Peter Chin-Hong is Associate Dean for Regional Campuses. He is a medical educator who specializes in treating infectious diseases, particularly infections that develop in patients who have suppressed immune systems, such as solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. He directs the immunocompromised host infectious diseases program at UCSF.
He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University, before completing an internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at UCSF, where he is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Regional Campuses in the School of Medicine. He was the inaugural holder of the Academy of Medical Educators Endowed Chair for Innovation in Teaching.
He is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha by the UCSF medical students. He is honored to have been the commencement speaker for the UCSF School of Medicine class of 2015, and to give the 2021 Last Lecture by UCSF students. He has received several teaching awards including the UCSF Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009, Essential Core teaching awards from the classes of 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and a Bridges Curriculum Foundations teaching award for the class of 2020. He is interested in curriculum development, workforce development and pipeline programs, mentoring across differences, small group learning and interprofessional education.
He has been one of the leaders of institutional and community education around COVID-19 and Mpox. He has been part of numerous University initiatives including outreach to the Asian American community, and the Association of Black Cardiologists national webinars on the impact of COVID-19 on minority populations. He helped create and disseminate a petition validating protest as a response to structural racism in COVID times. For the impact of tear gas, he has worked on a declaration with the public defenders in the city of Portland advocating for limiting its use on the public. He worked on the declaration in the Von Staich case which was upheld by the California Court of Appeals who agreed that the indifference at CDCR met the standard of ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ prohibited by the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. He has also worked with attorneys from Disability Rights California highlighting the unsafe practices at Patton State Hospital for the mentally ill, resulting in the immediate and rapid vaccinations against COVID in that facility when vaccines were not widely available. He was awarded the Carl Sagan Science Popularization Prize for 2022.