UCSF taps Maga Jackson-Triche to lead expansion of clinical mental health services

By Nicholas Roznovsky

Maga E. Jackson-Triche, MD, MSHS

Maga E. Jackson-Triche, MD, MSHS. Photo courtesy UC Davis Medical Center.

Following a nationwide search, the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and UCSF Health are pleased to announce the appointment of Maga E. Jackson-Triche, MD, MSHS, as the inaugural Department of Psychiatry Vice Chair for UCSF Health and Vice President for Adult Behavioral Health Services, UCSF Health, effective June 1, 2016.

Reporting to Department of Psychiatry chair Matthew W. State, MD, PhD, as well as UCSF Medical Center president and UCSF Health senior vice president Sheila Antrum, RN, MSHA, Jackson-Triche will play a crucial role in the integration of clinical mental health services across UCSF’s campuses and lead a significant expansion of psychiatric and behavioral services across the UCSF Health system. In addition, she will oversee overall quality, effectiveness, efficiency, and financial performance for clinical affairs within the Department of Psychiatry.

Jackson-Triche brings an impressive track record of clinical and administrative success within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) network and its affiliated academic institutions to her new role at UCSF. A graduate of the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and the UCLA School of Public Health, Jackson-Triche has served in key leadership roles within VHA including VA Greater Los Angeles, VA Southeast Louisiana, and VA Northern California Health Care Systems, and in 2012, was asked to serve a term as the Acting Deputy Chief Mental Health Consultant for the VA’s Office of Mental Health Services in Washington, DC.

In 2013, Jackson-Triche was named Chief Mental Health Officer for the VA Sierra Pacific Network. In this position, she has overseen the mental health care services of a network responsible for a population of more than 1 million veterans in Northern California, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Philippines.

In addition to her extensive clinical and administrative work, Jackson-Triche has held academic appointments with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, and UC Davis School of Medicine. An experienced researcher with numerous academic studies, articles, books, and book chapters to her credit, she has also served as a reviewer for the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, and Medical Care.

Jackson-Triche is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. She served on the APA’s National Clinical Guidelines Committee Work Group on Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults.

“The addition of Dr. Jackson-Triche to the senior leadership team provides a tremendous opportunity to prioritize and coordinate patient care efforts and resources across all domains,” said Sheila Antrum, RN, MSHA, President of the UCSF Medical Center and Senior Vice President for Adult Services at UCSF Health. “She brings an exceptional perspective that will successfully serve our patients and facilitate collaboration between faculty, residents, and staff.”

“With her wide-ranging experience as a clinician, educator, researcher, and administrator, Maga brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will greatly benefit UCSF Health, the Department of Psychiatry, and, most importantly, our patients and their families,” added Matthew W. State, MD, PhD, Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor, Chair of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. “She is a wonderfully accomplished and collaborative physician leader who will lead the expansion of our clinical services, promote the highest quality care, and ensure the full integration of mental health into the UCSF Health system.”

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry 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, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service. UCSF Psychiatry has an organizational structure that crosses all major UCSF sites - Parnassus, Mission Bay, Laurel Heights, Mt. Zion, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.