Living Endowment Campaign

“Please join us in creating the future of healthcare.
Investments in the Osher Center’s endowment will
help transform health and ensure a more complete
healthcare solution for all.”

~ Alexsis de Raadt St. James

In existence since 1998, the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine has become a premier integrative health resource for the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The first program of its kind to offer fully developed programs in research, education, and clinical care, the Osher Center is meeting the needs of patients who seek a more healing-oriented approach to healthcare.

Friends of the Osher Center now have an unprecedented opportunity to ensure the continued growth and enrichment of the Center by supporting its $25 million endowment campaign. The Osher Center respectively requests your thoughtful consideration of a lead gift to this effort.

The UCSF Osher Center’s Endowment Campaign was conceived to enable the Osher Center to tackle three of the greatest challenges facing the field of medicine: how to best leverage the benefits of technological innovation without forgoing personalized, compassionate care; empower patients to take control of their own health and well being; and transform the way healthcare is practiced.

Through a gift to the Osher Center endowment campaign, you will make it possible for us to integrate new technologies and established healing practices, conduct essential research on integrative medicine, develop new models of care in our clinic, and train the next generation of doctors, nurses and pharmacists at UCSF’s world-class medical school.

Specifically, the permanent and stable source of funding provided by an endowment will be used to underwrite a number of activities at the Osher Center, including:

  • Innovative pilot studies
    Sponsoring cutting-edge research is essential to the development of improved therapies, especially at the early stages when NIH and other funding is not available.
  • Faculty recruitment and retention
    Providing critical assistance for promising faculty and staff will allow the Osher Center to attract and retain the most talented and sought-after medical doctors, scientists, researchers, and practitioners.
  • Integrative medicine curriculum development
    Ensuring the continued development of the integrative medicine curriculum will facilitate the training of our nation’s top medical, nursing, and pharmacology students.
  • Participation and collaboration with the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medical Schools
    Working with our colleagues in the field, we will create a national database of patient outcomes which will be useful for medical education, identifying effective treatments, and influencing policy changes.
  • Patient support and website expansion
    By continuing to build our website, we will be able to offer more opportunities for distance learning and telemedicine among our patients, as well as research collaboration among our practitioners.
  • Clinic expansion, to include programs such as nutrition counseling, integrative adolescent care and expanded parenting classes
    By enlarging our clinic offerings, we will be able to serve a larger segment of the population.

On behalf of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, thank you for considering this request to become our partner in shaping the integrative medicine agenda, discovering new healing solutions, and making a difference in the quality of people’s lives.

For more information about the Endowment Campaign, please contact Evan Kavanagh, Director of Development and Strategic Communications, at 415-353-7223.

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