Dr. Carlisle was appointed Vice Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, SFGH July 2012. She earned her MS and PhD from Tulane University. She did her postdoctoral work in the Department of Biology at Rice University. Dr. Carlisle earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was also inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed both her residency in Medicine and fellowship in critical care in Anesthesia at UCSF. She joined the French Hospital Health Plan as a primary care internist. Several years later, she entered the Anesthesia residency at UCSF, where she was also Chief Resident. In 1990 Dr. Carlisle joined the UCSF faculty and is currently Professor of Clinical Anesthesia and Medicine. She is a recipient of the Stuart C. Cullen MD Award for Clinical Excellence (1990), the Faculty Clinical Excellence Award (1993), The Rappaport Award (2009) and the 2012 Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women. In 1999 she was appointed Chief of Anesthesia, a position she held until 2005. In 2004 Dr. Carlisle was appointed Associate Dean, SFGH. She received the 2009 Elliot Rapaport Award for Commitment to San Francisco General Hospital.
As Vice Dean, her accomplishments include tireless advocacy on behalf of the faculty at SFGH and the hospital, steering the faculty through unprecedented changes in departmental and SOM leadership, establishing collegial working relationships with SFGH and Department of Health administration, and leading the UCSF participation in the rebuild of San Francisco General Hospital.