UC San Diego’s Graduate Programs Among Best in Nation, According to U.S. News and World Report

New guidebook lauds campus’s professional programs in engineering and medicine —

The 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, released today, highly ranks the University of California, San Diego’s professional schools and programs in engineering and medicine. … Read the Full Story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


In the 2017 rankings, the UC San Diego School of Medicine tied with Weill Cornell Medical College for #18 in research and ranked #21 in primary care.

In the most recent ranking of HIV/AIDS programs (conducted separately), UC San Diego ranked #11.

In other medicine-related programs at UC San Diego, the Division of Biological Sciences placed in a four-way tie for #14 with Columbia University, Rockefeller University, and the University of Chicago.

The Biomedical Engineering/Bioengineering program ranked #4. UC San Diego ranked #11 in Computer Systems and #14 in Computer Science Theory.

See details of the UC San Diego School of Medicine rankings in U.S.News & World Report

Forty-One Department of Medicine Physicians Named on San Diego’s 2015 “Top Doctors” List

This year’s San Diego Magazine/San Diego County Medical Society Top Doctors list includes 41 Department of Medicine faculty clinicians. View photo gallery

Big Data Sharing for Better Health

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have been awarded a $9.2 million grant to help modernize and transform how researchers share, use, find and cite biomedical datasets.

The 3-year project, in collaboration with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is part of a federal initiative to increase the utility of biomedical research data, launched this week by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through its Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


Dr. Lucila Ohno-MachadoLucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD, is lead investigator on the Biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Ecosystem (BioCADDIE) project.

Dr. Ohno-Machado, professor of medicine, is founding chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics.

Read the BioCADDIE project description on the NIH RePORTER

San Diego’s 2014 Top Doctors List Includes 44 from Department of Medicine

Forty-four physicians from the Department of Medicine are among over 100 UC San Diego Health System doctors named to the 2014 San Diego Top Doctors list. See the list for UC San Diego Health System.

Not present on that list are two additional internal medicine physicians who practice at the VA San Diego Healthcare System: Charles Goldberg, MD, and Simerjot Jassal, MD. Dr. Jassal directs the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

The Top Doctors list comes from the annual “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey from the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine.

Read the UC San Diego Health System press release

UC San Diego Health System Retains #1 Ranking

US News & World Report Cites Region’s Only Academic Health System Among Nation’s Best 

UC San Diego Health System remains among the nation’s best, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 issue of “America’s Best Hospitals,” released this week. The magazine’s widely cited findings again placed UC San Diego Health System first in the San Diego metropolitan area and fifth in California, with national rankings in 11 specialties, up from 10 last year. This is comparable to the country’s most prestigious health care institutions.  Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Sulpizio Cardiovascular CenterUC San Diego Health System is nationally ranked in eleven medical specialties, including seven in the Department of Medicine:  Cancer, Cardiology, Endocrinology & Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Rheumatology.

UC San Diego Health System Excels in Patient Safety

Awarded an “A” in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score

Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored UC San Diego Health System with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. …Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

U.S. News & World Report Names UC San Diego Graduate Programs Among Nation’s Best

School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering both ranked at 14. Other top 20 programs include biological sciences (14), computer science (15), earth sciences (16), and physics (16)

The 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, released today, highly ranks the University of California, San Diego’s professional schools in engineering and medicine, as well as its academic Ph.D. programs in the sciences. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego News Center

Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Is Going Red

Research Presentation and Go Red Lighting Ceremony on Feb. 6

The Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, UC San Diego Health System

Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, UC San Diego Health System

The San Diego American Heart Association and UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center invite you to join them for a special research reception program and the annual Go Red for Women building lighting ceremony. The evening will begin with a presentation about the lifesaving cardiovascular research we are conducting in partnership with the American Heart Association. Distinguished speakers from UC San Diego will include … View the details from UC San Diego Health System


Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD

Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD

A distinguished speaker at the Go Red event is Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chief, Department of Medicine.

Two other Department of Medicine faculty members are presenting their research at the Go Red event.

Kirk U. Knowlton, MD

Kirk U. Knowlton, MD, at right, is Edith and William M. Perlman Chair in Clinical Cardiology and chief of the Division of Cardiology.

Dr. Farah SheikhFarah Sheikh, PhD, left, is assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and member of the faculty in the biomedical sciences graduate program.

Richard Garfein and Kevin Patrick Named M2M Pioneers

Applying Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Technology to Verify Compliance with Tuberculosis Treatment Regimen

Dr. Richard Garfein

Dr. Richard Garfein

UC San Diego’s Richard Garfein and Kevin Patrick have been named M2M Pioneers for 2013 for their Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT) Program for tuberculosis.

The honor comes from Connected World magazine, which presents the M2M Pioneer awards to a small number of outstanding innovators in machine-to-machine technology each year.

The VDOT program uses smartphone video to verify that tuberculosis patients comply with the painstaking six-month regimen of antibiotics required for a cure. Incomplete treatment fails to cure the TB and raises the risk that antibiotic-resistant strains of TB will develop.

Richard Garfein, PhD, MPH, an infectious disease epidemiologist, is professor of medicine in the Division of Global Public Health. The inspiration for the VDOT program came to him as he watched his children use smartphones to send videos to their friends.

Dr. Kevin Patrick

Dr. Kevin Patrick

Kevin Patrick, MD, MS, is director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at the Qualcomm Institute (the San Diego division of Calit2) and professor of family and preventive medicine in the Division of Preventive Medicine.

In their NIH-funded pilot study in San Diego and Tijuana in 2011-2012, Garfein and Patrick demonstrated that the VDOT program was an effective tool for ensuring that patients adhered to their treatment regimens.

They also showed that VDOT could reduce costs for the local public health agency; in the pilot study, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. The agency’s only previous option had been to send health workers to patients’ homes to watch them take their medications.

Garfein and Patrick reported their results in an mHealth Summit Meeting abstract published in the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine.

Now, Garfein and colleagues are working on implementing the program on a larger scale through a public/private partnership with the Verizon Foundation, which provides funding and in-kind assistance.

The Garfein-Patrick team included other faculty and staff of the Global Public Health division and a number of specialists from the Qualcomm Institute.

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD

Dr. Steffanie Strathdee. Image ©International AIDS Society/Marcus Rose/Workers’ Photos. Used with permission.

“Congratulations to them both, and to Ramesh Rao and their team from the Qualcomm Institute, for this fantastic achievement and excellent teamwork,” said Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, Harold Simon Professor, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and chief of the Division of Global Public Health.

Ramesh Rao, PhD, director of the San Diego division of the Qualcomm Institute, holds the QUALCOMM Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technology. He is professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.

Said Garfein, “Working with Kevin and collaborating with the expert programmers at the Qualcomm Institute has been one of the highlights of my academic career.

“Although they are not included in the article because of the magazine’s information technology focus, we wouldn’t have been as successful if it weren’t for all the hard work by Jazmine Cuevas-Mota, Kelly Collins, and Fatima Muñoz in the Division of Global Public Health, and the dedicated employees of the San Diego County TB Control Program led by Dr. Kathleen Moser,” he said.

In the Division of Global Public Health, Cuevas-Mota is a project coordinator for Garfein, Collins is an assistant project coordinator and Muñoz is a postdoctoral fellow on the project.

“This has been a terrific project and it’s been a true pleasure to work with Richard and his team on it,” said Patrick.

“With a bit of luck, this could have world-wide impact on the health of the public. When all is said and done, this is why we are in this game.”

“This is very exciting and well deserved,” said Susan Taylor, PhD, UC San Diego professor of chemistry and biochemistry and pharmacology. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in biophysics and structural biology.

“It has been so much fun for me to watch these amazing things unfold and to realize how much we can achieve by working together and building bridges across the boundaries of our campus. This is much of what makes UCSD so special.

UC San Diego Health Sciences Video: VDOT Technology Eases Monitoring for Patients with Tuberculosis

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Fifty-Seven Department of Medicine Physicians Named to San Diego “Top Docs 2013” List

Fifty-seven Department of Medicine physicians have been voted to the Top Docs 2013 “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” list from the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine.

The list, released in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, includes a total of 749 San Diego doctors in 65 specialties. Of those, 142 doctors in 47 specialties are from UC San Diego Health System.

In 2012, the list included 537 San Diego physicians, 145 from UC San Diego Health System and 52 from the Department of Medicine.

The names of this year’s Department of Medicine honorees are listed by subspecialty division below, along with the name of the ranking category if different from the name of a physician’s Department of Medicine division.

Honorees

Cardiology

Daniel G. Blanchard, MD, FACC*
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Categories: Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine
Lori B. Daniels, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Cardiovascular Disease
Gregory K. Feld, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Cardiac Electrophysiology
Ehtisham (Shami) Mahmud, MD, FACC*
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Categories: Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology
Ajit Raisinghani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Cardiovascular Disease

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Steven V. Edelman, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Gastroenterology

William J. Sandborn, MD
Professor of Medicine
Thomas John Savides, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

General Internal Medicine

William J. Ackerman, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Unna McPherson Albers, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Jason Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tina Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Edward David Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori A. Brown, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lynette C. Cederquist, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine
Neil J. Farber, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Paul N. Gamble, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Charles G. Goldberg, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Eduardo L. Grunvald, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Shawn Harrity, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Heather Hofflich, DO, FACE, CCD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Simerjot K. Jassal, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Simone Elise Kanter, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tony P. Lopez, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Gita Mehta, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Marlene Millen, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Joe Wesley Ramsdell, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Armelia Sani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori Wan, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics
Lisa J. Wastila, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Pearl S. Yu, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Geriatrics

John W. Daly, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Victor J. Legner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Hematology-Oncology

Lyudmila A. Bazhenova, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Peter Curtin, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Hematology
Gregory A. Daniels, MD, PhD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Paul T. Fanta, MD, MS
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Thomas J. Kipps, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology
William Mitchell, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Barbara A. Parker, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Oncology
Erin G. Reid, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Hematology
Sanford Shattil, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology

Hospital Medicine

Leslie Martin, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Gregory B. Seymann, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Kenton O. Smitherman, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Infectious Diseases

Randy Taplitz, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Nephrology

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

William R. Auger, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Timothy D. Bigby, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Peter F. Fedullo, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease
Kim Kerr, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine
Judd W. Landsberg, MD**
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease
Jose S. Loredo, MD, MS, MPH, FCCP
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Sleep Medicine
Samir S. Makani, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Kevin Shaw, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine

Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

Seema S. Aceves, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Gregory D. Middleton, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine and Surgery
Category: Rheumatology

How the List Is Determined

Each year, the “Top Doctors” list reports the results of the San Diego County Medical Society’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey, in which physicians are asked to name the board-certified doctors they would choose if one of their own family members or patients needed specialty care.

Limited to society members in the past, the voting was opened to all board-certified San Diego County physicians in 2011.

The San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004. The magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002.

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