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Leadership

Michael Anderson, MD, MBA, FAAP
President, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
Senior Vice President, Children’s Services, UCSF Health

Dr. Michael R. Anderson was named President of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals and Senior Vice President, Children's Services for UCSF Health in December 2016.

Dr. Anderson enjoys national stature as a sought-after authority on children’s health policy, pediatric disaster preparedness, system quality and physician workforce. As President George W. Bush’s appointee, he served as Vice Chair of the National Commission on Children and Disasters. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the President’s Commission on Bioethics. He has chaired an Institute of Medicine Committee on Pediatric Disaster Response and Recovery and is a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Disaster Medical System. In 2014, Dr. Anderson was appointed by the Obama Administration to chair the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters at HHS. He has served on three national committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics and chaired its Committee on Pediatric Workforce.

Previously to his appointment at Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Dr. Anderson was Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH, and Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He has published on a variety of pediatric critical-care topics including sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, care of the immune-suppressed patient, and transport of the unstable pediatric patient.

Dr. Anderson earned his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. In 2013, he earned an MBA in health care administration at the Kent State University School of Business.

 


 

Ted Chaconas, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Theodore Chaconas was appointed Chief Medical Officer of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in July 2019. He brings a broad set of experiences from a number of previous clinical, educational and administrative positions he has held at the institution 

Dr. Chaconas earned his undergraduate degree at UC Davis and his medical degree from UC San Diego. After graduation from medical school he spent the next four years as a pediatric resident and Chief Resident at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Following this he spent a brief time in private practice and also served as director of the Foster Care Clinic for the Alameda County Child Health and Disability Program (CHDP) before returning to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland to join the newly formed Pediatric Hospitalist program.

Dr. Chaconas was named Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program in 1995 and has continued in this role since that time. From 1995 to 2007 he served as Director of Graduate Medical Education and the Pediatric Residency Training Program, overseeing a significant expansion of the program to become one of the largest pediatric training programs on the west coast. He was a founding board member of Pediatric Multispecialty Medical Group (PMMG) in 2006 and has served as its president for the last 12 years. Other roles he has held at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland include serving on the Board of Directors of UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians (UBCP) and as Chair of the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Chaconas is board-certified in Pediatric Hospital Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 


 

Erin Hickey Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development for Children's Health UCSF Bennioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Erin Hickey
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development for Children’s Health

Erin Hickey joined our leadership team as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development for Children’s Health in 2016. In this position, she is responsible for designing and directing fundraising strategies for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco, and the entire Children’s Health enterprise. Erin has worked with UCSF since 2007 as the lead consultant for the Campaign for the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which includes UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. In 2014, following the affiliation between UCSF and Children’s Hospital Oakland, she was named Interim Executive Director of Development for UCSF Medical Center.

Erin is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism.

 


 

Kelly Johnson, RN, PhD, NEA-BC  Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer  UCSF Health & Benioff Children’s Hospitals

Kelly Johnson, RN, PhD, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer 
UCSF Health & Benioff Children’s Hospitals

Kelly Johnson is Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer and is responsible for directing the operations of pediatric inpatient nursing at Mission Bay and Oakland, including oversight of pharmacy, perioperative services, emergency services and trauma, respiratory therapy, clinical nutrition, social work, interpreter services, child life, pastoral care and music therapist. For the Mission Bay campus, oversight includes all pediatric inpatient nursing, as well as pediatric perioperative and emergency services operations.

Kelly brings over 27 years of experience as a Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer in top-ranked healthcare organizations and is recognized as a collaborative results-driven and mission-driven leader with a strong reputation for partnership at all levels of organizations. For the past 4.5 years, Kelly was VP Patient Care Services and CNO for Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and providing executive leadership for clinical services. She was instrumental in addressing quality and safety challenges and improving work experience results while achieving a low RN turnover rate. Kelly was also appointed Associate Clinical Faculty in the Stanford School of Medicine, Division of Neurosciences. From 2008 – 2015, Kelly was Senior VP Patient Care Services and CNO for Children’s Hospital Colorado, and from 1993 – 2008, she was Vice President Patient Care Services and CNO for Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado.

Kelly’s clinical background focused in the neurosciences with specialization working with patients and families of all ages with traumatic spinal cord injury. Kelly earned her BSN from the University of Northern Colorado, her MSN, FNP from UCSF Family Health Care and Neuroscience, and her School of Nursing PhD from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, College of Nursing. Kelly, a clinical associate on UCSF faculty, is also actively involved in board membership and community leadership roles in the Bay Area.

 


 

Jamie C. Phillips, Chief Operating Officer at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals

Jamie C. Phillips, MHA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer

Jamie C. Phillips is the Chief Operating Officer at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. She has extensive years of diverse health care administration experiences with leading-edge health care delivery systems and organizations, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Trinity Health System, Novi, Michigan, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and OhioHealth Corporation.

Mrs. Phillips earned her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University in Healthcare Administration with minor in Business Administration. Jamie Phillips serves as an adjunct professor in Health Administration at Franklin University. Mrs. Phillips is an active fellow with American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jamie completed the Columbus United Way Project Diversity and Greater Cincinnati Urban League Leadership Development Programs. She was a recipient of the YMCA Black Achiever Award in Cincinnati, Ohio and Ohio Diversity and Leadership Multicultural Leadership Award. She served as a mentor for the Big Brother and Big Sister School-Based Program. Ms.Phillips is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

 


 

george weiss-vice-president-ambulatory-services-ucsf benioff children's hospital oakland

George Weiss, MHA
Vice President, Ambulatory Services

George Weiss is Vice President of Ambulatory Services for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. George has 20 years of experience in pediatric health including clinical operations, process improvement, business development, fundraising and strategic planning. George's career spans sales and service industries, community organizing, public health research and healthcare administration. Prior to joining Benioff Children's Hospitals, he worked at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) for 18 years, where he managed multiple behavioral and intervention research projects, served as the Division Administrator for CHLA’s Divisions of Neurology, Psychiatry and Research on Children Youth and Families, and as the Administrative Director for CHLA’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. He also served as the first Executive Director of the CHLA Health Network, the only pediatrician-led clinically integrated network in Los Angeles. George is co-author on 28 peer-reviewed published pediatric community and health services research manuscripts.

George has a Liberal Arts BA from Pomona College and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

 


 

Phyllis Weiss Interim Vice President, Human Resources UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Phyllis Weiss
Vice President, Human Resources

Phyllis Weiss was the Manager of Employee & Labor Relations at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland from 1988-2001, returning as the Vice President in 2016. Since her previous tenure at Children’s, Phyllis has served at San Leandro Hospital, Eden Medical Center, as well as Alameda Hospital. Phyllis’s predominant experience is in labor relations, labor contract negotiations, and grievance and arbitration resolution. She also serves as a consultant to management on the development of the senior leadership team, employee relations issues and acquisitions.

Michael Anderson, MD, MBA, FAAP
President, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
Senior Vice President, Children’s Services, UCSF Health

Dr. Michael R. Anderson was named President of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals and Senior Vice President, Children's Services for UCSF Health in December 2016.

Dr. Anderson enjoys national stature as a sought-after authority on children’s health policy, pediatric disaster preparedness, system quality and physician workforce. As President George W. Bush’s appointee, he served as Vice Chair of the National Commission on Children and Disasters. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the President’s Commission on Bioethics. He has chaired an Institute of Medicine Committee on Pediatric Disaster Response and Recovery and is a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Disaster Medical System. In 2014, Dr. Anderson was appointed by the Obama Administration to chair the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters at HHS. He has served on three national committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics and chaired its Committee on Pediatric Workforce.

Previously to his appointment at Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Dr. Anderson was Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH, and Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He has published on a variety of pediatric critical-care topics including sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, care of the immune-suppressed patient, and transport of the unstable pediatric patient.

Dr. Anderson earned his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. In 2013, he earned an MBA in health care administration at the Kent State University School of Business.

 


 

Ted Chaconas, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Theodore Chaconas was appointed Chief Medical Officer of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in July 2019. He brings a broad set of experiences from a number of previous clinical, educational and administrative positions he has held at the institution 

Dr. Chaconas earned his undergraduate degree at UC Davis and his medical degree from UC San Diego. After graduation from medical school he spent the next four years as a pediatric resident and Chief Resident at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Following this he spent a brief time in private practice and also served as director of the Foster Care Clinic for the Alameda County Child Health and Disability Program (CHDP) before returning to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland to join the newly formed Pediatric Hospitalist program.

Dr. Chaconas was named Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program in 1995 and has continued in this role since that time. From 1995 to 2007 he served as Director of Graduate Medical Education and the Pediatric Residency Training Program, overseeing a significant expansion of the program to become one of the largest pediatric training programs on the west coast. He was a founding board member of Pediatric Multispecialty Medical Group (PMMG) in 2006 and has served as its president for the last 12 years. Other roles he has held at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland include serving on the Board of Directors of UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians (UBCP) and as Chair of the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Chaconas is board-certified in Pediatric Hospital Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 


 

Erin Hickey Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development for Children's Health UCSF Bennioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Erin Hickey
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development for Children’s Health

Erin Hickey joined our leadership team as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development for Children’s Health in 2016. In this position, she is responsible for designing and directing fundraising strategies for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco, and the entire Children’s Health enterprise. Erin has worked with UCSF since 2007 as the lead consultant for the Campaign for the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which includes UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. In 2014, following the affiliation between UCSF and Children’s Hospital Oakland, she was named Interim Executive Director of Development for UCSF Medical Center.

Erin is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism.

 


 

Kelly Johnson, RN, PhD, NEA-BC  Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer  UCSF Health & Benioff Children’s Hospitals

Kelly Johnson, RN, PhD, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer 
UCSF Health & Benioff Children’s Hospitals

Kelly Johnson is Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer and is responsible for directing the operations of pediatric inpatient nursing at Mission Bay and Oakland, including oversight of pharmacy, perioperative services, emergency services and trauma, respiratory therapy, clinical nutrition, social work, interpreter services, child life, pastoral care and music therapist. For the Mission Bay campus, oversight includes all pediatric inpatient nursing, as well as pediatric perioperative and emergency services operations.

Kelly brings over 27 years of experience as a Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer in top-ranked healthcare organizations and is recognized as a collaborative results-driven and mission-driven leader with a strong reputation for partnership at all levels of organizations. For the past 4.5 years, Kelly was VP Patient Care Services and CNO for Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and providing executive leadership for clinical services. She was instrumental in addressing quality and safety challenges and improving work experience results while achieving a low RN turnover rate. Kelly was also appointed Associate Clinical Faculty in the Stanford School of Medicine, Division of Neurosciences. From 2008 – 2015, Kelly was Senior VP Patient Care Services and CNO for Children’s Hospital Colorado, and from 1993 – 2008, she was Vice President Patient Care Services and CNO for Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado.

Kelly’s clinical background focused in the neurosciences with specialization working with patients and families of all ages with traumatic spinal cord injury. Kelly earned her BSN from the University of Northern Colorado, her MSN, FNP from UCSF Family Health Care and Neuroscience, and her School of Nursing PhD from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, College of Nursing. Kelly, a clinical associate on UCSF faculty, is also actively involved in board membership and community leadership roles in the Bay Area.

 


 

Jamie C. Phillips, Chief Operating Officer at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals

Jamie C. Phillips, MHA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer

Jamie C. Phillips is the Chief Operating Officer at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. She has extensive years of diverse health care administration experiences with leading-edge health care delivery systems and organizations, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Trinity Health System, Novi, Michigan, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and OhioHealth Corporation.

Mrs. Phillips earned her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University in Healthcare Administration with minor in Business Administration. Jamie Phillips serves as an adjunct professor in Health Administration at Franklin University. Mrs. Phillips is an active fellow with American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jamie completed the Columbus United Way Project Diversity and Greater Cincinnati Urban League Leadership Development Programs. She was a recipient of the YMCA Black Achiever Award in Cincinnati, Ohio and Ohio Diversity and Leadership Multicultural Leadership Award. She served as a mentor for the Big Brother and Big Sister School-Based Program. Ms.Phillips is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

 


 

george weiss-vice-president-ambulatory-services-ucsf benioff children's hospital oakland

George Weiss, MHA
Vice President, Ambulatory Services

George Weiss is Vice President of Ambulatory Services for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. George has 20 years of experience in pediatric health including clinical operations, process improvement, business development, fundraising and strategic planning. George's career spans sales and service industries, community organizing, public health research and healthcare administration. Prior to joining Benioff Children's Hospitals, he worked at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) for 18 years, where he managed multiple behavioral and intervention research projects, served as the Division Administrator for CHLA’s Divisions of Neurology, Psychiatry and Research on Children Youth and Families, and as the Administrative Director for CHLA’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. He also served as the first Executive Director of the CHLA Health Network, the only pediatrician-led clinically integrated network in Los Angeles. George is co-author on 28 peer-reviewed published pediatric community and health services research manuscripts.

George has a Liberal Arts BA from Pomona College and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

 


 

Phyllis Weiss Interim Vice President, Human Resources UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Phyllis Weiss
Vice President, Human Resources

Phyllis Weiss was the Manager of Employee & Labor Relations at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland from 1988-2001, returning as the Vice President in 2016. Since her previous tenure at Children’s, Phyllis has served at San Leandro Hospital, Eden Medical Center, as well as Alameda Hospital. Phyllis’s predominant experience is in labor relations, labor contract negotiations, and grievance and arbitration resolution. She also serves as a consultant to management on the development of the senior leadership team, employee relations issues and acquisitions.