Dr. Gregory A. Maynard Is Named a Top Hospitalist in the U.S.

Dr. Greg MaynardDr. Gregory A. Maynard, chief of Hospital Medicine at UCSD, is one of the top 10 U.S. hospitalists in a new ranking from the prestigious American College of Physicians.

The honor was announced in November. It recognizes Dr. Maynard’s outstanding contributions in improving the quality of hospital care and mentoring hospitalists in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Maynard has led the UCSD hospitalist team in developing nationally-recognized patient safety and quality improvement programs.

These efforts have advanced two crucial aspects of patient safety in the hospital: venous thromboembolism prevention and glycemic control.

Dr. Maynard is also an active mentor in the developing field of hospital medicine.

He’s advising a number of institutions as they develop hospital medicine programs. Among these is the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, where Dr. Maynard helped conduct the first-ever Chilean hospitalist meeting last November.


Dr. Maynard and the other “Top Hospitalist” honorees are profiled in the November 2008 issue of ACP Hospitalist.  |  Read the article


UCSD’s advances in patient care quality improvement

Gregory A. Maynard, M.D., M.Sc., joined the UCSD faculty in 2003 as head of the new Hospital Medicine division.

Since then, the division has expanded to 23 faculty members and has won national awards for its achievements in hospital care quality improvement.

In 2008, the Society of Hospital Medicine honored Dr. Maynard and the UCSD hospitalists with the Team Improvement Award for their venous thromboembolism prevention program.

The program was developed with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Maynard and his colleagues developed a risk assessment tool that allows healthcare professionals to identify quickly and accurately the most appropriate venous thromboembolism prevention measures for each hospitalized patient.

As a result, the UCSD Medical Center is among the leaders in the U.S. in preventing venous thromboembolism in its inpatients.

At the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest alone, the program prevents approximately 50 cases of venous thromboembolism each year.

The tool, now part of the Venous Thromboembolism Resource Room on the Society of Hospital Medicine website, is now in use at medical centers around the nation.

UCSD’s hospitalists also play a major part in the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Inpatient Glycemic Control Task Force, which is headed by Dr. Maynard.

The work of the task force was presented recently in a special supplement issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine (JHM).

“Most of the work on the SHM website, this supplement, and the SHM QI pre-courses features contributions and lessons learned from the hospitalists at UCSD,” Dr. Maynard said.

The term “hospitalist” was first used in 1996 in a New England Journal of Medicine article that highlighted the importance of inpatient-focused care in healthcare today.  |  Read the article

The role of the hospitalist

In creating the “Top Hospitalists” list, the American College of Physicians is recognizing the increasing importance of the new specialty of hospital medicine.

Hospitalists dedicate themselves to improving the quality of care for hospitalized patients. Their efforts range from creating new disease management protocols to revamping hospital information systems.

According to the Society of Hospital Medicine, there are an estimated 20,000 hospitalists in practice today.

As experienced attending physicians who are continuously available on the wards, hospitalists also play a central role in training students, residents, and fellows.

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