Harold Collard, MD, MS

Vice Chancellor for Research
Vice Chancellor Research

Harold R Collard, MD, MS, is the Vice Chancellor for Research at UCSF. In this role, Dr. Collard oversees and stewards UCSF’s research mission. UCSF is a global leader in health research, with faculty who have won nearly every leading prize in the health sciences. With top-ranked professional schools in Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, and world-class graduate programs in the social and basic sciences, UCSF has been the National Institute of Health’s top-funded public academic institution in the country for nearly a decade.

Deeply committed to advancing UCSF’s research mission, Dr. Collard previously served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Clinical Research and Director of UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. In this role, he helped to position UCSF as a leader in the NIH’s national consortium of clinical research institutions and developed programs to support the needs of UCSF’s clinical trialists and biospecimen-based researchers. During this time, Dr. Collard also helped lead UCSF’s research community through the early SARS CoV-2 pandemic, advocating strongly for the needs of the research community.

Dr. Collard received his A.B. cum laude in Biochemical Sciences and Molecular Biology from Harvard College, and his M.D. from Duke University. He completed Internship, Residency, and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF, and completed Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado. As part of his research training, Dr. Collard earned a Certificate in Clinical Science from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in Health Law and Policy from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and UCSF. Dr. Collard is currently Professor of Medicine and Health Policy in the UCSF Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine.