UCSF Involvement: Bridging the Past to the Future
Dr. Faustino Bernadett could have retired decades ago. However, has chosen to work tirelessly for charitable causes. He is the first to donate money to a good cause, or build a center for diversity and language, or endow a scholarship fund. As a proud alumnus of University of California, San Francisco (U.C.S.F.) School of Medicine, Dr. Faustino has always stayed true to his roots, immersing himself in the culture and goals of the alma mater that put him on his medical career path.
Not only is he a former UC San Francisco Board Overseer, he is a UCSF Campaign Donation Supporter and creator of a UCSF scholarship in honor of his father, Faustino Bernadett, Sr. As a leader in the community, Faustino Bernadett prides himself on giving back to those who helped him. UCSF holds a very special place in his heart.
Driving Innovation in Medicine
Faustino Bernadett established the Faustino and Martha Molina Bernadett Presidential Chair for Education at the UCSF School of Medicine. As a UCSF Campaign Donation Supporter, he remains heavily invested in the future of medicine, particularly with providing solutions to the world’s most dire health issues. During his time on the board, UCSF launched a landmark $5B fundraising campaign with a goal of solving some of the most complex human health problems, the largest-ever university campaign that focused exclusively on driving innovation in medicine.
In addition to being an enthusiastic UCSF Campaign Donation Supporter, Bernadett is also an avid supporter of UCSF NoNewType2, a program that hopes to eliminate Type 2 diabetes in youth and young adults throughout California and beyond.
Fueling the Next Generation
Faustino Bernadett knows better than anyone how valuable education is. His education resume reads like a “who’s who” of medicine, but he’s as humble today as he was when he first stepped into a classroom. He grew up in the inspiring shadow of his hero, his father, who ran a successful practice as the only Spanish-speaking family doctor in Chico, California. His dad also volunteered his services to Mexico’s needy.
It seemed only natural that Tino would follow in those footsteps. He and his wife Martha created the Faustino Bernadett, Sr. Scholarship at UCSF, with the goal of helping young aspiring doctors and medical professionals realize their dream of attending one of the best colleges in the area. Tino also encouraged his UCSF classmates to contribute through matching funds, adding $140,000 to the endowment.
The donations don’t stop there, though. The Bernadetts donated $100,000 to name the Tino & Martha Bernadett Lounge in the UCSF Mission Bay Community Center, which serves as the social hub of the center.
Dr. Bernadett is also an active member of the steering committee of the U.C.S.F. PRIME program, comprised of medical students committed to working with urban underserved communities.
Recognition for Excellence
In 2015, Bernadett was awarded the “Top 150 Alumni of UCSF for the Last 150 years” by U.C.S.F. To celebrate UCSF’s 150th anniversary, the Alumni Board honored 150 of its brightest and best with an Alumni Excellence Award. Recipients were selected from 900 nominations based on excellence and distinction within the major tenets of UCSF’s mission: research, education, patient care, service, business and industry.
Seeing their philanthropy in action inspires both Tino and his wife Martha to do even more to help others, with contributions that will make a difference for generations to come.