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Haile Debas, MD

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentSurgery
Address550 16th. Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Haile T. Debas, MD, is recognized internationally for his contributions to academic medicine and is widely consulted on issues associated with global health. At the University of California, San Francisco, he served as the Founding Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences (2003-2010), Dean of the School of Medicine (1993-2003), Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs for six years, and Chancellor for one year. A gastrointestinal surgeon by training, Dr. Debas chaired the UCSF Department of Surgery (1987-2003), and is the Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Emeritus. He also was the Founding Director of the University of California Global Health Institute from 2009 to 2016.

    A native of Eritrea, Dr. Debas received his MD from McGill University and completed his surgical training at the University of British Columbia and post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA. He has held faculty positions at UBC, UCLA, and the University of Washington. Under his stewardship, the UCSF School of Medicine became a national model for medical education, an achievement for which he was recognized with the 2004 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

    Dr. Debas’s prescient grasp of the implications of fundamental changes in science led him to create several interdisciplinary research centers that have been instrumental in reorganizing the scientific community at UCSF. He played a key role in developing UCSF’s new campus at Mission Bay. In 2012, he was awarded the UCSF Medal for his academic and leadership contributions to the University.

    Dr. Debas has held leadership positions with numerous membership organizations and professional associations, including serving as president of the American Surgical Association and Chair of the Council of Deans of the AAMC. He served for two terms as a member of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the National Academy of Sciences; served four years on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health; and was a member of the United Nations’ Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa.

    Dr. Debas is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University and previously served on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He was instrumental in the creation of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, where he served as Founding Chair of the Board of Directors (2009-2012).Dr. Debas was a lead editor of the Essential Surgery volume of Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition (DCP3), published by the World Bank in 2015.


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    EXTRAMURAL RESEARCH FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION
    NIH/NCRR C06RR013580Sep 15, 1998 - Sep 14, 2000
    Role: Principal Investigator
    TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH LABORATORY
    NIH/NCRR C06RR012497May 15, 1998 - May 14, 2002
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Neural Regulation of Pancreatic Function
    NIH/NIDDK R01DK046285May 15, 1994 - Mar 31, 2014
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    INHIBITORY MECHANISMS OF THE PANCREAS
    NIH/NIDDK R01DK040471Aug 1, 1988 - Jul 31, 1991
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Research Training in Gastrointestinal Surgery
    NIH/NIDDK T32DK007573Jul 1, 1988 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    INHIBITORY MECHANISMS OF THE GASTRIC FUNDUS
    NIH/NIDDK R01DK037173Jul 1, 1985 - Mar 31, 1997
    Role: Principal Investigator
    INHIBITORY MECHANISMS OF THE GASTRIC FUNDS
    NIH/NIADDK R01AM037173Jul 1, 1985 - Mar 31, 1987
    Role: Principal Investigator
    PEDIATRIC CLINICAL RESEARCH CENTER
    NIH/NCRR M01RR001271Dec 1, 1981 - Mar 31, 2007
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    INHIBITORY MECHANISMS OF THE GASTRIC FUNDUS
    NIH/NIADDK R01AM028297Apr 1, 1981 - Jun 30, 1985
    Role: Principal Investigator
    General Clinical Research Center
    NIH/NCRR M01RR000079Dec 1, 1974 - Mar 31, 2009
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    General Clinical Research Center
    NIH/NCRR M01RR000083Oct 1, 1974 - Nov 30, 2007
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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    1. Mock C, Debas H, Balch CM, Brennan M, Buyske J, Cusack J, DeMeester S, Herndon D, Le Holterman AX, Jaffe B, Kandil E, Kauffman G, Mazariegos G, Merchant N, Numann P, Oleynikov D, Olutoye O, O'Neill J, Shackford S, Stock P, Tarpley JL, Tuttle T, Wolf S, Wren SM, Yang GP. Global Surgery: Effective Involvement of US Academic Surgery: Report of the American Surgical Association Working Group on Global Surgery. Ann Surg. 2018 Jul 12. PMID: 30004921.
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    2. Debas H. Access to safe surgery. BMJ Glob Health. 2017; 2(Suppl 4):e000908. PMID: 29881641.
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    3. Jamison DT, Alwan A, Mock CN, Nugent R, Watkins D, Adeyi O, Anand S, Atun R, Bertozzi S, Bhutta Z, Binagwaho A, Black R, Blecher M, Bloom BR, Brouwer E, Bundy DAP, Chisholm D, Cieza A, Cullen M, Danforth K, de Silva N, Debas H, Donkor P, Dua T, Fleming KA, Gallivan M, Garcia PJ, Gawande A, Gaziano T, Gelband H, Glass R, Glassman A, Gray G, Habte D, Holmes KK, Horton S, Hutton G, Jha P, Knaul FM, Kobusingye O, Krakauer EL, Kruk ME, Lachmann P, Laxminarayan R, Levin C, Looi LM, Madhav N, Mahmoud A, Mbanya JC, Measham A, Medina-Mora ME, Medlin C, Mills A, Mills JA, Montoya J, Norheim O, Olson Z, Omokhodion F, Oppenheim B, Ord T, Patel V, Patton GC, Peabody J, Prabhakaran D, Qi J, Reynolds T, Ruacan S, Sankaranarayanan R, Sepúlveda J, Skolnik R, Smith KR, Temmerman M, Tollman S, Verguet S, Walker DG, Walker N, Wu Y, Zhao K. Universal health coverage and intersectoral action for health: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition. Lancet. 2018 Mar 17; 391(10125):1108-1120. PMID: 29179954.
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    4. Ng-Kamstra JS, Greenberg SLM, Abdullah F, Amado V, Anderson GA, Cossa M, Costas-Chavarri A, Davies J, Debas H, Dyer GSM, Erdene S, Farmer PE, Gaumnitz A, Hagander L, Haider A, Leather AJM, Lin Y, Marten R, Marvin JT, McClain CD, Meara JG, Meheš M, Mock C, Mukhopadhyay S, Orgoi S, Prestero T, Price RR, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Riviello R, Rudy SM, Saluja S, Sullivan R, Tarpley JL, Taylor RH, Telemaque LF, Toma G, Varghese A, Walker M, Yamey G, Shrime MG. Global Surgery 2030: a roadmap for high income country actors. BMJ Glob Health. 2016; 1(1):e000011. PMID: 28588908.
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    5. Debas H. Building Evidence for Global Surgery One Experience at a Time. JAMA Surg. 2015 Nov; 150(11):1085. PMID: 26266527.
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    6. Debas H. The Emergence and Future of Global Surgery in the United States. JAMA Surg. 2015 Sep; 150(9):833-4. PMID: 26176410.
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    7. Dandu M, Baltzell K, Nelson K, Gulati S, Debas H, Ziegler JL. A New Master's Degree in Global Health: Reflections on a 5-year Experience. Ann Glob Health. 2015 Sep-Oct; 81(5):618-26. PMID: 27036718.
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    8. Pauyo T, Debas H, Kyamanywa P, Kushner AL, Jani PG, Lavy C, Dakermandji M, Ambrose H, Khwaja K, Razek T, Deckelbaum DL. Systematic Review of Surgical Literature from Resource-Limited Countries: Developing Strategies for Success. World J Surg. 2015 Sep; 39(9):2173-81. PMID: 26037025.
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    9. Ahmed F, Ahmed N, Keogh B, Nicholson D, Debas H, Farmer PE. Can diaspora-led organisations play a prominent part in global surgery? Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Jul; 3(7):e364. PMID: 26087983.
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    10. Mock CN, Donkor P, Gawande A, Jamison DT, Kruk ME, Debas H. Essential surgery: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition. Lancet. 2015 May 30; 385(9983):2209-19. PMID: 25662414.
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    11. Debas H. Commentary: Academic surgery and global health. Surgery. 2013 Mar; 153(3):324-6. PMID: 23062654.
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    12. Kaaya EE, Macfarlane SB, Mkony CA, Lyamuya EF, Loeser H, Freeman P, Kirumira EK, Pallangyo K, Debas H. Educating enough competent health professionals: advancing educational innovation at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania. PLoS Med. 2012; 9(8):e1001284. PMID: 22904688; PMCID: PMC3419186.
    13. Johns MM, Debas H, Miller RH. Specialization in health care. JAMA. 2012 May 16; 307(19):2025-6; author reply 2026-7. PMID: 22665094.
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    14. Pallangyo K, Debas H, Lyamuya E, Loeser H, Mkony CA, O'Sullivan PS, Kaaya EE, Macfarlane SB. Partnering on education for health: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and the University of California San Francisco. J Public Health Policy. 2012; 33 Suppl 1:S13-22. PMID: 23254839.
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    15. Debas H, Coates TJ. The University of California Global Health Institute opportunities and challenges. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2011 Sep; 25(3):499-509, vii. PMID: 21896355.
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    16. Debas H. Message to the UAEU conference on "Global Health and the UAE: Asia-Middle East Connections": the university's vital role in global health. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2010 Jul; 22(3 Suppl):12S-13S. PMID: 20566527.
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    17. Galukande M, von Schreeb J, Wladis A, Mbembati N, de Miranda H, Kruk ME, Luboga S, Matovu A, McCord C, Ndao-Brumblay SK, Ozgediz D, Rockers PC, Quiñones AR, Vaz F, Debas H, Macfarlane SB. Essential surgery at the district hospital: a retrospective descriptive analysis in three African countries. PLoS Med. 2010 Mar 09; 7(3):e1000243. PMID: 20231871; PMCID: PMC2834708.
    18. Kruk ME, Wladis A, Mbembati N, Ndao-Brumblay SK, Hsia RY, Galukande M, Luboga S, Matovu A, de Miranda H, Ozgediz D, Quiñones AR, Rockers PC, von Schreeb J, Vaz F, Debas H, Macfarlane SB. Human resource and funding constraints for essential surgery in district hospitals in Africa: a retrospective cross-sectional survey. PLoS Med. 2010 Mar 09; 7(3):e1000242. PMID: 20231869; PMCID: PMC2834706.
    19. Luboga S, Macfarlane SB, von Schreeb J, Kruk ME, Cherian MN, Bergström S, Bossyns PB, Denerville E, Dovlo D, Galukande M, Hsia RY, Jayaraman SP, Lubbock LA, Mock C, Ozgediz D, Sekimpi P, Wladis A, Zakariah A, Dade NB, Donkor P, Gatumbu JK, Hoekman P, Ijsselmuiden CB, Jamison DT, Jessani N, Jiskoot P, Kakande I, Mabweijano JR, Mbembati N, McCord C, Mijumbi C, de Miranda H, Mkony CA, Mocumbi P, Ndihokubwayo JB, Ngueumachi P, Ogbaselassie G, Okitombahe EL, Toure CT, Vaz F, Zikusooka CM, Debas H. Increasing access to surgical services in sub-saharan Africa: priorities for national and international agencies recommended by the Bellagio Essential Surgery Group. PLoS Med. 2009 Dec; 6(12):e1000200. PMID: 20027218; PMCID: PMC2791210.
    20. Omer S, Hickson G, Taché S, Blind R, Masters S, Loeser H, Souza K, Mkony C, Debas H, O'Sullivan P. Applying innovative educational principles when classes grow and resources are limited: Biochemistry experiences at Muhimbili University of Allied Health Sciences. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 2008 Nov; 36(6):387-94. PMID: 21591227.
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    21. Macfarlane SB, Agabian N, Novotny TE, Rutherford GW, Stewart CC, Debas H. Think globally, act locally, and collaborate internationally: global health sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Acad Med. 2008 Feb; 83(2):173-9. PMID: 18303363.
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    22. Tache S, Kaaya E, Omer S, Mkony CA, Lyamuya E, Pallangyo K, Debas H, Macfarlane SB. University partnership to address the shortage of healthcare professionals in Africa. Glob Public Health. 2008; 3(2):137-48. PMID: 19288367.
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    23. Debas H. The problem of heavy reliance on international medical graduates to supply the surgical workforce in the United States. Surgery. 2006 Sep; 140(3):359-61. PMID: 16934595.
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    24. Ozgediz D, Roayaie K, Debas H, Schecter W, Farmer D. Surgery in developing countries: essential training in residency. Arch Surg. 2005 Aug; 140(8):795-800. PMID: 16106579.
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    25. Debas H, Bass BL, Brennan MF, Flynn TC, Folse JR, Freischlag JA, Friedmann P, Greenfield LJ, Jones RS, Lewis FR, Malangoni MA, Pellegrini CA, Rose EA, Sachdeva AK, Sheldon GF, Turner PL, Warshaw AL, Welling RE, Zinner MJ. American Surgical Association Blue Ribbon Committee Report on Surgical Education: 2004. Ann Surg. 2005 Jan; 241(1):1-8. PMID: 15621984; PMCID: PMC1356839.
    26. Pellegrini CA, Warshaw AL, Debas H. Residency training in surgery in the 21st century: a new paradigm. Surgery. 2004 Nov; 136(5):953-65. PMID: 15523386.
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    27. Jones RS, Debas H. Research: a vital component of optimal patient care in the United States. Ann Surg. 2004 Oct; 240(4):573-7. PMID: 15383784; PMCID: PMC1356458.
    28. Brennan MF, Debas H. Surgical education in the United States: portents for change. Ann Surg. 2004 Oct; 240(4):565-72. PMID: 15383783; PMCID: PMC1356457.
    29. Debas H, Freischlag JA, Schecter WP, Warshaw AL. Panel on surgical practice. Arch Surg. 2003 Sep; 138(9):977-86. PMID: 12963655.
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    30. Cooke M, Irby DM, Debas H. The UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. Acad Med. 2003 Jul; 78(7):666-72. PMID: 12857682.
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    31. Debas H. Surgery: a noble profession in a changing world. Ann Surg. 2002 Sep; 236(3):263-9. PMID: 12192312; PMCID: PMC1422579.
    32. Debas H. Impact of the health care crisis on surgery: perspective of the dean. Arch Surg. 2001 Feb; 136(2):158-60. PMID: 11177132.
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    33. Debas H. Medical education and practice: end of century reflections. Arch Surg. 2000 Sep; 135(9):1096-100. PMID: 10982517.
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    34. Kirkwood KS, Kim EH, He XD, Calaustro EQ, Domush C, Yoshimi SK, Grady EF, Maa J, Bunnett NW, Debas H. Substance P inhibits pancreatic exocrine secretion via a neural mechanism. Am J Physiol. 1999 Aug; 277(2 Pt 1):G314-20. PMID: 10444445.
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    35. Debas H. Manpower and training in the 1990s. Am Surg. 1997 Oct; 63(10):847-9. PMID: 9322654.
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    36. Debas H. Molecular insights into the development of the pancreas. Am J Surg. 1997 Sep; 174(3):227-31. PMID: 9324127.
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    37. Bauer EA, Debas H. The merger of Stanford's and UCSF's clinical enterprises: impact on education. JAMA. 1996 Dec 04; 276(21):1770-1. PMID: 8940329.
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    38. Kirkwood KS, Debas H. Neuroendocrine tumors: common presentations of uncommon diseases. Compr Ther. 1995 Dec; 21(12):719-25. PMID: 8789136.
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    39. Debas H, Mulvihill SJ. Neuroendocrine gut neoplasms. Important lessons from uncommon tumors. Arch Surg. 1994 Sep; 129(9):965-71; discussion 971-2. PMID: 7915900.
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    40. Gray JL, Bunnett NW, Orloff SL, Mulvihill SJ, Debas H. A role for calcitonin gene-related peptide in protection against gastric ulceration. Ann Surg. 1994 Jan; 219(1):58-64. PMID: 8297178; PMCID: PMC1243091.
    41. Huber O, Bertrand C, Bunnett NW, Pellegrini CA, Nadel JA, Debas H, Geppetti P. Tachykinins contract the circular muscle of the human esophageal body in vitro via NK2 receptors. Gastroenterology. 1993 Oct; 105(4):981-7. PMID: 7691676.
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    42. Huber O, Bertrand C, Bunnett NW, Pellegrini CA, Nadel JA, Nakazato P, Debas H, Geppetti P. Tachykinins mediate contraction of the human lower esophageal sphincter in vitro via activation of NK2 receptors. Eur J Pharmacol. 1993 Aug 03; 239(1-3):103-9. PMID: 8223885.
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    43. Debas H. Impact of the changing economy and new technology on surgical practice and education. Invest Radiol. 1993 Aug; 28 Suppl 3:S23. PMID: 8376050.
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    44. Patti MG, Debas H, Pellegrini CA. Clinical and functional characterization of high gastroesophageal reflux. Am J Surg. 1993 Jan; 165(1):163-6; discussion 166-8. PMID: 8418693.
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    45. Patti MG, Debas H, Pellegrini CA. Esophageal manometry and 24-hour pH monitoring in the diagnosis of pulmonary aspiration secondary to gastroesophageal reflux. Am J Surg. 1992 Apr; 163(4):401-6. PMID: 1558280.
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    46. Gray JL, Debas H, Mulvihill SJ. Control of dumping symptoms by somatostatin analogue in patients after gastric surgery. Arch Surg. 1991 Oct; 126(10):1231-5; discussion 1235-6. PMID: 1929823.
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    47. Mulvihill SJ, Pappas TN, Fonkalsrud EW, Debas H. The effect of somatostatin on experimental intestinal obstruction. Ann Surg. 1988 Feb; 207(2):169-73. PMID: 2893593; PMCID: PMC1493368.
    48. Bunnett NW, Walsh JH, Debas H, Kauffman GL, Golanska EM. Measurement of prostaglandin E2 in interstitial fluid from the dog stomach after feeding and indomethacin. Gastroenterology. 1983 Dec; 85(6):1391-8. PMID: 6578991.
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