An announcement from Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine

Dr. Timothy Bigby

Timothy D. Bigby, MD

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. Timothy D. Bigby passed away the morning of April 4, 2016, following a long illness.  Dr. Bigby joined UC San Diego and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System in 1989 as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Staff Physician, retiring last month after serving as Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Section at VASDHS and Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UC San Diego.

As a staff physician and scientist, he educated and mentored countless medical students, undergraduate trainees, house staff, fellows, and junior faculty while attending to patients in the Pulmonary Consult Service and Medical Intensive Care Unit. In addition to his scientific discoveries in the areas of innate immunity and signaling; asthma and airway biology; and, most recently, basic mechanisms in pulmonary hypertension, he served in various roles that promoted the education of physicians and scientists, including service as Co-Director of the Physician-Scientist Training Pathway of the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego, faculty mentor in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at UC San Diego and reviewer and chairman for multiple scientific granting agencies, study sections, and journals. He received numerous awards for both his teaching and his investigative efforts. He also served as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology and as a reviewer for over 16 journals as well as the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Bigby received his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine, his training in internal medicine at the University of Colorado, and his training in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Colorado and the University of California, San Francisco. He also had clinical expertise in infectious disease medicine, and had received former fellowship training in infectious diseases.

He served patients, students, and trainees tirelessly. He will be greatly appreciated and remembered by many, and his leadership, his smiling face, and his wise counsel will be missed.

A celebration of life is planned and will be announced in the near future. In Tim’s honor, we have initiated the Tim Bigby VA Research Fund – please consider contributing in lieu of flowers.

Donors may send gifts in Dr. Bigby’s memory in two ways:

  1.  Send a check to the attention of:

Brian Zumbano
Health Sciences Advancement
9500 Gilman Drive, #0937
La Jolla, CA 92093-0937

Please make your check out to UC San Diego Foundation, and write in the memo section: For the “Tim Bigby, MD, Pulmonary Research Fund” (F-2719) in memory of Dr. Bigby.

2.  Make a gift online. Visit:

In the “Explore more giving options” field, search for “Bigby.” You’ll be taken to a page that contains the online giving form for the Tim Bigby Pulmonary Research Fund (2719).

At the bottom of the form, please make sure to indicate that your gift is in honor of Dr. Bigby.

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