Three Department of Medicine individuals and teams are among UCSD Medical Center’s honorees in the 2008 “Health Care Champions” awards from the San Diego Business Journal.

Pulmonary specialist Dr. Timothy Morris, infectious disease physician-scientist Dr. Davey M. Smith, and the Division of Hospital Medicine were honored August 21 as “Health Care Champion” finalists.In all, 5 individuals and teams from UCSD Medical Center received a Champion award and 20 were selected as finalists.

Dr. Greg MaynardThe Division of Hospital Medicine, headed by Dr. Gregory Maynard (left), has achieved national recognition for its contributions in health care quality improvement.

These include a venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention program that has made the UCSD hospitals a national leader in protecting inpatients from the risk of developing blood clots.

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The program was developed as a joint venture between Dr. Maynard and the Hospitalist Program and Dr. Timothy Morris. A clinical and research specialist in VTE, Dr. Morris helped create the VTE prevention protocols and oversees the follow-up on individual cases.

Dr. Timothy Morris

Dr. Morris, left, is Professor of Medicine and Clinical Service Chief in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is medical director for both the Respiratory Care program and the Pulmonary Function Laboratory.

In July, the California Thoracic Society honored Dr. Morris with the Outstanding Clinician Award for 2008.

The Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine division was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2008 for the 14th consecutive year as one of the top ten centers in the nation, and #1 in California, for the treatment of respiratory diseases.

Davey M. Smith, M.D., M.A.S., Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine, is a physician-scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Smith is medical director of the Early Intervention Program at the Antiviral Research Center.  A translational research virologist, he specializes in the study of HIV transmission.

Dr. Davey M. SmithEarlier this year, Dr. Smith (left) received an R01 grant award from the National Institute of Mental Health for a 5-year, multi-national study of HIV and the brain.

Dr. Smith directs the Center for AIDS Research Viral Pathogenesis Core on the UCSD campus.

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