Thomas Savides, MD, Named Chief Experience Officer for UC San Diego Health System

Thomas Savides, MD, has been named as the first Chief Experience Officer at UC San Diego Health System. In the newly created role, Savides will be responsible for the strategy, leadership and implementation of the plan to improve the total health care experience of patients, families, providers and staff. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

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

Hannah Carter Receives NIH Early Independence Award

CTRI Helps Launch Career of Bioengineer Hannah Carter

November 22, 2013 – With support from UC San Diego’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), bioengineer Hannah Carter, PhD, received the highly prestigious NIH Early Independence Award and recently began began her transition to a junior faculty position at UC San Diego.

Presently she is acquiring a research team and computational resources to delve into her project: Network approaches to identify cancer drivers from high-dimensional tumor data. … Read the full story from CTRI News & Events


Hannah Carter, PhDHannah Carter, PhD, is assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Genetics. Her project is Network Approaches to Identify Cancer Drivers from High-Dimensional Tumor Data.

She is now recruiting postdoctoral fellows for her project, which is funded for five years.

Carter Laboratory website

 

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.

Molecular Tumor Board Helps in Advanced Cancer Cases

With accelerating development of personalized cancer treatments matched to a patient’s DNA sequencing, proponents say frontline physicians increasingly need help to maneuver through the complex genomic landscape to find the most effective, individualized therapy.

In a paper published in the May 5 online issue of The Oncologist, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center detail their experience evaluating 34 patients between December 2012 and June 2013 using a molecular tumor board – a new type of advisory group comprised of multidisciplinary experts, including those in the fields of tumor genetics, basic science and bioinformatics. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

UC San Diego Researcher to Lead First-of-Its-Kind NASA Identical Twins Study

Brinda Rana, a professor at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, has been awarded NASA funding to study fluid flows in the brains of identical twin astronauts—one of whom will spend a year in space, while the other is left on Earth. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego News Center

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

UC San Diego-Human Longevity Inc. Agreement Seeks to Accelerate Medical Science

Thousands of patient genomes expected to fuel diverse medical research, beginning with cancer

The new collaborative research agreement between Human Longevity Inc. (HLI) and the University of California, San Diego, announced today, represents a significant and necessary step in efforts to research and translate the potential of the human genome into novel and real treatments and therapies able to change and improve the human condition.

“This agreement brings together the resources of two entities that, in combination, may ultimately help improve countless lives,” said David A. Brenner, MD, vice chancellor of health sciences at UC San Diego and dean of the UC San Diego School of Medicine. “HLI aims to bring leading-edge thinking in genomics technologies. UC San Diego boasts some of the world’s finest researchers and physicians working at places like the Moores Cancer Center. Together, we will collaborate to marshal the people, the tools and the resources to really make a difference in human health.” … Read the full story from the UC San Diego News Center

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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