Abby Cabrera and Manuel Tapia Recognized by UCSF for Exemplary Public Service



Each of these recipients is a source of inspiration. Their impact and service exemplify the mission of UCSF, and it is an honor to recognize their outstanding achievements.

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, Chancellor and Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor.

UC San Francisco


Two members of the UCSF Department of Family & Community Medicine (FCM), Abby Cabrera, MPH, and Manuel Tapia, MD, have been named recipients of the UCSF 2024 Founders Day Awards in recognition of their exemplary public service.

Abby Cabrera, MPH, is the Associate Director of Research and Community Engagement at the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care. Abby is hailed for her steadfast commitment in promoting health equity, public health and racial solidarity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she played a leading role in sharing UCSF's findings that access to vaccinations failed to account for language, literacy, transportation and digital barriers.

Manuel Tapia, MD, FCM Vice-Chair of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Oppression (DEIA) received the Thomas N. Burbridge Award. He also serves as medical director of La Clínica Martín Baró Manuel has been passionate about public service, social justice and health equity throughout his career. He is a staunch advocate for and mentor of underrepresented learners in medicine, from pre-health to medical school. Manuel’s collaborations with various organizations have a transformative impact on the Latinx community.