Steffanie Strathdee Receives National Award of Excellence in Mentorship from National Hispanic Science Network

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD

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

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, has received the 2013 National Award of Excellence in Mentorship from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse.

Strathdee is Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health at UC San Diego.

She accepted the award at the NHSN 13th International Conference in Bethesda, Maryland, October 9-11.

“I am deeply honored to be selected for this prestigious award,” Strathdee said. “Hispanics now represent the largest minority population in the U.S., but only about 3% of NIH-funded researchers are Hispanic. My goal is to try to bridge that gap.”

The National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, established in 2001, teams with the National Institute on Drug Abuse to foster advances in Hispanic drug abuse research. Mentorship is a major component of its work.

Each year, the National Award of Excellence in Mentorship goes to an established research scientist who has made exceptional efforts to help young researchers succeed in peer-reviewed publications and/or grant applications in the area of Hispanic drug abuse.

Dr. David Brenner Speaking at Grand Rounds March 13

David A. Brenner, MD Speaking at Medicine Grand Rounds on March 13 is Dr. David A. Brenner, vice chancellor for health sciences, dean of the UCSD School of Medicine and professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology.

A physician-scientist, Brenner is widely respected for his translational research in liver disease. He will speak at Grand Rounds on new approaches to therapy for fibrosis.

Brenner is a member of numerous honorific societies including the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the American College of Physicians and the Association of American Physicians, of which he is immediate Past President. Last year, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

UC San Diego press releases about his recent research:

Read Dr. Brenner’s School of Medicine Biography

About Medicine Grand Rounds

UCSD’s Medicine Grand Rounds is held weekly on Wednesday mornings, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., in the Liebow Auditorium, second floor, Biomedical Sciences Building on the UCSD School of Medicine Campus. There is a hiatus in summer.

To see this year’s schedule and find video viewing information, visit the Medicine Grand Rounds page on the Department of Medicine website.

UC San Diego Professor Kim Barrett Selected President-Elect of the American Physiological Society

Dr. Kim BarrettKim E. Barrett, PhD, professor of medicine and dean of graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego, will become president-elect of the American Physiological Society (APS). APS is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological science … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Kim E. Barrett, PhD, is professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology.

A Transition for the Department of Medicine

June 7, 2010

From Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair

Dear Friends,

I write today to let you know of an upcoming change in the Department, effective July 19th. It has been my greatest privilege and pleasure to serve as Chair of the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego for the past 8 plus years, witnessing an incredible transition in our faculty, our leaders, our teaching programs and our clinical impact.

Since the beginning of 2002, the Department has grown from 253 to over 430 faculty, excelling in all aspects of academic medicine. Our grant portfolio has nearly doubled, including a greater than doubling of the number of career development awards to junior faculty and fellows and of complex multi-investigator program-project type awards. We have grown our residency program, in size and, I believe, in the qualities of our new recruits, and its impact. We have created four new divisions, and recruited 11 new division chiefs. And our clinical programs have grown in both impact and quality. Our patient care volume has nearly doubled, we have made major impacts on general internal medicine, both inpatient and outpatient, as well as our subspecialty services. We have created multi-disciplinary clinics within our department and with our colleagues in other departments. And we have seen numerous accolades come from all of the publicly reported assessments of hospital and medical quality. All in all, a fine 8 years of progress.

As for me, I am looking forward to the next step in my career, serving as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, and Dean of the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York. I have always admired Stony Brook, as a young medical school with incredible potential to make a huge impact on research, teaching and clinical care. Serving as Dean will afford me the opportunity to put a broader thumbprint on undergraduate medical education. For example, many of you have heard me lament that medical training is characterized by the insufficient juxtaposition of basic science and clinical care; this will change! My role as Dean will also allow sharing the successful programs we have instituted together, to a broader stage, the 25 basic science and clinical departments within the School of Medicine at Stony Brook. My serving as Vice President for Health Sciences will facilitate the institution of truly revolutionary, cross-disciplinary programs between the Schools of Dentistry, Health Technology and Management, Nursing, Social Welfare and Medicine. And I look forward to helping to guide the Stony Brook University Hospital and Clinics, further advancing the quality of healthcare delivered by our faculty and learners.

I would be remiss if I did not express my heart-felt thanks to all the wonderful people of the Department of Medicine. The faculty members here are simply incredible, and the sky is the limit for their accomplishments. Likewise, I fully anticipate equally rewarding careers for the residents, fellows and students who call our Department home. A special thanks to the 36 chief medical residents with whom I have worked, all of whom have made UCSD a very special place for me. A huge thanks also to the incredibly devoted staff of the Department, who have made it all look easy, even when it wasn’t, and have made the lives of all the members of the Department productive. And the Department wouldn’t be our Department without our Vice Chairs over the years, Drs. Roger Spragg, Chip Schooley, Jason Yuan, Elaine Muchmore, Ravi Mehta, Francis Gabbai and Dan Bouland.

In closing, it has been my great honor to serve as the Helen M. Ranney Chair of the Department of Medicine. With Helen’s recent passing, her qualities of intellectual curiosity, innovation, incredible wit and leadership epitomize all the individuals who comprise our Department. Like Helen, I will miss you all, immensely.



Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Medicine
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Kim E. Barrett Honored with Tribute to Women & Industry Award

Dr. Kim E. Barrett has been honored with a San Diego YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award for 2009.

Kim E. Barrett, Ph.D., AGAF, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Dean of Graduate Studies at UC San Diego.The TWIN Award recognizes Dr. Barrett for her leadership and her outstanding achievements as an administrator, educator, and scientist.

Last year, Dr. Barrett was named one of the Outstanding Women in Science for 2008 by the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Read the full story from UC San Diego News

Dr. Nora Laiken Receives Teaching Awards from Medical Students and Pharmacy Students

Nora Laiken, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Educational Support Services in the School of Medicine and Lecturer in the Department of Medicine and Department of Pharmacology, has been honored with two teaching awards.Dr. Laiken is the recipient of the Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award from the first-year students in the School of Medicine and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the second-year students in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego. Dr. Nora Laiken
Nora Laiken, Ph.D.
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