UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center Honored for Design Excellence

The Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, UC San Diego Health System

Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, UC San Diego Health System

The region’s only comprehensive cardiovascular facility receives 2012 Modern Healthcare Award

UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center has received Modern Healthcare’s highest design honor, the 2012 Modern Healthcare Design Award. Out of more than one hundred entries, only one other project received this honor in 2012. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Study Identifies Potential New Class of Drug for Treating Ulcerative Colitis

Oral Drug Shows Clinical Response and Remission in Some Patients

An investigational drug currently under FDA review for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has now shown positive results in patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine. The study will appear in the August 16, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. William J. SandbornThe principal investigator of the study is Dr. William J. Sandborn, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at UCSD.  |  Read his academic profile  |  Read his clinical profile

Read the abstract of the study report in the New England Journal of Medicine

Citation of study report:  Sandborn WJ, Ghosh S, Panes J, Vranic I, Su C, Rousell S, Niezychowski W; Study A3921063 Investigators. Tofacitinib, an oral Janus kinase inhibitor, in active ulcerative colitis. N Engl J Med. 2012 Aug 16;367(7):616-24.

Dr. Gary Firestein Honored with 2010 Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award

Dr. Gary Firestein

Gary S. Firestein, MD, Professor of Medicine, Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Translational Medicine and Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Institute at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has been named the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award from the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region.

This award recognizes Firestein’s “affiliation with the Arthritis Foundation and its mission, and his extraordinary leadership in rheumatology and philanthropy in the community.”

The award will be presented at the foundation’s Commitment to a Cure Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on November 1. Past recipients of the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award have included Victoria Principal; Sarah Purcell; Kathy Ireland; William Friedkin, Academy Award winning director of “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist;” Los Angeles Dodger Manager, Joe Torre; and Academy Award winning legend Al Pacino.

Firestein is considered the leading expert in the field of rheumatoid arthritis, a disabling and chronic disease affecting some 2.1 million Americans. His research focuses on the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis and mechanisms of inflammation, and his studies have played a pivotal role in the development of the highly effective drugs to treat this crippling disease.