Nation’s First Angioedema Treatment Center Is at UC San Diego

US Hereditary Angioedema Association and four corporate partners endow center to treat rare hereditary swelling disease —

It is rare for an “orphan” disease (typically a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people nationwide) to have a specific center dedicated to providing treatment and research. And it is even more unusual for big pharmaceutical companies to invest in an endowment to fund this type of center. Fortunately, the US Hereditary Angioedema Association (HAEA), a nonprofit patient advocacy organization, along with four pharmaceutical companies—Shire Human Genetics Therapies Inc., ViroPharma Incorporated (which merged with Shire), Dyax Corp. and CSL Bering—pledged a total of $4.6 million to help make the US HAEA Angioedema Center at UC San Diego Health System a reality. A number of individuals, including those with the disease, also provided private support. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego News Center

Dr. Bruce Zuraw

Dr. Bruce Zuraw

Dr. Bruce Zuraw is director of the US HAEA Angioedema Center at UC San Diego Health System and inaugural recipient of the US HAEA Endowed Chair at UC San Diego. He is professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology.

Dr. Marc Riedl

Dr. Marc Riedl

Marc Riedl, MD, MS, associate professor of medicine, is clinical director of the center.


Faith Fitzgerald Speaking at Medicine Grand Rounds May 1

Presenting at Medicine Grand Rounds on May 1 is Faith T. Fitzgerald, MD, a UC Davis internal medicine clinician and master teacher who is widely recognized for highlighting components of the doctor-patient interaction — from curiosity to storytelling — and demonstrating their importance in medical education and medical care.

She will present on the topic, “Ceremonies of Death.”

Fitzgerald is professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She co-directs the UC Davis Medical Humanities Research Group.

One of her most well-known publications is a 1999 essay on curiosity in the “On Being a Doctor” column in Annals of Internal Medicine.

In it, she said, “To participate in the feelings and ideas of one’s patients—to empathize—one must be curious enough to know the patients: their characters, cultures, spiritual and physical responses, hopes, past, and social surrounds…. Both the science and the art of medicine are advanced by curiosity.”

Speaking in the “Great Teachers” series in Grand Rounds at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in 2002, Fitzgerald revealed that she had wanted to be Sherlock Holmes when she was a child. She is recognized for her genius in diagnosis today.

Fitzgerald earned her MD and trained in internal medicine at UC San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital.

In a statement honoring her in the Department of Internal Medicine Pass the Torch Newsletter in 2009, American Board of Internal Medicine director emeritus Michael A. LaCombe, MD, called Fitzgerald “the single most sought-after visiting professor in the world.”

Recently, the UC Davis School of Medicine Class of 2013 students voted to honor her with their 2013 Outstanding Instructor Award.

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