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Health Sciences Advancement

Health Sciences Advancement (HSA) is responsible for securing philanthropic support of UC San Diego’s health sciences entities as they pursue leading-edge research, inspired teaching and world-class clinical care. UC San Diego Health Sciences comprises UC San Diego School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and UC San Diego Health.


The leadership team manages all operational and strategic elements of HSA with a particular emphasis on fundraising for transformational gifts.

Melanie Cruz, Associate Vice Chancellor
Health Sciences Advancement | (858) 534-2178

Rachel Stroud Hunsinger, Managing Senior Executive Director of Development
Moores Cancer Center and Health Sciences Advancement | (503) 477-2769

Executive Directors of Development:

Julie Bronstein
Community Fundraising and Events | (858) 534-9043

Helen Z. Liu
Strategic Initiatives and Cardiovascular | (858) 246-2794

Teri McIntyre
Medicine, Public Health and Pharmaceutical Education, Various Departments | (858) 822-4212

Whitney Nifong Egan
Senior Executive Director of Development, Aging, Anesthesiology, Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences, Psychiatry and Student Health and Well-Being | (619) 246-7376

Kristin Waller-Donovan
Cancer, Regenerative Medicine, Emergency Medicine (858) 531-3745


The cancer team manages fundraising for all UC San Diego Cancer Institute priorities, including cancer research and care, patient support services, and community education initiatives taking place within Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. In addition, team members also raise funds for dermatology, urology, radiology, regenerative medicine, emergency medicine and surgery.

Kristin Waller-Donovan
Cancer, Regenerative Medicine, Emergency Medicine | (858) 531-3745


The cardiovascular team manages fundraising for all UC San Diego Cardiovascular Institute priorities including cardiovascular surgery, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac imaging, as well as pulmonary and sleep medicine.

Maura Southwell | (858) 822-5775

Community Fundraising and Events

Community Fundraising and Events manages fundraising events for UC San Diego Health Sciences, collaborates with third-party fundraisers, and supports our Health Board of Advisors along with community advocates and volunteers.

Julie Bronstein, MPA | (858) 534-9043

Grateful Patients

The grateful patient team leads engagement for patients and their families interested in supporting the UC San Diego and UC San Diego Health philanthropically.

Teri McIntyre | (858) 822-4212


Team Medicine and Medical Education covers a broad area of fundraising priorities including departments of medicine, OB/GYN, ophthalmology, orthopedics and pediatrics. This teams also leads fundraising for the three educational arms of our health sciences, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and the School of Medicine.

Teri McIntyre | (858) 822-4212

Neurosciences, Neurological Surgery and Psychiatry

The “Brain Trust” manages fundraising for all brain-related areas in health sciences as well as collaborates on cross-institutional initiatives that maximize the unique and powerful ecosystem of UC San Diego in the depth of research into neurological diseases and disorders.

Whitney Nifong Egan | (619) 246-7376

Strategic Initiatives

Health Sciences Advancement Strategic Initiatives team raises philanthropy for the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, community-focused initiatives and support for the Cardiovascular Institute, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Palliative Care, and the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Disorders Medicine.

Helen Z. Liu | (858) 246-2794


The communications team manages all fundraising communications for the HSA team (e.g., solicitation letters, proposals, speaking points, etc.).