Verna C. Gibbs, MD

    • October 1, 2005

This profile is based on one written by Harold Amos, PhD, the program's original director, as part of his work for the program's 15th anniversary activities in 1998. The featured scholar was selected by the NPO as representative of the success of the program across different years, specialties, locations and with scholars of diverse backgrounds.

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (San Francisco, Calif.)
$120,000; July 1986 to June 1988
ID# 010792

$119,535; July 1988 to December 1990
ID# 012961

$13,250; January 1990 to December 1990
ID# 015958

Fellowship Research Topics

  • The Role of Human Renal Endothelium in Immunoregulation
  • Cloning and Expression of an Inhibitor of IL-1 Activity
  • Probing the Human and Mouse Interferon Gamma Receptor


Positions as of February 2008

  • Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
  • Staff Physician, VA Medical Center (associated with UCSF)


Verna C. Gibbs, MD, received her AB in biological anthropology from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1975 and her MD from Duke University Medical School in 1979. She completed a five-year surgical residency at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a year of research in the UCSF Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory. That work led Gibbs to a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Transplant Physicians and two years of additional research at Pacific Presbyterian Hospital in San Francisco. Gibbs began her MMFDP fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Then, in 1987 she moved to Genentech, a biotechnology company, where she shifted the focus of her research under a new mentor.

Gibbs retained her academic appointment at UCSF throughout her fellowship. In January 1990, she became assistant professor in residence in the UCSF Department of Surgery. She is working to establish a molecular biology laboratory for the UCSF Liver Center.