Investing in the Future: UC San Diego’s Federal Research Funding Among Top 10 in Nation Despite Campus’s Relative Youth

A study by the National Science Foundation naming the top 10 universities receiving the most federal funding for research and development ranked UC San Diego in 8th place out of 896 colleges that received federal R&D money during the 2011 fiscal year. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


In the School of Medicine:
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the UCSD School of Medicine faculty rank consistently in the top two in the nation in research funding per faculty member.

In the Department of Medicine:
In fiscal year 2012, the Department of Medicine’s research expenditures totaled over $130 million.

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Testing Antioxidant Drugs is Transparent

A study using genetically modified zebrafish to visualize early events involved in development of human atherosclerosis describes an efficient model – one that the researchers say offers many applications for testing the potential effectiveness of new antioxidant and dietary therapies. …Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Laboratory test tubes

Leader of the research team is Yury Miller, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. His Department of Medicine coauthors include Joseph L. Witztum, MD, professor in the same division; and Sotirios “Sam” Tsimikas, MD, FACC, professor in the Division of Cardiology.   |   Read the article online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Non-Coding RNA Relocates Genes When It’s Time To Go To Work

Cells develop and thrive by turning genes on and off as needed in a precise pattern, a process known as regulated gene transcription. In a paper published in the November 9 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say this process is even more complex than previously thought, with regulated genes actually relocated to other, more conducive places in the cell nucleus…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Illustration of a double helix

Senior author of the study is M. Geoff Rosenfeld, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Co-first authors Liuqing Yang, PhD, and Chunru Lin, PhD, are postdoctoral researchers in Dr. Rosenfeld’s laboratory.

First-ever Procedure in Region’s Only Hybrid Operating Room

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center experts have performed San Diego’s first-ever coronary revascularization procedure using a hybrid operating room, the only facility of its kind in the region. The state-of-the-art operating room allows patients to be treated in one place at one time without having to schedule multiple procedures. The result is less time in the operating room and reduced costs for hospitalization…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Dr. Ehtisham Mahmud   Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center

The procedure was performed at UC San Diego Health System’s Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, which opened earlier this year. Center co-director Ehtisham “Shami” Mahmud, MD, FACC, pictured above left, performed the stenting procedure described in the story. Mahmud is professor and chief of clinical cardiovascular medicine in the Department of Medicine.

UC San Diego Health System Receives Prestigious Quality Award from Integrated Healthcare Association

UC San Diego Health System has been recognized by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) as a top performing hospital in California. Out of over 200 physician organizations, UC San Diego Health System was recognized as a “Top Overall Physician Performing Organization” with honorable mentions in “Diabetes Care” and “IT Enabled Systemness.” This is the third consecutive year that UC San Diego Health System has been recognized by IHA for its clinical quality, patient experience, IT capabilities, and coordinated care.” … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Forty Department of Medicine Physicians Named to 2011 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” List

In recognition of their clinical excellence, 40 Department of Medicine physicians have been voted to the 2011 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list from the San Diego County Medical Society.

The list, released in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, includes a total of 526 San Diego doctors in 55 specialties, including 129 UC San Diego Health System doctors in 39 specialties.

In 2010, the list included 510 physicians, 82 from UC San Diego Health System and 35 from the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann“It is gratifying see UC San Diego Health System and the Department of Medicine grow from year to year in their representation on the Top Doctors list,” said Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann, Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine.

“It reflects increasing awareness of the high quality of our patient care, which comes from the extraordinary skill and compassion of our physicians as well as the advanced diagnosis and treatment options that we are able to offer as an academic health system.”

Of the 40 Department of Medicine physicians honored this year, four were named in two different specialties:

This year, the total number of honorees from the Department of Medicine does not include Emergency Medicine, which became a separate entity earlier this year. The 2010 total without Emergency Medicine is 29.

The names of this year’s Department of Medicine honorees are listed by subspecialty division below. An asterisk marks those doctors who are named in two different specialties.

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 this year.

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.

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
Gregory K. Feld, MD
Professor of Medicine
Pam R. Taub, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Steven V. Edelman, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Gastroenterology

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

General Internal Medicine

Jason Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Edward David Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori A. Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lynette C. Cederquist, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
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 Associate Clinical Professor
Tony P. Lopez, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
William Christopher Mathews, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Owen Clinic
Unna McPherson-Albers, 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
Lisa J. Wastila, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Pearl S. Yu, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Geriatrics

Victor J. Legner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Hematology-Oncology

Paul T. Fanta, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Thomas J. Kipps, MD
Professor of Medicine
Barbara A. Parker, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Erin G. Reid, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Sanford J. Shattil, MD
Professor of Medicine

Hospital Medicine

Brian J. Clay, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Gregory B. Seymann, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Nephrology

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

William R. Auger, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Douglas Conrad, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Peter F. Fedullo, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease
Kim Kerr, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease
Judd W. Landsberg, MD*
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

The “Top Docs” Are with UC San Diego Health Sciences

Nearly 130 physicians with UC San Diego Health System were named in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey. UC San Diego “Top Docs” placed in 39 specialties as well, with eight physicians ranked in multiple specialties…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

The “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list for 2011 includes 40 physicians from the Department of Medicine. See photo gallery   |  Read Department of Medicine news story  |  See the list of all UC San Diego Health System physicians honored this year  |  Read the story in San Diego Magazine

UCSD Cardiovascular Team Honored with AHA Gold

UC San Diego Health System is one of only 167 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG (Get with the Guidelines) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Most Top Doctors Named by U.S. News & World Report

UC San Diego Health System has been recognized as having 83 Top Doctors in more than 30 specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Based on a peer nomination process, UC San Diego Health System’s results represent the majority of San Diego physicians recognized by their colleagues locally and nationally as being a top doctor and worthy referral…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

High Rankings for Internal Medicine Subspecialties in “Best Hospitals 2011-2012”

UC San Diego Medical CenterFour internal medicine specialties received top-50 rankings for UC San Diego Health System in the new “Best Hospitals 2011-2012” from U.S.News & World Report:

* Pulmonology (#16)
* Diabetes and Endocrinology (#25)
* Nephrology (#34)
* Cancer (#47)

Four other internal medicine specialties were high performers, scoring in the top 25 percent of those surveyed: cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics and rheumatology.

“Year by year, the Department of Medicine increases in clinical strength and breadth, and I am happy to see this strong representation in the rankings,” said Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann, Professor and Interim Chair of the department.

Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our clinicians, from the clinical service chiefs to the house staff, and the administrative structure that supports them.”

U.S. News evaluated the specialties on a number of points, including the availability of advanced patient care technologies and important patient services. All eight of the ranked and high-performing internal medicine specialties had high or perfect scores in those domains.

“This is one of the strengths of an academic medical center,” said Dillmann. “We offer our patients the latest developments, not only in new tools for diagnosis and therapy but also in approaches to care.”

U.S. News included 16 specialties in the rankings. Not included was HIV/AIDS care, which is ranked in a separate survey. In this year’s rankings, released in March, the HIV/AIDS program (Division of Infectious Diseases and Owen Clinic) is eighth in the nation.

U.S. News determines the “Best Hospitals 2011-2012” rankings from objective and subjective factors that vary by specialty. The factors include reputation among specialists, patient survival and safety, and care-related indicators such as nurse staffing and availability of advanced technologies.

More about the methodology >>

UC San Diego Health System also ranked in orthopedics and psychiatry and was high performing in otolaryngology, gynecology, neurology/ neurosurgery, and urology.

Read the UCSD press release >>

With a total of six top-50 specialties and eight high-performing specialties, UC San Diego Health System placed in the top 3 percent of over 4800 hospitals evaluated.

Two medical centers in the University of California system made the U.S. News “Honor Roll,” which lists the hospitals with high scores in at least 6 specialties. Among the 17 hospitals that qualified, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles is #5 and UC San Francisco Medical Center is #7.