Privacy Office

How to Reach The UCSF Privacy Office

PLEASE NOTE: The UCSF Privacy Office advises on privacy issues relating to UCSF patients, workforce and other confidential business information. If you are NOT a patient or workforce member of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and have general questions about HIPAA and privacy laws or violations (unrelated to UCSF), please contact the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-368-1019 or visit their website at

3333 California Street, S1-10
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Email:                                                                                                                                                               [email protected]

Phone Number:
(415) 353-2750

Fax Number:
(415) 353-9241

Website Address:

Chief Privacy Officer 

UCSF’s  Chief Privacy Officer is Vanessa Ridley, JD, MPH. Vanessa is the designated privacy official for the entire UCSF enterprise and is responsible for overseeing compliance with federal and state privacy regulations and privacy-related University policies, procedures, and best practices.

Covered Entity

UCSF is one of the health care components of the University of California (UC). The covered entity components at UCSF are the UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF Fresno, Proctor Foundation, and UCSF Student Health Services.
UCSF is a leading university and medical center dedicated to "Caring, Healing, Teaching, and Discovering."


UCSF Privacy Compliance Steering Committee
The Privacy Compliance Steering Committee is comprised of senior leaders from across the UCSF Enterprise and functions as an approving body and a communication link to the respective areas, schools, or departments at UCSF. It also supports the mandated responsibility to keep UCSF's Senior Leaders informed of the organization's compliance progress and status related to these regulations.

This committee has oversight of UCSF’s adherence to Federal HIPAA rules: Privacy, Security, National Provider Identifier, Transaction Codes, Enforcement and Civil Monetary Penalties. It also has oversight of UCSF’s compliance with other federal law, such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and State Privacy Legislation, including the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) and Health and Safety codes 1798.29, 1785.11.2, 130200 and 1270.15.


Bruce Wintroub, Interim Dean, School of Medicine, Professor & Chair, Dermatology


The Privacy Compliance Steering Committee meets on a quarterly basis.