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Diane W. Wara, MD

Diane W. Wara, MD, is division chief of Pediatric Immunology/Rheumatology and program director for the Pediatric Clinical Research Center at the UCSF School of Medicine. She has been a member of and chaired both the NIH Immunological Sciences Study Section and the General Clinical Research Center Study Section, and is a past member of the NIH AIDS Program Advisory Committee. Dr. Wara is an expert on abnormalities of the immune system in children, has a primary interest in AIDS, and has published extensively in this area.

As a key member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, Dr. Wara guided the passage of a number of faculty changes including a statewide University of California policy on child-bearing/child-rearing leave. In 1991, she became the first associate dean for women at a U.S. medical school. Currently she holds the position of associate dean for minority and women’s affairs. She has also been active in establishing an Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention. Dr. Wara has received numerous honors including the Eleanor Roosevelt Cancer Fellowship from the American Cancer Society and election to the Institute of Medicine. She earned her MD degree at the University of California, Irvine, in 1969 and completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric immunology/rheumatology at the University of California, San Francisco.


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