Episode 74: On COVID-19 – A case-based discussion with Drs. Block, Thakur, and Chin-Hong

Episode description

Student Dr. Emma Levine moderates a COVID-19 case discussion with expert input from Drs. Brian Block, Neeta Thakur and Peter Chin-Hong

Dr. Peter Chin-Hong

Peter Chin-Hong is Associate Dean for Regional Campuses at UCSF School of Medicine. He is a medical educator who specializes in treating infectious diseases, particularly infections that develop in patients who have suppressed immune systems, such as as solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients and HIV+ organ transplant recipients. He directs the immunocompromised host infectious diseases program at UCSF. He has been involved in the COVID19 clinical consultation and treatment team.

Dr. Neeta Thakur

Neeta Thakur is a Pulmonary Critical Care Physician and health disparities researcher at UCSF. Her main research interests are in understanding how the social environment contributes to disease and modifies disease course in low-income communities and communities of color. Dr. Thakur’s experience as a clinician and Medical Director of the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Chest Clinic, gives her first-hand insight on how social and environmental stress negatively affect asthma and other health outcomes, and practical knowledge of the existing barriers to adoption of evidence-based interventions into practice. With the evolving COVID-19 epidemic, her research focus has shifted to better understand the fears, needs, and socioeconomic impact in low-income, diverse communities.

Dr. Brian Block

Brian Block is an Instructor of Medicine and Research Fellow in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UCSF. He has interests in medical ethics and critical illness communication. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed Internal Medicine training at Columbia University where he was also a Chief Resident. He then came to UCSF to complete fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine. His UCSF bio also describes him as a “mediocre golfer” and now he can’t figure out how to have that removed.