Ihle to receive UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award

UC San Francisco neuroscientist and psychiatrist Eva C. Ihle, MD, PhD, has been named one of 16 recipients of the UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award for the 2022-23 academic year. The awards will be presented virtually on National Doctors’ Day, March 30th, 2023.

Ihle is a health sciences associate clinical professor with joint appointments in the UCSF Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics who treats children, adolescents, and adults. She serves as interim medical director of the Division of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and also directs the hospital’s program to enhance access to psychiatric care for underserved populations by partnering with primary care clinics. In addition, she is a senior attending psychiatrist on the pediatric psychiatry consultation-liaison service at Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and associate director of the adult psychiatry consultation-liaison service at UCSF Health.

In her research, Ihle has studied social behaviors in songbirds and a mouse model for autism. She also has examined the mechanisms that support health and well-being in individuals under stress.

UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Awards are given annually to a few UCSF Health physicians who have provided outstanding patient care, contributed to UCSF Health’s mission, and exemplified UCSF Health’s PRIDE Values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence. Each year the number of nominations for this honor far exceeds the number of awardees.

The awardees were selected by a committee of UCSF Health leaders and are being recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the care of our patients and for their teamwork and professionalism in our health system.

"Eva's work has been crucial in our efforts to provide compassionate and effective psychiatric care to those hospitalized for medical and surgical conditions," said department chair Matthew State, MD, PhD. "Her outstanding work as a clinician and clinical educator — across both child/adolescent and adult treatment settings — has positively impacted the lives of countless patients and their families, making her an integral and highly respected member of our department."

About UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry BuildingUCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital; UCSF Medical Centers at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Mount Zion; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; the San Francisco VA Health Care System; UCSF Fresno; and numerous community-based sites around the San Francisco Bay Area.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is exclusively focused on the health sciences and is dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. UCSF Health, which serves as UCSF’s primary academic medical center, includes top-ranked specialty hospitals and other clinical programs, and has affiliations throughout the Bay Area.