences Clinical Professor and Director Emeritus of the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program—ranked as the third best AGPCNP program in the U.S. by the U.S. News & World Report—will retire on June 30, 2017.

Dr. JoAnne Saxe has been a health professions educator for 32 years and a primary care NP, largely for vulnerable adult populations, for over 35 years. She has been a lead architect of graduate nursing curricula reformations that have been supported by several federal training, innovations and private foundation grants. Her contributions have resulted in substantial curricular changes that link classroom education to learning in health care and policy settings. As part of her dedication to advanced nursing education and practice, Saxe has been a vanguard of innovative practice models with a focus on vulnerable populations, for example, tele-health consultation services, nurse-managed health centers and inter-professional, patient centered medical homes. Saxe is currently involved in the nationally acclaimed San Francisco Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Center for Primary Care Education where she precepts inter-professional trainees, mentors clinician educators and participates in the performance improvement curriculum, which is part of multi-faceted inter-professional workplace learning model.

Dr. JoAnne Saxe also advocates for educational and practice improvements through her consultant and leadership roles; Academy of Medical Educators’ and other professional organization involvement; publications; and national and international presentations. She regularly consults with nursing faculty from around the world on emerging trends in advance nursing education and practice. Additionally, Saxe has advocated for the health needs of vulnerable populations by participating in quality improvement initiatives at the SF Community Clinic Consortium, an organization focused on improving access to care, enhancing the health care workforce, maximizing resources, and leading changes in health policy; and the San Francisco Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. She also has several publications, professional presentations, and honors and awards that highlight and recognize, respectively, her teaching and practice contributions.

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