Heather E. Nye, MD, PhD

Professor, Assistant Chief of Medicine

Heather Nye received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Duke University, followed by her MD and PhD (pharmacology) at Yale University. Thereafter, she completed a combined residency program in medicine and pediatrics at the Harvard Combined Program (Brigham, MGH, CHB). She joined UCSF as an academic hospitalist in 2003 and maintains educational, administrative and clinical roles as a Professor of Clinical Medicine. After nearly 8 years as a practicing hospitalist in medicine and pediatrics at UCSF, she joined San Francisco VA Medical Center Hospital Medicine Section to direct the Surgical Co-Management Service in 2011.

Clinically, Heather spends much of her time on the inpatient co-management service, a team which cares for hospitalized surgical patients on orthopaedics, neurosurgery, and podiatry. This clinical role has fostered great interest and passion in the perioperative period—and has led to several quality and systems improvement initiatives in the field. Among these efforts have been improvement & standardization of patient educational materials, decreasing unnecessary testing in the perioperative period, increasing collaboration among specialty services, and standardizing post-operative order sets. Heather strongly believes in the concept of "surgical home" and creating a more streamlined, transparent, and collaborative system for patients and providers in the perioperative period.

Heather has spent much of her career in medical education and curriculum development. She served as course director for clinical skills, developing a novel curriculum for physical examination education, pediatrics clerkship site director, VA comprehensive palliative care elective director, and currently directs the novel orthopaedic intern co-management rotation. She has developed a perioperative educational series for internal medicine residents, which is now being disseminated to surgical residents in various specialties. Heather’s passion is to utilize the unique hospitalist/surgeon relationships from co-management settings to foster better understanding of roles, create fruitful partnerships in education, and continually improve patient care and experience.
Education
2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
ABIM Certification, 2012 - Hospice and Palliative Medicine,
Internship, Residency, 2003 - Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital /Harvard
Internship, Residency, 2003 - Pediatrics, MGH /Children's Hospital of Boston
MD, PhD, 1998 - School of Medicine, Pharmacology, Yale University
BA, 1991 - Chemistry, Duke University
Honors and Awards
  • Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine, SHM, 2016
  • Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, Nominee, UCSF, 2014-2015
  • Essential Core Teaching Award, Nominee, UCSF, 2014-2015
  • Tideswell Leadership Program, UCSF, 2014-2015
  • UCSF IPE Grant, Tideswell Workplace Learning, UCSF, 2014-2015
  • Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, Nominee, UCSF, 2013-2014
  • Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, Nominee, UCSF, 2012-2013
  • Selected for Membership into the Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF, 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF, 2010
  • PISCES Teaching Award Nominee, UCSF, 2009-2010
  • AME Curriculum Innovations Grant, UCSF, 2005-2006
Publications
  1. A 54-Year-Old Man With Pancytopenia.
  2. A technology-enhanced medical note-writing workshop.
  3. Postdischarge follow-up visits for medical and pharmacy students on an inpatient medicine clerkship.
  4. Region-specific induction of deltaFosB by repeated administration of typical versus atypical antipsychotic drugs.
  5. (S)-(-)-HA-966, a gamma-hydroxybutyrate-like agent, prevents enhanced mesocorticolimbic dopamine metabolism and behavioral correlates of restraint stress, conditioned fear and cocaine sensitization.
  6. Induction of chronic Fos-related antigens in rat brain by chronic morphine administration.
  7. Pharmacological studies of the regulation of chronic FOS-related antigen induction by cocaine in the striatum and nucleus accumbens.
  8. Regulation of delta FosB and FosB-like proteins by electroconvulsive seizure and cocaine treatments.
  9. Induction of a long-lasting AP-1 complex composed of altered Fos-like proteins in brain by chronic cocaine and other chronic treatments.
  10. Developmental shift from local to central control of norepinephrine release in the cardiac-sympathetic axis: effects of cocaine and related drugs.