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The UCSF Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute is an academic home for faculty, students, trainees, and staff at the University who employ computational methodologies to address topics in health and wellness. 

Our Mission

Building the preeminent foundation of talent and knowledge and bringing together a broad and diverse community of innovators to advance computational science in health research, practice, and education in support of improved health for all.


Lead the world in creating and applying new paradigms of computational sciences to develop next-generation insights that advance the field of precision medicine and address society’s most pressing health challenges.


BCHSI leads and functions with “inspiration” and “enterprise.”  We embrace these as our core values in addition to UCSF’s PRIDE values.

The data is there, to make sure the right drug, device, or procedure really should be used in the right way, to drive the safest, most effective, and highest value therapy for our patients, and all of this is just another way to just say “data-driven precision medicine.”

Atul Butte, MD
Atul Butte, Director of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute



BCHSI has a number of staff for its operations and is governed by an Executive Committee comprised of an equal number of members representing the BCHSI affiliated faculty at-large and members representing relevant UCSF campus units (ex-officio). BCHSI is led by a Director, Chief Technology Officer, Chief of Operations, Chief Financial Officer, and four Associate Directors: Academic Affairs; Advocacy and Outreach, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Real World Evidence


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Executive Committee

Chief Technology Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Associate Director, Academic Affairs
Associate Director, Advocacy & Outreach
Associate Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Associate Director, Real World Evidence