Meet our 2017 Heroes

Each year, the Foundation joins with the public health community to honor those within the community who go above and beyond to care for San Francisco’s people. Our Heroes demonstrate exceptional and inspirational expertise in health care and we honor them by sharing their stories at the annual Heroes & Hearts luncheon in February. Meet our 2017 Heroes:

ANAIS AMAYA

Anais Amaya

PROGRAM MANAGER, ZSFG HEALTH ADVOCATES, ZUCKERBERG SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL

JIA-MIN CHENG

Jia Min Cheng

STAFF ATTORNEY, BAY AREA LEGAL AID LEGAL DIRECTOR, SAN FRANCISCO MEDICAL-LEGAL PARTNERSHIP, CHILDREN’S HEALTH CENTER AT, ZUCKERBERG SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL

Anais Amaya and Jia-Min Cheng are being co-recognized for their programmatic partnerships that extend the care of ZSFG patients, and connect them directly to resources that help them overcome legal obstacles in their lives that impact their and their families’ health and well-being. Through Health Advocates and the Medical-Legal Partnership, Anais and Jia-Min are improving the quality of life for ZSFG patients and helping advance the health outcomes of patients seeking care.

See their film — Helping Hands: Anais Amaya and Jia Min Cheng

M. MARGARET KNUDSON, MD, FACS

M Margaret Knudsen

PROFESSOR OF SURGERY, UCSF, ATTENDING TRAUMA SURGEON, ZUCKERBERG SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL

Dr. Knudson is being recognized for her emergency intervention, surgery, and recovery care of 6-year old Zachery Vines. On September 30, 2016, Zachery was rushed to the ZSFG trauma center with life-threatening injuries. Dr. Knudson quickly assessed his dire condition and immediately had him prepared for surgery. Her quick thinking and expert surgical skills saved Zachery’s life and he has now fully recovered and is back in kindergarten.

See the film — When Every Second Matters: Dr. Peggy Knudson

DEAN SCHILLINGER, MD

Dean Schillinger

PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE, UCSF CHIEF, UCSF DIVISION OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE DIRECTOR, HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM CENTER FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AT ZUCKERBERG SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL

Dr. Schillinger is being recognized for his numerous contributions in research and programming related to health literacy, diabetes, and public health, as well as his transformative role in setting standards for relationship-centered care. He has also channeled his dedication to primary care and patient well-being at ZSFG into impactful programs that foster greater community health outside of ZSFG and clinics.

See the film — Partners in Health: Dr. Dean Schillinger

For full details, Heroes Announcement Press Release.