Remebering Carolina Augusta Braga, MD

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carolina Augusta Braga, MD, former Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at UCSF. Dr. Braga died peacefully at her home in San Francisco on January 11, 2021. Dr. Braga grew up in Macau and from an early age sought to pursue a career in medicine. She began her medical training at Hong Kong University and served her residency at the University of Hong Kong. She then spent two years in London studying for membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and was elected a Fellow of the College. In 1969, Dr. Braga emigrated to the United States and was appointed Assistant Professor in our Department, ultimately rising to Clinical Professor. Dr. Braga has been described by her colleagues as a “gentle giant” and a “female pioneer in a male dominated field and era.” She had a particular interest in gynecologic oncology and gestational trophoblastic disease. She trained a generation of residents in colposcopy, many of whom are currently on our faculty, and leaves an indelible legacy in the field of cervical dysplasia. What stands out amongst the personal recollections was her devotion to her patients, her enthusiasm for education, and her patient demeanor. It has been noted that she possessed an enormous generosity of spirit in teaching trainees and colleagues and modeled the kind of compassionate care we would all hope to give and receive. Following her retirement from UCSF in 1991, Dr. Braga continued her compassionate care by serving as Medical Director for Hospice by the Bay. Dr. Braga’s leadership in the field of women's health was significant, and evident through her teachings, clinical work, research and her many publications. In 1990, The National Women's Political Caucus recognized her career with a Distinguished Achievement Award. A fund in her name has been established at UCSF. Contributions in her honor may be made to The Carolina Braga, MD School of Medicine Scholarship Fund online or by sending a check to UCSF Foundation, PO Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339. Additional information on a future celebration of Dr. Braga’s life will be shared as it becomes available.