Dan is the director of the Department of Nutrition and Food Services and serves as the sustainability officer for UCSF Health. His operational responsibilities include all patient dining, retail food services, catering and conference services, culinary services, inpatient and outpatient nutrition services, and retail services. He also serves in key leadership roles in the robotic TUG system, the Interactive Patient Experience (IPX) committee, and other committees within the health system and university.
Prior to UCSF, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Houston and was a Foodservice and Lodging Specialist at Iowa State University. During this time in academia, he developed his passion for food safety research issues particularly in retail food environments. He has conducted many research and applied projects including modeling the efficacy of novel hand hygiene tracking systems and the application of hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) systems in food operations. His other research interests include sustainable food systems and health and wellness education in food operations.